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Interview with filmmaker David Bonneville (GYPSY)

It was like a gift. I think the audience completely understood the film. There were very different comments but I agreed with what all of them said. Plus, as I went to the results page, I saw the film earned two awards – Best Global Performance and Best Cinematography. A big cherry on top of the cake.

– Director David Bonneville on the WILDsound experience.

    Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video from the June 2014 WILDsound Festival

Interview with David Bonneville:

Matthew Toffolo: Your short film played at our festival in June 2014. How has it done since it screened? Has it played at more festivals? Distribution deal? Can be seen online?

David: After screening at Toronto WILDsound Festival it played in more than 50 festivals. It got a TV distribution deal with EuroChannel and an on-line distribution deal with IndieFlix – so you can view it here:


Matthew: What motivated you to make this film?

David: An experience I lived as a teenager mixed with other contemporary thoughts. The short film plays with stereotypes and expectations. In our society we are all trapped in our own perceptions towards others. We don’t see things as they are but through our own eyes… and sometimes appearances can be misleading.

Matthew: From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?

David: Too long. The initial idea came up in January 2009. The premiere was in July 2013. So 3 and a half years for an 18 minute film – however it includes a lot of re-writing and re-editing.

Matthew: What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

David: The funding. It after two years I was lucky to get funding for the shoot from the Portuguese Film Council / Ministry of Culture. However, the Film Council decided to shut down due to the credit crunch for that year. I had to wait 6 months for the final edit – but that was actually very helpful for it gave me time and distance to decide what was best for the film.

Matthew: What film have you seen the most in your life?

David: “Naked” by Mike Leigh

Matthew: What is next for you? A new film?

David: I am currently developing screenplays for a feature film and a new short film. I also have a sci-fi feature film project in a late stage treatment form and was shortlisted for a short-film fund with a story I did not write myself. Hopefully I will get to shoot again this year.

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Bonneville (b. 1978) is a London-based writer/director.

His films were selected by more than a 100 film festivals – including premieres at Locarno and Toronto, accolades in Copenhagen, Park City/Utah and Cannes, and nominations at Tampere, Vila do Conde, IndieLisboa, Guadalajara, SXSW, Hamptons and Palm Springs.

David completed a Screenwriting MA at the University of Westminster, a Film Directing course with the German Film Academy/Gulbenkian Foundation and a BA with a Major in TV at the Portuguese Catholic University/Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona.

He kick-started his career by assisting Cannes Palme d’Or winner Manoel de Oliveira and Turner Prize winner Douglas Gordon. David speaks 4 languages fluently and has worked at the BBC. He is also a translator and guest-lecturer in the subjects of storytelling, acting and filmmaking.

Matthew Toffolo, Interviewer BIO

Matthew Toffolo is the current CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival. He had worked for the organization since its inception in 2007 serving as the Short Film Festival’s moderator during the Audience Feedback sessions.

Filmmaker of over 20 short films and TV episodes. Took over full reins of the WILDsound Festival in May 2013. From then to the end of 2014, he’s presented over 90 movies at the monthly FEEDBACK Film Festival in Toronto, plus has had over 60 screenplays and stories performed by professional actors at the bi-monthly Writing Festival.

Go to http://www.wildsound.ca and submit your film, script, or story to the festival.

Go to http://www.wildsoundfestival.com and watch recent and past winning writing festival readings.