News for entering Craft III
The third edition of the Craft Film Festival will take place on Spring, and this year we have a major novelty: categories. The festival will be divided into four different categories, for four different types of features. We explain them below.
Craft Opera Prima
Since Craft was born, our main purpose has been to offer a platform for films with distribution difficulties: self-produced, underground features without great economic support. As we expected, Craft became from its birth a centre of attention for young filmmakers who struggle with seeing their films played in theatres due to the obstacles of the industry. That’s why many of the films screened on the first two editions of the festival happened to be their directors’ debut.
On this third edition, we want to offer a differentiated space for first features. We consider support for new talents esential for the evolution of any art form, including cinema.
Craft wants to stand out for being an inclusive festival. We firmly support social minorities. We believe that only active work can demolish the walls that still in 2018 restrain the access of certain groups of people to positions of responsibility in the industry. Women belong to one of these groups, one that represents half of the world’s population.
In addition, we think cinema is a strong weapon against machismo. By giving the chance to female directors of showing their own vision of the world, we’ll manage to create a richer cinematographic imaginary, not limited by male dominant vision.
Some examples of films directed by women that we admire: Cléo de 5 à 7 (Cléo from 5 to 7, Agnés Varda, 1962), Sedmikrásky (Daisies, Věra Chytilová, 1966), Estiu 1993 (Summer 1993, Carla Simón, 2017).
Along the same lines as the previous category, Craft wants to fight side to side with the LGBTIQ+ community against discrimination. Just like machismo, LGBTphobia (which is, after all, a form of machismo) can be battled through cinema. Even though for some years people who belong to sexual and gender minorities have been able to see their diverse realities represented even in commercial films, the truth is underground cinema has always been the best ally of the queer community, and a pioneer in treating subjects no other features would dare to address. For this new category we are looking for bold films that talk without restraints about the problems and everyday issues of the whole sexual and gender spectrum.
Finally, in Craft we don’t want to forget any of the other problems that concern the whole society. For example, we are comitted to taking care of the environment. We know the world is on the verge of a point of no return with the climate change, and we live in a world in which deniers of this problem hold the power in countries as strong as the US. But there are many other problems that need to be addressed as well: accessibility for handicapped people, poverty, hunger… We consider cinema has the power to function as a change engine, an anti-establishment movement to make people reflect.
We know that Craft spectators have an elevated conscience for social and environmental causes. The proof is two of the most successful films of the second edition would fit perfectly on this category: Horse Riders and The Albino’s Trees. The mission of our festival is to mantain our commitment with social justice, that both our team and our audience consider inescapable.
Some examples of films about social or environmental conscience we admire: Los Olvidados (The Young and The Damned, Luis Buñuel, 1950), Mononke-hime (Princess Mononoke, Hayao Miyazaki, 1997), Beasts of the Southern Wild (Benh Zeitlin, 2012).