October 2017 – Read interviews with Film Festival Directors from all over the world.

Read 10 interviews of Film Festivals and their directors from all over the world:

Interview with Festival Director Georges Chamchoum (Asian World Film Festival)

Interview with Festival Director Karl Rössel (AFRIKA FILM FESTIVAL)

Interview with Festival Director Jorge Blanco (THE HELL CHESS FILM FESTIVAL)

Interview with Festival Director Auregan (ANIMATION STUDIO FESTIVAL)

Interview with Festival Directors Nick John Whittle & Stuart Wheeldon (9LadiesFilmFestival)

Interview with Festival Director Vanna Nauk (Fresno’s State Asian Pacific Film Festival)

Interview with Festival Directors Betsy Uhler Colombo & Alexa Roman (LA Dance Film Festival)

Interview with Festival Director Alessandro Cassa (FICMAN/INSFF)

Interview with Festival Directors Daniel Foreman & Sharlene Millang (Edmonton Short Film Festival)

Interview with Festival Director Matthew Rooney (VideoDrunk Film Festival)

Interview with Festival Programmer Ross Williams (KILLER VALLEY HORROR FILM FESTIVAL)


October 2017 – Read Interviews with Winning Short Filmmakers

Interview with 15 winning short filmmakers from around the world. Interviews by Matthew Toffolo:

Interview with Director James Bowsher (WITHHELD)


Interview with Director Steve Hally (TWISTED SOBRIETY)


Interview with Director Andi Osho (AMBER)


Interview with Directed Eric Shahinian (FOREIGN SOUNDS)


Interview with Directed Elaine Chu (MANEKI-NEKO)


 Interview with Director Jana Stackhouse (THE MAN WHO DOESN’T SLEEP) https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/10/03/interview-with-director-jana-stackhouse-the-man-who-doesnt-sleep/


Interview with director Anthony Bennett (MY LITTLE BROTHER)


Interview with Animation Director Peter Zhaoyu Zhou (KARMA)


Interview with Director Margaret Costa (MY NAME IS JOAN)


Interview with Director Igor Gavva (SUITCASE)


Interview with Director Andrea Behring (BAGGAGE)


Interview with Director Dan Pal (COUNTING)


Interview with Director Andrew Galloway (WALLY)


Interview with director Katie Maguire (THE SESSION)


Interview with Director’s Blair Bomar & Olivia Applegate (GRACE & GRIT)


October 2017 – Read Interviews with Winning Screenwriters

Read selected interviews from recent winning screenwriters and their work. Interviews by Matthew Toffolo

Winning Feature Screenwriter – Joel Stern

Winning Fan Fiction Screenwriter – Mike Meade

Winning 1st Scene Screenwriter – Holt Boggs

Winning Short Screenwriter – J. Logan Alexander

Winning Sci-Fi Screenwriter – Gunel Asgarova

Winning Comedy Screenwriter Alison McGrath

Winning Action Screenwriters – Janine Cobain & Gary McElkerney

Winning Student Screenwriter – Taryn Procsal

Winning TV Screenwriter – John Cruz Alarid


August 2017 – Interviews with Award Winning Short Filmmakers

Read this month’s interviews with filmmakers from around the world. Their short films have played at multiple festivals and have won multiple awards. 

Interviews by Matthew Toffolo

Interview with Director Jeremy Garcia (STAR WARS: TRIALS)


Interview with Director Richard Paris Wilson (A MONSTER CALLED CHARLES)


Interview with Director Holy Fatma (PLEASE LOVE ME FOREVER)


Interview with Director Liv Mari Ulla Mortensen (65.5)


Interview with Director Knútur Haukstein Ólafsson (HOPE)


Interview with Director Camille Laloux (NOVEMBER UNDER ASHES)


Interview with Director Carla Shah (ICARO)


Get to know Storyboard Artist James Doh (Captain America, X-Men: First Class, Drive)

James Doh is one of the most sought after Storyboard Artists in the industry today. His imprint is on most of the top action movies in the last 15 years. In 2016 alone, he worked on “The Conjuring 2”, “Suicide Squad”, and “Star Trek Beyond”. He’s currently working on the upcoming blockbusters “Ghost in the Shell (2017”, “Aquaman (2018)”, and “The Predator (2018)”.

Read the full interview here

PHOTO: James’ storyboards from Suicide Squad: 



Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 10-20 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto on the last Thursday of every single month. Go tohttp://www.wildsound.ca for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

Get to know Sound Mixer Tony Dawe (Return of the Jedi, Alice in Wonderland, Troy)

Tony Dawe has definitely witnessed a lot of things on set working sound, working on over 120 productions in the last 40 years. It was an honor to interview him after the craft of sound mixing on set and preparing the post-production sound department.

Read the Full Interview at http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Excerpt on working on The Return of the Jedi: 

George Lucas was very involved in the making of “Revenge of the Jedi”, and spent a lot of time on the sets. I got on very well with George, and we had many discussions about the use of computers in film making and where that was going to go. Looking back, of course he was absolutely right. He is a most incredible person and visionary and I really loved working with him.

However, working on “Revenge of the Jedi” (which was its original title), was very intense and not one of my favourite experiences

Get to know Sound Designer Wylie Stateman (All Quentin Tarantino films)

READ FULL INTERVIEW: Supervising Sound Editor Wylie Stateman (The Hateful Eight, Home Alone, JFK) –

Wylie Statement is a gem. It’s a simple as that. This is truly one of my favorite interviews. In my subjective opinion, it’s a must read for anyone working in the industry today, and for those attempting to get into the industry. His answers were entertaining, educational, and there is a theme that ties it all together. See if you can figure it out. Hope you enjoy.

On working with Quentin Tarantino: 

Quentin taught me the value in studying historical film references. He often provided specific examples of films that he felt advanced filmmaking or some aspect of sound specifically. For “Kill Bill”, we reviewed Quentin’s fascination with early Hong Kong films. On “Grindhouse”, he once referenced a trailer that he had seen some thirty years prior as having left a lasting impression on him (sound-wise). Sure enough, the next day a small roll of 35mm film arrived and we had the chance to review an original William Friedkin “Exorcist” trailer, circa 1973. It served as an informative reference for the movement of sound through the surround speaker field.

Every Quentin film has an origin story that is personal to his life long pursuit of cinema. Quentin personally hand picks his filmmaking family on every project. His producers and department heads are always part of his most trusted assets. The production team and, after production, the cutting room is always populated with smart, devoted, traditional, and not-so-traditional, highly talented people. Quentin is the driving force out in front of the team, thoroughly inspiring everyone.