Interview with Filmmaker Stuart Everitt (BURIED)

BURIED was the winner of BEST MUSIC at the European FEEDBACK Film Festival in June 2018.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Stuart Everitt: As I was growing up my Dad introduced me to collecting. He’s a big collector of militaria. He was born right at the end of the World War Two and the beginning of his life would have been very influenced by its aftermath. By the time I was born thirty years later war felt like an exciting thing that once happened, due to the Hollywood films that glorified heroism and war. That generational perspective shift really interested me. Now of course we’re much more aware of the effects of war and the threat of conflict looms over us. The innocence of youth has gone.

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

I started writing in October and I submitted it the following October, so a year.

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

Unwelcome reminder

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

Casting Grandad. There are not a fantastic number of older male actors willing to work on budget films.

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

Really lovely to hear strangers views. Of course the film has been shown to cast and crew on a private screening, but it was great to hear what people made of the script and took from the film. There were some surprising comments.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

I’ve had this idea knocking around in my head for a while, but I wrote it over a number of sessions over about five weeks.

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?

Possibly Jaws.

8. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are you feelings of the submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?

It’s good. It simplifies the process, but it does illustrate to me just how many festivals there are. If I submitted to all the festivals I wanted to i’d be broke!

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

Foreigner – I Wanna Know What Love Is

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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 single month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto, and Los Angeles at least 3 times a month. Go to http://www.wildsoundfestival.com for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

Interview with Filmmaker Iván Sáinz-Pardo (AINHOA)

AINHOA was the winner of BEST PERFORMANCES at the June 2018 EUROPEAN FEEDBACK Film Festival.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Iván Sáinz-Pard: I had to make something about the terrible Global Financial Crisis and the collateral damage of the citizens. In Spain, the situation was awful and that have motivated me to tell the story of “Ainhoa”.

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

It was a very long trip, I needed 7 long years to organize and to find the money to do it.

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

“Ainhoa is a story that, instead of trying to put children to sleep, tries to wake up the adults.”

Sorry, I needed some more words.

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

We had too many locations to shoot. And it’s always difficult to find/cast and then work with a 7 years old lead actor.

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

It was very emotional. I was smiling all the video long.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK of the Short Film:

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

I was imagine the beginning was about the World Revolution in our society. And the gestures and feelings of a small child. Sometimes, big problems could be fix with small solutions.

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?

“The Doors”. Directed by Oliver Stone.

8. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are you feelings of the submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?

Regrettably many short film festivals and the submission platform have been transformed, in too many cases, to be only a business and to make easy money with submissions fees and the delusion and hope that young people trying to be filmmakers. There are too many deficient short film festivals and fake festivals around. But that here is not the case. The WILDsound FEEDBACK Film Festival put the shorts with an audience and their feedback together and that is fantastic.

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

I love all the music of the 80! I am an oldies victim.

10. What is next for you? A new film?

My new Short is Tono Menor (minor Key) And I am hard trying to make a movie. Wish me luck!

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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 single month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto, and Los Angeles at least 3 times a month. Go to http://www.wildsoundfestival.com for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

Interview with director Marina Meijer (CARGO)

Marina Meijer’s short film “CARGO” was the winner of “BEST FILM” at the May 2017 European Film Festival.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Marina Meijer: I needed to make a film about the importance of women and love, in an environment where she is absent. So I went looking for places at sea (the birthplace of Afrodite, goddess of love), to find a small men’s microcosm, where only men live and work together, seperated from land and the women in (their) life. And then I met Frans, a rough sailor who had lost his love.

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

I did two months of research, and in this period I lived on several ships to meet different crews and men. After I found Frans, I wrote a filmplan, and then my cameraman, soundsman and me, stayed on the ship for a month to shoot. Our school gave us a 6 weeks to edit the film, and then another month for sounddesign, music and other postproductional things! So I think in total it took us half a year to make the entire film.

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

Waves, Women.

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

The fact that is was my graduation film, gave us quite some limitations in our shooting and edit period. But I learned a lot, so it’s not all that bad… And of course the fact that I did a lot of puking at sea, hehe.

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

It made me very happy..! Some things people said, really touched me. I loved it that although it’s quite a subtle story, some people do feel the emotional layer underneath it.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK of the short film:

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

As a woman, there are places that are almost unattainable for me, places where men are among themselves, isolated from the outside world. This film takes place in such a ‘man’s microcosm’ at sea, a place where men and women are physically separated. It’s a place that intrigues me, because it feels out of balance. It’s a small world that symbolizes the world in which we now live, where the ‘hard’ and strong often dominates, and where the soft and sensitive is still struggling to break through. For me this film is a portrayal of this struggle with feelings. About a man who lost his wife, his unexpressed feelings and loneliness within this men’s world. A small film about the importance of women and love, which becomes even bigger when she is no longer there.

What film have you seen the most in your life?

Beau Travail, from Claire Denis or Three Rooms of Melancholia, from Pirjo Honkasalo.

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

‘Maggot Brain’ from Funkadelic or ‘If you want me to stay’ from Sly and the Family Stone. And I still don’t know the lyrics.. Words are not that important to me, i guess.

What is next for you? A new film?

I hope so! Working very hard on a new idea.. I’m very uncertain about a lot of things in my life, but filmmaking is the one thing I’m very sure of, that I really want and need to do.
 
 

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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 www.wildsound.ca for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

Interview with director Urs Kälin (FAREWELL)

Urs Kälin’s comedy “FAREWELL” played to rave reviews at the May 2017 European Film Festival.

 Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Urs Kälin: I created the script to this film in a workshop. In my head were ideas about a road movie with dark humor. After I finished the script it wasn’t easy to find the right persons for directing and producing this idea. After a while I couldn’t wait longer for the right persons so I decided to produce the film by myself and tried to do what I learned on a set as an actor.

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

I created the script to this film in a workshop. In my head were ideas about a road movie with dark humor. After I finished the script it wasn’t easy to find the right persons for directing and producing this idea. After a while I couldn’t wait longer for the right persons so I decided to produce the film by myself and tried to do what I learned on a set as an actor.

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

I think it took almost three years from the idea in the workshop till the premiere in the cinema. It was a very long time but I learned a lot. For example, I didn’t edit any film
before. So, I had to learn to edit my film by myself and there were many try and errors.

Sometimes I’m still thinking I should have done it like this or this if I watch the film but at one point you have to finish it.

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

Dark humor

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

The work next to the set especially for the pre- and post production. I had to learn all these things like find the right locations or editing and if you don’t know the editing program for example it is hard to find the right way. It was also difficult to find the right way for this project. There are so many ways to complete a film.

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

I was very nervous to see the feedback video. I couldn’t imagen how the audience will react. But if I was watching it, it made me very happy!

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK of the short film:

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

I was thinking about a film that is like a road movie with a dark side. I had several ideas when I wrote the script. At the end, I was trying to create dark humor with a sensitive
touch.

What film have you seen the most in your life?

I think I like drama and comedy or tragicomedy.

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

This is a difficult question. I think it has changed during my life and I listen so many different kind of music. I think it is Rock and Hard Rock and some 80’s pop.

What is next for you? A new film?

Right now, I’m on the pre production of a new short film. I try to find some sponsors for a new idea. This film would be more social critic. I would try to animate the audience to think about culture and what did it to them or not.

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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 www.wildsound.ca for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

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.

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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 www.wildsound.ca for more information and to submit your work to the festival.