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FEEDBACK Film Festival: Highlights from the Thursday March 26 2015 event

The theme of the MARCH 2015 FILM FESTIVAL was:

Every film showcased on the night was about characters being forced to grow up under the circumstances they face.

Get to know all the films that played at the festival:

Watch the Audience Feedback Videos for Each Film:

WATCH Audience FEEDBACK Video, 14min, Spain, Family/Drama

WATCH Audience FEEDBACK, 6min, Germany, Animation/Documentary

WATCH Audience FEEDBACK Video, 13min, Canada, Teen/Drama

WATCH Audience FEEDBACK, 8min, USA, Comedy

WATCH Audience FEEDBACK, 27min, USA, Youth/Drama

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Submit your SHORT Film to the FEEDBACK Film Festival:


– Hear what the world thinks of your film!

Interview with TOY BOY Director March Mercanti

It’s always nice to hear feedback. I am glad that a lot of the audience saw Jeff as an inspiration to be yourself no matter what others might think of you.

– March Mercanti, on the WILDsound experience.

    WATCH the ‘TOY BOY’ Audience FEEDBACK Video:

Matthew Toffolo interviews Director March Mercanti:

Matthew: What motivated you to make this film?

March: I started following Jeff on twitter about two years ago. His tweets caught my eye because they were either about a new toy purchase or a very stern/hilarious viewpoint on a topic. When I met up with him to discuss general fandom, it developed into myself making a film on Jeff.

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

March: 3 months

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

March: To be honest, Jeff was my biggest obstacle. We laugh about this now. But he was very controlling on how he wanted the film to be represented and what content I was showing. One example, we shot some stuff from his favourite collection, Jurassic Park, and I had to leave it on the cutting room floor in the editing room because it simply didn’t fit in with the other parts of the film. I think he is still mad at me for that. There were numerous other things he didn’t like. But Jeff gained some trust in me after he showed his parents and close friends a cut of the final project. Jeff was vulnerable when it came down to it and I thank him for that. His challenges he gave me were stressful but it helped us see eye to eye in the end of it all.

Matthew: You were at the festival, what was your favourite film that played at the festival besides your own?

March: My Buddy. It was diverse yet it used extremely easy story telling devices.

Matthew: Your subjects were at the festival too. They seem to relish on their 15 minutes of fame. We joked about a sequel. Think it will ever happen?

March: I don’t think Jeff will sell all of his toys any time soon but if he did I would be down to explore the possibilities. Jeff will always be interesting.

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

March: I am making my first comedy short film this spring/summer.

Interview with Martin Rosete, Winning Short Filmmaker (Voice Over)

I remember that the feedback was great. Most of the people liked it, so I am glad you screened it at your festival.

– Martin Rosete, on the WILDsound experience when his film played at the festival in 2013.

    Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video from the August 2013 Film Festival:

Matthew Toffolo interviews VOICE OVER director Martin Rosete:

Matthew: Your short film played at our festival in 2013. How has it done since it screened? Has it played at more festivals? Distribution deal? Can be seen online?

Martin: Voice Over has done very well in film festivals winning more than 100 awards like the Melies d’Or in Stiges, the nomination to the Goya (Spanish Academy Award), and selections in great festivals like Tribeca, Chicago International, San Sebastian,…

Also, it has been sold to many TVs worldwide, and now it can be seen online in this link: https://vimeo.com/58150375

Matthew: What motivated you to make this film?

Martin: The story. I felt in love since the first time that I read it, and I knew that it was a big challenge to make it happen, but I had to make it happen, because it was the best script for a short film that I have ever read. So I am happy that we overcome all the problems and could shoot it.

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

Martin: I would say 18 months since I read the script until we finished it and Premiere at Gijon International Film Festival.

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

Martin: Financing is always the biggest issue. Once you have such a powerful script like this, and with the super talented cast and crew that we had, the only thing that you need is the money to get out there and make it.

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

Martin: I don’t know. Probably The Others by Alejandro Amenabar. It’s my favorite film and director. He is super elegant directing.

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

Martin: I am working in a feature film now that we are planning to shoot soon. Also leading with the financing challenges, cast, locations,… but I am confident that we will be able to announce it very soon and more important, we will make a very good movie.

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Submit your Short Film to the FEEDBACK Film Festival at http://www.wildsound.ca/submityourfilm.html

Free (or PWYL) Toronto Film Festival Event. Thur. Feb. 26th, 7pm Carlton Cinemas

First event of 2015 (Best of Short Films from around the world): RSVP your FEEDBACK Toronto Film Festival seats. FREE or Pay what you like option!

Thursday February 26th event. 7pm to 9pm, Carlton Cinemas, 20 Carlton Street.

RSVP your seats now for the event. Plus, see full details of every film being played.


There is also an option to BUY Festival Tickets for all 10 events for 2015.

We have a terrific lineup of films for our first event of 2015. Amazing short films from Canada, Greece, Turkey, USA, and Australia.

Giving you films from all corners of the world in different genres and formats. And there is a theme that ties all the films together. You pick the theme on the night and you win a big prize!

Interview with Dennis Knickel, Director (Memories short film)

I was sitting with a big smile in my living room in Berlin and was excited and happy about the fact that a crowded theater in Canada is talking about my little movie. The reactions were interesting and mainly positive, I think. I like listening to founded critics as it helps me developing and I had the feeling that the audience did have some knowledge about movies and/or could feel the message and suffer with the protagonist.

– Dennis Knickel, on watching the audience talk about his film at the WILDsound Film Festival (Review)

    Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video of “Memories”

Matthew Toffolo interviews Dennis Knickel:

Matthew: Your short film played at our festival in 2013. How has it done since it screened? Has it played at more festivals? Distribution deal? Can be seen online?

Dennis: “Memories” had screenings all over the world, mainly in the US – in 11 states to be exact. It won the award for best international short film at the International Film Festival in Marbella, Spain, and won the summer edition of Facebook’s OneCloudFest. It hence qualified for the big final of this online event where it unfortunately just made it to the semi-finals. “Memories” also won the lovely organized Monarch Film Festival in Pacific Grove (Monterrey), California, and the audience award for 2nd best short film in Oberursel, Germany.

It got awarded with “The Thumb” from the public media center of Germany’s federal state Baden-Württemberg (Landesmedienzentrum) by what it officially gets recommended for school teaching. I found a distributor for the movie. It’s not available for everybody though as this distributor exclusively delivers schools, libraries, media centers and other institutions for educational and didactic purposes. For this year, the movie is recommended to be used for students for their final exams (Abitur) in Baden-Württemberg. This fact makes me pretty proud actually as this is the reason why I made a movie with a message: People shall work with it and find help if needed.

The Catholic Church and the Wingman Project were interested in buying the rights of “Memories”. The deals finally didn’t happen. The Wingman Project is a project by the US Army to prevent suicides amongst their pilots.

I didn’t try to find a distributor for the public market yet and also don’t offer the movie online (yet).

Matthew: What motivated you to make this film?

Dennis: I got in contact with some suicides in my life. Fortunately (for me), the suicidal persons were people I didn’t know good at all. But it anyway shocked me: How could they do that? Especially for some reasons that – to me – didn’t justify a suicide. I also wondered if a suicide is a private thing or not. Where does privacy start and where does it stop? When is a suicide legit and when not? Etc.

So I took a case that – in my opinion – does not justify a suicide. It’s also a case that happens very often, I guess. I wanted to pack it into an environment that doesn’t seem dark. It shows the beauty of life. Gives hope, but suddenly twists. That shocked some people – which was my intention – and made them wonder why the protagonist did it. Some people were almost angry to see such a nonsense suicide. He was not sick, he was young etc. There were no good arguments to commit suicide. And that’s the message of my movie. There’s always a better solution than giving up. I used one quote by Reiner Kunze in the end credits that summarizes it pretty good:

“Suicide. The last of all doors. But you never knocked on all the other doors before.”

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

Dennis: We shot “Memories” within 10 days of September 2009. The final sound mix was the last part of the post production and was done in spring 2012. But we screened it before already. The premiere was held in February 2011. I also interrupted the post in 2010 for writing a book about backpacking Thailand (“Curry Competition”).

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

Dennis: That might have been the jump off the bridge during the shooting of the movie. It’s been dangerous and took some nerves of my friends to do it. Yes, the jump is real and they were protected by two climbing ropes which we had to erase in the post production. But that was no real obstacle. It was thrilling and needed some time to figure out if it’s possible at all and how to do it. A real obstacle might have been my editor who disappeared with the movie and its backups for almost four months. We still don’t know where he was and why he left, but one day he all of a sudden picked up the phone and said: “Hi Dennis. How are you?” I was horrible as I could hardly sleep for the time he has been vanished. We will never work together again… Haha!

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

Dennis: Uff… I don’t know if there’s one movie. Maybe “Pulp Fiction”, “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”, “Fight Club”, “Oldboy” by Park Chan-wook, “Back to the Future”, “Bang Boom Bang” (a German cult movie by Peter Thorwarth), “True Romance” by Tony Scott, “Snatch” by Guy Ritchie or “To Be or Not to Be” by Ernst Lubitsch. I have no idea… But this little list is definitely a list of great movies.

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

Dennis: I’m still working on my fourth book. It’s my backpacking story of the US West Coast. It’s gonzo journalism with historical and sociological elements. After that, I hope that I’ll collect enough money for a new movie – a feature would be my goal and dream. But before, I’ll move into my car for some months and travel Germany with my new book. I’ll read from it in as many cities as possible and discover my home country at the same time. Maybe it’ll even become my next book? We’ll see. The future will definitely be pretty cool and exciting. Rock and roll.

WILDsound Short Film Festival. Best of the October 2014 Event

On October 30 2014, we showcased our monthly best of short film festival event at the Carlton Cinemas in downtown Toronto, Canada.

Every month, the festival showcases a selection of new short films from around the world. Then, we have an audience discussion after each film is screened. It’s really the most unique film festival in the world as no other festival does what we do.

To be honest, it took awhile to really hone and perfect the discussion because the last thing we want to do is go negative. For one, that’s the easiest form of conversation and it’s too simple in nature to really explore. And besides, what does anyone get out of judgment talk? What we try to do is have a conversation about how people felt when they watched a particular film. That serves the entire audience experience better, plus it serves the filmmakers who watch the video better too. And every single festival is different because the audience is always different each time.

I can honestly say that it took 18 festivals (almost 2 years) to really nail the discussion and conversation talk. We tried out many moderators, from established filmmakers to film critics, but nothing really worked because the main agenda needed to be about the films. But we finally got it going and we’ve sold out 48 out of our last 50 festivals and people seem to really have a great time attending the festival. Of course it’s all about the films and we’ve been able to showcase some amazing shorts in the last few years.

This month was without exception as all 5 films were nothing short of amazing. Watch the audience feedback videos from the festival here:

To learn about each film that played, click here:

If you have a short film that you like to submit, click here:


Every film showcased on the night was about a character or theme of the youth handling their inner aggression.

– In NOT ANYMORE: A STORY OF REVOLUTION, a documentary of the Syrian revolution as told through the experiences of two young Syrians.

– In THE MAGIC PRINTER, a young man gets a magic printer – careful what you ask for.

– In LA COMMEDIA, a dying man is reminded of his youth as he ventures within the imagination of his paintings.

– In SUBURBAN DEATHCORE, a documentary on what seems like a dark, violent and negative art form; suburban youth are able find a positive outlet for their small town frustrations..

– In SERENA, affluent teenagers who only care about one thing : having fun. Their freedom takes them down a dark turn of violence.


– Matthew Toffolo