The Summershort Festival – is the first international Open Air Film Festival in Munich, Germany.
1) What do you do for filmmakers?
Hi Matthew! Thanks for the interview. We are working together with partners who provide nice prizes for the submitting filmmakers. The winning movies will get big rewards. We don’t like prizes paid in the form of money, but we will give the filmmakers the chance to get direct contact to their new audience. Additionally to the rental service partner coupons , the winners will have the possibility to attend the next edition of SSFF for free and get a Q+A for with their fans. They can answer questions and come closer to the visitors. Also we will try to get a distribution and the winning movies will be mentioned on our websites / social media channels.
2) What do you expect when you attend your Festival ?
As we are a small event, compared to other big Festivals, we don’t want to talk about expectations. We want to celebrate movies again every year and i think this will be the most important thing for us. We will watch a lot of qualitative movies, eat tasty food and have fun together. Don’t expect too much, and take good and bad weather clothing with you. We will do it anyway 😉
3) What are the qualifications for the selected films?
We don’t only choose our winning films by picking out the best “qualifying” films with our jury. Our jury is build up out of professional filmmakers who work in the film business since many years and have a lot of practical “hands on” experience. They will choose the best films by taking a lot of time, watching every movie, which was submitted. They will point out the best ones by viewing them out of many various angles. So everybody will have the chance to win at the SSFF.
4) Do you think that some films don’t get a fair shake from festivals, and why?
I think it is difficult to get a fair answer here. We have to look at both sides of the medal, so, I think its on the first hand difficult for the filmmakers, to submit every season, and make new content, the visitors of the festivals want to see. As I am also a filmmaker, I know this situation very well and it can be some times really hard. But on the other hand, I can also understand, that festival work is a difficult thing. There are so many good films, and if you can, you would screen every good submission of a season, but it is definitely impossible. So I think we have to be fair to both sides – festivals & filmmakers.
5) What motivates you and your team doing this festival?
Our motivation is to make a time possible, where hundreds of people can watch and discuss movies which are on the screen. We want everybody to have a good time with each other while eating delicious food and talking about the flicks which are running. We also love films, and for everybody who knows this, the motivation is clear. We do it for keeping the film business and the passion alive.
6) How has your submission process been?
We have a bunch of very nice films by now. But marketing is a difficult process, you know. We have partners which help us a lot, like companies who gave us their services for free (f.e. the UPMI) and so on. But we definitely need more support by our filmmakers. Everybody who wants to have us on the eye, should share the festival on his social media profiles and websites and so on. Reaching out to the community is a very hard process for a young and comparable small festival like us, but we hope that people like you (thanks Matthew 😉 ) will come to us and ask us questions and maybe help us to gain a much bigger community.
7) Where do you see the festival in 2023?
In 2023, we see the festival as one of the bigger ones, which people love because we take feedback seriously and always are trying to give a lifetime-experience to our visitors and filmmakers.
8) Which film did you see the most times in your life?
Definitely, The Matrix.
9) In one sentence: What makes a great film?
Serious? One sentence? 😀 okay!
– A great film has to be an enrichment for yourself. It’s the perfect combination of a good thrilling story and a perfect visual style.
10) How is the film scene in your city?
We love Germany very much. We have a big independent scene and community here and there are a lot of cool filmmakers, actors and companies. We also work together with many people from Austria and Switzerland and combined together this is a very small, but also a very lovely community regarding the film business.
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 single month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto, and Los Angeles at least 3 times a month. Go to http://www.wildsoundfestival.com for more information and to submit your work to the festival.