Interview with Festival Director Nathalia Lemos (Flamingo Film Festival)

The Flamingo Film Festival is dedicated to exhibiting the international short films and videos produced by student filmmakers. For the past 3 years, this event, held in South Florida, has honored outstanding narrative, documentary, experimental, and animated projects created by students while enrolled in a college, university, or other post-secondary institution.


Interview with Nathalia Lemos:

Matthew Toffolo: What is your Film Festival succeeding at doing for filmmakers?

Nathalia Lemos: The festival is giving student filmmakers the opportunity to have their work screened not only for their peers, but also for a diverse audience of festival goers.

MT: What would you expect to experience if you attend the festival this year (2016)?

NL: Anyone attending the festival this year can expect a diverse showcase of student films. Festival goers will have the unique opportunity to see a variety of films not only from local student filmmakers, but also student films from abroad.

MT: What are the qualifications for the selected films?

NL: Well, we are definitely looking for films that are creative and original. We want to offer our audience the opportunity to discover new voices that have fresh and interesting perspectives.

MT: Do you think that some films really don’t get a fair shake from film festivals? And if so, why?

NL: The goal of a festival is to curate a well rounded program. While yes, I am sure that there are films that don’t get a “fair shake,” here at the Flamingo Film Festival we are giving filmmakers from all over the world the opportunity to have their films reach a wider audience.

MT: What motivates you and your team to do this festival?

NL: The Flamingo Film Festival is dedicated to exhibiting the short films from student filmmakers from all over the world. Our goal is to continue to encourage student creativity and to recognize achievement in the film and video medium.

MT: How has the festival changed since its inception?

NL: The festival is now in its 3rd year. And while the mission and goals remain the same, the festival has definitely increased it’s traction with international student filmmakers.

MT: Where do you see the festival by 2020?

NL: By 2020 I definitely see the Flamingo Film Festival as one of the most important international student film festivals in the country.

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

NL: Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

MT: In one sentence, what makes a great film?

NL: In my opinion, a great film is one that remains interesting and engaging no matter how many times you see it. A film that can remain relevant 20 or more years from now.

MT: How is the film scene in your city?

NL: The South Florida film scene is very diverse and vibrant. South Florida is offering filmmakers the opportunity to create fresh and interesting work. I would say that South Florida is currently a terrific haven for independent filmmakers looking for the ease and space to develop their work.



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 Festival held in downtown Toronto on the last Thursday of every single month. Go to for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

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