As enthusiasm for 3D gathers momentum and more countries host 3D Film Festivals, Spain joins the bandwagon – setting itself apart, however, with its edgy focus on music. Iván Cabrera & Edgar Gonzalez, the organisers of 3D FILM & MUSIC FEST talk about the FEST, its vision and their 3D aspirations for Spain.
Tell us briefly what the 3D FILM & MUSIC FEST is about?
The 3DFILM & MUSIC FEST will be the first film and music festival of its kind in Spain and one of the first worldwide that exclusively uses digital S-3D technology. It will be held this December in Barcelona and it is an independent audiovisual and cultural event that aims at bringing together up-and-coming and well-established creative people in this industry.
Why the focus on music?
We want to focus on music because we want to differentiate ourselves from the other 3D festivals in Europe such Dogville 3D Film Festival, which only features short films.
Plus music is fresh, fun and vibrant; thus our aim is to connect with the younger audience who, we believe, will be the drivers of future 3D technologies. And finally, music is universal. There are many 3D live concerts, music video clips and music documentaries out there that the Festival hopes to draw attention to & generate the publicity that they deserve.
Are there any government programs & initiatives?
At the moment, there aren’t enough initiatives from the Spanish government to support the development of 3D technologies. So we have to reinvent ourselves every day to move forward with our projects. The big 3D companies such as Kronomav, Apuntolapospo, SGO Mistika are making their profits in 3D in the international market, rather than in Spain.
3D FILM & MUSIC FEST expects to be the ‘3D boost’ that Spain needs. We have a lot of creative talents, and this Festival would be the right platform to showcase our local talents and create opportunities to produce quality 3D work, both in the country and internationally. We’re aiming to make Barcelona the benchmark for quality in the development and promotion of 3D technology and we expect to secure government grants to assist the Festival to promote this technology as the present and the future of cinema and TV.
Tell us more about the event in 2011? Was it a success?
This is the first time we’re having a 3D FILM & MUSIC FEST. In previous years, we’ve had the opportunity to run 3D Dogville Film Festival, which takes place every year in the town of Viladecans on the outskirts of Barcelona. This event allowed the 3D professional community nationwide to have a regular meeting point. New ideas, businesses and synergies have been created thanks to that event.
We hope that this new 3D music experience will increase the interest of the professional community and the general audience to support and promote 3D technology further.
For sponsors, what packages are you offering?
For sponsorship – we have on offer various packages (between €2,000 and €10,000) to give publicity to your products and/or services as sponsors or collaborators. As such, your brand would be incorporated on all stationery, website, banners, etc. You can choose to have your brand as the name of a particular prize in the film competition. Your logo would be created in 3D to project it on the 3D screens of the Festival.
We are currently negotiating with CINESA, a cinemas chain, and hope they become partners in the development of this project. We would provide you with invitations for meetings and events and tickets to the screenings of the Festival. Additionally you would have space to place a stand to exhibit your company,
For filmmakers, what’s your advice for submitting to the festival?
In this first edition of 3D FILM & MUSIC FEST, we’re inviting music video clips and music documentaries for competition. Submission deadline for videos is November 16th – in ten days. Please send us the links or websites. They can also be sent on DVD or Blu-Ray. If they are selected for competition, the author will be informed and asked to deliver the work in 3D DCP, if not already done.
Also, if you would like to send a concert or musical performance in 3D, we could take an excerpt of it to screen it. We have received many 3D concerts already, but unfortunately we will not have the time to screen them in full this year. We’re working already on growing the Festival in 2013 to have more spaces, screenings and events. So watch this space!
If you are interested in collaborating/sponsoring/submitting films or music videos please see more details on the official website at www.3dfilmusic.com
End of Interview. By Brinda Paul.
3DContentHub and 3DContentBlog are official partners of the 3D Film & Music Fest and we encourage filmmakers to submit their films before November 16th.