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Interview with Mark Moliterni, Award Winning Short Filmmaker (MY BUDDY)

Watching the Toronto audience discuss My Buddy was a first for me, and admittedly, a little bizarre. I’ve never had my work discussed and analyzed by strangers in a public setting. It was exciting to see that many of the themes I wanted to explore were understood, appreciated, and debated over by the audience.

– Director Mark Moliterni, on the WILDsound experience (Review)

Mark’s film “MY BUDDY” was the awarded Best Film at the WILDsound February 2015 film festival.

    WATCH the Audience FEEDBACK Video from the Festival:

Matthew Toffolo interview with Mark Moliterni:

Matthew: What motivated you to make this film?

Mark: The night I saw the Wachowskis’ Cloud Atlas (at the Carlton Cinema, ironically enough), I left the theater feeling incredibly inspired and desperate to create something. I had heard the song ‘My Buddy’ by the Alvino Rey Orchestra many times and had it in my Rolodex of ideas to base a film on. So I got home, and began drafting the plot and themes I wanted to explore, using my own grandparents as inspiration for Manny.

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

Mark: My Buddy was conceived of in February 2013. I worked on a couple drafts of the screenplay and then didn’t touch it for a few months. Then I pitched the film to the executive crew that summer and we got the green light from our school, Ryerson University, to produce it in September. Production took place in December and the film was finally finished in April 2014.

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

Mark: When I first dreamed up the idea for My Buddy I didn’t think I’d be able to produce it anytime soon. I figured I would need a lot of special effects for Win and that it’d be impossible to get an actor who could play the part convincingly. I finally finessed the idea enough to make it realistically producible on a limited budget. If it were not for my grandparents letting us take over their house for a week, Ryerson’s resources and the generous donation of time from our cast and crew (many of whom were toiling outside in the freezing cold rigging lights), we could not have produced My Buddy.

Matthew: In the moderation, we chatted with your actors. How was your personal experience working with them?

Mark: Vince Carlin and Ryan Anning are two of the easiest, nicest, and most patient actors a new director could work with. Watching them develop their characters and fall effortlessly into their roles over the course of the shoot was an absolute pleasure.

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

Mark: Probably The Lion King. My older brother wanted to watch it weekly (daily?) when we were kids. It’s still one of my favourite movies.

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

Mark: My first music video for Canadian band Parallels will be coming out later this year. I’m currently interning at two LA production companies in story development and hope to finish my first two feature film scripts by the end of the year.

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Watch the February 2015 Film Festival Films and Winners:

Submit your Short Film to the Festival:

Sneak Peak: Full Lineup of Short Films for the Thursday Feb. 26th Film Festival

RSVP for the Thursday February 26th Film Festival – Best of Short Films from Canada, Turkey, Greece, Australia. 7pm, Carlton Cinemas in downtown Toronto, Canada


You can also buy a festival pass for only $40 for the 2015 season, which includes a FREE ticket to all 10 events.

Our first film festival of 2015 is an excellent lineup of films:

TOY BOY, 8min, Canada, Documentary/Family
Directed by March Mercanti

A 30-year-old lives at home with his parents, their two cats … and 5,000 toy

THE MAN WHO FED HIS SHADOW, 18min, Greece, Drama/Magic
Directed by Mario Garefo

A man intrudes on rich people’s dinners claiming that he can collect the food from their table and feed his shadow which, curiously enough, is a female figure.

FIXED, 7min, Australia, Comedy/Family
Directed by Codey Wilson

Jemimah wants Tilly to have puppies. At any cost.

THE WHEEL OF TIME, 12min, Turkey, Thriller/Future
Directed by Kagan Kerimoglu

In a world where humans believe to possess immortality, but are actually murdered by the government, a hacker struggles to inform others about the danger through a secret network that he created. When government finds out about his actions, he becomes their next target.

MY BUDDY, 24min, Canada, Drama/Future
Directed by Mark Moliterni

Through the story of a lonely old man and his android robot butler, “My Buddy” celebrates the power of movies and TV to connect us.