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.

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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. vimeo.com/channels/arff

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
industry.

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 www.wildsound.ca for more information and to submit your work to the festival.

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Interview with Festival Director Onur Yayla (Around International Film Festival)

Onur Yayla is a Berlin-Istanbul based commercial, music video director & indie filmmaker who runs the Around International Film Festival ( ARFF Berlin ) with the guidance of Around Films Network. Our statement is to provide homes to group of film enthusiasts who are committed in creating spaces for film industry and devoted to spreading of the knowledge of the modern visual art form to all interested for all around the globe to present it all on one single platform.” Please visit aroundfilms.com for further information.

around_films.jpgMatthew Toffolo: What is your Film Festival succeeding at doing for filmmakers?

Onur Yayla: Well, the idea of film festivals is that they’re about moviegoing. And how people choose what they see is informed by what experience they want to get from a piece.

But we always rush to add that there’s still a lot of great intellectual integrity to it.

Matthew: What would you expect to experience if you attend the festival?

Onur: I’d expect that my movie to be discovered by the relevant crowd and it should lead us to meet the right people for my new project.

Matthew: What are the qualifications for the selected films?

Onur: In a sense, anyone who watches a film is instantly a film critic. Therefore, everyone will have their own choices, or other criteria for selection of the greatest films, and some may disagree with at least some of the selections below. These crucial film selections provide a common ground and foundation for the study of film.

Matthew: What makes a great independent film?

Onur: It should have the power to enchant, entertain, inform, and move us emotionally – and change our perceptions of things.

Matthew: What motivates you and your team to do this festival?

Onur: In the matter of fact, we are all aware that Sundance can not accept the huge amount of the great creations and its still one of our ”bestest” also.

Yet, filmmakers often have better audiences in regional festivals that embrace the film. Better to premiere at Around Film Festival than be lost in a larger event.

Matthew: How has the festival changed since its inception?

Onur: We got 3 times higher application rate when we compare with the previous year.

Matthew: Where do you see the festival by 2020?

Onur: Our main purpose to dignify our festival Around the World as its name. Right now our network has people from 7 countries and even the weekly expanding is quite suprising for us.

Matthew: What film have you seen the most in your life?

Onur: Synecdoche, New York 2008. I’m a great fan of Charlie Kaufman’s vision.

Matthew: What country (or countries) seem to make the best short films year after year?

Onur: Well I can tell that, U.S. has the best opportunities, Middle East & Asia has the great source of ”stories”, Europe has the taste.

Our participants will give us the best answer it seems.

Matthew: How is the film scene in your city?

Onur: Depends on the storyline, because we are Around!

Thank you for the interview, 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 10-20 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Fesival held in downtown Toronto on the last Thursday of every single month. Go to www.wildsound.ca for more information and to submit your work to the festival.