Interview with Filmmaker Sandra Moser (MARIPOSA)

MARIPOSA was the winner of BEST DIRECTION at the July 2021 FEMALE Filmmakers Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

I am a mum myself and have experienced that the pressure on children can be very heavy They are supposed to be this way and that way: Not too loud, not distracted by seemingly unimportant things, focused at school. Adults often demand that they take a certain place that may not suit them at all. I see the task of parents not in turning their children into so-called successful people, but in supporting them in becoming what they are. I wanted to make a film about this subject that would be attractive for parents as well as for children.

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

It took a little over a year from the script process to the final grading.

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

Heartwarming, encouriging.

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

As always when you shoot with a child, the shooting days can only be short. I think the planning was a very tricky thing. But thanks to the great performance of Sophia Lanz, who was 10 years old at the time, we always had everything we needed in the can at the end of the day!

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

I was very happy that the audience was touched by the topic and the performance of the actresses and made the link to the relevance in our society. The feedback was also very differentiated. I thought: Cool, they understood the film exactly as it is meant to be.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

6. When did you realize that you wanted to make films?

I love being told stories and telling stories. As a child I was a great storyteller – some adults called me a liar… At some point, around puberty, I discovered that film is a wonderful medium for telling stories. For a long time I worked as an actress – in theatre, on television and in some films. At one point I thought: now it’s time for me to tell my own stories, those that concern me and touch me personally. That’s when I started filmmaking.

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

Oh my God! You’re going to laugh. I don’t know if you know this film: Three Nuts for Cinderella. A Czech-German TV film production from 1973. I saw it x times as a child and then again with my children, of course. At least once every year…

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

It is a very handy thing for a filmmaker and offers a good overview of festivals around the world. You can simply open an account and then decide who can see your project.

9. What is your favorite meal?

I like everything except fish and seafood… that’s because I once had fish poisoning. Fresh, seasonal and local organic food is important to me. I feel very privileged to be able to say that.

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

Yes, there are some projects. A short film I wrote the script for is in post-production at the moment. I’ve also been working on a long feature film for about three years, which I hope to shoot next year. It’s about a young, mentally unstable woman who is trying to come to terms with the fact that her beloved grandfather did unethical human experimentation. And then I’m also working on the script for a long children’s film.

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