Interview with Festival Director Travis Legge (Forest City Comic Con Film Festival)

The Third Annual FC3 (Forest City Comic Con) Film Festival takes place in Rockford, Illinois May 26-27, 2017. The festival will be held at the Rockford Public Library Nordlof Center Performing Arts Theatre

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

Travis Legge: The Fc3 Film Festival provides a networking opportunity for filmmakers in the Northern Illinois/Southern Wisconsin area, as well as access to a broad audience of film fans from the greater Rockford area who may not normally be exposed to the work of these filmmakers.

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

TL: We will be holding multiple screening blocks in the beautiful Nordlof center in downtown Rockford. There will also be an opportunity for networking and socializing in the spacious theatre lobby between screening blocks.

MT: What are the qualifications for the selected films?

TL: We have a panel of judges who determine which films will screen based on 10 metrics of storytelling, including pacing, cinematography, sound quality, performances and more.

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

TL: I do, I believe a lack of diversity in some judging panels can lead to certain films being judged unfairly. As director of Fc3 I am bending every effort to ensure that’s not an issue we have. All genres, subject matters, and levels of content are welcome.

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

TL: I like watching movies. I like sharing the experience. Also, as a filmmaker in Rockford, it is in my interest to support the film community in any way that I can.

MT: How has your FilmFreeway submission process been?

TL: Excellent. I love working with FilmFreeway. It’s truly made this herculean task of setting up the festival manageable.

MT: Where do you see the festival by 2020?

TL: I’m honestly not sure, but I am excited to find out.

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

TL: That’s an excellent question. If I had to hazard a guess I’d probably say Big Trouble in Little China, but ask me again next week and I might recall differently.

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

TL: Great storytelling makes a great film. Everything else is window dressing.

MT: How is the film scene in your city?

TL: Vibrant. Diverse. Beautiful.



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.