“The Soul of Sicily” - Best Documentary Short Film
Directed by Margie Raimondo
Why do you make films and what kind of impact would your work have on the world?
Films are important in society to express, explore and examine different ideals, our lives, and other people’s lives with differing perspectives. The viewer is transported to a different world where they can get lost or become enchanted with a new idea or place. Making films is an intensely-personal form of art. You are capable of infusing the stories you tell with a greater sense of purpose.
How did you start making films and what was the first film project you worked on?
After several years of making television documentaries, I made the decision to go independent and start working on my own projects. My first short fiction film (directed by me and written with my producer Viktor Petreski) finished production at the end of 2020, but due to lack of funds and the start of the new war in Europe, it should be finished in the next couple of weeks. Having the title “Lobus Frontalis” it is a film about artistic perception of reality...
I have established a filmmaking group, "Mikawa Eiga," to produce independent films in rural areas of Japan. This film is the first installment. The staff are amateurs, and the cast is not a major player, but we are aiming for a quality that is as good as commercial films. Normally, I do video production and photography.
We started writing Self-Help as a project for us to perform in as actors, but as time went on we enjoyed the process so much we stuck with it. The series itself was inspired by amateur self help videos Bethan had seen online. We felt there was a lot of material to dig into from some of the very surface level discussions around mental health we’ve seen everywhere in recent years.