Interview with Filmmaker/Animator Nelson Fernandes (US)

US was the winner of BEST DIRECTION at the January 2022 ANIMATION Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

The current state of the world.

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

3 years.

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

Simple and strong.

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


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

Contentment for realizing that, regardless distances and geographies, the film manages to be universal.

Watch the Audience Feedback Video:

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

Since I´ve moved a camera for the first time, about 20 years ago.

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

Vivre sa vie, by Jean-Luc Godard

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

It seems very well as it is right now.

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

It´s an amazing platform, life becomes easier for independent filmmakers.

10. What is your favorite meal?

Chanfana [portuguese meal]

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

I´m already shooting a new film.


By matthewtoffolo

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

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