Interview with Festival Director June Daguiso (World Music & Independent Film Festival)


Nine years ago, June created World Music & Independent Film Festival (WMIFF) with the mission and objective to create a platform for Indie filmmakers to showcase their work of art, for building a global film community, and supporting emerging filmmakers.


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

June Daguiso: Most of the filmmakers who won in our festival in beginning of each month of the year, will easily get other nominations and wins in other film festival. Majority of them also landed distributions.

What would you expect to experience if you attend the festival this year (2018)?

2019 will be a very special year because we will be celebrating a decade in existence as a community of artists. I hope to see most of past winners at the 10th year anniversary-reunion of the World Music & Independent Film Festival to be held for the 4th times on the cruise ship leaving from Tampa, Florida to Costa Maya,Mexico, Belize, Roatan Honduras and Cozumel, Mexico on Saturday, January 26 through Saturday, February 2

What are the qualifications for the selected films?

We have several judges that watch certain categories and they make a recommendation if we can include their films as officially selected films.

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

When I started submitting my projects to big festivals, i never get any good feedback and the notification that they sent me is a generic. I don’t think they even watch my film. The bigger the festival, the less chance that your film get selected.

What motivates you and your team to do this festival?

“My mission and objective was to create a platform not only for the DC, Maryland, and Virginia indie filmmakers, but also to provide a platform of achievements for international cinema artists.” Since its early beginnings in 2010, WMIFF has continued promoting filmmakers and musicians to a global audience.

We are dedicated to building a global film community and supporting emerging filmmakers. WMIFF has continued to strive and improve on its mission to promote and provide opportunities for artists of all genres to hone their skills and gain access to opportunities via our events, promotions, and networking opportunities.

How has your FilmFreeway submission process been?

Film Freeway is really awesome. Not only its free for all festival organizers, but they also have the tools and everything you need just like withoutabox.

Where do you see the festival by 2023?

This is our 10th year. It’s been a struggle since we don’t have any major sponsors, but we manage to run the festival every year. We waive submission fees to about 20 % to mostly 3rd World Countries that cannot afford to pay the submission fees. There still a good amount of filmmakers that pay the fees to keep us going.

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

I watch average of 150-200 indie films every year, so I rarely go to a movie theater to see Hollywood films. My favorite film in my collection that I watch all the times is Saving Private Ryan.

In one sentence, what makes a great film?

A great film must have the combinations of a good story, acting, cinematography, and original sound tracks.



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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 single month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto, and Los Angeles at least 3 times a month. Go to for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

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