Interview with Festival Director Onur Yayla (ARFF Paris – Around International Film Festival)

ARFF Paris is another unique branch of Around International Film Festival which is also curated by Around Films. ARFF Paris accepts all genre creations to evaluate over ten categories every month to select for the yearly competition like the other editions such as; ARFF Barcelona, Amsterdam and Berlin. Since the foundation, ARFF International has a dynamic range of collaborators over two
thousand filmmakers already and even right now it’s expanding by the last minute submissions, literally from all around the world. Beside the yearly festival circuit, ARFF International also offers exclusive work opportunities through the specified projects by assigning the selected filmmakers to enhance the
collaboration and the experience of the participants with all ARFF Editions.

ARFF Paris has completed it’s own particular form by the management of Around Global Network and the direction of Onur Yayla – also known as Onno Mara from Around Films. As a honored member of the National Press Community, Onur mentions that he has the passion to figure out what he can save the world from – through the inverted sentences.


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

Onur Yayla: As all the other editions of ARFF International, we provide an essential network opportunity by mentioning the selected filmmakers through our media channels with over 20K film industry people.

Also we’d like to emphasize the global work opportunities for the selected filmmakers again. As a global film house; we produce, co-produce, distribute and love what we do all together. Besides, we are always open for the new collaborators, students as a team member for the festival organization.

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

We’d expect to inspire and to be inspired by the international colleagues, while we are discovering our mutual projection on the ideas that has been transformed million times till the screening.

What are the qualifications for the selected films?

I’d like to invite our potential submitters to check the ARFF Vimeo Channel to have a better view through the eye.

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

Through my own festival experience as a filmmaker, I’ve never had a bad experience, except the devastating feeling of Non-Selected Status e-mail. Then I realized that I should just transform it to another motivation for developing my approach and skills. I used to submit at another categories of the
same festival again and again to figure out which was the right one to evaluate my film with the similar creations. Then it became an epic return through the overall picture. Filmmakers should perceive the non-refundable fees as a contribution for the whole organization to develop the independent film

What motivates you and your team to do this festival?

As you can observe as well, ARFF International structure has built up by a comprehensive network.

All the submitters has the potential to be an exclusive member after the procedure. To be honest, one of our biggest dream is already became real which was to have a global network with thousands of active filmmakers. Right now, we have several on going projects with the participants to make them all real as
well. Although, it requires more than 24 hours, so we are on the phase of inventing our own time machine. (It’s a little spoiler btw…)

How has your FilmFreeway submission process been?

Was a pleasure to be honored by over a dozen of festivals that I couldn’t even imagine to be associated with, still running participatory projects with the colleagues that I used to met via Filmfreeway.

Personally, I really appreciate the support of Filmfreeway as a filmmaker and also as a festival director.

Where do you see the festival by 2020?

Planet earth is a rapidly changing sphere and we anticipate that we can transform this cumulative knowledge by the submitted unique creations. To clarify the statement, we believe in the consciousness and the conscious should be transformed for the sake of universe. Our common goal is to enhance the awakening through the unique approaches of the selected creations for public view.

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

Mostly switching ”Holy Mountain (1973) ” with ”Holy Motors” (2012) to examine the holy content over forty years. Still, as the ARFF Global Network Members, we always avoid to project our own taste on the submitted creations.

In one sentence, what makes a great film?

Capability of the narration, should involve a potential to change our perception through the stated doctrine.

How is the film scene in your city?

Like a flashback to our ARFF Berlin interview,

Depends on the storyline, because we are Around!

Thank you for the space and time, lets keep it rolling.

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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 for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

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