Interview with Filmmaker Ezhil Vinod Selvan (KANNAGI)

KANNAGI, 21min,. India, Drama
Directed by Ezhil Vinod Selvan
A story of two best friends going through adolescence and trying to understand their own gender and those around them. In this process, society changes their course of life.

Get to know the filmmaker:

1. What motivated you to make this film?
Not all children falling in the LGBT category are privileged to complete their studies. When something like this happens in our life at our adolescence stage, we are not mature enough to embrace or support them, but later realize and regret it.

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

3. How would you describe your film in two words!?
First break-up.

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?
To shoot this concept with actors in the age group of 12-15 years.

5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?
I was very happy and glad that what I had intended was conveyed to the audience transcending borders. It has encouraged and motivated me.

6. When did you realize that you wanted to make films?
Right from childhood, I am fascinated by movies and getting lost in that world. Jurassic Park was my first-ever inspiration. I’ve always been engrossed in drawing my own comic strips and caricatures and writing stories.

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?
There are innumerable ones so it is hard to name. “Cinema Paradiso” was my first ever exposure to World Cinema. Spellbound by that, I later started watching movies of those whom I call my master- Akira Kurosawa, Alfred Hitchcock, Guillermo Del Toro, Satyajit Ray and many more.

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 feel you are doing great currently.

9. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway. How has your experiences been working on the festival platform site?
It’s been a great experience. A very user-friendly site.

10. What is your favorite meal?
Biriyani and Tukpa

11. What is next for you? A new film?
Yes.. a feature film.


By matthewtoffolo

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

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