Interview with director Sébastien Petretti (STATE OF EMERGENCY MOTHERF***ER!)

Sébastien Petretti’s short film “STATE OF EMERGENCY MOTHERF***ER!” was awarded “Best Overall Performances” at the May 2017 EUROPEAN Film Festival.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Sebastien Petretti:

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

« State of emergency motherfucker! » is born during the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of Paris and Brussels.

Everything gets out of control.

I can’t complain, I’m on the good side of things with my « angel » face. But I’ve to admit I find it difficult to stay put and do nothing as I see minorities being stigmatized (in the best all cases.)

All this led to this comedy.

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

Around 6 months

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

3 words : DURUM & SEX & COPS

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

Finding Police cars and uniforms to rent.

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

We really enjoy it ! Thanks a lot. It’s very interesting to see people talking about your film without being there. They can be honest without being scared to say something wrong in front of the director 😉

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK of the short film:

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

The Paris & Brussels terrorist attacks.

What film have you seen the most in your life?

The Big Blue from Luc Besson.

What song have you listened to the most times in your life?

Bohemian Rhapsody from Queen

What is next for you? A new film?

I’m currently finishing my last short film called « Make Aliens Dance » . A 25 min drama happening in UK.



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 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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