Interview with Greg Coffey, Festival Director of Over the Fence Comedy Film Festival

OTF is a Perth based internationally recognised festival, that aims to develop, encourage and promote filmmakers, and expand the world of comedy to the nation and the world; equally giving new and independent filmmakers of the world the opportunity to have their films seen in a festival dedicated to the wide & wild genre ‘comedy’.

Our definition of comedy is – A film driven by, or ultimately concluding with and excellent sense of humour.

http://www.overthefence.com.au/

Matthew Toffolo interview Greg Coffey:

Matthew: What is the goal of your film festival?

Greg: Our mission is to offer a refreshing challenge to people’s ideas of ‘what comedy is’; to give our audience a whole new experience of the way in which funny stories can be told through a the wide variety of filmmaking styles, genres, and from all countries across the world!

Matthew: How has the festival changed since its inception until your upcoming 2015 festival?

Greg: Our 1st festival was held in 1 venue in Perth. Since then we have grown to be the big-gest touring comedy film festival in Australia- touring to over 40 centres and screens across Australia. And we have been invited to screen in Brazil & the UK.

Matthew: How many films are you showcasing at your Film Festival?

Greg: Can range12 -16 short films. This year we have 12 short films selected

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

Greg: This year we have an amazing selection of comedy shorts dealing with a view on love, angst & the peculiar deception life can – & filmmakers do – take us on.

We delve in to ‘dreams & peeing in bed!’; a ‘faecal existential crisis’; ‘many failed suicide attempts’; that first ‘meeting with your girlfriend’s parents’… and if u think that’s gotta be seriously & wickedly odd then wait ‘til you see the; bizarre world of the ‘new middle class; ‘desperately looking young’; and, ‘the trials of love, love … and love’s failure!!!

Get ready for the incredibly rich & strange worlds according to twelve amazing filmmakers from across the planet, and, all with an excellent sense of humour!

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

Greg: Each year we do have a theme, and it is created from the films selected. We do not look for it, nor, ask for it, it simply arises from the selection of films. It’s kind of mysterious that once selected its almost like it pops out! The theme that arose for this years fest is Love, Angst & Other Deceptions.

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

Greg: We will be screening in a cities and centres as we have done. I see us featuring special events, ie indie & new features and long shorts in a cross section of co-produced events in Major festivals.

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

Greg: Perth is an exciting city for indie and grassroots filmmaking.

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

Greg: Tricky question , way too many on my list, so going for the one that left me most impacted me, and challenged me at the same time. That’s got to be the ‘Life of Brian’. Why? – because of how they were able to usurp religion and the crazy belief systems humans want to live by, all-the-while presenting the bizarre concern/reluctance to be an individual… and that scene is the BEST! There are few comedy feature films which have come near to being so radical, challenging, and, had so much to say, all with an excellent sense of humour – since.

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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.

Interview with Yogesh Baraskar, Founder Goa Short Film Festival

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.

Interview with Alexander Jeffery, Festival Director El Dorado Film Festival

The El Dorado Film Festival was founded as a part of the 50th Anniversary of the South Arkansas Arts Center (SAAC). SAAC, in celebration of 50 years of artistic achievement, created many new events that will be the legacy of the next 50 years. The El Dorado Film Festival is one of these events. Laura Barrow and Austin Barrow agreed to take on this endeavor alongside festival committee Richard Wharton, Joanna Benson, Matt Benson, and Emily Cole. When Alexander Jeffery returned to El Dorado from Sweden in March, he helped with managerial duties on the first festival.

The inaugural El Dorado Film Festival featured special guest speaker Howard Klausner, Chuck Mere of the Emmy Winning “Zombie Go Boom,” and over 30 films from 12 different countries. The locals and the filmmakers ate it up, and we are keen to bring more amazing films to this year’s program.

The 2nd El Dorado Film Festival will take place Sept 17-19, 2015.

Matthew Toffolo interviews Festival Director Alexander Jeffery:

Matthew: What is the goal of your film festival?

Jeffery: The goal of our festival is to cater to filmmakers and local audiences who are sick and tired of the Hollywood Blockbuster playing at the local theatre. We embrace our Southern roots, throw some killer parties, and give filmmakers a fun place to mingle and even showcase work-in-progress films if they are up for it!

Matthew: How has the festival changed since its inception until your upcoming 2015 festival?

Jeffery: Well, since we are only in our second year, the biggest change is that there is significantly less stress in approaching this year. We sort of went in blind our first year, and know what worked well and what didn’t work at all. We are giving ourselves more time to program and select films and approaching guests and judges much earlier. We will be announcing this year’s guests and judges very soon.

Matthew: How many films are you showcasing at your Film Festival?

Jeffery: Last year we screened about 35 films in 3 days, this year we hope to show more.

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

Jeffery: We’ve received some incredible submissions so far. I know for a fact we are going to be showing some of the best short films that this year offers, some edgy, some wildly hilarious, and some quieter, honest films with beautiful performances. We won’t know what workshops will be offered up until closer to the festival, but we are working hard to expand the educational component of our festival and give the high school and college students a chance to learn from people working in their craft. I know we will have some wild parties, good networking opportunities, and we will be giving filmmakers a chance to show any work-in-progress films after the awards ceremony on Saturday night. Last year we were in the theatre until about 4am watching new films, drinking beer, and talking about the craft of filmmaking.

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

Jeffery: In terms of the films we are programming, no. We only seek to program the best films we get, be it drama, horror, experimental, comedy, farce, ANYTHING! We love giving filmmakers a place to showcase their time, effort, and artistic expression to a very eager audience. If anything, the theme for this year’s festival will be similar to last year’s theme: make movies and make them anywhere. We are located just 20 miles north of the state that took beat out California as the number 1 place to shoot films (Louisiana), and we believe that the South, the Midwest, New York, Texas, Tennessee, WHEREVER, is the best place to tell your story. Last year Howard Klausner did a presentation on the evolving film business and how to find your market in this rapidly changing industry.

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

Jeffery: The biggest compliment we get is that people want to come back to our festival – in five years I just hope we are a festival that filmmakers and audiences want to visit annually. We’ll never be Sundance or Toronto, we’ll never have premieres starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, but that’s okay with us! We are trying to keep it fun, showcase great work on beautiful projectors and screens, and get filmmakers and audiences talking about the craft of filmmaking. In five years we will also have a new venue. El Dorado is currently under construction and we will soon have a brand new Arts and Entertainment district downtown, featuring a renovated old movie theatre called the Rialto. This endeavor is being taken on by El Dorado Festivals and Events, Inc under the leadership of Terry Stewart (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame) and Austin Barrow. With this entertainment district, we will have more venues and top of the line equipment to show even more films and seat more audience members.

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

Jeffery: Right now film is more of an educational idea rather than production heavy. I shot a short film with some of the festival team here in El Dorado last year, and we have just been selected to screen at the 2015 Omaha Film Festival. So, that’s exciting. There is a desire to grow the film community here, to educate audiences and filmmakers, and to have El Dorado be a place where more films are produced.

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

Jeffery: It’s a toss up between Empire Strikes Back and The Social Network… I watch them both religiously.

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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 http://www.wildsound.ca and submit your film, script, or story to the festival.

Go to http://www.wildsoundfestival.com and watch recent and past winning writing festival readings.

Interview with Emily Cirillo, winning TV Spec writer (VEEP)

WILDsound Festival

I entered the WILDsound Festival because all of the great things I read about it and the wonderful feedback provided by the fest. The reviews were very accurate; I’ve had a great experience with WILDsound.

– Emily Cirillo, on the WILDsound experience.

WATCH Emily’s Winning TV SPEC Screenplay: VEEP “Town Hall”

CAST:

Narrator – Frances Townend
Selina – Jacqueline Brown
Amy – Julia Vally
Sue – Alicia Payne
Mke – Charles Gordon
Ben – Neil Kulin
Adam – Kaleb Alexander
Jonah – Sean Ballantyne
Dan – Rob Salerno

Matthew Toffolo interviews Emily Cirillo:

Matthew: What is your “VEEP” TV Screenplay about?

Emily: The episode, titled “Town Hall”, is about Selina trying to connect with millennial voters after disparaging poll numbers are released. Dan and Amy, fighting for the Campaign Manager position, have different ideas on how to win them over. And Jonah makes things more difficult for Selina and the…

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Interview with Dennis Knickel, Director (Memories short film)

WILDsound Festival

I was sitting with a big smile in my living room in Berlin and was excited and happy about the fact that a crowded theater in Canada is talking about my little movie. The reactions were interesting and mainly positive, I think. I like listening to founded critics as it helps me developing and I had the feeling that the audience did have some knowledge about movies and/or could feel the message and suffer with the protagonist.

– Dennis Knickel, on watching the audience talk about his film at the WILDsound Film Festival (Review)

    Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video of “Memories”

Matthew Toffolo interviews Dennis Knickel:

Matthew: Your short film played at our festival in 2013. How has it done since it screened? Has it played at more festivals? Distribution deal? Can be seen online?

Dennis: “Memories” had screenings all over the world, mainly in the US – in 11…

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Interview with Mark Melara, winning TV Spec writer (Curb Your Enthusiasm)

WILDsound Festival

Watch Mark Melara’s winning TV Spec Screenplay of Curb Your Enthusiasm “The Transplant”

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Frances Townend
Larry – Charles Gordon
Jeff – Neil Kulin
Leon – Kaleb Alexander
Jason Alexander – Rob Salerno
Paula – Alicia Payne
Waitress – Julia Vally
Susie – Jacqueline Brown

Matthew Toffolo interviews Mark Melara:

Matthew: What is your “CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM” TV Screenplay about?

Mark: When Jason Alexander gets a hair transplant, Larry calls him out as a traitor to the bald community. After some strange occurrences Larry begins to suspect there’s some kind of bald club that is conspiring against him. Meanwhile Jeff agrees to represent Jason while Leon becomes Larry’s assistant.

Matthew: Why does this episode script fit into the guidelines of the show?

Mark: From the outset Larry has several motivations and in time they all become entangled: His interest in Paula, shaming Jason Alexander for getting a…

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Audience Feedback Transcript from LAPSUS Short Film

WILDsound Festival

LAPSUS Short Film. Audience Feedback Written Transcript from the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film Festival:

Lapsus » can not be seen yet online. Go to the facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LapsusFilm:

Moderator (Matthew Toffolo): Lots to talk about with this film. I think it’s borderline brilliant, and at the same time a little uneasiness from the crowd. A 30 minute film in just one location by the way, that grabbed all of our attention whether we liked it or not.

Audience Member #1: I think it was the best in the bunch personally. I really enjoyed it in a lot of ways. I kind of expected a twist, but I didn’t know what the twist was, as opposed to the previous film where I saw the twist coming, so that was really good. It’s really difficult to make a confinement film, in all in one room, and they did a really good job and…

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Interview with First Scene Winner Jacob F. Keller, (The Curse of Sam Hain)

WILDsound Festival

It was the first contest I’ve come across that didn’t require an entire screenplay to be submitted. A first scene allows for a much more focused effort on polishing a really good sample. Getting those 5-10 pages right takes a few days to a week while an entire screenplay can take many weeks or months to get right. Plus, the price of submission made it much more appealing. Really, there was nothing to lose.

– Jacoob F. Keller, on why he submitted to the WILDsound Festival (Review)

    Watch the 1st Scene Reading THE CURSE OF SAM HAIN:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Frances Townend
Belenus – Sean Ballantyne
Sam Hain- Neil Kulin
Daughter – Julia Vally
Rider – Kaleb Alexander
Wife – Jacqueline Brown
Man #1 – Charles Gordon
Man #1 – Rob Salerno

Submit your First Scene Screenplay:
http://www.wildsound.ca/firstscenescreenplaycontest.html

Matthew Toffolo interviews Jacob F. Keller:

Matthew: What is your screenplay…

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Interview with First Scene Winner Megan K. Bickel (SPARKS)

WILDsound Festival

I saw so many positive comments about the contests in various places, I couldn’t resist. I was thrilled with the feedback I received! It was very insightful and helped me strengthen my script as a whole.

– Megan K. Bickel, on the WILDsound Experience (Review)

    Watch the 1st Scene Reading SPARKS:

CAST LIST:

NARRATOR – Frances Townend
Charlie – Kaleb Alexander
Emma – Alicia Payne
Barista – Jacqueline Brown

Submit your First Scene Screenplay:

http://www.wildsound.ca/firstscenescreenplaycontest.html

Matthew Toffolo interviews writer Megan K. Bickel:

Matthew: What is your screenplay about?

Megan: My screenplay is a romantic comedy with a sci-fi twist. Dr. Emma Spegal stumbles upon a stranger who reactivates the effects of an old laboratory accident, which sends lightning shooting from her hand. She drags him to her lab to find answers, but instead they find secret plots, hidden agendas, and high-voltage reasons to stick together.

Matthew: Why should this…

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Deadline February 15th: SUBMIT your FEATURE Screenplay to Writing Festival

WILDsound Festival

Deadline February 15th: SUBMIT your FEATURE Screenplay to Writing Festival. Get your works showcased at 2015 festival events.
http://www.wildsound.ca/screenplaycontest.html

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

Watch WINNING Screenplay Readings – Watch videos of past winners performed by professional actors
http://www.wildsoundfestival.com/winning_screenplays.html

READ 100s of testimonials from past submitters –
http://www.wildsound.ca/wildsound_festival_review.html

    WATCH Past Feature Screenplay Readings:

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