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Filmmaker Q&A: Toby Fell-Holden (Balcony)

This is the fourth entry in our "Filmmaker Q&A" blog series: first was Linda Ohama (A NEW MOON OVER TOHOKU), then Jordan Roberts (BURN YOUR MAPS) and Jonatan Relayze (ROSA CHUMBE). In today's edition, we head across the pond to the United Kingdom, home of screenwriter/director Toby Fell-Holden of the short film BALCONY


Can you tell us something fun about the making of BALCONY? 

There’s a big crowd scene towards the end of the film and we had very little time to catch it before the sun set. I remember there was a rush to grab clean audio of the angry mob’s shouts, so our sound recordist suddenly had them all go nuts screaming every obscenity they could imagine in the centre of a green surrounded by apartments. People were watching from their windows wondering what an earth was going on. The roar of the crowd was deafening, much louder than I expected - it was one of those surreal movie moments where you realize what we do can often seem a bit crazy!  

What are you looking forward to doing the most when you're in Calgary for the festival? 

It's always great to meet talented filmmakers from across the world, that's the most fun part of the festival circuit! And particularly in a diverse city like Calgary, it will be interesting to see how the film is received. 

What do you hope audiences will take away from watching your film? 

BALCONY is about the way we all project onto the outside world, and how the bigger our own lies, the more out of step we become with our perception of reality. I hope the film makes viewers think about the way their own suffering or fears may shape their perception of others, especially with the current political climate and demagoguery that's defining the US election race. 

Head over to the official site of BALCONY at to see some of the many awards and designations it has received on this year's festival circuit. You won't want to miss it!


BALCONY plays as part of the "Shorts Programme 2" package, with screenings on Friday, Sept 23 (9:15 PM, Eau Claire 3) and Friday, September 30 (4:15 PM, Eau Claire 4). Click these links for tickets and enjoy this and plenty of other fantastic short films from around the world!

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