November 2017 – Read the best of Interviews with Award Winning Short Filmmakers

Matthew Toffolo interviews the best of short filmmakers from around the world. 

Interview with Filmmaker Vasili Manikas (ANTICA)

Interview with Filmmaker Jean-Claude Leblanc (STUDDED NIGHTMARE)

Interview with Filmmaker Jonathan Brooks (MILK MAN)

Interview with Filmmaker Paul Scheufler (TASTE OF LOVE)

Interview with Filmmaker Tamara Hansen (TWO)

Interview with Filmmaker/Animator Amr Kamel (PROMETHEUS INDUSTRIES)

Interview with Filmmaker Navid Tavakolnia (BEAUTIFUL)


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)


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)


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)


FREE EVENT – Best of Under 5 Minute Short Film Festival. Thur. June 29th. 7pm. Carlton

FREE EVENT: RSVP the Best of Under 5 Minute Shorts Festival – Thursday June 29th. Carlton Cinemas. 7pm.

Excellent lineup of films from Canada, France, USA, Hungary, Japan, India, Italy, and UK. In the Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Dance, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Thriller, Mystery, Musical Romance, Sports, and Thriller genres

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You can come for FREE or make a donation on the night. Or, you can RSVP on the program page and make a donation via paypal or credit card.

Giving you films from all corners of the world in different genres and formats.

Watch Audience FEEDBACK: FAREWELL, 15min, Switzerland, Comedy

Played at the May 2017 Best of EUROPEAN Shorts Festival


What happens if you want to say goodbye to a loved one but this suddenly no longer find ? The short film “Farewell” tells how want to accompany a group of friends with different characters their deceased friend and brother on a last trip and so much goes wrong.

In bizarre and comical way this short satire will pull you in its spell – and what, if such a thing happened once to me?

  • Urs Kälin
  • Urs Kälin
  • Urs Kälin
  • Katharina Linhart
    Key Cast
  • Sandro Howald
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  • Pauli Schmidig
    Key Cast
  • Jan A. Hiss
    Key Cast
  • Diane DelaCroix
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  • Nadine Martig
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  • Philippe Schuler
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  • Urs Kälin
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  • Project Title (Original Language):
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  • Runtime:
    15 minutes 8 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 28, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    11,000 CHF
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    Digital, Black Magic
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Devin Klos – November 2016 SHORT Screenplay Winner

Written by Dan BorengasserCAST LIST:DYLAN – Peter-Mark Raphael
NARRATOR – Cassandra Guthrie


Genre: Drama, Comedy

A man struggling with his wife who’s gone gets compassion from a beautiful woman in the elevator.

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your screenplay about?

The inherent irony of commencement speeches.

What genres does your screenplay under?


Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Because it would strike a real chord with past graduates, and could even serve as a video greeting card for new graduates. It would also be inexpensive to produce.

How would you describe this script in two words?

Delightfully cynical.

What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

It’s a Wonderful Life (an annual family tradition).
Other than that – a tie between The Stunt Man and Galaxy Quest.

How long have you been working on this screenplay?

A day.

How many stories have you written?

Dozens and dozens.

What motivated you to write this screenplay?

I think I attended one too many commencements.

What obstacles did you face to finish this screenplay?

Keeping it short enough for the competition.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Movies, books, racquetball, double-crostics, macadamia nuts.

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

It’s better to write something godawful each day than to write nothing at all.

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Short Film Pitch: Rooms Of Redemption by James Banner


ACTORTitle: Rooms Of Redemption

Written by: James Banner

Type: Short Screenplay

Genre: Mystery, Thriller

Logline: Rachel, a conflicted woman with a troubled pass, finds herself spending a night in a mysterious motel that seems to know all of her secrets and regrets. Being confronted by guilt, Rachel must take a journey down a rabbit hole of pain and sorrow.

Interested in this logline, please email us at and we’ll forward your email to the writer.

Have a logline? Submit your logline to the festival for FREE Rooms Of Redemption.

TV CONTESTSUBMIT your Short Screenplay or TV SPEC Script
Voted #1 TV Contest in North America.
Get full feedback! Winners get their novel made into a video!
FULL FEEDBACK on all entries. Get your script performed