Interview with Festival Director Gabriel Muelle (Bogotá Music Video Festival)


ENG: The purpose of the Bogotá Music Video Festival is to celebrate the art of music videos, the joy of music and the passion for filmmaking. We bring the music video art to different screens around Bogotá and top that with live music, exhibitions and academic and industry events.


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

Gabriel Muelle: We’re creating a new space for creators and filmmakers to show their work, see what is happening in the city, the country and the rest of the world and to network. In recent years the production of films and videos has increased drastically, but it’s easy to find that your work gets lost on the immensity of the internet and the exhibition circuits. We curate our selection very carefully trying to find what’s good and relevant, besides things like it’s popularity or present reach.

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

Awesome new music from all over the world and from every style, amazing innovative music videos, mind-blowing films, picnics, parties, great bands live and many creative people like filmmakers, musicians, photographers and designers hanging out and having a good time!

What are the qualifications for the selected films?

We like to have a broad and diverse selection, so we can have a big budget production next to a small hand drawn intimate animation. The important thing for us is that every film in the selection tells something to the viewer, connects with spectators in a meaningful way via strong images, breathtaking rhythm, surprising narration or just a good concept and a creative integration with the music.

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

I do believe some jewels can remain undiscovered for a long time. There’s just so many films being produced and distributed right now that is hard to find the right place for your movie and even for programmers it’s hard to find space in a festival or screening for all the good movies that get submitted.

What motivates you and your team to do this festival?

We really enjoy sharing good work. When we find a movie we like we want everyone else to go see it and enjoy it as much as we do. That and having the opportunity to connect people and generate new creative relationships and possible collaborations is all the incentive we need to do our festival.

How has your FilmFreeway submission process been?

We are very happy with FilmFreeway, it’s a great platform. It gives good exposure to festivals and is very easy an reliable to use both for festivals and filmmakers sending their projects. It makes possible for us to reach people from far away places and cultures, find some common ground and find great work from all over the world for us to share in our festival.

Where do you see the festival by 2020?

Every edition of the festival gives us many opportunities to learn and grow, to find our public and meet new people making exciting work and to create new experiences for everyone involved and find new ways to show good films. So, by 2020, we see the festival as an important meeting point in the creative, film and music ecosystems in our country and the latin-american region where people like to come and participate because they already know is gonna be a good time and it’s going to have a very positive impact on their careers.

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

The music video I’ve seen the most in my life is probably Come to daddy by Aphex Twin, directed by Chris Cunningham. I was obsessed with it growing up and had recorded it in a vhs tape from the tv so I could re-watch it every time I wanted. It opened my mind to new images, new possibilities, new works and sounds.

In one sentence, what makes a great film?

The ability to find a way to move the insides of its audience by any means necessary but in a way that happens to be the only possible way for itself.

How is the film scene in your city?

It’s amazing! We are producing exciting films, we have amazing festivals and a big number of young persistent people doing their best to make movies and show them to every one who wants to see.

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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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