Interview with Festival Director Joshua Trigg (THUNDERDANCE Film Festival)

Thunderdance film festival is a bi-annual event set in the heart of Hackney. TFF focuses on independent fiction, fashion, music and experimental films. Winning films will be screened in local cinemas followed by meet and greets and afterparties. Thunderdance is a festival for the ultimate in new wave London film culture.

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1) What is your Film Festival succeeding at doing for filmmakers? 

Thunderdance is a film festival that creates a platform for independent film makers to submit an array of different types of work from fashion, fiction to music videos and experimental films. Something we wanted to bring to the table was a diverse judging panel. From cultural influencers like Sue Tilly, to Colin Salmon (James Bond) judging certain categories. We always want to have exciting and recognisable names for the film makers to feel eager about. So not just limiting judges to those within our own industry, but broadening the spectrum of people who are involved. We want to make sure we are connecting amazing film makers with amazing people from all corners of the industry at the event.

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

Sadly, the tickets are all sold out this time around! However, you can expect a varied arrangement of screening material. A diverse set of films from all over the globe. Something that is integral to what we want to do with this festival is to support independent cinema. We hope to always have the events in small, art house, boutique cinemas. This year starting around the East London area, broadening this in the next few years. Our first screening for the festival will be taking place at the Castle Cinema, which has an amazing history and been re opened via a kickstater programme. This is a really beautiful, almost 20’s style bar cinema. Here we will be screening and holding the afterparty which gives the film makers the best opportunities to network.

3) What are the qualifications for the selected films? 

Really there are no qualifications needed. Just good film making. There are a bunch of categories, and we want all film makers to be able to submit their work. In the future we would like to be able to expand this to a student category to help support getting people into the industry. To be honest, we are just curious about the artistic voice of the individuals.

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

No I don’t think films get a fair shake from festivals all the time. For us the most important thing is that if it’s a good film we’re going to champion it. Doesn’t matter where its from, who’s made it. If it’s great it’s great and we want to show it. In the future we would love to get good, interesting, important professionals from the industry to give critical feedback if film makers desired when submitting their film. This could at least give the film maker the opportunity to understand why they may not have been selected. We want to help film makers not discourage them.

5) What motivates you and your team to do this festival? 

We are genuinely excited to create something new, fresh and different from anything else we have seen in the circuit. Being a director myself, it’s a similar feeling when I feel I’ve nailed it with a script and we start moving into production. It’s that excitement of knowing you are about to make something really cool and that pre-anticipation is how we feel about this project. It’s that feeling of creating something. I know film makers can relate to that. Within that excitement, we are driven to connect film makers and support artistic communities.

6) How has your FilmFreeway submission process been? 

Film freeway has always been a very useful tool for submitters as it is simple and easy to use, there was a gap in the market and they filled it. Kudos to Film Freeway.
 
7) Where do you see the festival by 2020? 

By 2020, we’d like to have moved from cities further then Europe. But we want to take our time, as its important to us that we find cultural and artistic hubs where local curators can bring to the table the same sort of elements that make Thunderdance London different and exciting.
 

 

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Interview with Artistic Director Maeve McGrath (KERRY FILM FESTIVAL)

 

KFF is renowned for celebrating the work of young filmmaking talent through a well established and lively short film competition that has been supported and endorsed by luminaries from the world of film such as Cillian Murphy, director Paul Greengrass, Jeremy Irons, Liam Neeson, and Gabriel Byrne. Over the past 17 years KFF has become a vital element of Kerry’s cultural landscape offering a unique film experience to the local community as well as creating a ‘must attend’ cultural tourism event for visitors to the county.

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

Maeve McGrath: We hope that we are providing a platform for new and emerging film makers while also screening established film makers. We really want to being an industry experience to the festival so that the film maker can network with like-minded people and also see some incredible films. All our film makers get access to all screenings for free.

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

We have a really varied selection of short film this year, we also have our Discovery Features which is a platform for First time feature film makers. we have quality music documentary along with premieres and an industry day event with in conversations and panel discussions

What are the qualifications for the selected films?

They have to be 20 minutes or less for Shorts and made in the previous year. Features have to be 60 minutes +

Films selected for the programme are then are in consideration for 7 x awards and a shortlist are selected by a Jury Panel. KFF doesn’t have an audience award.

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

I know that at Kerry Film Festival, each film is seen by up to 6 people as they are viewed. We view every film from start to finish and every film will be discussed and appraised before selection. We are rigorous in our selection. We have to be. We get hundreds and hundreds of films submitted but at the end of the day it is our Jury panel that select winners.

I understand that some festivals may not be as meticulous as we are but we can stand over every film selected. We have limited space for films to screen so it can be very difficult to shortlist when we fall in love with a film and can’t fit it in the schedule and that can happen frequently.

What motivates you and your team to do this festival?

I love film, especially short film and also, music documentary. My masters thesis followed the route of the Irish short film to the Oscars so I researched that to pieces!

How has your FilmFreeway submission process been?

Great, the judging panel is very handy and accessible and you vote in areas of the film from cinematography to direction so it gives you a good reading of the film when scores are combined.

Where do you see the festival by 2020?

We are 18 years old this year so we will have passed our 20th Film Festival by then. I am hoping it will continue to grow and provide a screening space for film makers.

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

Twelve Angry Men

In one sentence, what makes a great film?

Simple storytelling brought to the screen with honesty.

How is the film scene in your city?

In Kerry there is a real surge in film making. Creative Kerry and Film Kerry are building on the desire to film in the beautiful locations in Kerry, think Star Wars and Skellig Michael. Feature films are being made by innovative, creative local film makers. A very vibrant county.

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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 month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto, and Los Angeles at least 2 times a month. Go to www.wildsound.ca for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

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Interview with Festival Director David W. King (FLATHEAD INTERNATIONAL CINEMAFEST (FLIC))

 

Flathead Lake International Cinemafest (FLIC), runs the weekend of January 26-28, 2018.

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

David W. King: FLIC is giving professional-grade and novice filmmakers a venue at which to present their work. A smaller festival like ours gives more filmmakers the opportunity to have their work screened for an audience. It’s also proving to be a reputable screening venue for international filmmakers. For some reason, FLIC is now a favorite destination for Iranian filmmakers, with dozens submitting films each year.

What would you expect to experience if you attend the festival in January, 2018?

The Flathead Lake International Cinemafest is a wonderful weekend celebration of cinema. Filmmaker discussions following screenings are popular. Social gatherings at local establishments. A quality presentation of films, with the popular FLIC sizzle reel introducing each screening block. Standing ovations. Great audience enthusiasm. And awards celebration wraps up the weekend, with encore screenings presented the following week.

What are the qualifications for the selected films?

FLIC film fair ranges from 1-minute shorts to 2-hour features, covering a broad array of topics and genres. FLIC has some content guideline that prohibit extreme violence and adult content, while making some exceptions for compelling storylines. The bottom-line is how interesting is a film? How watchable is it? Does it tell its story effectively? It is good?

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

I do think some films don’t get a fair shake from film festivals. I think it’s easy for festival runners to get a bit snooty about what they’ll show; if a film isn’t practically perfect, it might be put aside, when many in the audience might have overlooked its flaws and seen it beauty of spirit or other intangible qualities. Some people aren’t particularly good filmmakers, but they might be very passionate about their subject matter. As a judge, I think it’s important to look for the heart of a film as much as its production value.

What motivates you and your team to do this festival?

We love movies and we see how much it means to filmmakers to have their work screened. We also see how our community embraces the film arts every January. FLIC has become a destination for some and a welcome respite from winter’s chill for others. Cinema has that power.

How has your FilmFreeway submission process been?

We love FilmFreeway. It’s a very easy site to use and gives you all the data you need in a well organized, logical manner. I’m a big fan.

Where do you see the festival by 2020?

Hopefully FLIC will have grown in size and quality over these next two years. We want this film festival to become more and more of a destination for filmmaker and an audience that appreciates cinema from across the globe.

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

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles!

In one sentence, what makes a great film?

A great film tells a story so effectively that the viewer gets lost in that story for its duration.

How is the film scene in your city?

The film scene in Polson, Montana is quite limited 51 weeks out of the year. However, in January, the Flathead Lake International Cinemafest presents films from the far reaches of the world to this little community — and Polson, Montana becomes its own unassuming center of the cinema universe!

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David W. King’s film and television career spans 30 years and many facets of live-action and animation production. He has 124 IMDB credits dating back to his first days as a production assistant on an obscure 1980 Peter Fonda film called Rough Riders. David’s subsequent positions and credits have included Vice President of Production, Supervising Producer, Producer, Director, Associate Producer, Production Manager, Post-Production Supervisor, Executive in Charge of Production, Writer, Cinematographer and Editor. He’s worked for major studios like Universal, Walt Disney, Hanna-Barbera and 20th Century Fox. At Disney and Universal, David produced feature-length projects like Lady and the Tramp 2: Scamp’s Adventure and Balto 2 and 3. David also wrote or co-wrote 8 feature screenplays, most of which were optioned. David moved to Polson, Montana in 2012, where he set up his own production company, David W. King Pictures. Samples of his work are available at his website, DavidWKing.com.

As a judge, David finds it great fun to discover little gems as he and his fellow judges review scores of FLIC entries each year. There are always surprises and spirited discussions on the part of the judges, whose tastes vary much like those found around water-coolers the world over.

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 www.wildsound.ca for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

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Interview with Festival Director Kyia Clayton (The Tasmanian eco Film Festival)

The Tasmanian eco Film Festival  – TeFF was created and founded in 2015 by Kyia Clayton, in Hobart Tasmania. Kyia noticed that most environmental film festivals and film screenings had a deeply “Green” political slant. Having family members that voted Liberal but cared deeply about the natural world she decided it was essential to have a festival that encouraged connection and care of the natural world and was apolitical. TeFF launched in November of 2015 and had 735 attendees that were super excited about this format. In 2016 the festival hosted 1450 festival guests that were even more excited. TeFF has evolved in 2017 to a festival that will run more frequent and smaller events to keep the good ‘eco’ messaging flowing.

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1) What is your Film Festival succeeding at doing for filmmakers? 

Offering a platform for screening innovative and entertaining films about care for the environment and love of nature. And supporting professional development with regular master classes in a variety of film fields.

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

We expect our festival guests to have a really great time and come away thinking a little more about care and connection to the natural world and their part in that without feeling guilty about not having done more to help.

3) What are the qualifications for the selected films? 

That they are apolitically presented (we are an apolitical, inclusive film festival), entertaining or thought provoking and well made.

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

Yes. I think that a lot of film festivals follow what’s being screened at other film festivals and don’t take a risk on more innovative and less popular films.

5) What motivates you and your team to do this festival? 

Wanting to be a part of protecting the planet and care take it for future generations. This can be done without politics, with humor and definitely with a cocktail in one’s hand.

6) How has your FilmFreeway submission process been? 

Great.

7) Where do you see the festival by 2020? 

With an international reputation as one of the coolest eco film festivals to attend and take part in.

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

Harold and Maude (circa 1971)

9) In one sentence, what makes a great film? 

A good idea (story), good acting (interviews), creative filming and an amazing editor.

10) How is the film scene in your city? 

Alive and well and thriving!

 

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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 month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto, and Los Angeles at least 2 times a month. Go to www.wildsound.ca for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

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Interview with Festival Director Christopher Rohde (Mirror Mountain Film Festival)

Mirror Mountain Film Festival brings the best in independent and alternative cinema to Canada’s capital. Mirror Mountain is an inclusive festival that welcomes all types of films and all types of people to share in the collective cinema experience. In addition to film screenings, our festival features live performances, parties, panel discussions, Q&A sessions and more.

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

Christopher Rohde: I started Mirror Mountain with a philosophy of doing it from a filmmaker’s perspective, including things I think most filmmakers would like to see when they submit to festivals. We keep filmmakers informed of the status of their submission. We refund your submission fee if your work is selected. We play your film in the correct aspect ratio and in high resolution on a big screen with quality projection. We promote the films and filmmakers as much as we can on social media. Even if your film isn’t selected, you still get a complimentary festival pass as a thank you for your hard work as an artist.

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

Some of the most original films from unique creative minds around the world, plus spectacular live performances and great parties. It’s also an opportunity to meet cool like-minded people and talk with the artists about their work.

What are the qualifications for the selected films?

We look for films to screen at Mirror Mountain that come from a distinct voice. A big part of what makes the festival special is that the audience can experience different points of view, and see something they wouldn’t get at home on Netflix or from a Hollywood movie.

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

As an independent filmmaker who also submits to festivals regularly, I can relate to this dilemma. I think filmmakers want to know that when they send their project in, the people there look at your work carefully and that the festival is run professionally.

What motivates you and your team to do this festival?

Our team is made up of filmmakers, actors, musicians, writers, arts administrators and technicians. But what unites us all is our mutual love for the artistry and creativity of filmmaking, and getting the opportunity to share some amazing films with captivated audiences.

How has your FilmFreeway submission process been?

I still remember sending short films to festivals on VHS tapes through the postal service, so we’re grateful for the convenience to both filmmakers and festivals that online submission platforms give us. They also provide a greater global reach and connect us with filmmakers in many more distant parts of the world.

Where do you see the festival by 2020?

Hopefully still providing an enjoyable experience for our community!

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

Probably the last short film I directed! It spent several years in post-production and I feel like I saw it a thousand times during colour correction and sound mixing.

In one sentence, what makes a great film?

Passion, ingenuity, emotion, originality, fun.

How is the film scene in your city?

The Ottawa filmmaking scene is filled with collaboration and a sense of generosity. It’s a community where people support one another, and we’re always proud to feature many locally-produced films each year.
 

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Christopher Rohde (b. 1983) is an award-winning filmmaker from Ottawa, Ontario. His video The Pink Ghosts (2006) was screened across Canada and was one of the first four films selected for the inaugural edition of EnRoute, Air Canada’s in-flight film festival. Odd One Out (2014) was screened internationally and won awards for Best Film by an Emerging Filmmaker at the Jasper Short Film and Media Arts Festival and Best Director (Experimental) at the 2015 Ottawa Independent Video Awards. He received his M.A. in Film Studies from Carleton University in 2007. He was a member of Available Light Screening Collective from 2006 to 2013 and curated several programmes for the group including Stellar Regions: Jazz & Avant-Garde Film and Raw Power: Rock & Avant-Garde Film. From 2010 to 2014, he was the Programmer at SAW Video Media Art Centre, a dynamic artist-run-centre in the nation’s capital, where he curated dozens of screenings, installations, exhibitions, performances and other projects with many of Canada’s top media artists.

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 www.wildsound.ca for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

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Interview with Festival Director Gabriel Muelle (Bogotá Music Video Festival)

 

ENG: The purpose of the Bogotá Music Video Festival is to celebrate the art of music videos, the joy of music and the passion for filmmaking. We bring the music video art to different screens around Bogotá and top that with live music, exhibitions and academic and industry events.

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

Gabriel Muelle: We’re creating a new space for creators and filmmakers to show their work, see what is happening in the city, the country and the rest of the world and to network. In recent years the production of films and videos has increased drastically, but it’s easy to find that your work gets lost on the immensity of the internet and the exhibition circuits. We curate our selection very carefully trying to find what’s good and relevant, besides things like it’s popularity or present reach.

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

Awesome new music from all over the world and from every style, amazing innovative music videos, mind-blowing films, picnics, parties, great bands live and many creative people like filmmakers, musicians, photographers and designers hanging out and having a good time!

What are the qualifications for the selected films?

We like to have a broad and diverse selection, so we can have a big budget production next to a small hand drawn intimate animation. The important thing for us is that every film in the selection tells something to the viewer, connects with spectators in a meaningful way via strong images, breathtaking rhythm, surprising narration or just a good concept and a creative integration with the music.

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

I do believe some jewels can remain undiscovered for a long time. There’s just so many films being produced and distributed right now that is hard to find the right place for your movie and even for programmers it’s hard to find space in a festival or screening for all the good movies that get submitted.

What motivates you and your team to do this festival?

We really enjoy sharing good work. When we find a movie we like we want everyone else to go see it and enjoy it as much as we do. That and having the opportunity to connect people and generate new creative relationships and possible collaborations is all the incentive we need to do our festival.

How has your FilmFreeway submission process been?

We are very happy with FilmFreeway, it’s a great platform. It gives good exposure to festivals and is very easy an reliable to use both for festivals and filmmakers sending their projects. It makes possible for us to reach people from far away places and cultures, find some common ground and find great work from all over the world for us to share in our festival.

Where do you see the festival by 2020?

Every edition of the festival gives us many opportunities to learn and grow, to find our public and meet new people making exciting work and to create new experiences for everyone involved and find new ways to show good films. So, by 2020, we see the festival as an important meeting point in the creative, film and music ecosystems in our country and the latin-american region where people like to come and participate because they already know is gonna be a good time and it’s going to have a very positive impact on their careers.

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

The music video I’ve seen the most in my life is probably Come to daddy by Aphex Twin, directed by Chris Cunningham. I was obsessed with it growing up and had recorded it in a vhs tape from the tv so I could re-watch it every time I wanted. It opened my mind to new images, new possibilities, new works and sounds.

In one sentence, what makes a great film?

The ability to find a way to move the insides of its audience by any means necessary but in a way that happens to be the only possible way for itself.

How is the film scene in your city?

It’s amazing! We are producing exciting films, we have amazing festivals and a big number of young persistent people doing their best to make movies and show them to every one who wants to see.

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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 month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto, and Los Angeles at least 2 times a month. Go to www.wildsound.ca for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

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Interview with Festival Executive Director Steffanie Finn (WINTER FILM AWARDS INDIE FILM FESTIVAL)

 

New York City’s Winter Film Awards (WFA) is a volunteer-run and operated celebration of the diversity of local and international film-making. Our Mission is to recognize excellence in cinema and to promote learning and artistic expression for people at all stages of their artistic careers with a focus on nurturing emerging filmmakers and helping them gain recognition and contacts to break into this difficult industry. We pride ourselves on our diverse collection of Festival selections, allowing our audience to enjoy films they normally wouldn’t think to seek out.

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

George Isaacs: Seeing your film on the big screen with a real audience in New York City beats pretty much everything!

Winter Film Awards is all about showcasing the work of emerging filmmakers. It’s so hard for emerging filmmakers without huge budgets or celebrity contacts to get their work seen! We firmly believe that it is critical to provide an absolutely fair and bias-free selection process, and we require at least four judges to view and score each submission. To ensure a diverse slate of films, we make an enormous effort to seek out filmmakers from around the world and are incredibly proud of the awesome films we screen.

Each year, we award over $100,000 in cash, prizes and distribution opportunities. Since SEO and google presence is critical for a film’s success, each selected film gets a page on our website with links to their social media and we have a team of bloggers who write about most of our films for posting on our website, social media and a press release.

And, we ensure that attending filmmakers are interviewed live on the red carpet and post that to social media.

At Winter Film Awards events, filmmakers see fantastic films in a terrific theater, make life-long connections, get their work seen by NYC distributors, get useful filmmaking tips, experience the wonders of New York City and have a whole lot of fun.

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

In addition to our awesome parties and events, we host a variety of panels to help your career – including sessions on getting financing, producing the best sound on a budget, legal issues for indie film and casting considerations, plus we’ve had New York City and State representatives explaining the permit and tax credit process. For our 2018 Festival, we are excited to team up with EarthAngel to host a session on Green Filmmaking for the indie filmmaker.

We also throw the fanciest Awards Ceremony Gala of any Indie Film Festival in town, complete with live performances at one of the most beautiful venues in New York City.

What are the qualifications for the selected films?

We don’t have specific qualifications other than basic awesomeness – we accept all genres and all lengths. Our screening judges have a wide range of interests and include film industry professionals, film enthusiasts and film students from around the world; each film must be viewed by at least four judges including at least one woman. To keep them from getting burnt out, we have at least 50 judges at any given time and they are assigned just 2-3 hours of viewing per week.

We provide our judges with virtually no information about the submitted film in order to ensure there is no bias in scoring. They score each film on ten technical points (cinematography, acting, directing, etc) and give an overall score. These scores are then averaged together and run through an algorithm to determine a final overall score for each film. We then craft the program based upon score and available screening minutes – we generally accept the top scoring 8-12 films for each category. Basically, if four people with wildly different experiences and tastes love your film, your film is awesome and we want to screen it.

The absolutely most important thing for an indie filmmaker to do in order to qualify for any Film Festival is to make sure the film’s sound is excellent. Terrible sound will tank your chances immediately!

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

There are a lot of film festivals out there, and it is important to do your research before submitting your film. The “big boys”, like Sundance, generally are looking for celebrities and big budgets – emerging filmmakers are unlikely to have any chance there. Don’t overlook smaller festivals!

Be sure to check out the Festival carefully before submitting – if your film doesn’t meet their basic criteria, it will be turned off within a few minutes. And, be sure to submit your final work – Festivals will judge your film based upon what they see, not promises that sound or color will be fixed in some future edit.

Legitimate Film Festivals take submissions judging very very seriously. Make sure the Festival is legitimate — go through their website to see what sorts of films they show and how they showcase them on their site. Make sure they have live screenings in a real cinema, and look for a written policy on how they make their selections. Take a look at films the festival has shown in previous years – if you keep seeing the same names, they are probably mostly showing films by their friends; you want to see a nice variety of countries and directors in there. Don’t only apply to the big boys – your chances of getting in are miniscule. Look for local festivals first – festival organizers love showing
local films so you have a better chance of acceptance.

What motivates you and your team to do this festival?

Hosting a Festival is an enormous amount of work! We do it for love of film and
filmmakers – it is so exciting to meet everyone and we are so proud of the integrity of our organization and our process. We keep in touch with our filmmakers after the festival ends and cheer them on throughout their careers.

How has your FilmFreeway submission process been?

FilmFreeway is fantastic! From an organizer’s perspective, it is so simple to gather, promote and review submissions. Administration of the Festival’s listing is easy and the customer support is really terrific.

Where do you see the festival by 2020?

We continue to grow year over year. Our dream is to become the Tribeca of the little guy. Emerging filmmakers with limited budgets work so hard and deserve to be celebrated.

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

Probably The Rocky Horror Picture Show (I was a weird teenager). Otherwise, the three films I will always watch if they are on TV are: Fight Club, The Breakfast Club and Working Girl. I’ve seen Working Girl at least 100 times and I always cry at the end.

In one sentence, what makes a great film?

A great film needs a special magic combination of story, originality, wit, and production values.

How is the film scene in your city?

New York City’s film scene is crazy! It’s a $9Billion industry here and NYC is a world leader in indie film production. There are tons of film students, alternative screening venues, film festivals and events. It’s all very exciting!

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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 month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto, and Los Angeles at least 2 times a month. Go to www.wildsound.ca for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

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