Michael Trenholm, Executive Director The Ottawa Northeast Film Festival

The Ottawa Northeast Film Festival or The ONE Film Festival is a not-for-profit community organization created to develop and implement plans in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada for an annual film festival. Our focus is primarily on filmmakers and films created in Northeast North America. The Northeastern United States geographic region is the most economically developed, densely populated and culturally diverse region in the United States. Combined with the talents of Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada, this event has already won an unprecedented number of endorsements.

Our festival will be held May 21, 22, 23 this year.

Mathew Toffolo interviews Executive Director Michael Trenholm

Matthew: What is the goal of your film festival?

Michael: There are three areas we focus on. To operate a film festival presenting
films, music and other multidisciplinary activities to the public
primarily created within the geographic area of Northeast North America,
to promote and create interest in those creative works and to assist in
the creation of opportunities for participants by the strengthening of
business relationships and economic activity within Ottawa, Eastern
Canada, the Northeast United States and globally.

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

Michael: I would estimate about thirty films at this point. However, we plan to
operate on a year-round basis and that will provide other opportunities
throughout the year.

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

Michael: I think our initial goal is to create public and film industry interest in
what we are doing and the method we have chosen. We want to create an
atmosphere that will engage the public.

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

Michael: Our theme this year is Women in Film.

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

Michael: I think we are well positioned to become a very popular festival.

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

Michael: It’s growing,

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

Michael: My personal favourite has always been Good Morning Vietnam with Robin
Williams. I worked in radio broadcasting for many years, which I guess
explains why.

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Matthew Toffolo, Interviewer BIO

Filmmaker of over 20 short films and TV episodes, 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.

Go to http://www.wildsound.ca and submit your film, script, or story to the festival.

Go to http://www.wildsoundfestival.com and watch recent and past winning writing festival readings.