Interview with director Iván Sáinz-Pardo (SAVE)

Iván Sáinz-Pardo’s short film SAVE played to rave reviews at the October 2016 Horror/Thriller Film Festival.

It was a pleasure to interview him about his film and what’s next:

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Iván Sáinz-Pardo: Just wanted to work with actors again and I needed to tell a new story. I wanted to film something very short but really shocking!

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

ISP: Only two weeks. I was training the camera movements alone for two days. And then we shoot in only 5 hours.

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

ISP: Don’t Breathe

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

ISP: I wanted do make a short film with only sequence shot.

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

ISP: What an amazing surprise. And the comments were very smart and interesting!!

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video of the Short Film:

MT: How did you come up with the idea for this short film? 

ISP:I was looking inside my own scary feelings.

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

ISP: The Doors by Oliver Stone. I love it!

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

ISP: I recently made a 19 minute short film called AINHOA. We have premiere in a few days at the International Film Festival in Gijon, Spain. In this link you could find more interesting infos about it:


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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