WAJOOD (SELFHOOD) Short Film – AUDIENCE FEEDBACK Video from the LGBT June 2017 Festival

LGBT Toronto Film Festival

Wajood poster english

Wajood (Selfhood) revolves around a young hijra’s (trans-woman) life in Mumbai, who seems to fancy herself with an auto-rickshaw driver. When confronted by the elders of her community about her unrealistic expectations, she goes on a subconscious quest to know if somebody will ever fall in love with her. Or, is this thought as naive as told by everyone around her?

  • Vishal Srivastava
    Director
  • Vishal Srivastava
    Writer
  • Vishal Srivastava
    Producer
  • Pranit Hatte
    Key Cast
  • Randhir Chaudhary
    Key Cast
  • Madhuri Sarode
    Key Cast
  • Kshitij Gera
    Key Cast
Project Links
  • Film Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Romance, Drama, LGBT, India, Trans, Love
  • Runtime:
    11 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    India
  • Country of Filming:
    India
  • Film Language:
    Hindi
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color

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Winning LGBT Feature Film Reading of ARRANGING MIA, by Joanie Fox

LGBT Toronto Film Festival

Genre: LGBT, Romance, Comedy

A dying mother wants to marry off her lesbian daughter to a man before she dies.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Elizabeth Rose Morriss
Mia: Pip Dwyer
Helen: Julie Burris
Cole: Geoff Mays
Alex: Hugh Ritchie
Dr. Harrison: Ariel Brooker

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

Arranging Mia is about a dying mother and her controlling need to marry off her lesbian daughter to a man before she dies.

What genres does your screenplay fall under?

Romantic Comedy or Dramedy

Why should this screenplay be made into a movie?

There was a time when I thought this script might not be relevant any longer with the legalization of gay marriage in many states. However, once Trump was elected, I realized just how divided America is on human rights issues. As storytellers we have an opportunity to enlighten those who are limited by their belief…

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Interview with Filmmaker Leigh Bloomfield (THE NIGHT SKY)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

THE NIGHT SKY was the winner of BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY at the April 2018 Experimental Film Festival in Toronto.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Leigh Bloomfield: I had just used time lapse photography, for one of our clients. I really enjoyed the process and the results were amazing.

Then i came across Tom Lowe’s film TimeScapes. I think seeing that work, made me realise what these DSLR stills camera’s were capable of, so with long
exposure’s and fast lenses you could capture the stars, the same way i had seen them in Sci – Fi films, so that got me really fired up about going out capturing the night sky.

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

I would say it took about 5 weeks to get to the the final product.

3. How would…

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Interview with Filmmaker Jessica Batson (ORACLE)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

ORACLE played to rave reviews at the December 2017 EXPERIMENTAL FEEDBACK Film Festival in Toronto.

1. What motivated you to make this film?
I was really looking for the creative freedom an experimental film provides and began formulating an abstract concept.
 
 
2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?
The project took around 8 months from concept to completion, but we had a long pause between the production and post. In total, we used around 2-months for concept, pre-pro, production and post.
 
3. How would you describe your short film in two words!?
Dark Experimental
 
4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?
Finding a music track that we felt worked with the piece.
 
5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the…

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Interview with the film team of the short film CHRISTINE (Jessica Adler, Kate Montgomery, Stephanie Serra)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

CHRISTINE was the winner of BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY at the December 2017 LGBT FEEDBACK Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

We wanted to tell a story that highlighted the idea that you can be yourself, even if you don’t have words to describe it yet. We wanted to paint an image of a child trying different ways to conform to what they believe is the “right way” of being, so that we could reveal the persistence that may be involved throughout this form of exploration.

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

Draft one was finished February 20th, 2013. The project continued to grow and evolve until it was officially completed on Valentines Day 2016.

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

Be yourself.

4. What was the biggest obstacle you…

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Interview with Filmmaker Will Kim (GLORIOUS VICTORY)

Matthew Toffolo's Summary

 GLORIOUS VICTORY played to rave reviews at the December 2017 Experimental FEEDBACK Film Festival.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Will Kim: Two things motivated me.

The 2016 Presidential Election between Trump and Clinton. When I saw them exchanging many pointless arguments to achieve one thing without being aware of the surrounding and the potential results, I thought I wanted to compare them to the two little bugs that fight aggressively for one fig.

There are just way too many fig (June Beetles) at my work in the early fall time and I had been fascinated by how carelessly they fly and hit the trees and buildings and how greedy they are with fruits /foods. Going back to my motivation 1, I thought it’s a perfect comparison to what was going on at the presidential election in 2016.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how…

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Winning Feature Screenplay – THE LAST PRISON by Richard Geiwitz

Watch the Winning AUGUST 2017 Screenplay. 

Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy,

Judith, known as the “Mother Creator” by her robots, faces a takeover when the robots feel they are not being treated fairly.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Val Cole
Judith: Mandy May Cheetham
R-14: Angelica Alejandro
Reeve: Ryan Yusep
Alain: Peter Mark Raphael
Joshua: Allan Michael Brunet

Get to know the writer:

What is your screenplay about?

The story follows Judith, a robotics genius who designed and programmed robots to mine a moon of Saturn, which is uninhabitable to man. The bots are designed to think independently and problem-solve. There are three series: administrative, worker and repair. The workers begin to resent their assigned role. They want more input into running the colony. The administrators disagree, citing their assigned programs. There’s a worker’s strike, exports stop and Judith is sent to face her creations, wondering if they are now smarter than she.

What…

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April 2018 – Interview with TOP Cinematographers working today.

Enclosed are 5 interviews with some of the TOP Cinematographers working in the Film & TV industry today. By Matthew Toffolo

Interview with Cinematographer Rasmus Heise (I KILL GIANTS)
Interview with Cinematographer Rasmus Heise (I KILL GIANTS)

Interview with Cinematographer Christophe Graillot (A Bag of Marbles, La Garde)
Interview with Cinematographer Christophe Graillot (A Bag of Marbles, La Garde)

Interview with Cinematographer Dan Stoloff (Suits, The Americans, Zoo)
Interview with Cinematographer Dan Stoloff (Suits, The Americans, Zoo)

Interview with Cinematographer Tristan Oliver (Isle of Dogs, ParaNorman, Fantastic Mr. Fox)
Interview with Cinematographer Tristan Oliver (Isle of Dogs, ParaNorman, Fantastic Mr. Fox)

Interview with Cinematographer Frank G. DeMarco (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, All is Lost)
https://matthewtoffolo.com/2018/03/16/interview-with-cinematographer-frank-g-demarco-hedwig-and-the-angry-inch-all-is-lost/

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April 2018 – Interviews with Film Festival Directors

Read 4 interviews with some of the top Film Festival Director’s in the world today.

Interview with Festival Director Eric Morgret (Crypticon Seattle Horror Film Festival))
Interview with Festival Director Eric Morgret (Crypticon Seattle Horror Film Festival))

It’s a great service! I think we were the 4th festival to sign up for them a few years back and since day one they have been responsive and helpful with any questions we have had. They also work hard to improve the service and are always adding useful services and tools.

Interview with Festival Director Terra Renee (African American Women In Cinema)
Interview with Festival Director Terra Renee (African American Women In Cinema)

It’s really simple and to the point, not much of an issue.

Interview with Festival Director Amanda Drewniak (Ardor Creative Media)
Interview with Festival Director Amanda Drewniak (Ardor Creative Media)

I personal feel the FilmFreeway process has definitely made receiving submissions easier…

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April 2018 – Read interview with TOP upcoming directors.

Read interviews with top filmmakers from around the world today. By Matthew Toffolo.

Interview with Filmmaker Adriana Falcinelli (DYING FOR A LIVING)
Interview with Filmmaker Adriana Falcinelli (DYING FOR A LIVING)

Interview with Filmmaker Anuj Gulati (THE MANLIEST MAN)
Interview with Filmmaker Anuj Gulati (THE MANLIEST MAN)

Interview with Director Elen JI (DINNER FOR TWO)
Interview with Director Elen JI (DINNER FOR TWO)

Interview with Director Leslie Aldana (THE WRITER’S WOMAN)
Interview with Director Leslie Aldana (THE WRITER’S WOMAN)

Interview with Filmmaker Hollis Sherman-Pepe (TO QUIET MY MIND)
Interview with Filmmaker Hollis Sherman-Pepe (TO QUIET MY MIND)

Interview with Filmmaker Anna Southgate (I SEEK ASYLUM)
Interview with Filmmaker Anna Southgate (I SEEK ASYLUM)

Interview with filmmaker Linnea Ritland (VIOLET AND JUNE)
Interview with filmmaker Linnea Ritland (VIOLET AND JUNE)

Interview with Screenwriter & Executive Producer Mark Renshaw (THE SURVIVOR)
Interview with Screenwriter & Executive Producer Mark Renshaw (THE SURVIVOR)

Interview with Filmmaker Sara Zia Ebrahimi (THE FBI BLEW…

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