Interview with Festival Director Tadd Good (Snake Alley Festival of Film)

The Snake Alley Festival of Film is dedicated to showcasing the best short films from around the world. Films will screen at the beautifully restored Capitol Theater in the heart of downtown Burlington, Iowa.

Interview with Festival Director Tadd Good:
Matthew Toffolo: What is your Film Festival succeeding at doing for filmmakers?

Tadd Good: The Snake Alley Festival of Film brings together filmmakers from all corners of the world to network, learn, and enjoy each others films. Many professional and personal relationships have blossomed out of our little film festival. Our festival is all about the filmmakers and giving them an outlet to show their hard work to other like-minded people.

MT: What would you expect to experience if you attend the festival this year (2016)?

TG: Our festival includes several blocks of short films, live screenplay stage readings, and this year we are working on workshops and guest speakers. We also organize after-parties for each night, and an awards ceremony to wrap up the event.

MT: What are the qualifications for the selected films?

TG: SNAFF accepts short films from almost every genre of film. The length limit is 45 minutes.

MT: Do you think that some films really don’t get a fair shake from film festivals? And if so, why?

TG: I think all of the local film festivals I’ve attended keep an open mind.

MT: What motivates you and your team to do this festival?

TG: Our love for film and our local community is what motivates us.

MT: How has the festival changed since its inception?

TG: Since our inceptions we try to grow each year. We look at what works as well as what doesn’t work and try to find a balance. We’ve definitely grown in number of submissions.

MT: Where do you see the festival by 2020?

TG: Bigger and better. We want to be a festival filmmakers remember and return to each year.

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

TG: John Carpenter’s Halloween.

MT: In one sentence, what makes a great film?

TG: A great story told by a passionate filmmaker.

MT: How is the film scene in your city?

TG: Our film scene is slowly growing. I actually program film at our local non-profit theater, so we’re trying to do more cult films, anniversary showings, and bigger events.


Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 10-20 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Fesival held in downtown Toronto on the last Thursday of every single month. Go to for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

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