Kanwal Sethi, Director, Fernes Land (Germany)
This is my first time at the Mumbai Film Festival and the experience has been nothing short of marvellous. I was born in India but moved to Germany at a young age. So showcasing my first film in India at the MFF was very special to me. I was quite satisfied to see that my film evoked quite a decent response, with almost two thirds of the auditorium filled with avid film lovers. After the screening, we also had a long discussion about my film and my experiences during filming. The shoot was a really tough one as we shot in really cold climatic conditions.
Since I am a first-time director, festivals like MFF are very beneficial for me as it is the best platform to showcase my talent. It’s not easy for indie filmmakers to find funding and I had to wait a year and a half before I could find someone who was willing to put money on my project.
I don’t really know how things are in India but in Germany, there is cultural and state funding for filmmakers. But like in other European countries too, the queue of filmmakers trying to procure that funding is really long and one has to be patient. On the positive side, most of the deserving scripts find capital through this avenue.
Film festivals like MFF are also a great place to interact with potential buyers. My producer met a couple of them. Let’s see how it goes.