Très Court International Film Festival is an event without borders, with screenings during 9 days simultaneously in nearly one hundred cities in France and 28 other countries. The major program of the festival is the international competition. Fifty films of less than 3 minutes (excluding title and credits) representing the best and especially the shorter of the global audiovisual production year are presented each year.
Because this is a festival featuring the best of under 3min. short films, it’s only fitting that this was the shortest interview I ever had. Short but too the point and terrific!
Interview with Charlotte Lasne:
Matthew Toffolo: What is your Film Festival succeeding at doing for filmmakers?
Marc Bati : We offer a screening space for very short films and their filmmakers, to make their work known.
Matthew: What would you expect to experience if you attend the festival this year (2016)?
Marc: One shall be ready to discover original uncommon films!
Matthew: What are the qualifications for the selected films?
Marc: First qualification is runtime: under three minutes (except title and credits), that is the only rule. Then there is no denying that the selected films show talent and originality.
Matthew: Do you think that some films really don’t get a fair shake from film festivals? And if so, why?
Marc: Very short films are often considered too short to be taken into account in most festivals. At Très Court, it is the contrary!
Matthew: What motivates you and your team to do this festival?
Marc: Très Court is often most filmmakers’s first festival. Sometimes it is the first step to make a career! Some of “our” filmmakers moved on to feature films.
Matthew: How has the festival changed since its inception?
Marc: When the festival was created in 2000, Youtube did not exist. A festival for very short videos was an underground project! It originated in Paris and now the same films are presented in almost a hundred cities in twenty-nine countries in the world.
Matthew: Where do you see the festival by 2020?
Marc: This is a hard one. You know, it is hard for us to see ourselves beyond three minutes!
Matthew: What film have you seen the most times in your life?
Marc: It has no point with Très Court but it is 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Matthew: In one sentence, what makes a great film?
Marc: What makes a great film is “grace” (in one word, even shorter!). Because talented people can make bad films. So “grace” and “magic”.
Matthew: How is the film scene in your city?
Marc: Paris is one of the world capital for cinema. You find lots of movie theaters here.
Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 10-20 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Fesival held in downtown Toronto on the last Thursday of every single month. Go tohttp://www.wildsound.ca for more information and to submit your work to the festival.