Interview with Greg Coffey, Festival Director of Over the Fence Comedy Film Festival

OTF is a Perth based internationally recognised festival, that aims to develop, encourage and promote filmmakers, and expand the world of comedy to the nation and the world; equally giving new and independent filmmakers of the world the opportunity to have their films seen in a festival dedicated to the wide & wild genre ‘comedy’.

Our definition of comedy is – A film driven by, or ultimately concluding with and excellent sense of humour.

Matthew Toffolo interview Greg Coffey:

Matthew: What is the goal of your film festival?

Greg: Our mission is to offer a refreshing challenge to people’s ideas of ‘what comedy is’; to give our audience a whole new experience of the way in which funny stories can be told through a the wide variety of filmmaking styles, genres, and from all countries across the world!

Matthew: How has the festival changed since its inception until your upcoming 2015 festival?

Greg: Our 1st festival was held in 1 venue in Perth. Since then we have grown to be the big-gest touring comedy film festival in Australia- touring to over 40 centres and screens across Australia. And we have been invited to screen in Brazil & the UK.

Matthew: How many films are you showcasing at your Film Festival?

Greg: Can range12 -16 short films. This year we have 12 short films selected

Matthew: Can you give us a sneak peak of what to except for the 2015 Festival?

Greg: This year we have an amazing selection of comedy shorts dealing with a view on love, angst & the peculiar deception life can – & filmmakers do – take us on.

We delve in to ‘dreams & peeing in bed!’; a ‘faecal existential crisis’; ‘many failed suicide attempts’; that first ‘meeting with your girlfriend’s parents’… and if u think that’s gotta be seriously & wickedly odd then wait ‘til you see the; bizarre world of the ‘new middle class; ‘desperately looking young’; and, ‘the trials of love, love … and love’s failure!!!

Get ready for the incredibly rich & strange worlds according to twelve amazing filmmakers from across the planet, and, all with an excellent sense of humour!

Matthew: Is there going to be an overall theme for the 2015 festival?

Greg: Each year we do have a theme, and it is created from the films selected. We do not look for it, nor, ask for it, it simply arises from the selection of films. It’s kind of mysterious that once selected its almost like it pops out! The theme that arose for this years fest is Love, Angst & Other Deceptions.

Matthew: Where do you see your festival in 5 years?

Greg: We will be screening in a cities and centres as we have done. I see us featuring special events, ie indie & new features and long shorts in a cross section of co-produced events in Major festivals.

Matthew: What’s the current status of the Film Scene in your city?

Greg: Perth is an exciting city for indie and grassroots filmmaking.

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

Greg: Tricky question , way too many on my list, so going for the one that left me most impacted me, and challenged me at the same time. That’s got to be the ‘Life of Brian’. Why? – because of how they were able to usurp religion and the crazy belief systems humans want to live by, all-the-while presenting the bizarre concern/reluctance to be an individual… and that scene is the BEST! There are few comedy feature films which have come near to being so radical, challenging, and, had so much to say, all with an excellent sense of humour – since.

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Matthew Toffolo, Interviewer BIO

Matthew Toffolo is the current CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival . He had worked for the organization since its inception in 2007 serving as the Short Film Festival’s moderator during the Audience Feedback sessions.

Filmmaker of over 20 short films and TV episodes. Took over full reins of the WILDsound Festival in May 2013. From then to the end of 2014, he’s presented over 90 movies at the monthly FEEDBACK Film Festival in Toronto, plus has had over 60 screenplays and stories performed by professional actors at the bi-monthly Writing Festival.