Film-maker's short film makes it to Cannes
A local film-maker who self-funded his latest project by working as a camera operator and runner will see his hard work pay off when it screens at a prestigious short film festival.
BlindSide, a self-funded independent short film, will be screened at the Cannes Short Film Corner as part of the Cannes Film Festival 2012 in May.
Dimi Nakov, the film's director, said he was "reluctant" to enter the film into the prestigious festival.
"Cannes is very prestigious and I wasn't sure how a low-budget film like this could afford the submission fee. But in the end, we submitted it and were really surprised that it got in," he said.
Blind Side, which was shot over nine weekends, focuses on a white middle-class family embroiled in domestic violence.
"It happens too often behind closed doors, particularly here in New Zealand, and I wanted to give the victims a voice. It's not graphic, but it gives you an idea of what happens behind closed doors," said Nakov.
The North Shore resident is hoping the film's showing at the festival will give him the opportunity to promote future projects by his company, Zodiac Films, and other independent film-makers in New Zealand.
Nakov and one of the writers for BlindSide, Chantal Rayner-Burt,have also been working on a feature film, Journey of a Story, as director of photography and writer, respectively. The film will premiere on ANZAC day and its hoped they can secure a distribution deal in Cannes.
"The hard part is finding a market for a film, so this will help us go a way toward getting independent films on the big screen and out to the world," he said.
Nakov is also developing a platform, Filmmakers Generation Next Inc, where independent film-makers in New Zealand can showcase their work.