World of Film International Festival: ‘It was an amazing experience’
World of Film International Film Festival

With 17 events over four days, and subjects ranging from ‘The Hyperphysical’ to ‘Memory’, Glasgow’s World of Film International Festival offered up a diverse programme from directors all over the world last week.

We caught up with festival director Martin Petrov to get his take on how it went, and what’s in store for 2016…

How did the World of Film International Festival go this year?

“It was an amazing experience and the perfect conclusion to months of hard work and preparations. It was a surprise to see that many people, who heard of the festival from friends, family or just social media, come to support us and enjoy some of the programmes. I am totally positive that for a new festival, we have reached our goal, which was to engage as many local, but not only, audiences as possible and create interaction and dialogue between them, the attending industry professionals, the guests and ourselves. It turned out to be a great networking event and everyone made exciting new friends from different parts of the world.”

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Was there a personal highlight for you?

“The opening night ceremony is definitely one of them. Almost all of the attending filmmakers arrived on time for it, watched the opening night film How to Stop a Wedding with the public and made first connections at the opening party. During the following three days, I was really excited with all the screenings that featured a Q&A with the attending filmmakers – it is also wonderful to exchange ideas and connect the audience with the creators of a film. Many local filmmakers attended as well on Sunday, bringing their families and friends to see their films – it was lovely to see so many people happy and proud.”

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What was the audience feedback like?

“Everyone was telling me that the programme and the way the films screened together was incredibly well designed. I have to admit that we worked really hard on this with my programmers. Sometimes, especially with short film programmes, it is really hard to put a compilation together and make it look very smooth, because the films are so different. But this year, it felt like the films and the separate programmes each day just clicked with each other. Looking forward to receiving films for next year. Also, all of the attending guests and filmmakers got particularly excited with the venue (CCA) and the atmosphere!”

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When do you start thinking ahead to next year, and can you reveal any themes or ideas at this very early stage?

“I actually started thinking about next year even before this year’s festival, and during. Talking to different people generated various ideas and hopefully we will have enough time to deliver on time for WoFF 2016. The main programmes (First Feature and Female Perspective Competition) will remain the same. I think we will be doing something more with animation, people seemed to be very excited with the single animation programme we had. Also, there are plenty of ideas for exciting guests, networking events and more, but we will have more to say about these at a later stage.”

For a full list of winners from WoFF 2015, go to woffglasgow.com/awards. You can follow WoFF on Twitter and Facebook

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