INTERVIEW WITH FILMMAKER IN FOCUS: ADRIAN SITARUDonderdag 14 januari 2016
We are welcoming director Adrian Sitaru as our Filmmaker in Focus for Go Short 2016. We found a moment to speak with the Romanian filmmaker during his shooting for two feature films and a short, about his journey in filmmaking.
We are welcoming director Adrian Sitaru as our Filmmaker in Focus for Go Short 2016. What does this focus actually mean? It means we’ll have a program filled with a retrospective of Sitaru and a program with his favorites. Sitaru will also be a big part of the New Arrivals: Go Short Campus (from 5 – 10 April). This Go Short Campus gives twenty students and newly graduates the opportunity to participate in master classes, lectures, workshops and panel discussions all with the focus on filling the gap between leaving the academy and stepping into the world of professional filmmaking. Adrian Sitaru will give advice and feedback to the young talents to help them with their filming career. We found a moment to speak with the Romanian filmmaker during his shooting for two feature films and a short, about his journey in filmmaking.
At Go Short you will also play an active role in the New Arrivals Go Short Campus, where film students are participating who are just making a start in their filmmaking career. How did you start?
You won’t see the very first films I made at Go Short. I made them when I worked at a television station in my hometown. Somehow I fell in love with filmmaking. I tried to enter the main film academy in Romania but was rejected three times. So I bought a Hi8 camera and made my first films with the help of family and friends. Then in 1998 I went to Media University, a private film school, together with Radu Jude (director of for example ‘Aferim!’, red.) who was also repeatedly rejected by the academy. After film school I made 'Waves' with support of the Romanian film fund. It won the Pardino d'Oro award for Best Short Film at Locarno in 2007, which was good for my self-esteem and the kick-off of my career.
Do you think it might have been an advantage not to have taken the usual route for a Romanian filmmaker?
The advantage it gave me was that I started later in life. I was 27 when I started filmmaking, and 33 when I began working on my first feature. At 18 I was just too young, there was still so much to be experienced. You need a lot of experience to have a philosophy of life and an understanding of human behavior. This is what lends a personality to your films. School itself wasn’t that important to me, more important were my classmates and my colleagues.
What kind of feedback or advice could you give our new generation of filmmakers?
It’s hard to say because I just follow my instincts. The most important thing is to be patient, not to be in a hurry to do big things. I was very resilient and resourceful, and I had to be because I was rejected so many times. But talent is something you either have or have not, you can’t copy it. I will advise young filmmakers to keep it simple, but I can’t give them a recipe. At these kind of meetings I prefer to listen to their questions and dilemmas, and share my thoughts.
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