Interview with Filmmaker Eliza Noel (ANGELI)

ANGELI played to rave reviews at the March 2022 FEMALE Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

It was a school project and we were shooting in a studio, with very good material and professionals, so I wanted to take that chance to make a movie I might not be able to do later. So you could say it was a challenge to myself.

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

A few months, and I gained some time with the pandemic. It could have been a lot quicker but we had school and other projects at the same time so everything took twice the time needed.

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

I’d say “historical” and sadly still “modern”.

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

The time we had to prepare the set (a couple of hours). And I wish we had more because we could have done many things better.

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

It was nice to hear, especially because I have watched the movie too many times and I can see nothing but the flaws, so it was refreshing. And they are all so kind, it’s heartwarming. Thanks again for that.

Watch the Audience Feedback Video:

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

After graduation, and it’s especially the writing I love. It’s quite incredible to have the chance to make the stories in your head come true and I want to try as much as I can.

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

Probably Bambi as a child and it might still be relevant, curiously. Growing up maybe The Lord of the Rings or Forrest Gump, and as an adult La Folie des Grandeurs by Gérard Oury or the BBC telefilm Pride and Prejudice. Or One cut of the dead by Shin’ichiro Ueda which is so so funny. And in the future it will probably be Chungking Express by Wong Kar Wai or The Green mile.

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 wouldn’t know, I am no expert as it is my first time, all I can say is that I enjoyed the experience.

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

It was ok but while searching I felt a bit as if only money mattered and as if everything was done for you to apply to as much festivals as possible, without really knowing if the festivals were matching my film.

10. What is your favorite meal?

No idea 😅 sorry, but something French I guess, or Italian but I’d hang for that. So let’s stay with French.

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

I’m writing at the moment, on different projects, so I hope so ! But I might just be the scenarist on it, I don’t know yet. I’d also love to be a production designer one day, for it became a real passion.


By matthewtoffolo

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

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