TIFF LONG TAKE Ep. 24: The Biggest Challenges Facing Emerging Filmmakers
How does the next generation get their films made?
Any filmmaker will tell you that the journey to getting a first feature made is full of ups and downs. But what exactly are the biggest challenges facing aspiring filmmakers, and how can we make things easier and more accessible for future generations? To learn more, Rob and special guest host Chandler Levack sit down with director Ashley McKenzie, whose debut film Werewolf garnered a ton of attention and admiration at last year’s TIFF.
Ashley talks about her long path to getting Werewolf made (5:40), why she considers her films “termite art” (13:25), and why young filmmakers need to question the systems in place and find a method that works for them (15:50).
She also explains why she thinks female filmmakers have more to prove than their male peers (21:30), why she doesn’t feel at a disadvantage working out of Cape Breton Island (29:30), and why, despite Werewolf’s success, she’s not confident that making her second film will be any easier (30:40)
Ashley is currently an ambassador for TIFF’s Share Her Journey campaign, a five-year initiative prioritizing gender parity within the film industry. To find out more about the campaign, please visit http://www.tiff.net/shareherjourney/
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