An interview with Festival Producer Bobby Andishmand
What sets the Take Two Film Festival apart from other festivals?
Take Two provides emerging filmmakers and actors with the exposure to jumpstart their careers. We have a personal approach, offer distribution deals and free legal counsel to the winners of our award.
Do you have a favorite film that has showcased at your Festival?
Last year (2014) The Projectionist starring Russ Russo, which won a Manny award at our festival, featuring a veteran suffering from PTSD, stood out and 100 % of the proceedings from that screening went to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Can you elaborate on the relationship between your festival and New York Film and Art schools?
We have a great relationship with NYC's film schools. We gave several seminars on how to successfully submit to film festivals at the School of Visual Arts (SVA), Queens College and will be giving more seminars at NYU, Columbia and Pace.
Is there something in particular that you look for in submissions? Or are there multiple factors?
We're open to any genre, but we rate based on technical excellence and great story telling.
What is your goal for your festival?
To grow every year and to expand to even larger venues and greater audiences.
Can you tell us how Hurricane Sandy impacted your past festival?
Hurricane Sandy swept away lower Manhattan in a matter of days. Our festival used to take place every year in November, but Hurricane Sandy completely reshaped our festival which now takes place in April.
How is your festival received locally?
We have a great local and international following, resulting from alumni both in NY and from many countries in Europe and Asia.
Where do you see or would like to see your Festival in 5 years?
To expand with branches and to further strengthen its philanthropic charities. Take Two not only offers a great cinematic experience of the human condition portrayed on the screen. We also provide the exposure, facilities and networking opportunities to get your name out there in the professional film world.
What advice do you give to student and independent filmmakers?
Many film students become disillusioned with the theoretical experience on campus and a lack of professional emphasis preparing them for the industry. It is important to be patient, resourceful and to persist while utilizing the facilities, networks and camaraderie amongst fellow students that might last a lifetime. It is not easy to be a successful independent filmmaker in a world where the technology and access to publishing has been democratized. What is most important is to be educated on the long history of film, the many theoretical approaches applied throughout history and how to take these into consideration in a fully digitized 21st film century. Promotion, business mindedness and entrepreneurship make up half of the necessary skills and hours spent on becoming a successful filmmaker.
Take Two Film Festival
April 10th - April 12th, 2015