Interview with “Omid Mahdavi” under the pretext of attending his films in the biennial competition of the South International Film and Art Festival in Chile . Seekers Market

The screenings of films in Iranian cinema are long for the general audience, and documentary films, especially short films, do not have a special place. Their screenings are also summarized at festivals, and specific audiences, who are often filmmakers themselves, watch it. Sit down. This makes the festival more important for documentaries and short films because it is the only place where they can show their work seriously and present themselves as filmmakers. Attendance at domestic and foreign festivals is one of the goals that artists take into consideration when presenting their work and receiving feedback and criticism of their work. Meanwhile, the importance of international festivals is greater among filmmakers, and young filmmakers are keen to showcase their art, knowledge and experience in larger media through their films. The launch of two short films from Arak and their screening at the International Biennale of Chilean Academic Film and Art Festival International Biennale was a pretext to sit down with director Omid Mahdavi. Mahdavi, of course, believes that these films are the result of the efforts of the “recording” art group and that he alone cannot claim to own them.
Mahdavi began his photography career as an adolescent because of his interest in photography since he was a teenager, and later began to shoot with an analogue camera, which later forced him to go to film school and continue his studies in cinema. After joining the conservatory, he and his friends formed a recording studio, and the band’s artistic activities, including film production, began in various genres such as fiction, experimental and documentary.
Mahdavi says: “We were five and started working in the high school and high school and then entered the university, advancing theoretical and experimental knowledge at the same time.”
As for the band’s productions, he continues: In the year 2, we made two films “Alas” and “Open Air” that made its way to the Aflamak Regional Festival in Khorramabad. Later that year, we produced two more films that reached the 6-second festival of art. I directed three of these four films, and I was the director of another.
Mahdavi continues: Year 4 is our first film appearance at international festivals and two films, “Fallon” and “Cutting the Cake”, directed by the servant from September 7th at the International Academic Film and Art Festival of Chilean Biennale Has been.
The festival director says: Most avant-garde and experimental films are accepted at the festival, and there are two short films and one feature film from Iran, the only one that has two films.
Mahdavi explains: “Fallon” is produced six and six minutes a year, and “Cake Slice” is produced this year, which is three minutes long. Both works are in the experimental genre.
He says: The factors in both films were over nine. Built six years ago, at the time we were students, and now airing after six years, “Floon” (Guilty) shows that one has to be patient and not look for results.
Mahdavi went on to point out that experimental filmmaking has its own characteristics: Usually these films do not have a clear script, though not in the sense that it is not a director’s mind. These films have alternate spaces, and anything that can happen is unpredictable. I believe that characterization makes no sense and we are not supposed to know the character.

Short film “ A Slice of Cake “ Director Omid Mahdavi

He added: “Such films are very scattered and their editing is broken and most of the film is formed in editing.” The best definition of experimental cinema can be that it is a kind of modern and avant-garde cinema that even its form and space can be extended from short film to long film.
Mahdavi continued: “The most important thing is not to wait for conditions to be made for the film.” Because we don’t necessarily need a lot of money to make a particularly experimental film. This means that this is not an excuse for not making films, because today the changing conditions are now becoming with mobile, especially portrait films.
He added: “For example, the film” Slice of cake “was filmed with a regular camera and it didn’t cost much and now an international tour is being held.
“The most important thing to keep in mind for film enthusiasts and newcomers is to follow up and pursue the theory of cinema along with their experimental work to make an acceptable performance and Good to come.
Mahdavi emphasizes: In this way, you need to reach a point where you can define a market for your film and define the marketing of the film and provide the funds it needs through exchanges with organizations, organs and people in the field. Kurdish.
Asked to take part in the festival in person or through a specific channel, he said: “If you want to take part in international festivals, there are difficult steps and conditions so it is better for companies Distribution and distribution. Because these companies research and psychoanalyze the film to determine which festival is appropriate for which style and audience.
Mahdavi goes on to say: The broadcasting company contracts with the filmmaker and receives the film and all related material such as its website, poster, teaser and behind-the-scenes photos. Contracting and linking to these companies is not that difficult if you have a movie that has something to say.

“The most important thing to keep in mind for film enthusiasts and newcomers is to follow up and pursue the theory of cinema along with their experimental work to make an acceptable performance and Good to come.
Mahdavi emphasizes: In this way, you need to reach a point where you can define a market for your film and define the marketing of the film and provide the funds it needs through exchanges with organizations, organs and people in the field. Kurdish.
Asked to take part in the festival in person or through a specific channel, he said: “If you want to take part in international festivals, there are difficult steps and conditions so it is better for companies Distribution and distribution. Because these companies research and psychoanalyze the film to determine which festival is appropriate for which style and audience.
Mahdavi goes on to say: The broadcasting company contracts with the filmmaker and receives the film and all related material such as its website, poster, teaser and behind-the-scenes photos. Contracting and linking to these companies is not that difficult if you have a movie that has something to say.
He added that after the Chilean festival, the two films will be screened at the Brazilian Street Film Festival and then at a festival in Argentina in December.
Explaining the importance of attending international festivals, the director of Araki said: “Certainly every filmmaker and its agents want to see their film, and it is fascinating to watch both internally and externally, and of course it is important. Where the movie will be played.
Mahdavi continued: The language of cinema is a universal language and in one culture and language you can speak to people of another culture and language. The point of these festivals is that someone from another country may have a common concern with you and communicate with you. To establish. Another advantage is that film festivals meet and talk about film and talk about it and become a kind of media movie that is important to a filmmaker.
On the importance of the short film, he says: “In my opinion, making a short film is a little harder than making a short film because of the concerns and looks of the filmmaker, and since the art goes to the minimal and the right. Short films are of particular importance in the world, so there are artists who prefer to make short films only.
Asked what the challenges of filmmaking in Arak are and whether there is enough support in this field, the Arakian explained: To be frank, if I had asked this question four years ago, I would certainly have complained and said there were no conditions I make films and I have no support like equipment, audiences, venues, broadcasts and festivals. But now I realize that as a filmmaker I have to be smart and, as I said, work to the extent that the market had.
Mahdavi emphasizes: This does not mean, of course, that the artist himself must work alone, but that the artist should have the support of such directors as Guidance, the arts and the Young Cinema Association, whose essential task is to support young filmmakers. Be it.
He said the workshops are a gathering for the filmmakers of the province and for critique and dialogue with each other and to provide screenings of support that should be given to young filmmakers.

Sahar Yari

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Short Film “Felon” | photographer Ehsan Karkhaneh

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