Interview with Filmmaker Francesco Faralli (LIKE IN THE MOVIES)

Francesco Faralli’s documentary short film played at the best of Under 5min. Short Film Festival in January 2016. A film filled with a lot of feeling and laughter that the audience truly loved.

I recently chatted with Francesco and talked more about the film:

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Francesco Faralli: I thought it was a funny and inspiring story that could be narrated in a quick way. I was editing the material for Daniele’s last video and I thought it was a goldmine of amusing moments to start with.

Matthew: From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?

Francesco: I think I had the idea on July, I shot 3 days (1 day for backstage, 2 days weeks later for the interviews) and I finished it in November.

Matthew: How would you describe your short film in two words!?

Francesco: Just 2 words?! well…Informal and funny (doc, if I may add a substantive)

Matthew: What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

Francesco: I didn’t have real obstacles on this project, I think the most fundamental choice I had to do in this short it was to accept and use the mistakes made by Daniele, which normally I would have cut. Embracing this mistakes I think give to this doc a layer of spontaneity that now I find very important, creating also a parallel with Tiziano’s mistakes.

Matthew: What were your initial reactions when watching the Toronto audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

Francesco: I was interested and  a little in apprehension. I think it’s very important to laugh about Tiziano’s errors because if you feel guilty to laugh about it it’s because you feel a kind of distance from him and your thought is something like “poor thing, I feel sorry for him and his condition, so I shouldn’t laugh about it”; instead, Daniele taught me that equality goes from here too, you can laugh as long as you can see and appreciate the efforts.

Matthew: If there anywhere we can watch the movie online?

Francesco: You can watch the movie online following this link:

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

Francesco: It could be “The Shining” or “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless mind”.

Matthew: What is next for you? A new film?

Francesco: I’d like to realize a fiction short movie next, I have a couple of ideas for different shorts but I haven’t decided which one write yet. Fate and budget will dictate what will be my next move.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK of the Short Film:




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.

By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival

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