May 2018 – Read the best of Film Festival Interviews

Here what they have to say about FilmFreeway too!

Interviews by Matthew Toffolo

Interview with Festival Director Nicole Manoochehri (Los Angeles Dance Short Film Festival)
Interview with Festival Director Nicole Manoochehri (Los Angeles Dance Short Film Festival)

FilmFreeway is great! We use it exclusively for our festival. I like to have everything in one place. It is my submission site of preference when submitting as well so I’m a huge fan here!

Interview with Festival Director Warren Workman (Feature Film Festival)
Interview with Festival Director Warren Workman (Feature Film Festival)

FilmFreeway is incredible. We used other services in the past but now take submissions exclusively through FilmFreeway because it is easy to use and the customer service is outstanding.

Interview with Festival Director Marc D. Lyons (Variety International Film Festival)
Interview with Festival Director Marc D. Lyons (Variety International Film Festival)

We love partnering with filmfreeway!, its literally a one stop shop for fillmakers and festivals!, we can screen and judge all in one place. It makes life so much easier not having to chase down the many different formats films today come in.

Interview with Festival Director Eric Morgret (Crypticon Seattle Horror Film Festival))

It’s a great service! I think we were the 4th festival to sign up for them a few years back and since day one they have been responsive and helpful with any questions we have had. They also work hard to improve the service and are always adding useful services and tools.

Interview with Festival Directors Lisa Wisely & James Felix McKenney (GREAT WESTERN CATSKILLS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL)
Interview with Festival Directors Lisa Wisely & James Felix McKenney (GREAT WESTERN CATSKILLS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL)

So far, so good. The submissions have been trickling in slowly, probably because we’re a first year festival and our final deadline is still a ways off. We’re mostly getting submissions for short films right now and looking forward to seeing more features come our way.

Interview with Festival Director Lari Teräs (Toronto Int’l Spring of Horror & Fantasy Film Festival (TISH))
Interview with Festival Director Lari Teräs (Toronto Int’l Spring of Horror & Fantasy Film Festival (TISH))

The submission process has been great. Last year we got on the Top-100 Best Reviewed Festivals list for quite a while, which definitely boosted our submissions significantly. Furthermore, we have noticed filmmakers whose works we have previously screened resubmitting to us, which is always nice to see. The only downside is that the amount of quality submissions we receive makes the selection process very hard.

Interview with Festival Director Mike Messier (AVALONIA Film Festival)
Interview with Festival Director Mike Messier (AVALONIA Film Festival)

So far, so good. I found FilmFreeway to be very user friendly as a filmmaker myself, and its entry process helped me win about half of my film and TV Awards. Running Avalonia Festival on it is also​ relatively​ easy, time consuming at times, but nothing I can’t handle. ​

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March 2018 – Interviews with TOP FILM COMPOSERS working today:

Matthew Toffolo interviews some of the top Film Composers working in the industry today. Great insights on what it takes to succeed in any field in the movie business:

Interview with Composer Mateo Messina (JUNO, BREAKERS)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2018/03/08/interview-with-composer-mateo-messina-juno-breakers/

Persistence is key. Relentlessness is key. Time and time again I’ve found the people I’ve worked with who are on top of their game are the ones who stayed after years and years struggling. Just keep at it.

Interview with Composer Jeff Russo (Emmy Winner FARGO TV series)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2018/03/05/interview-with-composer-jeff-russo-emmy-winner-fargo-tv-series/

Most important thing is for someone to create their own voice. We are all unique and original in our own way so we all have a voice. Find it. It’s the only way to move forward.

Interview with Composer Gilde Flores (Total Divas, The Wolverine)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2018/02/25/interview-with-composer-gilde-flores-total-divas-the-wolverine/

The advice I would give to any young musicians who want to eventually compose movies is to be PATIENT, always work on your skill set/stay teachable, have an amazing work ethic, have consistency, have respect, and learn how to take a “no/pass on your work.

Interview with Composer/Musician Michael Abels (GET OUT)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/03/07/interview-with-composermusician-michael-abels-get-out/

Write the music that inspires you, because writing music purely for money will make you hate your creative life. Try to remove your ego from every piece you write. It’s so difficult to be inspired-yet-unattached, but it’s required to remain in a highly creative state. And you are a composer, regardless of whether you have a high profile project to your credit or not. Be the person you want others to see.

Interview with Composer/Vocalist Dominic Lewis (Money Monster, Batman v Superman)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2016/06/02/interview-with-composervocalist-dominic-lewis-money-monster-batman-v-superman/

Freebirds being my first big movie is a fond memory but I have to say getting to work with Jodie Foster and so many amazing people on ‘Money Monster’ has to top the lot so far. I’m also really proud of the score, it’s different and I was given a chance to push the envelope.

Interview with Composer David Buckley (The Good Wife, The Town)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2016/03/20/interview-with-composer-david-buckley-the-good-wife-the-town/

When I was a boy, I sung on a soundtrack to The Last Temptation of Chris, and a flame was ignited. I went through a couple of decades of classical training before moving to London and starting to compose for jingles and crappy tv. I was learning as I was going though, and building up my studio and knowledge-base. I got the opportunity to come over to LA just after I turned 30, and jumped at the opportunity.

March 2018 – Interviews with Award Winning Screenwriters

Read interviews by Matthew Toffolo from award winning screenwriters for March 2018:

Interview with Screenwriter Chris Beadnell, THE TRENCH
Interview with Screenwriter Chris Beadnell, THE TRENCH

Interview with Screenwriter Jean Buschmann, THE ORDER
Interview with Screenwriter Jean Buschmann, THE ORDER

Interview with Screenwriter Laina Burgess, AFTERLIFE ESTATES
Interview with Screenwriter Laina Burgess, AFTERLIFE ESTATES

Interview with Screenwriter Matt Huntington, SOMETHING LIKE FATE
Interview with Screenwriter Matt Huntington, SOMETHING LIKE FATE

Interview with Screenwriter Michael Kotsiros, THE PLAYLISTS
Interview with Screenwriter Michael Kotsiros, THE PLAYLISTS

Interview with Screenwriter Katherine Grant Krieger, DELIVERY GIRL
Interview with Screenwriter Katherine Grant Krieger, DELIVERY GIRL

Interview with Screenwriter Mitch Moldofsky, FORTY WINKS
Interview with Screenwriter Mitch Moldofsky, FORTY WINKS

Interview with Screenwriter Travis Darkow, JAKOB’S COVE
Interview with Screenwriter Travis Darkow, JAKOB’S COVE

Interview with Screenwriter Chris Harris, CHARACTERS
Interview with Screenwriter Chris Harris, CHARACTERS

Interview with Screenwriter Christine Davis, MORPH
Interview with Screenwriter Christine Davis, MORPH

Interview with Allison Osborne, FAMILY SECRETS
Interview with Allison Osborne, FAMILY SECRETS

Interview with Screenwriter Amanda Samaroo, LOVE IS FREE WILL
Interview with Screenwriter Amanda Samaroo, LOVE IS FREE WILL

Interview with Screenwriter Renata Manzo Scruggs, THE DISPLACED
Interview with Screenwriter Renata Manzo Scruggs, THE DISPLACED

Interview with Screenwriter Jonah Jones, REVELATION
Interview with Screenwriter Jonah Jones, REVELATION

Interview with Screenwriter Lily Rose, CHRISTMAS WINGS
Interview with Screenwriter Lily Rose, CHRISTMAS WINGS

Interview with Screenwriter Christine L. Keefer, SPRING FORWARD
Interview with Screenwriter Christine L. Keefer, SPRING FORWARD

Interview with Screenwriter Ryan Gallant, SILVER SKULL CREEK
Interview with Screenwriter Ryan Gallant, SILVER SKULL CREEK

Interview with Screenwriter Claudia Marinelli, CHASING WHITE INFINITY
Interview with Screenwriter Claudia Marinelli, CHASING WHITE INFINITY

March 2018 – Interviews with Film Directors

Read interviews by Matthew Toffolo with the top up and coming filmmakers from around the world:

Interview with Filmmaker Julia Campanelli (116)
Interview with Filmmaker Julia Campanelli (116)

Interview with Filmmaker Philippe McKie (BREAKER)
Interview with Filmmaker Philippe McKie (BREAKER)

Interview with Filmmaker Balazs Juszt (WHAT IF…?)
Interview with Filmmaker Balazs Juszt (WHAT IF…?)

Interview with Filmmaker Steven R. Lawson (MAN-AT-ARMS)
Interview with Filmmaker Steven R. Lawson (MAN-AT-ARMS)

Interview with Filmmaker Derek Frey (GOD CAME ‘ROUND)
Interview with Filmmaker Derek Frey (GOD CAME ‘ROUND)

Interview with Filmmakers Thia Schuessler & Rex New (THE WEDDING SONG)
Interview with Filmmakers Thia Schuessler & Rex New (THE WEDDING SONG)

Interview with Filmmaker Zack Arch (THE CRYING CHEF)
Interview with Filmmaker Zack Arch (THE CRYING CHEF)

Interview with Filmmaker Gabriel Renfro (THE FUTURE RICHARD DENISONS)
Interview with Filmmaker Gabriel Renfro (THE FUTURE RICHARD DENISONS)

Interview with Filmmaker Kaitlyn Fajilan (MADEIRA)
Interview with Filmmaker Kaitlyn Fajilan (MADEIRA)

Interview with Filmmaker Fatima Martin (MARTINA, OH MARTINA)
Interview with Filmmaker Fatima Martin (MARTINA, OH MARTINA)

Interview with Filmmakers Ani Cohen & Emma Sharp (AN ACTOR PREPARES)
Interview with Filmmakers Ani Cohen & Emma Sharp (AN ACTOR PREPARES)

Interview with Filmmaker Reanna Miller (FORGOTTEN FLORA)
Interview with Filmmaker Reanna Miller (FORGOTTEN FLORA)

Interview with Filmmaker Gonzaga Manso (EDEN HOSTEL)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2018/02/16/interview-with-director-gonzaga-manso-eden-hostel/

Screenplay Festival: February 1, 2018 Event

The FEEDBACK Screenplay Festival’s 5th event of 2018 features a full reading of a historical bio-pic feature screenplay that is considered one of the top spec scripts in the world today. Plus, readings of 8 1st scene readings.

If there was a theme to this evening, it would be “Taking back what is rightfully yours”.

Full cast: Rob Notman, Kerrie Lamb, Carina Cojeen, Charles Gordon, Ida Jagaric, Andrea Meister, Jarod Terrell, Sean C. Dwyer.

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Feature Screenplay – THE DISPLACED, by Renata Manzo Scruggs

Genre: Drama, History

In 1930’s Virginia, a widow battles the government when it seizes her land to create Shenandoah National Park.

CAST LIST:

Ginny: Andrea Meister
Lebo: Jarod Terrell
Owen: Rob Notman
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Carter: Sean C. Dwyer
Esme: Kerrie Lamb
Will: Charles Gordon
Addie: Ida Jagaric

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ROMANCE 1st Scene Script – SOMETHING LIKE FATE, by Matthew Huntington

Genre: Drama, Romance

A brainy teen turns to horoscopes and psychics to predict her future after surviving a car crash. But nothing could prepare her for finding and falling in love with her soul mate – who just happens to be her best friend’s boyfriend.

CAST LIST:

Old Man: Charles Gordon
Father: Sean C. Dwyer
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Erin: Andrea Meister
Lani: Kerrie Lamb

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TV PILOT 1st Scene Script – FAT VS EVIL, by Alex Sheldon

Genre: Sci-Fi, Comedy

In a world where superheroes are as common as garage bands, plus size retail worker Iris gains awesome powers she wants nothing to do with.

CAST LIST:

Bette: Andrea Meister
Rancor: Charles Gordon
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Iris: Kerrie Lamb
Jake: Rob Notman
Commander: Jarod Terrell

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TV PILOT 1st Scene Script – JAKOB’S COVE, by Travis Darkow

Genre: Mystery, Sci-Fi, Suspense

A crazy mash up of The X-Files and Supernatural, but with more violence, old school noir detective movies like The Maltese Falcon, and the soundtrack style of Stranger Things or It Follows, 80’s synthesizer and all.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Det. Jameson: Charles Gordon

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TV PILOT 1st Scene Script – CHARACTERS, by Chris Harris

Genre: Comedy

After his New York acting dreams are sabotaged by his “evil stepmother,” Jason, a young 20s brown kid, is forced to take the only acting job available to him, becoming a prince in a sketchy Tampa theme park. In true Florida fashion, Jason learns “The Most Magicalest Place Ever,” delivers the best of Florida, from pedophiles and meth-heads, to sassy homosexuals with vendettas. Jason must learn to navigate these choppy waters if he wants to be an actor and survive as a Character.

CAST LIST:

Princess 1: Andrea Meister
Kangy Kangaroo: Rob Notman
Russell: Sean C. Dwyer
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Izzy: Charles Gordon
Jason: Jarod Terrell
Princess 2: Kerrie Lamb

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MYSTERY 1st Scene Script – THE PLAYLISTS, by Michael Kotsiros

Genre: Mystery, Drama, Suspense

A married couple are separately lured to a remote location by a gifted but troubled composer, who uses music to reveal his hidden agenda.

CAST LIST:

Kelly: Andrea Meister
Mary: Ida Jagaric
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Rachel: Kerrie Lamb
Joel: Sean C. Dwyer
Chubby Courier: Jarod Terrell

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HORROR 1st Scene Script – WHILE THE VILLAGE SLEEPS, by Chloë Bellande

Genre: Horror, Teen, Thriller

A group of friends spend a night in a cabin and play a werewolf card game…only to find out that the game is now playing them.

CAST LIST:
Jason: Jarod Terrell
Sarah: Ida Jagaric
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Connie: Kerrie Lamb
Kaileigh: Andrea Meister

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THRILLER 1st Scene Script – FORTY WINKS, by Mitch Moldofsky

Genre: Thriller, Mystery

A near-future dream expert with dream-reading technology, known professionally for her stance that “dreams mean nothing”, freaks when her husband’s dreams reveal an affair and a murder–hers.

CAST LIST:

Judge: Charles Gordon
Jazz Singer: Carina Cojeen
Narrator: Ida Jagaric
Pros. Attorney: Rob Notman
Greg: Sean C. Dwyer
Det. Morgan: Jarod Terrell
Carol: Kerrie Lamb

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LGBT 1st Scene Script – DELIVERY GIRL, by Katherine Grant Krieger

Genre: Drama, Comedy, Coming of Age

Adopted at birth, 20-something conflicted lesbian Trisha Donahue enlists her treacherous bi-sexual girlfriend to help search for her birth mother.

CAST LIST:

Max: Jarod Terrell
Motorist: Rob Notman
Sarah: Ida Jagaric
Narrator: Carina Cojeen
Trisha: Andrea Meister
Abigail: Kerrie Lamb
Danny: Charles Gordon

Producer: Matthew Toffol – http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Camera Op: Mary Cox

December 2017 – Read the best of DIRECTOR INTERVIEWS from around the world:

Scroll through and read the best of interviews from up and coming filmmakers from around the world.

by Matthew Toffolo

Interview with Filmmaker Gretchen Bayer (THE FOREST PRINCESS)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/11/24/interview-with-filmmaker-gretchen-bayer-the-forest-princess/

Interview with Filmmaker Nikhat Powell (THE BENEFACTION)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/11/24/interview-with-filmmaker-nikhat-powell-the-benefaction/

Interview with Filmmaker Holly Voges (FELL)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/11/23/interview-with-filmmaker-holly-voges-fell/

Interview with Filmmaker Nora Jaenicke (BETWEEN SECONDS)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/11/23/interview-with-filmmaker-nora-jaenicke-between-seconds/

Interview with Filmmaker Daniel Möhle (MY BODY)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/11/23/interview-with-filmmaker-daniel-mohle-my-body/

Interview with Filmmaker Vasili Manikas (ANTICA)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/11/04/interview-with-filmmaker-vasili-manikas-antica/

Interview with Filmmaker Jean-Claude Leblanc (STUDDED NIGHTMARE)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/11/04/interview-with-filmmaker-jean-claude-leblanc-studded-nightmare/

Interview with Filmmaker Jonathan Brooks (MILK MAN)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2017/11/03/interview-with-filmmaker-jonathan-brooks-milk-man/

November 2017 – Read the best of Film Festival Interviews

Read 10 interviews with Festival Directors from Film Festivals around the world. Interviews conducted by Matthew Toffolo

Interview with Artistic Director Maeve McGrath (KERRY FILM FESTIVAL)
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/11/05/interview-with-artistic-director-maeve-mcgrath-kerry-film-festival/

Interview with Festival Director David W. King (FLATHEAD INTERNATIONAL CINEMAFEST (FLIC))
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/11/05/interview-with-festival-director-david-w-king-flathead-international-cinemafest-flic/

Interview with Festival Director Kyia Clayton (The Tasmanian eco Film Festival)
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/11/04/interview-with-festival-director-kyia-clayton-the-tasmanian-eco-film-festival/

Interview with Festival Director Christopher Rohde (Mirror Mountain Film Festival)
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/11/04/interview-with-festival-director-christopher-rohde-mirror-mountain-film-festival/

Interview with Festival Director Gabriel Muelle (Bogotá Music Video Festival)
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/11/04/interview-with-festival-director-gabriel-muelle-bogota-music-video-festival/

Interview with Festival Executive Director Steffanie Finn (WINTER FILM AWARDS INDIE FILM FESTIVAL)
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/11/04/interview-with-festival-executive-director-steffanie-finn-winter-film-awards-indie-film-festival/

Interview with Festival Director Jef Gray (The International Peace & Film Festival (IPFF))
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/11/04/interview-with-festival-director-jef-gray-the-international-peace-film-festival-ipff/

Interview with Festival Director Hermoine Macura (WORLD OF WOMEN FILM FAIR MIDDLE EAST)
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/11/04/interview-with-festival-director-hermoine-macura-world-of-women-film-fair-middle-east/

Interview with Festival Director Mark Lyminster (RAINBOW UMBRELLA FILM FESTIVAL)
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/11/04/interview-with-festival-director-mark-lyminster-rainbow-umbrella-film-festival/

Interview with Festival President Sabine Mondestin (OPEN WORLD TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL)
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/11/04/interview-with-festival-president-sabine-mondestin-open-world-toronto-film-festival/

Interview with Festival Directors Nick John Whittle & Stuart Wheeldon (9LadiesFilmFestival) 
https://festivalreviews.org/2017/10/09/interview-with-festival-directors-nick-john-whittle-stuart-wheeldon-9ladiesfilmfestival/