Interview with Filmmaker Andrés Passoni (CHAMPION)

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Andrés Passoni’s short film was the winner of Best Picture at the May 2016 Documentary Short Film Festival. 

Interview with Andrés Passoni:

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Andrés Passoni: I love animals and when I heard about greyhound races I instantly felt very attracted to immerse myself in this world. I thought it would be interesting and a challenge to share this controversial theme from a different point of view and I worked very hard to create a special experience while viewing it. I also thought this project would be a great growth for me as a filmmaker.

MT: From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?

AP: It took me two years to finish it. I had specific images in my mind that I wanted to achieve and I also invested a lot of time in the montage and sound design. It was hard but I felt very proud after watching the final result.

MT: How would you describe your short film in two words!?

AP: Exciting and Fascinating!

MT: What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

AP: I don’t know if it was an obstacle but it was difficult to choose which images would stay in the final product because I shot a lot of material that I think it’s beautiful, but then I wanted to select the ones I thought added a special value to the narrative of the film and what I was trying to communicate.

MT: What were your initial reactions when watching the Toronto audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

AP: It was very interesting to hear the different comments and reactions and I had a huge smile throughout the whole feedback video. What I specially liked about it is that everybody felt what I was trying to communicate, which is a great feeling.

Thank you for the opportunity to show my work!

MT: How did you come up with the idea for this short film?

AP: Two years ago in a family birthday an uncle started talking that he liked going to greyhound races, after hearing that, I thought it would be a very interesting world to portray, from the very beginning I knew I had to tell it from the dog’s point of view.

MT: What film have you seen the most in your life?

AP: The Birds by Alfred Hitchcock and La mujer sin cabeza by Lucrecia Martel.

MT: What is next for you? A new film?

AP: Right now I’m finishing a script for another short film called 3:32, the theme it’s very different from what I’ve done but it shares my love for image and sound. In this case I’m also trying to build a particular experience around a character.

If everything goes according to what’s planned I’m shooting in September and I can’t wait to share it with all of you!

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video of the Short Film: 

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Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 10-20 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto on the last Thursday of every single month. Go to www.wildsound.ca for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

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By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival www.wildsound.ca

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