TO BE A FILMMAKER ON THE MARGINS

A few weeks ago, an interesting film festival took place.

Where was it?

Everywhere. It was an online festival: Márgenes, I Festival Online de Cine Español al Margen (something like "I Online Film Festival of Spanish Cinema on the Margins).

The focus was on spanish movies done outside of the industry (we don´t really have an industry in Spain, but you know what I mean), all of them without a theatrical release, very experimental, and very author-driven.

During the 10 days of the Festival, the movies could be watched online, and for free.

The most kwown participant was probably filipine director Raya Martin, with "Buenas noches, España", wich is a Spanish production, and the winner, as a result of the votes of the viewers, was Ion de Sosa, with his film "True Love".

So... Spanish Cinema on the Margins... ¿What is that?

To answer the question, the Festival asked a couple of filmmakers and critics what means to be a filmmaker on the margins, and shoot it on video.

This is an ongoing debate the indie film community is having, with lots of aproaches and opinions, but one of the challenges is: so, you have done a movie, a personal movie, with no budget, outside of the market... How do you find an audience? This is why festivals like Márgenes are so important. They take us to the audience. Remember this: being an independent filmmaker doesn't mean we don't want our movies to be watched by as much people as possible.

I really believe there is an audience for everything. Let's go and get it! Let's find out how to do it!

Here is a sample of the answers, given by Isaki Lacuesta (most expanding Spanish filmmaker), Andrés Duque (going down the same road), and myself (yes, I know... It's ego time. But you know what? It's my blog!). They are all in Spanish. Sorry. To watch the rest of the videos, go here.

ISAKI LACUESTA ON THE MARGINS


ANDRÉS DUQUE ON THE MARGINS


MYSELF ON THE MARGINS

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