Sybil D. Jatta | Interview

RSTMPA: What initially drew you to filmmaking? Sybil: It was the ancestors that drew me into this endeavor, because I am not trained as a filmmaker, it is all passion, and spirit led.   RSTMPA: Who are your filmmaking influences, and how do they inspire your work? Sybil: I truly admire, documentary films. When I have viewed various subjects and themes, I gain inspiration from the filmmaker and the story they bring forth to...

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John Kestner | Interview

RSTMPA -What initially drew you to filmmaking? John - I've been a film fan for my entire life and grew up in front of a television or in a movie theater—and even a drive-in movie theater! RSTMPA -Who are your filmmaking influences, and how do they inspire your work? John - I'm a huge fan of Stanley Kubrick, but there are so many other directors I admire like Billy Wilder, Blake Edwards, Mel...

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Sas Carey | Interview

I would like to thank you for the lovely trophy you sent me for our movie “Transition”. I really appreciate your choosing our documentary for your film festival and one of your favorite films.   RSTMPA - What initially drew you to filmmaking? Sas - It wasn’t the film making that I was drawn to, I really wanted to show the Mongolian nomadic life before it disappeared. First came the topic. Then the...

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Samantha Casella | Interview

RSTMPA : What initially drew you to filmmaking? Samantha : I think a sort of "chain reaction" was triggered. At the beginning came the love for literature, then for art, until one afternoon, I was a child, I saw a film by Ingmar Bergman, “Winter Light”. Cinema conquered me that day. RSTMPA : Who are your filmmaking influences, and how do they inspire your work? Samantha : I admire many directors but I...

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Zsolt Pozsgai | Interview

RSTMPA: What initially drew you to filmmaking? Zsolt: The good films. When I was a teenager, we didn't go to the cinema to see giant gorillas jumping or sharks circling, but to watch films with value and talent. In Europe, in the seventies, eighties and nineties, there were many good Italian, French, English and Hungarian films. They were shown in cinemas. Even in Indian cinemas at the time, many Hungarian films...

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Dr. hc. Sheldon Woodson Sr. | Interview

RSTMPA: What initially drew you to filmmaking? Sheldon: I started as an artist, drawing portraits and writing comics using pictures without words, then writing the words later. After seeing how storyboards made movies what they were. I decided to throw my hat in the ring.   RSTMPA: Who are your filmmaking influences, and how do they inspire your work? Sheldon: Initially, Spike Lee, seeing that a person of color was making films at a...

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Jeff Smith | Interview

RSTMPA : What initially drew you to filmmaking? Jeff: Ever since I can remember I loved watching movies. I think films can change society and the way we think as a whole. And I love the fact that my creative outlet can impact the culture for the better.   RSTMPA : Who are your filmmaking influences, and how do they inspire your work? Jeff: Is would have to say David Yates. I love the...

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Connecting With Other Filmmakers and Film Professionals Through WFCN’s Film Festival Database

  The World Film Communities Network (WFCN) has emerged as a powerful online platform for film industry professionals, leveraging its film festival database to cultivate a dynamic space for networking and collaboration. By functioning as a central hub for both film festivals and filmmakers, WFCN bridges the geographical barriers and fosters connections that can propel careers of a filmmaker and their film projects forward. By bridging the gap between filmmakers, film...

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Documentaries That Transcend Traditional Storytelling

  When it comes to documentaries, we often expect a straightforward narrative, a voiceover guiding us through the story with a carefully crafted film script. However, there exists a captivating realm of filmmaking that dares to break the conventional mold – Cinéma Vérité. This genre of documentary filmmaking goes beyond scripted storytelling, capturing life as it unfolds, unfiltered and raw.   Picture this, a shaky camera, ambient sounds of the environment, and an...

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Film Festival Networking

Behind every compelling film is not just a captivating story but also a network of film industry connections that extend far beyond the silver screen. In the intricate world of filmmaking, networking is not merely a post-production task; it is an integral part of the creative process that begins long before the first frame of the film is shot. This filmmaking blog explores the significance of film festival networking, shedding...

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