There’s no stopping us. Promoting our strong belief in the power of creativity and remote filmmaking, this panel discussion between some truly unstoppable filmmakers makes for one of the highlights of this year’s programme.
Filmmakers from across the globe talk through the innovative projects they have realised during lockdown and explain how they tackled the challenges of remote filmmaking for the very first time.
Speakers: Laura Plancarte, Pablo Crutzen Diaz, Stijn Deconinck, Sana Soni, Mikail Chowdhury, Sadie Frost
Host: Baptise Charles
About the Speakers:
Laura Plancarte lives and works in London making films and art. In 2006-07 she was awarded a grant from BNP Paribas in recognition to her career as an artist. In 2015 she presented her first feature film TIERRA CALIENTE at FICG 30. HERMANOS her second feature was acquired by Amazon Prime and won the audience award at SAFF 2018 and an IMPACT Doc award in the USA. NON WESTERN is her third feature documentary that had its world premiere at Vision du Réel 2020.
Pablo Crutzen Diaz:
Pablo Crutzen Diaz is a Belgian-Spanish video maker and photographer. At the age of 7, he moved with his family from Brussels, his birth town, to the island of La Réunion. He came back at the age of 15 and studied photojournalism at IHECS. As a student project he spent several weeks at the border between Spain and Morocco (Melilla) and edited a photo book named “Dos au mur” .
He started his career directing the music video “Carnavalera” for the columbian band “Bomba Estereo” during the carnival of Barranquilla. He then followed the rock band Arcade Fire on tour to shoot and edit aftermovies. He has since directed various music videos, participated in 3 documentaries and co-directed an instagram short documentary series (@plustrentedeux ).
Raindance selected I AM NOT A HERO is his first time directing a long feature. His main concern when shooting is to shed light on authentic stories depicting real emotions collected through close encounters with people.
Cutting both fiction as well as documentary, Belgian based editor Stijn Deconinck is mostly known for his work on award winning documentaries The Land of the Enlightened (Sundance), Immortal (Karlovy Vary) and When Arabs Danced (Visions du Réel). Holding degrees in film editing and journalism he is an experienced storyteller with a strong focus on visual stories and creative narratives that challenge audiences.
In 2020 he cut the pilot and final episode of Into the Night, a 6 episode apocalyptical sci-fi drama and the first Belgian Netflix original series. Suddenly unemployed due to the Covid-19 pandemic he wrote and co-directed I AM NOT A HERO. The documentary, set in a Brussels hospital at the peak of the outbreak, premiered at the 39th Vancouver International Film Festival. Stijn is a member of the 3-part editors collective Montagewinkel, hosting edit suites in Brussels and Ghent.
Sana Soni is an independent film sales and distribution executive in Washington, DC, originally from Budapest and New Delhi. She has an extensive background in film and TV sales from multiple studios and independents in both Los Angeles and London, including Discovery, Warner Bros, NBC Universal, Signature Entertainment, National Geographic, and Walden Media. A UCLA and New York Film Academy graduate, she brings market expertise to features and series in development or those looking for distribution. She’s spoken at the DC Independent Film Festival, judged for the Brooklyn Film Festival, and is in the advisory group for Film Hub Wales.
Over the COVID-19 lockdown period, Sana co-created and co-executive produced The Myth of Control, a unique and highly diverse TV series produced 100% remotely with a team of 70 across the globe.
Mikail Chowdhury is a playwright/director, filmmaker and Emmy-nominated producer. He produced and directed the feature film The Party (selected for the New York International Independent Film & Video Festival, with theatrical screenings in the US and Europe and included the British Film Institute catalogue), produced the award-nominated short film Oak Trees and wrote The Last Day, shot and screened in London. He co-produced A Fabulous Holiday with Paul Wharton & Patti LaBelle, for which he was nominated for an Emmy.
He was a Creator and Showrunner of the short form episodic TV series, The Myth of Control, which was conceived and created entirely during lockdown and he is a producer on the new series, Becoming America, with ‘Break the Room’.
About the Host:
Baptiste Charles is a writer and filmmaker from France. After graduating from business school with a Master’s Degree in Management of the Creative Industries, he became Programme Registrar of the MA in Filmmaking at Raindance. He has been a programmer for the Raindance Film Festival, in the Queer Strand, since 2016, programming both feature and short films. He produced the hit web series ’Netflix & Kill’ in 2018 and the award-winning short film ‘Alder’ in 2019. In 2020, his first short film as a writer ‘U Up?’ was produced and shown on the festival circuit.
This Panel discussion is part of the Raindance Film Festival Industry Programme: Independent Film Beyond 2020. To access all panels purchase the UK All Access or International All Access Pass from £14.99.