Los chicos de Endorse Cinema, una plataforma de cine online con base en India, me hicieron una entrevista acerca de `mi´ cortometraje `NO´ y el cine independiente en general. Pulsando aquí puedes leer la misma que yo transcribo directamente en el blog:


Pratik: Tell us something about yourself and when and how did you decided to get into filmmaking?

Guillermo: When I was a kid, I was always playing games similar to role playing games with my brother and my bestfriend, it was an interactive way to create a story. I suppose it helped my imagination and creativity blossom without limits and the need to tell stories grew within me.

I have always loved writing and drawing, two beautiful ways to tell stories, but when I was 14 years old, I realized that making movies was the most complete way for storytelling, because it covered a lot of arts I loved, including music.

Pratik: Tell us more about about your short film “NO”?

Guillermo: Well, `NO´ was an idea I had in mind a few years before I put it into action. I was thinking about all the ways we can get obsessed with the most meaningless things. When we think, we feel and then we act, but if we are obsessed with something, something that scared us, that we don´t want to keep inside, our natural mechanism instantly stops our thinking. That´s the illness that the main character suffers, taken to an absurd and Kafkaesque extreme. I wanted to exploit and experiment with all the available resources that the audiovisual narrative gives us to play with this madness: visual and auditory hallucinations, the atmosphere between nightmare and dream  with hardly one foot in reality.

Pratik: Where did you get the idea for your film?

Guillermo: For some reason, I have always been interested in crazy characters. The idea of conveying how the senses change when someone begins to suffer from a disorder was something I was really interested in working on, and especially obsession. I suppose that my favorite films of Darren Aronofsky (Pi, Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan) inspired this project.

Pratik: Have you participated in any independent film festivals?

Guillermo: Well, in fact, I have participated in more than 100 festivals. `NO´ has been in festivals from more than 34 countries, such as, Australia or USA. The film has received 6 awards and has also had good reviews in online magazines (Threat Films, Rogue Cinema, Cinema Crazed). In 2012, in India, `NO´ was in the Official Section of Bhubaneswar Youth Short Film Festival, Guwahati International Short Film Festival, Kalpanirjhar International Short Fiction Film Festival and Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival, where it received a Special Festival Mention. In my country the film received an award for ‘Best Director’ in the Enmut Festival.

Pratik: What is your take on independent cinema? Do you think its possible to make profitable indie films & convey message effectively at the same time?

Guillermo: I think the independent films are in the best moment of the cinema history. We have resources to make great work in a really cheap way that directors didn’t have thirty years ago. We are living in a world where filmaking is possible for everyone, not just major corporations. We have the technology in our hands. Day by day, there are more audiovisual products available to us via the internet, TV and cinema. And yes, I think it’s possible to make profitable indie films being faithful to the message you want to convey. There are many examples of indie films without the support of major corporations that, after participating in Festivals such as Sundance, they are featured in cinemas all over the world.

Pratik: What is the scope of indie cinema in current world cinema according to you?

Guillermo: As infinite as the internet. As I told you before, we have really cheap technology available, which allows us to make quality films. We can count on the help of crowdfunding platforms that have no barriers. With all of this indie films are growing rapidly. You can see with a quick look on vimeo, for example, the quantity and quality of audiovisual pieces from filmmakers worldwide.

Pratik: Who all are your inspiration for film making and why?

Guillermo: Every form of art. When it comes to filmmakers, I could name a lot of them, but I will highlight Terry Gilliam. A lot of his films talk about the storytellers, and, in some way, watching them is like taking an injection of energy, where all of the weariness and frustration turns into something bright.

Pratik: How difficult it is to be a independent film maker?

Guillermo: Well, is like a rollercoaster. It can be a lonely job. You have to be in constant movement, creating shorts, feature films and audiovisuals pieces of every kind. The main point is to never stop creating, exploring and investigating. You must have a practical sense of things. You have to learn how to present your ideas and how to negotiate.

Pratik: What drives you or keeps you motivated to give your best in your work?

Guillermo: Making movies fascinates me. I don’t need any extrinsic motivation.

Pratik: Any suggestions for fellow filmmakers?

Guillermo: Be stubborn and surround yourself with creative people. Treat every project like it’s a battlefield, with dedication and passion. The actors need to be your allies, they have to be almost or equally as passionate with the project as you are. Of course, it woud be ideal if the technical team also worked with the same kind of affection. In the end, it’s your job as the filmaker to lead your team with such sentiment they have no choice but to follow.

Pratik: What are your upcoming projects on which you are working?

Guillermo: I´m experimenting with animation, so my project will probably be an animated short. And in 2015, I will release my next short film, which will mix religion and science in a fight that ends with the creation of a big cosmic paradox, but in a comedic way.

I love to make movies with a minimum in narrative terms: one character, one film set. Working under these conditions is a challenge, you have to push the creativity to the highest level.

Pratik: What do you think about endorse cinema?

Guillermo:  So, what can I say? I couldn´t be more grateful for this opportunity. Any focus of attention and publicity about people who make independent movies provides a push and motivation for all of us. Endorse Cinema is a meeting point for filmmakers and is absolutely wonderful. A big hug and many thanks again.



¡Cineastas indies! Voy a ser breve. Vengo a hablaros de distribución. Si no estáis amparados por una productora en este campo o por subvenciones públicas y/o oé oé, no eres rico, gracias al cielo ha surgido una plataforma de distribución bastante reciente que deja en pañales a gran parte de las empresas nacionales e internacionales más conocidas en este ámbito.


No voy a destripar distribuidora por distribuidora, pero voy a aportar un poquito con mi propia experiencia. Y en este caso se trata de Promofest, que junto a Agencia Freak, tenemos a las dos distribuidoras con más peso en España. Amigo, si quieres hacer las cosas bien y no tienes un duro, no entres al trapo. Resulta que gran parte de este negocio funciona de una forma bastante tramposa para los medios de los que disponemos actualmente. ¿Por qué? Tenemos un cortometraje subido a una plataforma online (Vimeo, por ejemplo), protegido por contraseña para protegernos las espaldas ante las normativas de determinados festis, y con el cual ofrecer DIRECTAMENTE un screener al jurado de los mismos. Sin intermediarios. Sin costes. Sin copias físicas.

Pero hasta ahora casi el 99% de los festivales no cedían ante este modo de trabajar y las distribuidoras eran cómplices de todo este negocio. Demonios. Es cierto que quedan muchos festivales con cuotas de todos los precios, internacionales o de peso en su mayoría, pero hay miles que no. Error. ¡No necesitamos intermediarios, no queremos envíos postales ni cajas de DVD ni gastarnos un duro en ello cuando pueden visualizar nuestro trabajo online en alta definición sin ningún gasto del maltratado cineasta! ¡Trato justo en el escalón de la preselección!

Peeeero aquí viene lo bueno… navegando en el mismo mar que Withoutabox, Movibeta, Shortfilmdepot o Click for Festivals, nace un barquito honesto y rebelde que está arrancando con una fuerza increíble. Hablo de Filmfreeway. Sencillo: Registro, enlace de vuestro trabajo y envío a su archivo de festivales con un solo click. Aunque hay algunos certámenes adheridos con fees, tenemos un amplio catálogo de concursos a los que registrarnos sin ningún tipo de coste. Sí, suena así de maravilloso. Echando un ojo a aquellos abiertos actualmente sin ningún tipo de cuota, y abarcando todo el mundo, nos aproximamos a los cuarenta. ¡Amazing! Échale un ojo inmediatamente entrando en la web de Filmfreeway. ¡Difunde y ayuda a que esta plataforma y el número de festivales adheridos a la misma crezca!


Naces en una esfera minúscula, incubada por la honestidad de tus tutores. Y de este huevo etéreo sin cascarones sale a deambular con paso ciego una yema que se ajusta, a golpe de rayos en la tormenta, con la vívida frecuencia de los que caminan sobre la humareda. Entiendes que esa era tu sangre y que fluiría en los surcos del espacio, pero muchos cavaron los canales años antes, un mar enorme que se estira a placer sobre los trazos en la tierra, bailando con su espuma y los azares de la marea. Y ya absorbido por las reglas del océano, uno cree que aquello que puede hacer es construir barcos, valores que a fuego lento se calentaron cuando tu mundo aún no era. Sin vela y sin rumbo en tiempos que aún recuerdas, con un remo y magulladuras en los dedos ahora que navegas.

Ilustración de Christian Schloe

Ilustración de Christian Schloe

A mi alrededor se enroscan las escamas orgullosas de las serpientes del ego, gritando como trompetas en el espacio insonoro. Solo ellos escuchan sus pregones, compitiendo eternamente, insaciables, sin fondo, sin luz. Se arriman al brillo de la superficie y olvidan la hierba que pisan, flotando en palabras sin esencia. Los perros cabalgan a su lado, con los cintos negros del miedo, los ojos ardientes de la popularidad, mercancía sin peso. Y debajo de un árbol sin gracia está el tosco trono, el mejor trono de este juego, el de la concurrencia solitaria. Ahí soy invisible y no tengo nombre y las mejores gestas se fraguan sin público.

Ilustración de Christian Schloe

Ilustración de Christian Schloe


… Mi última adquisición tecnocreativa ha llegado a mi morada campestre: la tableta digitalizadora de Wacom. Una auténtica maravilla. Había trabajado con este lápiz digital en anteriores ocasiones pero siempre de prestado. Deseando estoy que salga humo de esta varita moderna con el nuevo proyecto al que me he enrolado. ¡A rotoscopiar se ha dicho, buddies!