Interview with Festival Director Stephanie Dadet (OUR CITY FILM PROJECT)

Our City Film Project is a film collective showcasing the work of filmmakers from different cities to a global audience. It is a community celebrating storytelling and passion.  The project aims to promote filmmaking and redefine production practices. As filmmakers, the stories we tell are influenced by our background, experience, and perception but shaped by our community – Our City. OCFP will focus on a chosen theme for a year which determines the accepted entries. The festival is a not-for-profit initiative of Big Bad Wolf Pictures, a film production company from Cape Town, South Africa.

WEBSITE: www.ourcityfilmproject.com

Social Media: Facebook – www.facebook.com/ourcityfilms

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

Stephanie Dadet: Our City film project in its mission aims to provide a platform to celebrate the people and stories that shape us. Our focus is not just on the films but also to shine the spotlight to the filmmakers to have brought these stories to our screen. As we grow, we aim to bring filmmakers together to create projects as part of the collective.

What would you expect to experience if you attend the festival this year (2017)?

Two days with a great line up of some of the best LGBT short films produced within the past 24 months hosted by the prestigious Ster Kinekor Cinema Nouveau and a space to network with filmmakers, catch up with friends and of course, good wine.

What are the qualifications for the selected films?

As required by 2017 theme of the festival, all entries must be LGBT short films produced between 2016 -2017. We are focused on the quality of the narrative. We are looking for filmmakers who not only understand storytelling but know how to genuinely tell their stories and create value. Our focus, however, is not just about the film itself but also on the filmmaker.

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

The obvious reason is the number of submissions a festival. There are a lot of films made and submitted but limited selections. This is why it is important to create projects like this to provide more platforms. It is very important to get your film out there, to share your story and meet other people with shared visions. There is a film festival out there waiting to share your story, don’t give up – look out for them and keep submitting!

What motivates you and your team to do this festival?

That will be the personal commitment to contribute to the growth our film industry and celebrate the filmmakers who are having the effort to show the world what they have to offer and to encourage collaboration on productions between filmmakers especially as we plan for our second year.

How has your FilmFreeway submission process been?

Good. We have received over 1600 submissions from FilmFreeway and it has been an efficient platform all round.

Where do you see the festival by 2020?

We aim to be hosting screenings in at least 10 cities around the world bringing together people to celebrate the stories and filmmakers from their cities and also the collaborative projects put together by filmmakers from different cities working together, learning, sharing and also inspiring. It is called Our City Film project for that reason.

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

That will be the Pixar animated feature UP. It is a brilliant film that gives me Goosebumps – touching, exciting and entertaining. It is a special film.

In one sentence, what makes a great film?

A great script matched with a talented film director.

How is the film scene in your city?

The Film Scene in my City – Cape Town is good and continuously growing. It is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and hosts quite a number of local and international film shoots. The city has a growing pool of talented filmmakers ready to leave a mark in the industry both local and in the international scene.

 

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FILM FESTIVAL DIRECTOR BIO:

Stephanie Dadet is a film producer and screenwriter. In 2012 she obtained a BSc (Honours) degree in Business Administration and in 2015 moved to Cape Town, South Africa to study for a BA (Honours) in Motion Picture Production attained from AFDA Film School which she was awarded Best Producer and Best Film. She has industry experience working across Nigeria and South Africa in film and television. She is currently completing her MFA degree. She is also the co-director of Big Bad Wolf Pictures founded in December 2016.

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.

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