Interview with Filmmaker Karisa Bruin (LABOR RELATIONS)

LABOR RELATIONS was the winner of BEST COMEDY FILM at the April 2020 Female Feedback Film Festival. Submit via FilmFreeway: Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Karisa Bruin: I am a mother to two young boys and my desire to balance parenting and working has been at times a real struggle. I… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Karisa Bruin (LABOR RELATIONS)

Interview with Filmmaker Katherine Castellaw (CIGARETTE LIPS)

CIGARETTE LIPS was the winner of BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY at the April 2020 Female Film Festival. A Film Freeway Preferred Festival: Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Katherine Castellaw: I had an acting coach years ago who was encouraging us to write our own scenes, and as an example he said something along… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Katherine Castellaw (CIGARETTE LIPS)

Interview with Filmmaker Suyoung Jang (SHATTERED)

SHATTERED played to rave reviews at the April 2020 Female Film Festival. A Film Freeway Preferred Festival: Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Suyoung Jang: Before I started to study computer animation at Ringling College of Art+Design, I had studied History at Ewha Womans University in South Korea, one of the oldest… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Suyoung Jang (SHATTERED)

Interview with Filmmaker Gretl Claggett (STORMCHASER)

 STORMCHASER swept the awards at the February 2020 FEMALE Feedback Film Festival in Toronto. Winner of BEST FILM. BEST PERFORMANCES. BEST CINEMATROGRAPHY  Matthew Toffolo: How did you come up with the idea for this short film? And… What motivated you to make the film? “He’s a door-to-door ‘door’ salesman,” my friend said. “A what…?” I… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Gretl Claggett (STORMCHASER)

Interview with Filmmaker Evgeniya Radilova (PATRIK)

PATRIK played to rave reviews at the November 2019 Female Film Festival in Toronto. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? What motivates me to write “Patrik” is an anonymous elderly man who caught my attention years ago. I was 18, aspiring actress, student at that time at the Film and Theater Academy… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Evgeniya Radilova (PATRIK)

Interview with Screenwriter Tai-Ying Chi (You Don’t Deserve My Jelly Strips)

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about? Tai-Ying Chi: The story is about a girl who is sexually assaulted by the boy she loves and always wants to be romantically involved with, therefore she doesn’t know how to react at first, and she’s struggled between what her heart really wants and what her heart believes… Continue reading Interview with Screenwriter Tai-Ying Chi (You Don’t Deserve My Jelly Strips)

Interview with Filmmaker Hayley Thom (Tony McClean Nepal Trust)

TONY MCCLEAN NEPAL TRUST was the winner of BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY at the October 2019 Female Film Festival in Los Angeles. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Hayley Thom: I was very excited to direct and shoot this film. It was Hannah McClean’s idea tell the story, the story of her brother Tony… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Hayley Thom (Tony McClean Nepal Trust)

Interview with Filmmaker Yangfang (Frances) Chen (NINA SAIZA)

NINA SAIZA played to rave reviews at the October 2019 Female FEEDBACK Film Festival in Los Angeles. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Yangfang (Frances) Chen: I remember how confused I was when I first encountered the dark side of the world after I became a teenager, so I always want to… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Yangfang (Frances) Chen (NINA SAIZA)

Interview with Filmmaker Yalan Hu (DOLL IT UP)

DOLL IT UP played to rave reviews at the August 2019 Female FEEDBACK Film Festival in Toronto. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Yalan Hu: Doll It Up was one of the projects I directed when I was in film school. I’m always fascinated by human relations, especially what people become in… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Yalan Hu (DOLL IT UP)

Interview with Filmmaker Nesli ERGÜN (KOYUN)

KOYUN played to rave reviews at the August 2019 Female Film Festival in Toronto. Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film? Nesli ERGÜN: It seems a fair share of moral confusion is pervading the world today about women who wear the Islamic head scarf. This confusion is no accident. It’s easy to get… Continue reading Interview with Filmmaker Nesli ERGÜN (KOYUN)