Interview with Festival Director Darrell Holmes (Barnstorm Film + TV Script Fest)

Barnstorm is not just a screenplay competition, its focus is on helping you develop your script for production. Every submission receives script analysis from an industry professional and winners receive consultations from producers at Barnstorm Media.

 Matthew Toffolo: What is your Film Festival succeeding at doing for filmmakers?

Barnstorm helps screenwriters turn their scripts into films. We offer free coverage on every submission. We offer production consultations to our finalists. And Barnstorm offers writer/directors the chance to submit a script to our FILMMAKER category for a chance to win the financing, equipment, production assistance, production design, costume design, music composition, and film editing to help make their film a reality.

What would you expect to experience if you attend the festival this year (2017)?

What are the qualifications for the selected films?

We are looking for original voices and stories.

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

Independent film has become a genre. Festivals are looking for films that fit the genre and/or have names attached. The same films play every festival throughout the season. Independent film is stale. Barnstorm is here to breathe some life into it.

What motivates you and your team to do this festival?

Barnstorm’s ultimate goal is to find and provide an avenue for overlooked filmmakers.

How has your FilmFreeway submission process been?

FilmFreeway has been great to us.

Where do you see the festival by 2020?

Since the goal of Barnstorm Fest is turn submitters’ scripts into films, by 2020 we would like have a fully formed distribution platform that features theatrical tours with our winning films and our own integrated online distribution platform. By 2020 we would like for Barnstorm to be a place for unique writer/directors to submit their work to see it taken from production to distribution.

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

Growing up, I had three VHS to choose from: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Drop Dead Fred and The Empire Strikes Back. The number of times I watched those films cannot be surpassed.

In one sentence, what makes a great film?

Disciplined expression.

How is the film scene in your city?

We’re based in Los Angeles where 90% of conversations are about film. That said, Los Angeles is one of the most expensive and most difficult cities in the country to make an independent film.


Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 20-50 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto, and Los Angeles at least 2 times a month. Go to for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

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