Behind the Scenes at the Cannes Film Festival

The film is a personal 6 minute animated short. It tells the story of a lonely young woman dealing with her personal and emotional defenses, and what happens once the defenses she worked hard to put in place and live with are
compromised. The film is an attempt to explain the feeling a lot of us get in life, when dealing with certain situations, when for a brief second our world is turned upside down.

You also have the editor’s credit on your short film. How do these two artistic approaches work together? How can you perform both roles?

Making an animated film is a little bit different than a live action one in this respect, at least when talking about a personal graduation project. While I was directing the film on paper, I already did a lot of the editing, from the storyboard to the video board stage, so that I had an edited rough version of the film before I started working on it. In the end, after animating the film, I already had all the shots and scenes in place. Every shot was timed when I animated it and already fit together with the entire context of the film. Probably, on a different project, I would have worked with an editor as well.

What was the production like for the film? How long did it take you, how did you fund it, etc.?

Well, the film was made as a graduation project. I worked on it for less than 10 months. Most of the time was for developing the story and main character, looking for the general look of the film, and directing it. Only the last 2.5 months were for animating the whole 6 minutes, and at the same time Noam Elron started work on composing the music and building the soundtrack. I was lucky to find people who related to the film and agreed to contribute to it, like Noam. The film wasn’t funded by anyone so I had to save in different aspects, doing most of the work myself on the film, relying on friends and some teachers for critique and advice and good friends and family for assistance with the film.

What do you expect from the Cannes Film Festival?

I think the thing I’m looking forward to most is both screening my short film in front of fellow filmmakers as a part of such a prestigious film festival, as well as meeting young and experienced filmmakers from around the world. I hope that getting to know filmmakers from around the world will open the possibility of collaboration and cooperation in the future.

What are your plans for the future?

I plan to continue making films and being involved in different creative projects. I truly love telling stories and striving to touch people in the process. So I plan working on that by making more films and hope that meeting fellow filmmakers in Cannes may be the gateway to new collaborations and opportunities.

I am also currently in the stages of developing the concept for a new short film. It will be very different than this film (Befetach Beity) in structure, genre and technique.

Find more interviews and articles about the World of Shorts in our Cannes 2011 Special Edition!