CONVERSATION WITH THE INITIATORS AND ORGANIZERS OF THE PROJECT, ELONA PAJA AND JULIAN BIBA-
by Rafaela PRIFTI-
Last Sunday NEW YORK TRUE VENTURE FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTED ITS AWARDS ON LINE. Twelve members of the Jury’s Festival with impressive careers in the movie industry, music and media presented the nominations in two dozen categories ranging from Best Music Video, Screenplay, Director to Best Human Rights, Experimental, Documentary Production and Feature Narrative. Can you talk about the categories?
Elona: The festival received a pretty good number of submissions and obviously for the jury it was difficult to select from some really great entries. During the rating process from each jury member, we noticed very small differences and the decision was made to expand the number of categories and consequently the awards. It ultimately shows appreciation for the filmmaker’s work by a professional jury. To borrow a quote from Walt Disney: “We don’t make movies to make money, we make money to make more movies!” And this is what motivates the independent filmmakers.