COLLECTIONS, 10min., Canada
Directed by Felipe Urrea
Adelaide, is overwhelmed by the chaos in her own home and turns to her friend Theo for help, but as they dig deeper into the clutter, they uncover secrets and emotional baggage that Adelaide has been struggling to deal with.
Get to know the filmmaker:
What motivated you to make this film?
Initially, my close relationship with the film's writer, Claire Lloyd, drew me to their script. From the moment I read it, I resonated with its themes. Prior to pursuing a filmmaking career, I felt trapped and lost after a previous relationship ended. Seeking solace, I reached out to a long-lost friend and found comfort in the power of connection. 'Collections' in many ways is about that, through the filming process I realized that, that was my primary force behind this film.
From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this film?
We started pre-production early February and the whole process including post-production would have been around 13 weeks.
How would you describe your film in two words!?
What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?
Learning to let go of every detail, as a director, you have to learn to trust people, even those you know nothing about at times. There are so many aspects to keep track of in production. The biggest obstacle was definitely realizing that I can't have everything done my own specific way. You have to let go and give others the space to be creative and immerse themselves in the work. In this way, 'Collections' became something bigger than I could have ever imagined.
What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?
I was pleasantly surprised, especially by all the remarks regarding the color grading. I worked on them myself and pulled multiple all-nighters to ensure that the vision I had for this film was as perfect as possible. The positive reactions, particularly towards certain aspects of the film that I personally fought hard for, filled me with joy. It's wonderful to hear that ideas I consider crazy (like an intimate dance sequence in the end) and weird are seen as original and creative, motivating me to improve in the field of filmmaking. I love it!
When did you realize that you wanted to make films?
When I started making short skits in YouTube when I was little, I loved it that it gave me an avenue to express all of my tents in one, my passion for music, art, and video editing all in one, made film the clear indicator for something I want to do for the rest of my life.
What film have you seen the most in your life?
2013s 'Enemy', it hits home knowing one of my favourite movies was shot where I so frequently have been and to explore such weird abstract ideas in film, along with its heavily stylized color grading make this a movie I often come back to for inspiration or just enjoyment.
What other elements of the festival experience can we and other festivals implement to satisfy you and help you further your filmmaking career?
I would love to see an event hosted where multiple creatives discuss and network with each other much like other industries do, but in this case solely for film-making.
You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway. How has your experiences been working on the festival platform site?
It was pretty straight forward in my opinion however our marketing and producer mostly know about it, at least miles better than i do.
What is your favorite meal?
Churros, the ones filled with chocolate inside, and long ones too. Bathroom explosion material.
What is next for you? A new film?
Yes! 'Collections' taught me a lot and I would love to broaden my skill set in VFX and audio to further become a better director, there's a movie in mind that I am really excited to be part of but I can't give too many details just yet!