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AUBG Short FilmFest

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AUBG Short FilmFest brings together professional filmmakers and students to explore and enjoy film-making. We aim to encourage creativity while having the opportunity to watch some of the latest independent short films from around the world.

AUBG Short FilmFest will showcase 28 short films from more than 13 countries from November 24th to 26th. The films, ranging from Academy award-winning documentaries and shorts to independent shorts and student films aim to encourage creativity through film.

Scott Hillier, President the European Independent Film Festival, cinematographer and director of photography of the Academy award-winning short documentary Twin Towers kicks off the AUBG FilmFest on November 24th with a lecture that will bring insight into the joys, frustrations and creative pleasure of being a film director

On Friday AUBG FilmFest is devoted to screenings of some of the latest independent short films produced around the world.

One of the highlights from the selection is Belgian director Kevin Meul’s film The extraordinary life or Rocky which tells the story of a boy who grows up surrounded by death.

ECU will warm-up the audience with the documentary Salam Rugby, (Dir. Faramarz Beheshti) about women playing rugby in Iran and winner of ECU best non-European documentary category.

This selection of films has been curated by Alexander Acosta Osorio, ECU marketing and communications representative for Latin America and the Balkans.

Saturday brings surprises for everyone. Dokufest will look to the past with a selection of Basque short films from 2003, followed by six films made by Bulgarian students from South Western University. ÉCU on the road, a selection of the best award-winning films from 2011, will close the evening.

The European Independent Film Festival, South Western University “Neofit Rilski”, Early Bird Student Film Festival, The International Documentary and Short Film Festival and In the Palace International Short Film Festival will share their love for film during three days at the American University in Bulgaria during the first edition of AUBG Short Film Festival.

For more information, a full list of films and screening times please visit the festival’s Facebook page AUBG Short FilmFest

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Written by Alexander Acosta Osorio

November 19, 2011 at 2:15 am

Kevin and the extraordinary life of Rocky

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Rocky grows up surrounded by death: everyone around him dies in a freak accident and each time he is at the center of it all. A modern tale about  a lot of bad luck and a tiny bit of bliss.

The extraordinary life or Rocky is the most recent work of Belgian filmmaker Kevin Meul.

Meul gaduated from Sint-Lukas Filmschool in Brussels in 2003. Since he has been active in the film industry mainly as a write and/or director of short films, music videos and commercials.

Alexander: After your premier at In the Palace 9th International Short Film Festival in Balchik ( Bulgaria) a lot is coming up for Rocky. For those who don’t know you yet, who is Kevin Meul and what is he working on?

Kevin: My name is Kevin Meul, writer/director based in Belgium. Since I graduated film school seven years ago, I mainly focus on directing music videos and commercials, you can check out a fine selection on my website www.themkr.com. All of these projects are the perfect practice, and they serve only one goal: to create my own feature film one day. But one step at a time so now I concentrate on short films. ‘The extraordinary life of Rocky’ is my debut, it’s a black comedy, a modern fairytale about a boy, Rocky, that seems to be born on the wrong side of luck. The film is released in december 2010. In the near future I’m planning to shoot another short film, and off course, my feature film, of which I currently develop the script in Binger writers lab in Amsterdam.

A: Where does the inspiration for your short come from?  What inspires you? In the process of making a short film, what are the most important things you should consider?

K: As every script I like, or every book I love, I feel like a writer should tell something very personal. Even though my film is a comedy, and the setting is a bit ‘larger than life’, I certainly specify on a very personal subject. No, it’s not an autobiography, Rocky is more like an alter-ego. Because I experienced good friends and family dying way to early, I needed to put those sad and helpless feelings into a story. Maybe it’s my way to deal with the sometimes cruel reality: making fun out of it, trying to find a positive vibe even when the misery seems huge and overwhelming. But off course, finding the subject is one part of scriptwriting, I still had to create a main character who could tell my story. So one day during research, using the internet, suddenly I felt attracted to this one weird photo, a random family picture (I found it on one of my favourite sites awkwardfamilyphotos.com). On this picture everyone posed with a big smile, the perfect family, except for one boy: he looked sad and angry, and this is the moment my idea became concrete. This boy turned into my main character, my ‘Rocky’.

A: Was it hard to produce your film? what was the most challenging aspect of the whole process?

K: I can’t descibe how hard and difficult it was to produce this film. It took me several years of fighting, struggling and suffering. My film tells the story of someone who attracts bad luck, sometimes I felt the project itself was a magnet for misery. Luckely I was very stuborn, I knew I had something original and meaningful to tell, so I coped with all of the practical problems. This story needed many actors, locations, styling, art decoration etc… in other words it was a very expensive project, and producers are not very willing to take any finacial risks these days –understandable, but this didn’t help my case. In fact, if I wouldn’t have found Visualantics and Steven Dhoedt, who were crazy enough to produce my film, I’m not sure if Rocky would excist today. I can’t be grateful enough for this, and I advise future filmmakers to never give up, fight for what you believe in, work your butt off and good things will happen one day.

A: The good, the bad and the ugly of making your own films? What is your experience in the festival circuit?some secrets you would like to share?

K: Since ‘Rocky’ is my debut short I’m not very experienced, but even though my filmfestival history is rather modest, I can only be totally enthusiastic about it! My film won 2 awards in Belgium, and now we’re starting an international carreer with great suxes: screenings in USA, Italy, the Netherlands, France, Germany and many more. Mainly I choose to go to the festivals to have fun, I guess it’s the closest a filmmaker will get to being a rockstar: people pick you up from the airport, pay your costs, hotel, food, drinks, organise parties… In other words it’s major fun. Meeting directors, producers, writers… excites and inspires me. And off course, while having such a great time, networking is easy: you’ll meet amazing people that will be very useful in your future carreer. I would advice filmmakers to go to as many festivals as possible, that way we’ll meet eachother for sure one day!

By the way, if anyone is interested in following Rocky on facebook, with daily updates about festivals, awards etc… you can find him if you look for ‘Rocky De Vlaeminck’.

 Add Rocky as your friend because he’s very lonely!

Written by Alexander Acosta Osorio

September 28, 2011 at 8:55 am

Short Film Festivals give people an opportunity to show their films everywhere

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“The way I feel about international films is that we all can have a common bond because you can see the human experience from every single country”

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Sandi Sissel, a distinguished cinematographer who heads New York University’s graduate film program, was one of the jury members at In The Palace International short Film Festival whose extensive experience in film, television, and documentary includes various awards for coverage of the war in Vietnam and work she did for NBC and ABC, Saturday Night Life and 60 minutes.

Sissel has worked in the series The Wonder Years and most recently in the Academy Award winning feature film  Master and Commander.

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