Interview with Festival Director William Osei Bonsu (New Vision International Film Festival)

The NVIFF is a prestigious Internal Film Festival based in Amsterdam.
They have created monthly editions to give continuity to the selection process and a steady feedback to the filmmakers. Instead of waiting for months before getting an answer from the festival, filmmakers are immediately contacted if selected. Their work is privately screened every month and evaluated by a team of experts in the industry.


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

Our film festival gives a platform to independent, from all countries. Usually most film festivals are European or american orientated, but we specifically target a global audience, so reach out to Asian, African and South American filmmakers. Furthermore we are one of the few film festivals that accepts scripts. Most film festivals do not this.

2) What would you expect to experience if you attend the festival this year (2018)?

A diverse range of international films.

3) What are the qualifications for the selected films?

We look for creativity and diversity. Most films have been done before, but we look for originality. We accept all genres because we believe great films can be made in all genres.

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

Yes, large film festivals only screen big budget films, however at NVIFF we are open to all budgets. Quality and originality is what counts.

5) What motivates you and your team to do this festival?

We felt like there was a lack of diversity in European film festivals.

6) How has your FilmFreeway submission process been?

FilmFreeway is an interesting platform, we hope to continue working with them.

7) Where do you see the festival by 2023?

We hope to become one of the largest film festivals in Europe.

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

Bad Boys 2.

9) In one sentence, what makes a great film?

Personally I prefer humor.

10) How is the film scene in your city?

In the Netherlands everything is very Dutch oriented, so quite limited, we hope to change that with our festival.

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