Interview with Festival President Sabine Mondestin (OPEN WORLD TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL)

At OWTFF we welcome filmmakers and artists from all walks of life. We also welcome productions from any countries and years. The Open World Toronto Film Festival is a 3 days Glamorous event with Red Carpets, Winners Award Acceptance Speech, Networking and Masterpiece Screenings.


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

Sabine Mondestin: Open World Toronto Film Festival(OWTFF) is succeeding at giving exposure to new talent and unknown talent. We give a special attention to every submission. We know how hard it is to create a project that you are proud of so we treat it with respect. We try to share the promotional materials of most of our submissions in our social medias. We watch all submissions with a sense of respect and admiration toward the filmmakers, because we really love what we do. ​

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

This year is all about glitz and glamour. We have at least 10 photographers per
night to capture the event. We also will have Rain Cosmetic and Hollywood Eye
Magic to do some makeup touch up before having your pictures on the Red
Carpet…But before everything you will have the chance to discover some amazing
talented filmmakers from Toronto and all over the world.

What are the qualifications for the selected films?

OWTFF provides an equal chance of winning for all entrants, regardless of size
and budget. Entries are judged on quality of craft and creativity. Our main goal
is to help artists gain publicity, media exposure, and momentum, as well as pay
tribute to their ingenuity.

At OWTFF we welcome filmmakers and artists from all walks of life. We also
welcome productions from any countries and years.

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

It really depends on the Festival…I feel that some of them are too focus on who’s in the projects and who did the project. It’s hard for new talents to get
recognition in those conditions. ​

What motivates you and your team to do this festival?

We are film lovers are we really respect and admire new filmmakers. We pride ourselves on being good marketers and good event planners. We knew we will be able to give the exposure the news filmmakers deserve.

How has your FilmFreeway submission process been?

It’s been amazing year we received lots of submissions from all over the world
and the choice was so hard due to the abundance of marvelous projects.​

Where do you see the festival by 2020?

We still going to follow our mission to introduce new talents from Toronto and
from all over the world and we will keep screening films from new talent even if
it’s a student film.

We are working hard to collaborate with new partners to bring the light on some
of the most remarkable talents and yet unknow filmmakers. We also want to
introduce new technology to the OWTFF. ​

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

I personally love films with an underlying message, like Equilibrium from Kurt
Wimmer with Christian Bale, Revolver from Guy Ritchie, The Nines from John
August with Ryan Reynold …But I also love most of the film of Quentin Tarantino
and Ava Duvernay. I think the one I watched most is Equilibrium and V for

In one sentence, what makes a great film?

A film needs to make you feel something …If you don’t care about the story or
the characters in my mind it’s not a great film.​

How is the film scene in your city?

Toronto is great! We create some local show that are commercially viable
worldwide, “Orphan Black” for example.

The talents are very diverse and the scene is open minded. It is exhilarating
and inspiring. For sure we always hope for more funding but if you are ready to
work there is help for filmmakers if you are willing to do the work to find it.



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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