Interview with Filmmaker Fabio Stecher (GESTIRN)

GESTIRN was the winner of BEST FILM at the August 2021 THRILLER Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

Actually. I went on a trip with two of my friends. One day we passed by this location, a huge old industrial building. We thought it would be funny to take acid and explore the building. And we did. Since then I wanted to shoot a short in this location. But I knew, it must be a mind blowing weird story.

Probably that challenging part of finding a story which fits in the location gave me the right amount of motivation.

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

Let me think. We’ve been rushing because there was a deadline of a film competition in Switzerland, which I wanted to be part of. So it took Lucas and me about two months to get the script done, followed by a month of shaping the script. After that we had to rush as we had exactly three weeks to produce the film. That meant one week of pre-production, two days of shooting and almost two weeks of post production. So all in all it took me about 4 months.

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

weird art.

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

There were several obstacles to overcome, but the biggest was definitely to answer the question – How does a thought behave? What do you see when you think of something like a already passed away person? After some weeks I found a plausible answer. What would be your answer?

Mine is, you always thinks only of the action and never of the way to go there. For example, if you think for someone making their bed, you never think about the distance someone travels to get to his bed, you only think about this one action. Making the bed.

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

This was crazy. I woke up, checked my mails and immediately saw the mail you sent me. I couldn’t believe that we won Best Thriller! That’s incredible.

I check the video out and immediately had the feeling of somebody actually understanding the film, which happened not often yet.

It is so heartwarming what the viewers said about the film. Really. I felt like this is it. This was the point in which I felt that all the work was really worth it. I felt like I could actually influence somebody with my film. This feeling is just phenomenal!

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

That was in an early age. I loved Harry Potter as a child. But first, I focused on just making videos about snowboarders and edit them. The Film industry was so far away. I grew up in the eastern part of Switzerland, in a small town named Chur. It was always just a hobby, till I realized I can make whatever the f*ck I want in life! That was the change.

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

Good question, hard to answer. I love all the films, there is always something interesting. But the film I have seen the most is probably a series – Game of thrones. I absolutely love it!

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

It is a good platform, especially if you don’t know the festival-landscape. Its just super easy to submit films via film freeway!

9. What is your favorite meal?


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

Yes, the film that I shot two weeks ago. We are already in postproduction. Its called “Sams Mania”. It is about a young man with bipolar disorder who falls into a manic phase.


By matthewtoffolo

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

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