Interview with Filmmaker Sally Cancello (FARGATE)

FARGATE was the winner of BEST SHORT FILM at the January 2021 COMEDY Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

I wanted to make a film that encapsulated my style of comedy writing and directing, whilst also giving a platform to older female leads from a northern, working class background. My inspiration to create anything is always to aim for a story and theme that people can relate to, and to make a difference through laugh out loud moments and story.

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

It was about a year and a half from having the idea to the completion of the film.

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

Bloody brilliant!

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

The biggest obstacle was really making sure that no stone was left unturned (exactly what was said in the audience video!) in doing everything that we could to make sure even the finest details that we wanted in the film were there.

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

It was so wonderful to hear the audience’s reaction because you rarely get to hear how they feel about it. It made all of our efforts and dedication worthwhile.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

Knowing that I was going to apply for funding for this film, I sat down and wanted to come up with an idea that captures my style of comedy and this story came almost fully formed into my mind within a few hours! This is not always how the ideas come to me, so I remember it vividly.

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

I was a complete telly addict as a child, and I think the one that I’ve probably seen the most is “The Wizard of Oz” or “The Sound of Music”, as they were played every Christmas without fail in England.

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

I think it’s a great platform and really easy to use especially for filmmakers who may be submitting their film for the first time. My favourite feature is the congratulations that pops up if you’re selected for a festival or you win an award. You’re walking about 3 feet higher for the rest of the day and nobody else has a clue why!

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

Country Road, as it was one of the few songs that my dad could play on his guitar.

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

I have early development funding from the BFI for a comedy feature film and I’m also developing two tv ideas.

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