Interview with Festival Director Tina Borek (Comics in Film Festival)

A film Festival for Comic and Super hero fans at Santa Fe Comic Con AND Albuquerque Comic Con Providing a weekend of Film, Celebrity guests, panels, workshops and more!

Interview with Tina Borek:

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

Tina Borek: We offer expoosure in a unique environment. A film Festival for Comic and Super hero fans at Santa Fe Comic Con AND Albuquerque Comic Con

Judged by a panel of industry luminaries, the Comics In Film Festival accepts genre-related films in the following categories: Action/Adventure, Animation, Comics-Oriented, Documentary (Pop Culture–Related), Horror/Suspense, Humor, and Science Fiction/Fantasy. Awards and prizes will be given out at Comic-Con, with film screenings all three days of the event.

Matthew: What would you expect to experience if you attend the festival this year (2016)?

Tina: Providing a weekend of Film, Celebrity guests, panels, workshops and more!

Matthew: What are the qualifications for the selected films?


To qualify as a “genre film” your movie must have at least one (or a combination) of the following themes: horror, fantasy, science-fiction, comic-book, superhero, fan-fiction, animation and parody.

Matthew: Do you think that some films really don’t get a fair shake from film festivals?

Tina: And if so, why? What I hear my friends say is film festivals are turning into beauty contests and we aim to change that. We dont choose films based on the Actors, or IMDB credits, we choose films we think are entertaining to our attendees and sometimes they may not have the best sound or lighting but there are many different criteria that go into what we choose to screen.

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

Tina: Our team is comprised of Actors, Directors, Producers, and Film Makers….. we get it, we know what Film Makers want and it isnt a certificate. We provide a networking opportunity like no other in a really fun environment by combining a pop culture convention and film we have created an amazing opportunity.

Matthew: How has the festival changed since its inception?

Tina: We have expanded our attendance every year which means film makers have a larger audience to screen too, at a really great venue. We also have added some fun perks for the film makers to get to know our fan base and inivited guests.

Matthew: Where do you see the festival by 2020?

Tina: We are hoping to grow with the convention and expand to screenings at the local Theatres as well as have larger sponsors to provide great awards.

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

Tina: This is a great question, I come from the era of THE MOVIE CHANNEL, which had only a few movies a month and we watched them over and over, so I may have been skewed as to what was popular based on what was popular in my living room. I would have to say Valley Girl with Nicholas Cage, and Wedding Singer as a close runner up.

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

Tina: I personally like a movie I can’t figure out, my favorite film is The Game, for that reason.

Matthew: How is the film scene in your city?

Tina: Amazing, we film in all budget ranges from studio productions including Breaking Bad, Longmire, Better Call Saul, Preacher, The Night shift and countless others to webseries like Enter The Dojo. Our Festival is held in NM, an emerging Film location. We have an amazing crew base, talent pool and Indie scene here that has become like family.


Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 10-20 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto on the last Thursday of every single month. Go to for more information and to submit your work to the festival.