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July 2018 – Read the best of Filmmaker Interviews

Interview with Filmmaker Isaac Elliott (A STATIC WIND)
Interview with Filmmaker Isaac Elliott (A STATIC WIND)

Interview with Filmmaker Samantha Casia Kaiza-Williams (SUPPLE HEARTS)
Interview with Filmmaker Samantha Casia Kaiza-Williams (SUPPLE HEARTS)

Interview with Filmmaker Julian Friedrich (01)
Interview with Filmmaker Julian Friedrich (01)

Interview with Screenwriter Roberto Tomeo (HEART OF GOLD)
Interview with Screenwriter Roberto Tomeo (HEART OF GOLD)

Interview with Animator/Filmmaker Ran Sheng (STAR RUNNER)
Interview with Animator/Filmmaker Ran Sheng (STAR RUNNER)

Interview with Filmmaker Christopher Sferrazza (BEAST)
Interview with Filmmaker Christopher Sferrazza (BEAST)
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Interview with Filmmaker Joseph Catte (STREAM OF DOUBTS)
Interview with Filmmaker Joseph Catte (STREAM OF DOUBTS)

Interview with Animator/Filmmaker Tim Ballard (OH MY…)
Interview with Animator/Filmmaker Tim Ballard (OH MY…)

Interview with Filmmaker Roman De Giuli (LAND OF MINE)
Interview with Filmmaker Roman De Giuli (LAND OF MINE)

Interview with Filmmaker Iván Sáinz-Pardo (AINHOA)
Interview with Filmmaker Iván Sáinz-Pardo (AINHOA)

Interview with Filmmakers Michael Boctor & Dylan Hancook (CHEATER)
Interview with Filmmakers Michael Boctor & Dylan Hancook (CHEATER)

Interview with Filmmaker Matt Provenzano (EDGAR’S INVENTION)
Interview with Filmmaker Matt Provenzano (EDGAR’S INVENTION)

Interview with Filmmakers Laura Commisso & Sarah Campbell (COOL GIRLS Web Series)
Interview with Filmmakers Laura Commisso & Sarah Campbell (COOL GIRLS Web Series)

Interview with Filmmaker Terez Koncz (THE LETTERS)
Interview with Filmmaker Terez Koncz (THE LETTERS)

Interview with Filmmaker H. Yagmur Kartal (SOLUK (THE BREATH))
Interview with Filmmaker H. Yagmur Kartal (SOLUK (THE BREATH))

Interview with Filmmaker Gabriel Galand (ABOVE THE MIST)
Interview with Filmmaker Gabriel Galand (ABOVE THE MIST)

Interview with Filmmaker Marc Adamson (AFTER WE HAVE LEFT OUR HOMES)
Interview with Filmmaker Marc Adamson (AFTER WE HAVE LEFT OUR HOMES)

Interview with Filmmaker Lia Williamson (DAUGHTER)
Interview with Filmmaker Lia Williamson (DAUGHTER)

Interview with Filmmaker Ross Godwin (9 SECONDS)
Interview with Filmmaker Ross Godwin (9 SECONDS)

Interview with Filmmaker/Animator Michele Haines (SAM THE HAM)
Interview with Filmmaker/Animator Michele Haines (SAM THE HAM)

Interview with Lawyer/Producer Shannon Harvey-Fung, Esq. (LEGAL FOX Web Series)
Interview with Lawyer/Producer Shannon Harvey-Fung, Esq. (LEGAL FOX Web Series)

Interview with Filmmakers Anna Maria Hozian & Brad Riddell (OTHER PEOPLE’S CHILDREN Web Series)
Interview with Filmmakers Anna Maria Hozian & Brad Riddell (OTHER PEOPLE’S CHILDREN Web Series)

Interview with Filmmakers Laura Commisso & Sarah Campbell (COOL GIRLS Web Series)
Interview with Filmmakers Laura Commisso & Sarah Campbell (COOL GIRLS Web Series)

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Short Films in June 2018 – Watch Audience FEEDBACK Videos for all 35 films.

Submit your Film & Screenplay via FilmFreeway:

A showcase of 35 short films in total from four festivals in Los Angeles & Toronto for June 2018.

festival poster01, 7min., Germany, Experimental/Animation festival posterSTAR RUNNER, 2min., USA, Animation/Experimental
festival posterTWICE UPON A TIME, 14min., Serbia, Animation/Fantasy festival posterOH MY…., 4min,., USA, Animation/Music Video
festival posterOH! UGANDA, 5min., Uganda, Animation/Documentary festival posterLAND OF MINE, 4min., Germany, Experimental
festival posterWHERE AM I – COLACOASTER, 3min., Italy/Austria, Music Video festival posterSUNFLOWER SUTRA, 4min., Netherlands, Music Video
festival posterTROUBLE, 3min., Austria, Music Video festival posterSUPPLE HEARTS, 5min., UK, Experimental
festival posterHAUL, 5min., Czech Republic, Music Video
festival posterBURIED, 14min., UK, Thriller/War festival posterAINHOA, 19min, Spain, Drama/Thriller
festival posterSTREAM OF DOUBTS, 11min., France, Drama/Fantasy festival posterMEASURE, 2min, UK, Horror/Drama
festival posterLIFE ON MARS, 16min., Spain, Drama festival posterVINDICTE, 26min., Germany, Drama/Family
festival posterSOUNDS OF FREEDOM, 5min, USA, TV WEB SERIES/Drama festival posterHEINOUS GIRLS, 5min., Canada, TV WEB SERIES/Comedy
festival posterCOOL GIRLS “HOW TO THROW A GIRLS NIGHT OUT”, 8min., Canada, TV WEB SERIES/Comedy festival posterCROW’S PEAK, 4min., USA, TV WEB SERIES/Animation/Comedy
festival posterLEGAL FOX: A TASTE OF TRUMP, 3min., USA Drama/Comedy festival posterOTHER PEOPLE’S CHILDREN, 5min., USA, TV WEB SERIES/Comedy
festival posterEDGAR’S INVENTION, 8min., USA, Comedy/Sci-Fi festival posterCHEATER, 7min., USA, Comedy/Drama
festival posterA STATIC WIND, 15min., Australia, Drama festival posterNOT THIS AGAIN, 8min, USA, Drama/Romance
festival posterBEAST, 20min., Australia, Thriller/Film Noir festival posterTHE LETTERS, 18min., UK, Thriller/Drama
festival posterSTALKER, 7min., Czech. Republic, Horror/Thriller festival posterGORGE, 3min., USA, Horror
festival posterABOVE THE MIST, 8min, Canada/South Korea, Horror festival posterTHE DOLLMAKER, 10min, USA, Horror/Fantasy
festival posterADDICT, 15min, Israel, Horror/Comedy festival posterIT BEGAN WITHOUT WARNING, 6min., USA, Horror

 

Short Films in May 2018 – Watch Audience FEEDBACK Videos for all 31 films.

A showcase of 31 short films in total from four festivals in Los Angeles & Toronto for May 2018

festival posterBREAK ROOM, 15min., Canada, Action/Drama

festival poster9 SECONDS, 18min., USA, Action/Sci-Fi

festival posterTUESDAY 10:08AM, 13min., Canada, Crime/Mystery

festival posterPREY, 13min., UK, Thriller/Horror

festival posterCHERI, 6min., France, Thriller/Suspense

festival posterCONSURGO, 12min., USA, Thriller/Suspense

festival posterCROSSROADS, 12min, USA, Thriller/Drama

festival posterNAMCAR NIGHT RACE, 17min., USA, Comedy/Mockumentary

festival poster(A) UTOMATED (I)IRRITATION, 6min., USA, Comedy/Sci-Fi

festival posterSAM THE HAM, 1min., USA, Animation/Comedy

festival posterWHEN COMES THE RAIN, 2min., USA, Animation/Comedy

festival posterTHE FINAL SHOW, 9min., USA, Comedy/Romance

festival posterPENTHOUSE SWEET, 9min., USA, Comedy/Drama

festival posterROSIE, OH, 8min, USA, Experimental/Family

festival posterTHE BUS TRIP, 13min., Sweden, Animation

festival posterAFTER LOVE, 6min., Hungary, Experimental/Romance

festival posterMARY & MARSHA IN THE MANOR OF MADNESS, 3min., USA, Animation

festival posterHANDS, 6min., UK, Experimental/Dance

festival posterPROJECT 1948, 13min., Bosnia, Documentary

festival posterREMAND, 40min., Uganda, Documentary

festival posterTHE UNDERGROUND ARTIST, USA, 3min., Documentary

festival posterMOTHERS & METHADONE, 11min, Canada, Documentary

festival posterWILDLAND, 25min., USA, Documentary

festival posterTHE FLOWER GATE, 15min., Israel, Fantasy

festival posterRENDEZ-VOUS, 2min., Canada, Fantasy

festival posterPHARMA LAB TRAINING VIDEO: 1, 9min., USA, Fantasy

festival posterTRUMPETS IN THE SKY, 12min., Belguim, Sci-Fi

festival posterMETTA VIA, 12min., Canada, Sci-Fi

festival posterTHE SUPER RECOGNISER, 11min., UK, Sci-Fi

festival posterSOLUK (BREATH), 5min., Turkey, Sci-Fi

festival posterAFTER WE HAVE LEFT OUR HOMES, 8min., UK, Sci-Fi

Short Film Script – THE SEEKER, by Kaitlyn Kowalski

 

Genre: Drama

A young girl struggles between helping her family, and doing the right thing.

CAST LIST:

Jasmine: Alicia Payne
Dale: Scott McCulloch
Harry: Rais Moui
Narrator: Hugh Ritchie
Gretchen: Lara Amersey
Maria: Georgia Grant
Bridget: Jane Smythe

Get to know the writer:

 1. What is your screenplay about?

The Seeker is a story about a young girl who struggles to find the balance between helping her family and actually doing the right thing.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

I would consider The Seeker to be a drama.

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Personally, I think this story is just flat out entertaining. I love a story with a smart twist and The Seeker definitely has one. It is filled with tender visuals and I think it would be a fun movie to direct. It would be challenging, but rewarding.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

Terrifyingly relatable

5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

Hmm… wow that’s a tough one. It’s probably a toss up between The Never Ending Story and No Country For Old Men… don’t judge!!

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

Funny enough, I’ve been working on this script since I was a sophomore in college, 2011. I’d forgotten that I’d written it, but found an old PDF and fell in love with the idea again. It was cool to see how I’ve progressed as a writer from one of the first screenplays I’d ever written.

7. How many stories have you written?

I’ve written probably 50 short films & sketches since 2011 when I started and I’ve gotten to 1/2 of a feature!

8. What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

I used to have a big crush on a guy who was seriously into Gerry Raferty so I’ve probably listened to “Right Down The Line” over 1,000 times. Ha!

9. What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

I had a certain story in my head and when I thought it was finished, I got critiques from a couple of people wanting more. I still get them. It’s hard to get suggestions from other people and still stay true to the story you want to tell. Overall, I think the changes I made based on their suggestions made for a stronger story. It’s always good to get a fresh set of eyes.

10. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I love working with children. They are so unafraid to express how they feel, but may not always know how to articulate it. They taught me how to be a better instructor and a better director.

11. You entered your screenplay via FilmFreeway. What has been your experiences working with the submission platform site?

Working via Film Freeway makes submitting to festivals extremely easy!! There are so many festivals to submit to right at your fingertips.

12. What influenced you to enter the festival? What were your feelings on the initial feedback you received?

I read the title of the festival and knew I needed feedback on The Seeker and thought, could this get anymore perfect? The Seeker is a troubling story about a family, and it’s so hard to get friends to read anything so it just seemed like fate was saying “Enter this one Kaitlyn!”. It was an entry fee well spent!
I felt like the feedback was incredibly insightful. I really felt like the feedback giver was invested in the success of my story and did what they could to have made it stronger. I thank you for that!

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

April 2018 WINNING STORIES, SCREENPLAYS and FILMS

32 short films. 40 screenplays. 8 novels & short stories = 80 works showcased for April 2018.

ACTORAPRIL 2018 DOC & FEMALE LEADS FEEDBACK FILM FESTIVAL
Videos from April 3rd event in Los Angeles
ACTORAPRIL 2018 EXPERIMENTAL FEEDBACK FILM FESTIVAL
Videos from April 16th event in Toronto
ACTORAPRIL 2018 LGBT/UNDER 5min. FEEDBACK FILM FESTIVAL
Videos from April 26th event in Toronto

ACTORAPRIL 2018 Winning FEATURE Screenplays

Full Performance Readings

ACTORAPRIL 2018 Winning TV PILOT/SPEC Screenplays

Full Performance Readings

ACTORAPRIL 2018 Winning 1ST SCENE Screenplays

Full Performance Readings

ACTORAPRIL 2018 Winning SHORT Screenplays

Full Performance Readings

ACTORAPRIL 2018 Winning BEST SCENE Screenplays

Full Performance Readings

ACTORAPRIL 2018 Winning NOVEL & SHORT STORIES

Full Performance Readings

ACTORAPRIL 2018 LGBT FESTIVAL Winners

Screenplays, Stories, Films

ACTORAPRIL 2018 FEMALE FESTIVAL Winners

Screenplays, Stories, Films

ACTORAPRIL 2018 EUROPEAN FESTIVAL Winners

Screenplays, Stories, Films

ACTORAPRIL 2018 DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL Winners

Screenplays, Stories, Films

ACTORAPRIL 2018 EXPERIMENTAL FESTIVAL Winners

Screenplays, Stories, Films

ACTORAPRIL 2018 STUDENT FESTIVAL Winners

Screenplays, Stories, Films

ACTORAPRIL 2018 ACTION/ADVENTURE FESTIVAL Winners

Screenplays, Stories, Films

ACTORAPRIL 2018 ANIMATION FESTIVAL Winners

Screenplays, Stories, Films

ACTORAPRIL 2018 COMEDY FESTIVAL Winners

Screenplays, Stories, Films

ACTORAPRIL 2018 CRIME/MYSTERY FESTIVAL Winners

Screenplays, Stories, Films

ACTORAPRIL 2018 DRAMA FESTIVAL Winners

Screenplays, Stories, Films

ACTORAPRIL 2018 FAMILY FESTIVAL Winners

Screenplays, Stories, Films

ACTORAPRIL 2018 SCI-FI/FANTASY FESTIVAL Winners

Screenplays, Stories, Films

ACTORAPRIL 2018 HORROR FESTIVAL Winners

Screenplays, Stories, Films

ACTORAPRIL 2018 ROMANCE FESTIVAL Winners

Screenplays, Stories, Films

ACTORAPRIL 2018 THRILLER FESTIVAL Winners

Screenplays, Stories, Films

ACTORAPRIL 2018 FAN FICTION FESTIVAL

Watch the Winning Screenplay Reading

ACTORAPRIL 2018 Poetry Readings

Watch readings performed by Elizabeth Rose Morriss

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Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: John Johnson, Isabal Cupryn, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch

April 2018 Short Films that played at festival (Watch Audience Feedback Videos)

32 Short Films showcased in total!

festival posterSUNDAY DINNER, 15min., USA, Documentary

festival posterSCORCHED: MINE FIRES IN PENNSYLVANIA COAL COUNTRY, 6min., USA, Documentary

festival posterA GOOD BLINDER, 26min., USA, Documentary

festival posterSPINNING IN SLOW MOTION, 12min, Australia, Drama

festival posterI PROMISED HER LIFE, 15min., Drama/Family

festival posterCITY GIRL, 10min., Drama

festival posterJOY! BLUE MOON, 3min., USA, Animation/Music

festival posterWHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND, 6min., USA, Experimental/Music Video</a

festival posterNIGHT LIVE, 7min., China, Experimental/New Media

festival posterVOICES, 6min., Italy, Experimental/Music Video

festival posterTHE NIGHT SKY, 3min., Sweden, Experimental

festival posterCALO MESA – TECHNO HIPPIE, 3min., USA, Experimental/Music Video

festival posterSAMFAELINI: BUSBY BERKELEY’S DREAM ABERRATIONS, 2min., UK, Experimental/Music Video

festival posterEPINEPHRINE, 6min., USA, Experimental/Music Video

festival posterTRAINS – RADIO CUT, 3min., UK, Music Video

festival posterBLACK BIRD, 4min., USA, Experimental/Fantasy

festival posterTHE LONGING RITUAL, 4min., USA, Experimental/Animation

festival posterYOU’RE DEAD WRONG, 6min., Canada, Music Video

festival posterALL FALLS DOWN, 6min., USA, Experimental/Documentary

festival posterSAINT ETIENNE – MAGPIE EYES, 3min., Music Video

festival posterTHE FRUIT MACHINE, 16min., Canada, LGBT/Drama

festival posterBOY, 9min., USA, LGBT/Drama

festival posterCHRICKLE, 7min., Sweden, LGBT/Experimental

festival posterMATTHEW, 6min., USA, LGBT/Family

festival posterYOURS FAITHFULLY EDNA WELTHORPE (MRS), UK, Animation/Comedy

festival posterVOWS, 4min., USA, LGBT/Animation

festival posterA LETTER FROM LETICIA, 3min., Argentina, Animation

festival posterDAUGHTER, 3min., Canada, Drama/Family

festival posterMILE, 1min., USA, Drama

festival posterTRAIN

festival posterWINE AND EGGS, 5min., Turkey, Drama

festival posterORNAMENT OF BEAUTY, USA, Thriller/Fantasy

April 2018 – Read interview with TOP upcoming directors.

Read interviews with top filmmakers from around the world today. By Matthew Toffolo.

Interview with Filmmaker Adriana Falcinelli (DYING FOR A LIVING)
Interview with Filmmaker Adriana Falcinelli (DYING FOR A LIVING)

Interview with Filmmaker Anuj Gulati (THE MANLIEST MAN)
Interview with Filmmaker Anuj Gulati (THE MANLIEST MAN)

Interview with Director Elen JI (DINNER FOR TWO)
Interview with Director Elen JI (DINNER FOR TWO)

Interview with Director Leslie Aldana (THE WRITER’S WOMAN)
Interview with Director Leslie Aldana (THE WRITER’S WOMAN)

Interview with Filmmaker Hollis Sherman-Pepe (TO QUIET MY MIND)
Interview with Filmmaker Hollis Sherman-Pepe (TO QUIET MY MIND)

Interview with Filmmaker Anna Southgate (I SEEK ASYLUM)
Interview with Filmmaker Anna Southgate (I SEEK ASYLUM)

Interview with filmmaker Linnea Ritland (VIOLET AND JUNE)
Interview with filmmaker Linnea Ritland (VIOLET AND JUNE)

Interview with Screenwriter & Executive Producer Mark Renshaw (THE SURVIVOR)
Interview with Screenwriter & Executive Producer Mark Renshaw (THE SURVIVOR)

Interview with Filmmaker Sara Zia Ebrahimi (THE FBI BLEW UP MY ICE SKATES)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2018/03/16/interview-with-filmmaker-sara-zia-ebrahimi-the-fbi-blew-up-my-ice-skates/