Matthew Toffolo interviews the Founder/Director of the Goa Short Film Festival:
Matthew: What is the goal of your film festival?
Yogesh Baraskar (Founder, Director) – The goal of Goa Short Film Festival is to provide the platform for new taelnt in the field of cinema making. in India ti is really common thing now to become a short film maker but they are not getting good chance to showcase their talent. We want to provide that.
Matthew: How has the festival changed since its inception until your upcoming 2015 festival?
Yogesh Baraskar (Founder, Director) – The festival has change immensely since its inception. thought it is only the second edition of the festival. We are also organizing Pune Short Film Festival for last five years, so the helps us to spread our new Goa Short Film Festival
Matthew: How many films are you showcasing at your Film Festival?
Yogesh Baraskar (Founder, Director) – In its 1st year only we have received more than 400 films across 23 countries. out of the we have selected 87 films in the competition section of the festival and we showcased all the 87 films in the festival.
Matthew: Can you give us a sneak peak of what to except for the 2015 Festival?
Yogesh Baraskar (Founder, Director) – In 2015 we are expecting more than 600 films across 30 countries. our festival jis getting good shape and jit is spreading especially across USA and Europe.
Matthew: Is there going to be an overall theme for the 2015 festival?
Yogesh Baraskar (Founder, Director) – No our festival does not have any particular theme. it is open for all the Genre and all the categories of the films and film makers
Matthew: Where do you see your festival in 5 years?
Yogesh Baraskar (Founder, Director) – In the next five years we are planning to become not only India’s but one of the Asia’s top film festival. we want to grow not only in terms of prize money but in terms of number of quality films.
Matthew: What’s the current status of the Film Scene in your city?
Yogesh Baraskar (Founder, Director) – in Goa We have very good film culture. most of the young filmmaker are coming ahead to showcase their talent through the short films.
Matthew: What film have you seen the most in your life?
Yogesh Baraskar (Founder, Director) – I personally watched and like all the films of Satyajeet Ray, Steven Spielberg, Clint Eastwood, Majidi Majidi
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Matthew Toffolo, Interviewer BIO
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.
Filmmaker of over 20 short films and TV episodes. Took over full reins of the WILDsound Festival in May 2013. From then to the end of 2014, he’s presented over 90 movies at the monthly FEEDBACK Film Festival in Toronto, plus has had over 60 screenplays and stories performed by professional actors at the bi-monthly Writing Festival.