Animation Festival Testimonial – August 18 2018

Ran Sheng (STAR RUNNER)

I was surprised by hearing how the host describes my film. It is always great to learn from other people’s perspectives. Also, I really enjoy having all the feedback from the audience. It is the first time my film been public screened, so all those feedback means a lot to me!

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Interview with Winning Screenwriter John Dummer (FORGET-ME-NOTS)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

July 2018 Winning Sci-Fi/Fantasy Screenwriter.

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

John Dummer: Spiritual entropy. When the universe presents you with an existential threat, an event that will surely obliterate you and everything that gives this world meaning, what do you do?

Do you dig a grave, or do you plant a seed?

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Sci-Fi, Horror, Drama.

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Because I believe it will sell tickets? The hope is that it will be a great ride. The tale poses some intriguing and fundamental questions, and should fuel some lively arguments on the way home from the theater.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

“What’s next?” Meaning both “What the heck happens next onscreen?” and “What, if anything, is next for the human species?”

5. What movie have you seen the…

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Interview with Filmmaker Samantha Casia Kaiza-Williams (SUPPLE HEARTS)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

SUPPLE HEARTS won BEST FILM at the June 2018 Experimental FEEDBACK Film Festival in Toronto.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Samnatha Casia Kaiza-Williams: The film is autobiographical I guess, and it was a way of dealing with and acknowledging a traumatic event that happened to me, I think for a very long time, I told myself I wasn’t in agony, when I was and had been for quite some time, making the film was me acknowledging what had happened, and forgiving myself.

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

It took 18 months in total, the process was very long winded, the film itself is based on a poem which has the same name, I self funded the film so I had to work a lot of hours to save up to pay for…

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Interview with Filmmaker Julian Friedrich (01)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

01 was the winner of BEST FILM at the June 2018 Animation FEEDBACK Film Festival in Toronto.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Julian Friedrich: “01” is the first film out of the Shortfilm label “Second Truth” in which Artists, film makers, musicians and journalists from all over the world are grappling with the social and political issues of our time. The resulting music videos (Melts) do not include any words and are a mixture of music clips and short films.

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

Nearly 1,5 Years. When Katharina and I decided to make a film in 2015, the refugee crisis in Europe was at its peak. Katharina is an extraordinary illustrator. Her paintings are simple, have a child-like line. But each line is exactly where it should be. It was…

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Interview with Screenwriter Roberto Tomeo (HEART OF GOLD)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

 HEART OF GOLD was the June 2018 Winning Comedy Festival Short Screenplay.

Matthew Toffolo: What is your screenplay about?

Roberto Tomeo: It is a reflection on the worth of people who have a heart of gold.

2. What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Dark fairytale

3. Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

Because it would be easily enjoyable and at the same time it could be an inspiration to an emotional audience.

4. How would you describe this script in two words?

Romantic and dark.

5. What movie have you seen the most times in your life?

Probably The Silence of the Lambs.

6. How long have you been working on this screenplay?

It took me a couple of days to implement the idea which came up to my mind while half-asleep.

7. How many stories have you written?

I have written a number of stories…

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Interview with Animator/Filmmaker Ran Sheng (STAR RUNNER)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

STAR RUNNER played to rave reviews at the June 2018 Animation FEEDBACK Film Festival in Toronto.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Ran Sheng: I am a big fan of sci-fi novels and films, and I keep thinking about those classical philosophy questions, such as who am I? Where I came from, and where am I going? This film could be seen as my answer to these questions.

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

This film belongs to the junior year film project of my college so it was in a pretty narrow time frame. I think it took me about 10 weeks.

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

Evolution + History

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

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JUNE 2018 ANIMATION Stories, Screenplays, and Short Films

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festival poster01, 7min., Germany, Experimental/Animation

festival posterSTAR RUNNER, 2min., USA, Animation/Experimental

festival posterTWICE UPON A TIME, 14min., Serbia, Animation/Fantasy

festival posterOH MY…., 4min,., USA, Animation/Music Video

festival posterOH! UGANDA, 5min., Uganda, Animation/Documentary

 

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Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Festival Moderators: Kierston Drier, Shepsut Wilson
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Festival Directors: Mary Cox, Rachel Elder, Natasha Levy

Camera Operators: John Johnson, Isabal Cupryn, Aser Santos Jr., Zack Arch