Interviews

Here are the 3 interviews we’ve received from 3 of the Kinofest friends that have created 3 of the winning films of the previous editions.

Dmitri Geller, Winner of Kinofest 2008 / Animation with the film Malcik

Lucas Figueroa, Winner of Kinofest 2008 / Fiction with the film Porque hay cosas que nunca se olvidan

How are you? What are you working at now?
Hi! I’m working in a feature film now to be produced in Hollywood.

Why do you make films? Why digital? Is digital technique helping?
I make films because is my passion, tell stories, play with images, sound and music.
I’m open at every format. I don’t prefer digital or film. I think every project has to have it own format…some stories demand the use of digital, talking about the image or production, and other stories demand 35mm or 16mm or 8mm.

What is your favorite artist, or your favorite film? Or recomand us a short (we’ll try to bring it in the festival :)
I love the work of David Fincher, Jean Pierre Jenaut, Paul Thomas Anderson, Wes Anderson, Jason Reitman. I have many on my list. They really inspire me.
Favourite film? Definetly, THE FIGHT CLUB and MAGNOLIA.
A short that I really love is SPIDER from Australia.

What do you like best about your work?
That is changing every time and no matter what happend, no matter where you are, always, always each project is a challenge.
And the best part is when you can see that in a big and dark movie theatre people laugh and cry because the story that you’re telling in the film.

What would you like to achieve in film and video-art that you haven’t done yet? What is the price that you desire the most?
I would like to make one movie per year ( or more :) ) and still have time to live and enjoy this short life with my beatiful family and friends…
I won’t lie If I say that every director (unless once) dreamed with an oscar…

Please send us a message for the Kinofest spectators (if you could make it video – record it with you web-cam, or something – it would be great)
of course, no problem. See the video above

Peter Vadocz, Winner of Kinofest 2007 / Micromovie with the film Colorful EU
How are you? What are you working at now?
I am always well, when somebody is interested in me :)
I’ve just finished the editing of some shorts, which were shot during my Italian summer, and try to finish the remaining raw materials.
Otherwise thinking, shooting, editing for some video contests, and writing scripts.

Why do you make films? Why digital? Is digital technique helping?
For me it’s better to think and express the thoughts visually, than any other way.
And why digital? Because nowadays most of the life is digital; as I am writing these sentences, as you are reading it now, all of these are the part of our digital world. We can’t eliminate this. The digital devices are a great possibility for many-many of us for making movies.
And not only possibility, but the new devices also make me think in another way. A digital camera requires a different attitude to shoot with, compared to a mobile device, or a still camera. Another feeling, another thinking, another rhythm, another vision, another result. The digital tools always make influence for my works.

What is your favorite artist, or your favorite film? Or recommend us a short (we’ll try to bring it in the festival :)
Good question. And hard to give a simple answer. Because there are many good shorts in different genres and techniques. I like the traditional / handmade animations, especially the Russian, Polish and Hungarian ones. Or the Scandinavian or French shorts with their very well DoP works and unique feelings. And every time when I am on a festival, I can find really professional and entertaining works, which are out of the above categories.

What do you like best about your work?
The process itself.
How the things can form (sometimes by their own) from the born of an idea to burn the DVD. Many-many moments, when the people you work with, the ambient where you work, the devices what you work with, the material what you work on, can make you surprise, and let you learn something new. And sometimes you can’t imagine how your movie will look like – besides the most mindful planning and preparation. To make a movie means lots of influences which make your life more much interesting.

What would you like to achieve in film and video-art that you haven’t done yet? What is the price that you desire the most?
Sometimes I had (and fortunately nowadays also still have) possibilities to reach prestigious festivals, meet such people and get such prizes, that I never expected. If somebody is so lucky to make one or two movies during his/her life which can fascinate people from different cultures, from different parts of the world, that is a very good feeling and it lasts over years. I think I have already made one short like this (not more so far). But most of my shorts are average, of course. This is the second important thing: try to make more movies – which won’t be as great and superb as your ‘main/master piece’, but -, which can reach a high quality of film making. It’s not so easy to produce this level every time, but your intention has to be to do it, every time.

No concrete prizes to desire for me. I like the fair judging; it’s very important.
I am not happy when a better movie doesn’t win and a worse movie wins.
Basically, if I saw a good movie, I am happy that it wins a prize. And if I can make a good movie, I like to get some prizes (any kind of).

And from another Point-of-view: I like those prizes, which are funny or personal or strange or which are artworks themselves. In these times I feel like artistic things can make dialogues to each other. So, it’s a kind of multiplied art. For example, when I got the prize from Kino Fest, I felt the same .

Please send us a message for the Kinofest spectators
Unfortunately, I can’t know you personally. But I wish you the best, as I can: I wish you to watch a strong selection of high level shorts, and feel them, think about them, discuss them, and remember them; you never know: may be in a moment of your life (maybe decades later), you will be remember one moment, one picture of these shorts, and may be you can solve your problems by this moment or picture, or just help you to feel yourself better.

So, simple enjoy!

Ashwin Inamdar, Winner of Kinofest 2009 / Micromovie with the film Waiting Chairs
How are you? What are you working at now?
Currently, I am working as a Professor of Animation at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah (GA). I teach courses like 3D character setup and 3D animation production. I love my job and have been on it since fall 09. I get to meet new students every quarter and that’s the best part of my job.

As of now, I am working on setting up a realistic 3D bird-character in Maya 2011 for a music video. You can find out more about this project here: http://www.jbalcome.com/thesis.php.
Besides rigging / character technical direction, which I want to pursue as a career goal, I like making 3D experimental short films to keep up with my skills as a film maker.

Why do you make films? Why digital? Is digital technique helping?
I think as an artist I look at art as something that has more than just an aesthetic value to it. Every art-piece, to me, should have a purpose that is served over a certain target audience. Digital or not, films have been such an intrinsic part of our lives. They are huge in terms of impact on the audience and seem like one of the best ways to promote an idea or induce a discussion. This just seems like a lot of power to me – to be able to talk about topics of your choice, encapsulate a huge audience and impact their line of thoughts with your notions through your film. I believe it’s this nature of films that makes them so far-reaching and effective.

What is your favorite artist, or your favorite film?
I don’t have a favorite artist as such, but I do like a few artists whose work I like to follow. Dutch animator, Michael Dudok, is one of them. Known for his films like ‘The Monk and The Fish’ and ‘Father and Daughter’, Michael’s interest in the subtle issues of life appeals to me the most. His stories have a small level of abstraction to them which makes the films interpretative.

What do you like best about your work? What would you like to achieve in film and video-art that you haven’t done yet? What is the price that you desire the most?
Subtle concerns of life have always moved me more than the bigger problems and bringing the audience’s attention to these concerns is what I have always tried to achieve through my films. A certain amount of abstraction induces interpretation and hence discussions. It’s always nice to see different people experience differently through the same art piece. Not having characters in the film avoids human-biases of any types – like race, color, sex, religion, language etc. – and helps reach a larger audience. Of course, this is what I feel and want to achieve and am far from getting there yet.

Please send us a message for the Kinofest spectators (if you could make it video – record it with you web-cam, or something – it would be great)
Being able to make films that move your audience is a very powerful tool. Not only does it enable a strong line of communication, but it also keeps the thinking artist inside of you alive. My message to everybody is keep up this form of transmission of ideas. I am looking forward to seeing all the beautiful pieces that will be a part of ‘Kinofest’. All the best!

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