Interview with Filmmaker Andrea Maldonado (A VOID)

1. What motivated you to make this film?

My main motivation is to raise awareness of the insecurity women feel everyday. A task as simple as walking down the street in the dark can become a nightmare, because even though there’s no actual threat, the fear will still follow and overtake you. I lived in Mexico for 24 years of my life and it wasn’t until last year that I moved to Vancouver that I realized how my freedom was taken away from me for all those years. And even now that I’m in a safer place, I still live in constant fear of being kidnapped or killed when walking home alone. The thought of “I could be the next one” is constantly in my head.

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

The main idea came when I moved to Vancouver and realized I could actually walk alone at night. It took me about a year to do from script to post production.

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

Strong, Raw

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

The biggest obstacle was definitely the research part. I knew some of the stats about gender violence in Mexico, but reading about it in more depth and analyzing it, was heartbreaking. I also made a survey about things that make women in Mexico uncomfortable when walking alone and the results were terrible. Making this film was very eye opening and it definitely made me even more of a feminist.

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

It was honestly one of the best things that ever happened to me. This is such a personal project that hearing people liking it and recognizing the importance of this subject is just incredible. This video reminded me why I started in the first place.

Watch the Audience Feedback Video:

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

Ever since I can remember, I’ve loved storytelling. My mom is a painter, so I started painting when I was a baby and thanks to that, I see the world as I see it today. When I discovered animation I realized I could put painting and drawing together with storytelling to make films, and that’s why it’s my passion in life.

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

Hands down, Shrek. I know my film is very serious and dark, but I’m actually a very bubbly and funny person. I grew up watching Shrek with my brother and I see it today and all I see is a perfectly narrated story with amazing characters. Shrek will always be my inspiration for telling great stories in a simple effective way.

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’m a people person, and I know because of COVID we can’t have a lot of in person experiences, but meeting other filmmakers and hearing their stories is definitely something I’d love.

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

Film Freeway was a joy to work with, very easy and simple.

10. What is your favorite meal?

My mom’s mole poblano is my favorite for sure. It’s delicious, complex, mexican and it’s made with my mom’s love.

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

My next step is studying 3D animation. I love 2D very much and I’ve been doing it for a couple years now, but I want to expand my knowledge on mediums I can use for storytelling.

By matthewtoffolo

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

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