Interview with Filmmaker Evgenia Taneva (10 SECONDS)

10 SECONDS was the winner of BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY at the January 2021 Female Directors Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

My motivation behind every project I work on is the message that I want to present. Cinema has this great power, both to preserve history and to be a conduit between reality and fiction of feelings, emotions and stories. When I create, usually the driven source is my personal experiences or thoughts. Through the story of the character I try to convey a different point of view on themes that excite me such as the subconscious mind and the changes in the character’s personality. The sensory and emotional world of a person is a depth that I explore with great interest in my work. It somehow emerges during the creative process.

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

It took us more than a year to realize this film. We were searching for different ways to fund the project. We participate in different forums, pitching sessions and competitions and for each there were different rules which we had to comply with. The main thing we had to keep untouched is the message behind the film “10 seconds”. The real painful battles are in ourselves and the answers also.

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

inner battles

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

The biggest obstacle standing between the vision and the created film has always been money, and that was no different in our case. The whole team worked on the project entirely of goodwill and trust in the idea. They gave their time, energy, sleep and mostly their talent for the realization of the film, for which I am so grateful. Good ideas are nothing if they are not created into realities. Everyone can have an idea, but the hard work is to keep it until you find trustworthy people with whom to make it happen. However, we still had to find ways to get the equipment that is needed to build this new world of the film. The search was long and some times even discourageable. Thankfully, the opportunity came. We were one of the three screenplays selected in 355 FILM AWARDS – a competition created by Art foundation “Stoyan Kambarev” in Bulgaria. They gave us equipment in order to shoot the film. The rules were to finalize it in five days – shoot, edit, make the sound design and compose the music for that short of time. That was another provocative obstacle that we had to overcome. But it all worth it.

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

I was thrilled to hear their thoughts and the way the film made them felt. The audience feedback gave me better understanding about what impact the film has on the viewer. They had been with the main character though her inner journey and were able to connect with her – that was our main goal and I am happy that “10 seconds” received such reactions.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

When the co-writer – Victor Paskov, suggested a story that looks into the emotional, subconscious world of a human and to explore the boxing metaphor connected to the inner struggles of a person – I was so capture with this idea. That is how all started.

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

I believe Jojo Rabbit is the movie I watched almost every day for quite a long time. For me, this movie is an honest, emotional and moving masterpiece.

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

The platform really helps the filmmaker to find festivals all around the world. It creates a fast and easy connection between the artist and the festivals and in such a way gives more opportunities for the movies to reach different and wider audiences.

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

That is a really hard question to answer. Тhere is such a large and varied palette of valuable music that just one song will be difficult to separate.

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

Now I am working with a colleague of mine – Stan Stefanov on a script for my diploma film. I won’t tell more, because hopefully the audience will have the chance to see it. I’m just going to reveal a bite. This time you will see something very different from “10 seconds” and my other movies. The genre we work in is comedy. I always try to provoke myself and decided that the comedy genre is a field I want to explore.

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