Interview with Filmmaker Mar Novo (MAR I ANA)

MAR I ANA was the winner of BEST FILM at the November 2021 LGBTQ+ Short Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

This film is based on a true story, my own. It’s a roller coaster of emotions that happened in real life made into fiction. This is also what I call, the main scene of the feature film, so the motivation of making the short film was also to promote the feature and give the audience a sneak peek.

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

One month. We had 2 weeks of pre production, 3 days of shooting and the rest of post production. It was a fast but well executed process.

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

Impossible love

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

We shot this film in the worst raining season in Jalisco, Mexico – therefore, being this film an all exteriors movie in the middle of the forest, cold and at night, was without a doubt the biggest obstacle.

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

I was really moved by their comments, I got very excited to know how much people appreciated my work and all my crew and cast art. Thank you for doing this for us!

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

Since I was in elementary school when I started to save my weekend allowance in order to own my very first camera. I would make videos for everyone all the time. I just wanted to make stories and live behind the camera.

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

Matrix, the Wachouski sisters are without a doubt my favorite directors and Enter the Void by Gaspar Noe as well.

8. What other elements of the festival experience can we and other festivals implement to satisfy you and help you further your filmmaking career?

I think what you have done is very unique and we appreciate it from the bottom of our hearts. We love social media, so I think the exposure on Instagram and your website helps to grow the exposure of the film around the world.

9. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway. How has your experiences been working on the festival platform site?


10. What is your favorite meal?

Sushi 🙂

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

I was recently shooting a feature film called Sisters, written by Virginia Novello, Marta Cross and Valeria Maldonado – starring them and Cristo Fernandez (Dani Rojas on Ted Lasso).

Next year I will be shooting the feature length for MAR I ANA.


By matthewtoffolo

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

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