If you like sports films this is the place for you!
Their aim is to be one of the best sports film festival around the world!
Their vibe and philosophy is simple! The present your film, and show it to their audiences!
Showcasing the very best sport films made during the year!
If you are looking for a venue where you can sell your film, promote in the south of México, this is your fest!
Matthew Toffolo interviews Festival Director Alexanderson Bolaño De La Lanza:
Matthew: What is the goal of your film festival?
Alexanderson: To promote sports films.
Matthew: How has the festival changed since its inception until your upcoming 2015 festival?
Alexanderson: The way in which we present films is different, now we are using new technologies to not print DVDS and preserve nature, also our awards are different, this time we have invited judges. Our audience awards are the same as last year. (most voted wins)
Matthew: How many films are you showcasing at your Film Festival?
Alexanderson: We will screen 15 films this season.
Matthew: Can you give us a sneak peak of what to except for the 2015 Festival?
Alexanderson: You are going to see Latin American premieres, new directors and emerging talent. New stuff.
Matthew: Is there going to be an overall theme for the 2015 festival other than sports?
Alexanderson: Sport theme. Thats our theme.
Matthew: Where do you see your festival in 5 years?
Alexanderson: I don´t know if there is going to be a festival in 5 years. However, if there is, keeping the premieres that’s what people like, to see something for the first time, maybe more filmmakers attend, and more audiences thats always important.
As far as the vision, I would like to position the festival as one of the coolest film festivas around for sport films. Why not? Even make it of some relevancy for better awards, maybe we can be the first sports festival that nominates for the Oscars or something like that. I think positioning is the best step we can have at the moment… Be one of the best.
Matthew: What’s the current status of the Film Scene in your city?
Alexanderson: The production is big, we have some great films made in Oaxaca, just like Nacho Libre with Joe Black, people seem to like the city.
As far as independent filmmaking, we have many young people making their first films with go pros and other costumer base cameras.
There are professionals making films, documentaries and why not sport films, and many people come down to make even more. So I would say there is some scene, is not bigger than Portland, I would compare to the states that way,
Plus there is another film festival call Oaxaca film fest and those guys are monsters for independent filmmaking in Latin america. It’s emerging yes, but I think they do a great work `promoting their films.
As far as resources from the film commission, its easy to find the permits and ways to work a film out, I would say Oaxaca is a nice place to shoot, there are many resources available, there are oceans, jungles, valleys and the city is not that bad it self, but there is much to do as far as incentives from the government, thats what, as far as I know, we don’t have jet.
Matthew: What film have you seen the most in your life?
Alexanderson: Marathon films, those are a lot.
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Matthew Toffolo, Interviewer BIO
Filmmaker of over 20 short films and TV episodes, Matthew Toffolo is the current CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival. He had worked for the organization since its inception in 2007 serving as the Short Film Festival’s moderator during the Audience Feedback sessions.
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