Interview with Filmmaker Dimegaz (ROCK COUNTRY)

ROCK COUNTRY was the winner of BEST FILM at the Dance & Music Festival in October 2020.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

The love I feel for the rock, the rope and the Basque culture. Thanks to these elements (rock and rope), I can merge my two passions, climbing and vertical dance, in the search for new forms of expression of Basque culture.

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

It took me 3 years since I wrote the script until I finished the project. It has been really hard work in which I have put all my heart. I moved homes and settled for a year and a half near the rock wall where the short film was made. I wanted to be able to climb, rehearse, and dance often and also witness and record how the light on the rock changed throughout the day at different times of the year.

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

Harria Herria (Rock Country).

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

Getting all the money necessary to produce the film and coordinating the rehearsal days.

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

I got really emotional listening and seeing the reaction of the audience talking about the film, it was very beautiful to listen to. I felt very close to the viewer. I am also immensely grateful to the festival’s staff for the work they have done for me to have the video. And then finding out that Harria Herria has been awarded as the best film… Amazing! I am very happy. Thanks a lot.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

I have been attending the BBK MENDI FILM festival that is held in Bilbao every year for 10 years as a viewer. There I saw different videos of great climbers, mountaineers … and always left the festival very motivated.
In 2016 I left the festival determined to create a short film. Although I am not a great climber or a great dancer, most of the time I spend it on the rock, on the mountain hanging from a rope. I wanted to show the people who come to the festival what my passion is through an artistic intervention in a natural space destroyed by humans with the aim of spreading Basque culture, motivating viewers to create their projects and fight to fulfill their dreams.
Dreams come true if you do things with love, give everything you have, and put all your heart into it.

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

Orbayu by Nina Caprez and Cédric Lachat. I love this film, I watch it whenever I need motivation.

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

It’s a platform that I really like because it allows you to submit your projects to a lot of festivals.

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

Harria Herria from Oreka Tx.

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

I am currently working on promoting the short film Harria Herria and in the production and direction of my next short film AIR LINE. I am rehearsing climbing and vertical dance with new elements in the areas where the short film will be recorded.

By matthewtoffolo

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

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