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Swiss filmmakers dominate Nest Student Shorts event in San Sebastian

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The next generation of filmmakers gathered at the International Center for Contemporary Culture in San Sebastian’s Tabkal for the three-day Nest Film Student Program (September 20-22).

Three students / graduates represent Switzerland, more than any other nation, reflecting what program head Myalen Franco says Diversity It is a source of talent from European countries.

“Over the past few years, we have noticed significant reception of short films from Swiss film schools, such as Hochschule Luzern, HEAD-Genève, Zurich University and ECAL,” he said. “We always try to have an international election. New talent can emerge in one place and this is a very positive fact. And this year, we are delighted to select Swiss filmmakers with their different offers. ”

Three Swiss filmmakers competing for this year’s award have already traveled the world to make their shorts.

Rokhaya Marime Balde, a film student from Senegal, returned from the Head Masters program in Geneva to make “A la Richarche d’Eline” in her original Dakar.

“It’s a documentary fiction about an anti-colonial feminist personality who is my great, great aunt,” she says.

Multi-disciplinary artist Naomi moved to England from Switzerland to study at Pacific Oxford University and London Film School. He is now based in the Netherlands. He presented his brief “After a Room”, which shows the difference between intimacy and the way we look at the bodies of children and adults.

“I mean intimacy outside of romance and sex,” she says. “I think we see adult bodies differently from kids and I explore that audio visually and visually.”

He grew up in Switzerland. “I am Swiss. I make films outside of Switzerland but I rebel against what I grew up with. Especially in this picture, I’m looking at suicide in Switzerland where the levels are really high. It has to do with my relationship with Switzerland and my suicide, ”he says.

Nikita Merlini lives in every part of Switzerland: French, German and Italian speaking parts. He studied at ECAL (olecole Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne). His short name is “Little Swallow”.

“My film is pulling the relationship between a mother and daughter in different directions. I wanted to see the situation in the Italian part of Switzerland where you often have to go to study, “he said.

A recent graduate, Merlini is now a collective part.

“I’ve created an artist group with some other school colleagues through which we’re creating some projects and supporting each other,” Merlini said. “At film school we’ve lost a lot of access to equipment. You have a network after film school.”

Everyone agrees Switzerland provides great support for undergraduate students. But it also has some disadvantages.

“In Switzerland, they sent you to school in the film industry so you know the art and the people when you finish. You can co-produce with the producers for your undergraduate film. The school gives you a lot of protection and reads your contracts,” says Balde.

Noting that there are three good sources of funding for filmmakers in Switzerland, Merlini said, “Production companies have an incentive to recruit people from film schools because the government will pay for interns.”

It is better than England. “If you have a production company in Switzerland, you get access to an insane amount of money. We don’t have that in England,” Pacific said.

And you don’t have to be well-known to get funding in Switzerland. “I don’t think you have to be as famous there as in France. If they like your project, they will support you, ”says Balde.

One flaw is the pressure to be great, the filmmakers say.

“Everyone studies. Study. Study, ”Merlini said.

“That regimented structure penetrates the body. They announce [that a train will be delayed] Even if it’s a minute late, ”says Pacific.

There is a lack of diversity in the country. “For me, this is where I started making movies and I started making movies. It always welcomed me but for the first time I felt the pressure of excellence. Having to climb to the top. I’m usually the only person of color in 99% of the space, ”Balde said.

He notes that the film school has only 30 spots per year. “So if you don’t go to film school and want to make films, it’s not that easy,” he adds.

Schools submit films to the Nest program. Nest helps filmmakers travel and welcome events with the Swiss Embassy in Spain.

“Talent is a festive way to look to the future, just by taking care of them, we can imagine the expansion of other departments, other festivals on the international circuit and other filmmaking programs,” Franco said. San Sebastian Festival training program.

“The nest is important because that’s where it all started. Filmmakers like Geronimo Cuivedo, Kiro Russo, Oren Garner, Isabel Lamberti and Gregory Kolomitsev all took their first steps at Nest with proven professional careers, ”he added.

The Nest section was started in 2002 as the International Film School Meeting, but was later renamed the International Film Students Meeting.

Sara Gregorik from the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb, Croatia went to “Uumi” (“The Woods”) this year with the Nest Award, a prize of 10,000 Euros. A special mention of Artur-Pol Camprubí from EQZE (Elías Querejeta Film School) in Spain went to “Podul de Piatrâ” (“Pont de Pedra”).

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