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Bruno Chatelin interviewed on festivals for Cine@art magazine of the 8th Bridges International Film Festival

Interview Bruno Chatelin was interviewed by Petra Terzi for CINE@ART magazine freepress of the festival! Bridges 

 

Question 1: You have an interesting background of business education, marketing and film distribution career. You are also the founder of filmfestivals.com, which serves as a documentation of the numerous film festivals around the world. What was the reason behind your fascination with  the film industry and especially with film festivals?

In brief i think i can answer this with one word: creative my fascination for creation and creative people.

Initially i was an avid moviegoer, working in advertising as an account director, I was starting becoming frustrated realizing I was only contributing to one aspect of a product's life: it s communication, I had an appetite for more. Then a search company came with a job proposition marketing director in a film company, a major. Intreaguing! The initial test was a recommendation I had to write after viewing a film they showed me 'Stand by Me' by Rob Reiner. Then I had to meet with 7 executives of studio over two breakfast sessions. Eventually I got the job and enjoyed those people at Columbia Tristar a lot.

Just the beginning of a long story where i found out that the marketing was the most interesting of any field i had worked before, and also the most challenging and a golden experience for any other type of cultural activity.

In that process I have crossed paths with festivals in multiple capacities : as a distributor having a film in competition, (closing of cannes...) as a producer, as a festival organiser (animation day in cannes...), as a press member guest of of the festival or jury member. Enough to realize how important they can be in the success and career of a film. I have been a witness (and an actor) of a fairy tale a few times for instance Boyz 'n the Hood who came to came from nowhere (1st time director out of UCLA, aged 22) and left with golden career and oscar nominations.

This is what I like in festivals the fairy tale element! And I believe that is why festival directors continue doing this notwithstanding all difficulties attached.! Congratulations to their courage.

 

Question 2: Creating the filmfestivals.com, I assume you encountered different and distinct film festivals worldwide; from international to genre ones. Which was the most remarkable, or peculiar, or inventive film festival that you have had the chance to explore?

That is a very difficult question to answer : not only because I want to stay friend with all festivals directors I have met...but mainly because each festival is unique and comes with a specific equation.

Each must fit certain goals set by audience, sponsors, market situation, type of city, hotel or cinema equipment on hand...Each festival is a miracle, some have more echo in the film industry.

 I love Cannes, for instance, above any other because it s a powerhouse, I have been there 30 times I think, and the whole industry is there, (23 000 film professionals or so: 5000 media, 1000 films being shown, 2000 buyers, 700 festival directors) so meetings or encounters can happen anywhere at anytime: in the street, restaurant, cocktail...plus it s a non stop party that s how i do business there, attending the functions I am invited daily, I barely see movies there.

 

Question 3: From your personal experience of a variety of film festivals, which would you say are the fundamental characteristics of a successful film festival?

Complex equation with so many parameters which are not the same for all festivals.

The key is probably to have a good team of passionate people willing to sacrifice many things for the love of film and people who make them. Second is the need for a decent way to show film and host the people who bring them. What makes a successful festival is also the word of mouth generated by satisfaction of it public: filmmakers need networking with peers, with buyers or sales agents or distributors, media need stories to tell, celebrities to interview... the audience need new film emotion and encounters with people who make films, stars if possible, happy sponsors satisfied with strong attendance figures or qualitative experience with their products, sometimes parties bringing all these different publics can be an important element... A sucessfull film festival is simply a place where things happen, where dreams may come true....if you build it they will come...(with a lot of efforts from the organizers)  I realeased field of dreams, and that line became extremely popular in the US, i still love it.

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Question 4: Do you think that film festivals around the world are being threatened by the modern way of watching films through -in many cases- free and unlimited online sources?

I certainly do not think so. Festivals know how to stay desirable, even the old ones (Venice celebrated 74th with panache).

 Festivals constantly evolve, adapt to survive, invent new ways, new sections, new events, new experiences, dancing with digital. What differentiate them from over online experience is the fact they create collective emotions, live experience, memories in a variety of perceptions, many film festivals bring other senses in the mix, culinary experiences, concerts, ...

Some have now online events in parallel so that their audience can go beyond their walls, in many cases there is nothing wrong about showing to unlimited audiences for free and many festivals are looking for ways to tap into those potential eyeballs.

 

Question 5: With the filmfestivals.com listing approximately 6000 film festivals all over the world, do you think it is worthy more live festivals to be established in order to cover the massive film production worldwide or there are already enough?

 

I witness (and help) the birth of so many new festivals around the world!  I do see a need for them!

The film  industry produces so many films a year, so many shorts, documentaries, VR experiences...that there is a constant need for exposure for the artists who made them.

The competition in the growing number of festivals (over 10 000 certainly) forces the festival organizers to be inventive and creative, filling new niches (how many drone film festivals for instance).

I see no limit in numbers of festivals, but of course there is not room for many Cannes.

I also must say that some tools make life easier for new festivals, the numerous submission platforms and online resources like filmfestivals.com fast track new comers helping find fresh films. And I am happy to see them grow.

 

 

 

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