At the Sharjah International Children's Film Festival's second day, an immersive and enthusiastic panel discussion was held on ‘Empowering Talents.’ The session included participating international and Arab filmmakers, directors of films competing for the SICFF awards, as well as young filmmakers who didn’t get through the selection process at SICFF.
The panel discussion kicked off with profound questions that identified mistakes, develop talents, and explored fundamental ideas about the film industry. ‘Modern Day Romance’ and ‘Celestial Space’, the two films that didn’t get shortlisted were screened and the young filmmakers received feedback on their work from experienced participants. The director painstakingly created the entire miniature set in the span of three months.
Directors, producers, actors, and teachers gave varied answers that ranged from attending a good school, learning how to be observant in life and basically, understand your motivation behind making films. On creating original stories, filmmakers and writers said they find inspiration in previous films and from life itself. A story manifests from existing ideas and concepts. Thus, the only route to create ‘original stories’ would be to stay true to yourself and create something that you believe in.
To address what extent does lack of budget or technology affect the film-making process, the panelists said technology matters lesser than your drive and ability to hustle and get your ideas made. There are ways that you can ‘cheat’ or ‘craft’ certain techniques using the limited technology that you have access to. The most important thing is the story and the ability to maximize the tools you have access to.
The panellists discussed how the film-making process is about team work that requires various skillset working together from music, color-correction, editing, writing, cinematography, and much more. The team needs to have a cohesive understanding of the vision of the film and work together by utilizing their area of specialization in developing the final product.
Veteran film-makers said that the most important thing is getting objective feedback that is honest and professional. Platforms like SICFF enables young filmmakers to learn from veterans. By taking advantage of such events, young filmmakers will be able to hone and craft their skills leading them to success.
The panel engaged the filmmakers in an open and frank dialogue and empowered talented youngsters to identify mistakes and learn from them. The second day of SICFF 2018 undoubtedly inspired youngsters to learn more about cutting-edge art forms and technologies used in filmmaking. The panel discussions was open to the all participants, jury members, and filmmakers.