FiDAN: She had stated: We are aiming to make filmmakers and film buffs around the world to realize how important non-verbal filmmaking is and how effective it is on the quality development of cinema; so, every year the festival travels around the world, being held in different academic environments in different countries. Our biggest challenge as an independent organization for sure is to find the right academies every year to host the festival, and to build our connection with valid film schools around the world.
She explained about the selection process of the current edition: The films in the competition section of this edition were supplied through two methods. First, as many other festivals we received films on our online portals “Filmfreeway” and “Festhome”. More than 700 films were received on these two portals from which our selection committee, including Virgil Widrich, Fereshteh Parnian, Ruben Salazar, Vahid Mortazavi and Hoda Esnaashari had selected 31 films to take part in the competition section of the festival.
As she continued: The second method was through Programming, which is real common nowadays in film festivals. Our programmers have viewed the non-verbal short films with successful festival circulation and had selected 18 films to take part in the competition section of the 3rd Globe.
Raha explained about the festival’s funding: As I mentioned, Globe is a completely independent festival being managed by film students, film buffs and cinema lovers; So we do not have governmental support. The last editions of the festival were funded by the individuals running the festival and the host universities. So for the third edition, we are now crowdfunding the festival on Indiegogo website. Our campaign is now up thanks to our Marketing manager, Tahmineh Mansouri and our Art Director, Armin Rangani and it would be available until March 28, 2018.
And she stated about the screenings: After the festival’s main screenings in Wisconsin-Madison University in April, we are planning to have screenings in Iran and another country in Europe. Also, the “Silent Film Week” which is a side event of the festival, will be held in Art University of Tehran, with the support of the Cinema Academic Association of Cinema and Theater faculty.
Finally, about the 3rd edition’s judging committee Raha stated: Our belief is that the festival’s validity and credit comes from its high quality films, high knowledge selection committee and top Judging committee. So, every year we carefully choose our judging committee so that the festival would be maintained in a high standard. In the last editions we were pleased to have international faces in cinema with us in the judging committee such as Mahmoud Kalari, Dana Polan, Majid Eslami, Bahram Tavakoli, Mehrdad Oskouee, Negar Javaherian, Haydeh Safiyari, Fatemeh Motamed Aria, Houman Behmanesh, Babak karimi, Shahram Mokri, Majid Barzegar and Payman Maadi. Also, on the current edition we are honored to have a great combination of artists with us on the judging committee that we will soon be announcing on our official website and social media.
The 3rd Globe International Silent Film Festival will be held from April 21 to 29 in Wisconsin-Madison University in America.