Interview with Filmmaker Fanny Lecendre (NORTHERN LIGHT)

NORTHERN LIGHT was the winner of BEST FILM at the September 2020 Drama Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

I presented my idea at The Pitch Cannes Festival in France and I won the contest. I received a grant to write my movie, that was the beginning the adventure.

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

After I got the grant, it took me a year to make the short.

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

Two brothers.

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

The tide going up and down, and working with my boyfriend of the time as the director of photography.

5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

I got really moved to hear strangers talking about my work. I felt that they understood different levels of the movie and that made me very happy.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

6. How did you come up with the idea for this short film?

The relationship with my big brother has been my main inspiration for this movie. The wild landscapes of North of France where I grew up was my second source of inspiration.

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind directed by French director Michel Gondry.

8. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are you feelings of the submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?

FilmFreeway makes it very easy for filmmakers to submit to many festivals. My only note is that they should do a membership that allows us to submit our films to a specific number of festivals every months.

9. What song have you listened to the most times in your life?

I get obsessed with a song and I listened to it non-stop for two months and then I switch to a new one. I can’t find just one!

10. What is next for you? A new film?

I’ve been acting for two years so my next step is to act in a movie that I wrote. More recently I’ve been co-writing a feature film, I’m really excited about this new project.

By matthewtoffolo

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

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