Interview with director Gonzalo Cotelo (MAMMA)

MAMMA was the winner of BEST PERFORMANCES at the January 2018 Under 5min. Film Festival.

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Gonzalo Cotelo: I think almost every filmmaker is lured at a certain point with the idea of making a one shot film, and so was I. I also wanted to tell a simple and yet powerful story and play with the audience almost exclusively with visual narrative and camera work.

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

It was exactly one week during a stay in a summer film campus and traveling festival in Italy.

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

unsettlingly gripping!

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

The blocking with the actors and timing of the events, as I wanted it to be intense and yet have a filmic pace.

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

It was amazing to see how people felt about the film exactly as I had planned it! the lack of subtitles, the camera work, the final reveal… it is a confirmation that all those crazy ideas weren’t that crazy after all.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

6. How did you come up with the idea for this short film?

I love a film called “Nine Lives” by Rodrigo García, nine short stories about female characters shot in 9 continuous long shots. And the first one features a pregnant woman, played by Robin Wright, in a supermarket. That was the first inspiration for the story, the first primordial image that I later developed into a different path when I decided that my character will be in a close up during the whole film, and the camera would never abandon her until the very last moment revealing the main piece of information that I decided to withhold from the audience. I also love an Ukranian film called “The Tribe”, acted entirely on sign language and without any subtitles, which I thought was simple and brilliant, it really forces the audience to pay attention. And I knew it would also help the public to connect with the main character and feel as lost as she feels not understanding what is going on between the two hitmen.

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

Definitely one of the original Star Wars trilogy films, I couldn’t tell you which one though (probably Return of the Jedi)

8. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are your feelings of the submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?

It is indeed very useful, particularly now with the number of films being made and film festivals being held everywhere across the world. The structure and layout of the website simplifies the whole process.

9. What song have you listened to the most times in your life?

A Beatles song for sure, I’d go for “Lucy in the sky with Diamonds”.

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

Yeah, a new one, a bit longer than five minutes hopefully. I live and work in Kuwait at the moment but I´d like to go back to Spain in summer to write and start producing again, I miss it!
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Interview with director Ivo Huahua (STUTTER)

STUTTER was the winner of Best Performances at the December 2016 Family/Animation Film Festival. A film about a strong-willed widower with a heavy stutter who is determined to win the respect of his son by speaking to the boy’s class on Career Day.

It was a pleasure chatting with the filmmaker about the film and what’s next:

Matthew ToffolO: What motivated you to make this film?

The motivation came from the idea to come to terms with my speech impediment and self motivate me to become a filmmaker no matter what; encouraging people to come to terms with their issues to be successful in whatever they do.

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

It took 6 months.

MT: How would you describe your short film in two words!?

fatherhood childhood

MT: What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

Finding a middle-aged man who stutters in real life. I found him in a speech clinic as a patient, and he is a non-actor. This was his first time acting.

MT: What were your initial reactions when watching the Toronto audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

I agreed in all the reactions and critiques; and punched myself for not paying attention to those faults that the audience saw and I thought they were not going to see. That was a lesson I learned for my next film. Also, I got surprised when one of the viewers cried. Also, at the end of the video, the moderator mentioned an angle of the characters that I didn’t see. And that new angle made me proud because that was sign that the movie transcended and was more complex than I thought.

WATCH the Audience FEEDBACK Video of the short film:

MT: How did you come up with the idea for this short film?

I’m a person who stutters since I was five years old, and as I grow older with my wife, I asked myself: what if I’m a middle-age man and I keep stuttering bad? How will my son respect and see me? What other thing I can do to get accepted by my children? From this paranoia the idea of the story came up.

MT: What film have you seen the most in your life?

I have the bad habit of not repeating movies since I hate when I already know what is going to happen next. So I think maybe Forrest Gump is the movie I have seen two times, at the most.

MT: What is next for you? A new film?

Right now I’m writing a feature but I want to continue making short films before jumping to direct features.

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Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 20-50 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto, and Los Angeles at least 2 times a month. Go to www.wildsound.ca for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

Watch LAPSUS Short Film / The Most Awarded French Short Film Ever

LAPSUS, the award winning short film from France played at the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film Festival in November 2013. It had a very polarizing reaction from the audience. Some called it brilliant. Others called it…..

The film is now available to watch online.

WATCH LAPSUS NOW:

LAPSUS – 62 AWARDS / 103 OFFICIALS SELECTIONS
http://www.lapsus-film.com
prod@come-on.fr

Directed by KARIM OUARET
http://www.karimouaret.com

Terry ARBEN BAJRAKTARAJ
Rose SOPHIE MEISTER
Jackson JAMES GERARD
Lewis FABRICE SCOTT
Martin NIELS DUBOST
Steeve HYGGINS SANSA
Angie NOEMIE MERLANT

Additional Voices DAVID ATRAKCHI

Screenplay JULIEN DIRIS KARIM OUARET

Producers JALANE PLAUT JULIEN SERI KARIM OUARET

Co-producer OREL SIMON

Director of Photography MATIAS BOUCARD

Production Designer MARC SAUSSET

Editor RICHARD RIFFAUD

Music by LOÏC OUARET

Sound Designer ALEXIS JUNG

Supervisor Special Effects OLIVIER VILLEAUD

Costume Designer CELINE EL MAZOUZI

Production Manager DELPHINE BELONNET
1st Assistant Director STEPHANE “STANE” REUS
2nd Assistant Director LAURE ANNE NICOLET
Script Supervisor SOPHIE BOUTEILLER
Storyboarder TARIK HAMDINE
Comic Strip Artist IVAN GOMEZ-MONTERO

1st Assistant Camera FRANCOIS VIGON
2nd Assistant Camera EMMA CHENET
Additional 1st Assistant Camera RAPHAEL
Steadycam Operators NICOLAS CAGNIARD GUILLAUME QUOILIN

Gaffer JAMES LANCRY

Electricians QUENTIN BOUCHER STEPHANE GAUTHRON BASILE JOYEUX

Key Grip ROMAIN LEO
Grips GREGOIRE DEL CLEMENT CANTIER

Sound Mixer NASSIM EL MOUNABBIH
Boom Operators CLEMENT JUSFORGUES ALEXANDRE GALLERAND OLIVIER LUCE GUILLAUME PELLERIN

Sound Editor ALEXIS JUNG

Sound Re Recording Mixer NIELS BARLETTA

Camera & Light Equiment EYE LITE PARIS

Grip Equipment NEXT SHOT

Sound Equipment DINOSAURES

Wardrobe Mistress VERONIQUE TREMOUREUX
Wardrobe Dressers PAULINE PENELON CLAIRE MAINGUENAUD
Wardrobe Dresser CHRISTIANE FANCHONE

Make-Up Artist / Hair Stylist CAROLE HOZATTE
Make-Up Artist MEYLINE FAUCHON

SFX Make-Up Supervisor OLIVIER AFONSO
SFX Make-Up Artist ANTOINE AILLOT HAROLE LEVY

1st Assistant Decorator AURELIE VIDAL
Assistants Decorator ELSA MAZIERES STEPHANE SARTORIUS

Location Manager CYRILLE MADELEINE
Assistants Location Manager MICKAEL COHEN BENOIT ETIENNE

Colorist ARNAUD LAURENT
Baselight Assistant ALPHA DIALO

Conforming MAXIME LETURCQ

Music Composed & Produced by LOÏC OUARET

Music Mixer STEPHANE LEGRAND

Making of MANU SIMON

Photographes Plateau MISHA AZNAVOUR MARC OBIN

Set / Parking / Garding CREATIVE REGIE

Weapon and Uniform MARATIER

Vehicule Rental CREATIVE REGIE

Shooting Insurance RUBINI et ASSOCIES

SPECIAL THANKS to

ANGELE & SALAH OUARET
JEANINE PLAUT
SABRINA OUARET
FREDERIC ASTRUC
BRIGITTE & ALAIN KALAYJIAN
HAMED EL KASSOUANI
GEOFFREY ZAOUI
HABIB M’SADEK
BENJAMIN DARRAS
YOUSSEF EL MOUDDAKHIR
PHILIPPE JOURNET
ANDREW HOUADEC
ARESKI FERHAT
SERGE ARTHUS
DAVID « DIEZ DEDOS » BONENFANT
MATTHIEU TERTOIS
CAMILLE DELAMARRE
KURTIS OUARET
ATELIER 69
MUSIC PREMIUM
ONE MORE
EYE LITE
STUDIO LUMINI
DIGIMAGE CINEMA
KIOUI STUDIO

Co-produced by SPOA FILMS

Produced by COME ON PRODUCTIONS
DAIGORO FILMS

LAPSUS

a KARIM OUARET film

(c) 2013 – COME ON PRODUCTIONS – All Rights Reserved

VISA d’exploitation n°135.122