Interview with Poet Terézia Kontová (DIET BUSINESS)

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    Watch the Poetry Reading DIET BUSINESS by Terézia Kontová

Interview with Terézia Kontová:

Matthew: What is the theme of your poem?

Terézia: It is a funny poem about love.

Matthew: How would you like people to respond when they read or watch your poetry reading?

Terézia: Any response will mean much to me. Send me comments on

Matthew: How long have you been writing poetry?

Terézia: Many years.

Matthew: Do you have a favorite poet?

Terézia: Danielle Steel. She writes poems sometimes. There is a lot of heart there.

Matthew: What influenced you to submit to WILDsound and have your poetry performed by a professional actor?

Terézia: It is wonderfull to watch an actor reading one of my work.

Matthew: Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?

Terézia: I write scripts and short stories too. I have a ready book of short stories but it has not…

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TV PILOTS Loglines and Pitches from Writers from all over the world

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Read today’s posted TV PILOT:

Submit your own FREE Logline Today:

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Title: Communtiy Service

Written by: Anica Moore


Genre: Drama

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Written by: Kathy Myers


Genre: Family

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Written by: Salvatore Cesarano


Genre: Comedy

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Title: WILD MIND 1

Written by: Fujio Torikai


Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Drama

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Written by: Bernard Cecire


Genre: Fantasy

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Written by: Emir Zukic


Genre: Family

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Written by: Susan Kelly


Genre: History, Drama

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Interview with Wendy Markson, Founding Artistic Director for Breakthroughs Film Festival

The Breakthroughs Film Festival is the only festival in Canada devoted exclusively to short films by New Generation (18-30) female artists. We showcase films from any and every genre made by talented young women from all over the world. The title ‘Breakthroughs’ refers to the struggles emerging women artists face in an industry where they make up only 6 percent of directors, and must, in many cases, work even harder than their male counterparts to make their voices heard.

The 2015 Breakthroughs Film Festival will be held June 5-6, 2015.

For more information, please contact us at, and check out our website:

Matthew Toffolo Interviews Founding Artistic Director Wendy Markson:

Matthew: Why is the city of Toronto the perfect fit for what you’re showcasing at the festival?

Wendy: Toronto is the 4th largest city in North America and one of the most multicultural cities in the world, allowing Breakthroughs to draw on a great diversity of emerging talent. As one of the main creative hubs in Canada and host of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), one of the largest and most influential film festivals worldwide, Toronto is home to a great many established and aspiring filmmakers and always draws new talent. Toronto also houses three world-class universities and countless film college programs, which guarantees a never-ending stream of new young women emerging at various stages of their film careers. Providing filmmakers with access to a diverse and well-developed filmmaking community along with all the tools they need to develop their work, Toronto is the ideal location for a festival showcasing the work of female artists as they negotiate their positions in this traditionally male-dominated industry.

Matthew: What is the goal of your film festival?

Wendy: Breakthroughs works to provide New Generation women filmmakers with more clear opportunities by offering the only festival in Canada devoted solely to short films made by young women. By promoting submissions to our festival, we hope to encourage the work of young women who may feel challenged by the male domination of the industry, allowing them to see our festival as a stepping stone, or ‘breakthrough’, towards their future development and success as filmmakers. At the same time, we hope that attendance at the festival will raise awareness of the under-representation of women filmmakers, by showcasing to both the film and larger cultural communities the great value women bring to the table.

Matthew: How has the festival changed since is began until now?

Wendy: Breakthroughs is only entering its 4th year, and has grown a little in size each year in the number of submissions received and attendance. In the last two years, we’ve also been fortunate to receive recognition and funding from the government of Ontario. While we previously accepted submissions from Canadian applicants only, for the first time in 2015 we are accepting submissions from the international community. As we are still in the early stages of growing our organization, the possibilities are endless! Currently, we are working towards partnering with other film festivals and cultural organizations to be able to more widely promote our unique offering to the local and international community.

Matthew: How many films are you showcasing at your Film Festival this year in how many days?

Wendy: Between 15 and 20 films over 2 days.

Matthew: Can you give us a sneak peak of what to expect for the 2015 Festival?

Wendy: Each year, we select the most interesting films to screen, while aiming to showcase the great variety of talent women filmmakers bring to the industry. As in previous years, we will screen short films from a variety of genres — comedy, drama, documentary, animation, etc. This year, by opening the festival to applicants from around the world, we hope to add an international flair to the variety we’ve already been able to showcase.

Matthew: Is there going to be an overall theme for the 2015 festival?

Wendy: The overall theme of each year’s Breakthroughs Film Festival is simply, yet importantly, the inspiring talent New Generation women filmmakers are bringing to the industry.

Matthew: Where do you see your festival in 5 years?

Wendy: In 5 years, we would like to see Breakthroughs emerge as one of the go-to festivals in Toronto for New Generation female artists to develop and showcase their work, as well as for others in the film industry to discover new talent. We hope to achieve this by partnering with more widely-known festivals and cultural organizations, and by welcoming more high-profile Toronto film industry names onto our Board of Directors.

Matthew: What’s the current status of the Film Scene in Toronto?

Wendy: Toronto is North America’s third largest screen-based production centre, thanks to world-class talent in every aspect of filmmaking. We are home to over 50 film festivals and counting! The Toronto film scene owes a lot to the huge success of TIFF, which in addition to its annual film festival, also acts year-round as a hub for film discovery and appreciation. Toronto is also huge in the documentary film scene with Hot Docs, the largest documentary festival in North America. Toronto’s vibrant film scene consistently draws a high volume and variety of talent from around the world, and it’s booming.

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

Wendy: My favorite childhood film was The Sound of Music, which I watched over and over again until I could not only sing all the songs, but even recite most of the dialogue from memory! Climb Every Mountain, sisters! Great message for young women. More recently, I’ve been watching and re-watching Samsara, a sort of global travelogue showcasing some of the most beautiful, and occasionally disturbing, real sites and scenes of our diverse world. It’s breathtaking.

Matthew: What else are you passionate about besides running this festival?

Wendy: I’m passionate about mindful communication, authenticity, self-expression, and the diverse beauty of the human experience. And with all those ideals in mind, encouraging people to work together rather than against each other to build the kind of world we want to live in.

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Matthew Toffolo, Interviewer BIO

Filmmaker of over 20 short films and TV episodes, Matthew Toffolo is the current CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival. He had worked for the organization since its inception in 2007 serving as the Short Film Festival’s moderator during the Audience Feedback sessions.

Go to and submit your film, script, or story to the festival.

Go to and watch recent and past winning writing festival readings.

Deadline January 31st: SUBMIT your FEATURE Screenplay to Writing Festival.

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Get your works showcased at 2015 festival events.

– Get FULL FEEDBACK on your script. Winners get their script performed by professional actors at the Writing Festival!

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Deadline January 31st – MYSTERY Novel Writing Festival. SAVE $70 off regular submission

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Submit your MYSTERY Novel by Jan. 31st and receive $70 off the regular submission.

Submissions get a transcript of their BOOK performed by professional actors.

FULL FEEDBACK on your entire novel book from our committee of Professional Writers, and Writing Consultants. Get your novel performed by a professional actor at the festival.

Email your story to in .pdf, .doc, .wpd, .rtf, or .fdr format.

In the body in the email please add your:
– TYPE OF STORY (genre, length)
– (optional) and a 1-2 line synopsis of your story.

Then, click on the LINK and submit your novel for only $150. ($70 off the regular submission)

    Watch BOOK/STORY READINGS (see what happens when you submit

    Festival Review – Read testimonials of past submitters who send in their 1st chapter or entire novel.

    Submit a novel book…

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    Watch NOVEL and SHORT STORY READINGS performed by professional actors

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    Watch NOVEL and SHORT STORY READINGS from the Writing Festival

    Get your story performed by professional actors.

    Deadline: SHORT STORY Festival. Get your story performed at the 2015 Writing Festival Events.

    Deadline: 1st CHAPTER/FULL NOVEL Festival. Get your works showcased at 2015 festival events.

    Get your story performed at the Writing Festival. FULL FEEDBACK on all entries.


    Deadline Jan. 31st: SUBMIT your NOVEL (both your 1st chapter or full novel accepted)
    And we’ll make it into a MOVIE

    See past examples of novels made into movies and see the viewership they obtain.

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    CRIME Stories from the Writing and Film Festival

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    Watch winning stories and movies showcased at the Writing and Film Festival in this genre: Short, Feature, TV Screenplays. Short Stories. Novels. Stage Plays. Poems. Stories from festival made into movies.

    Submit your writing or film to the festival today:

      Watch the PLAYLIST:

    Watch videos of past CRIME Movies and Readings:

    WATCH Audience FEEDBACK Video

    Germany, Crime

    WATCH Audience FEEDBACK Video

    Sweden, Drama


    Crime, France


    Crime, Canada


    Animation, Germany

    SCREAMWRITER – Short Script
    May 2014 Reading
    Written by Lee Forgang

    April 2014 Reading
    by Ibba Armancas

    CHAPTER NOVEL – Rabbit’s Man
    February 2014 Reading
    Written by Philip Oyok

    AWAKE TO MURDER – Stage Play
    September 2014 Reading
    Written by Reece Pocock


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    Interview with Tracy Sherwood, 1st Scene Script Winner for DEATH GRIP

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    The prize of having your script performed by professional actors was a huge incentive to enter the festival competition. That kind of presentation makes for a wonderful calling card to give industry pros. But it was the reputation and reviews for WILDsound that sealed the deal for me.

    – Writer Tracy Sherwood on the WILDsound Experience

      WATCH the 1st Scene Reading of DEATH GRIP
      CAST LIST:

      NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
      Ben – Jim Canale
      Sammy – Rob Salerno
      Kat – Ida Jagaric
      Jackie – Danielle Nicole
      Shayna – Alissa DeGrazia

    Interview with Tracy Sherwood:

    1. What is your screenplay about?

    “Death Grip” is the story of Kat Hartley, a female war hero home from Iraq returning to her life as a soccer mom while struggling with PTSD.

    “Death Grip” will be published as an e-novel in early 2015.

    2. Why should this script be made into a movie?

    More female…

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    Interview with Sean Elwood, Winner Best Scene Screenplay January 2015

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    When I read that each script would get feedback on how to make it better, as well as the winning script getting a full reading at their event using actors really piqued my interest. It’s always great to get constructive criticism on something you’re very serious about, no matter what it is, and WILDsound definitely delivered on their critique toward my script. The other perk of entering the festival—having your script performed—seemed interesting to me as well, as I’ve never heard of that approach coming from a screenplay festival.

    – Sean Elwood on the WILDsound Experience

      WATCH BEST SCENE from “I’M STILL HERE” by Sean Elwood

      CAST LIST:

      NARRATOR – Sean Ballantyne
      Ryan – Vince Jerad
      Kayla – Alissa DeGrazia
      Receptionist – Danielle Nicole

    Interview with Sean Elwood:

    1. What is your screenplay about?

    “I’m Still Here” is a dark, psychological thriller that focuses on Ryan Stovall, a young man…

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    Interview with writer David M. Hyde, Feature Script Winner for THE FIREWORKS STAND

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    WILDsound is a unique opportunity to showcase your work. Not only is the feedback terrific, but I do not know of any other festival that will create a production of the winning works.

    – Writer David M. Hyde on the WILDsound experience

      Watch David’s Winning Feature Script: THE FIREWORKS STAND


      When lawyer Tom Johnson drives his car into a local firework stand, which is owned by former preacher Marvin Temple. This sets up a chain of events that bring people to faith and understanding of what life is all about.

      CAST LIST:

      NARRATOR – Susan Q Wilson
      Tom Johnson – Rob Young
      Marvin – Barry Minshull
      Susan – Krista Morin
      James/Richard – Todd Dulmage
      Justine/Amanda – Alissa DeGrazia
      Ben – Jacob Klick
      Brenda – Mandy May Cheetham

    WILDsound Matthew Toffolo interviews writer David M. Hyde:

    Matthew: What is your screenplay about?

    David: A local politician has one thing on…

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