Interview with Dennis Knickel, Director (Memories short film)

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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)

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


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

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

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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)

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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:


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:

Matthew Toffolo interviews Jacob F. Keller:

Matthew: What is your screenplay…

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

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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:


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

Submit your First Scene Screenplay:

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

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

Watch WINNING Screenplay Readings – Watch videos of past winners performed by professional actors

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Interview with Amparo Gea, Director of Native Film Festival

The main objective of the Native Film Festival is the construction, development and promotion of opportunities for dialogue, based on a deep respect for sociocultural diversity, promotes and organizes this Festival.

Festival takes place in the 2nd week of June 2015.

The Website is and lade our organization is

Matthew Toffolo interviews director Amparo Gea:

Matthew: What is the goal of your film festival?

Amparo: Our goal is to show current movies and quality, or native peoples, native or indígenasque hardly reach the Spanish commercial circuits. One way to make available world cinema at the same time sensitizes viewers

Matthew: How has the festival changed since inception ITS Until your upcoming 2015 festival?

Amparo: The festival grows slowly and is gaining interest epectadores, talking about an issue that is not addressed in Spain.

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

Amparo: It depends on the hours of exhibition halls, but we bet exhibit about 30.

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

Amparo: The dignity and how interprets each village.

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

Amparo: Display in different parts of Spain

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

Amparo: We are committed to being in a traveling in cities of Spain, and Madrid.

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

Amparo: Currently in Mdrid we survived a few independent festivals, but a growing interest breathes for participating in activities as proposed by us

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

Amparo: Underground Emir Kusturica

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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.

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