The Sydney Film Festival and the Australian Film Commission's IndiVision initiative presented the IndiVision Filmmaker Dialogues in June 2007 - two special events for the professional Australian film industry. These events were an opportunity to hear Danish producer Sisse Graum Jørgensen (Red Road, After the Wedding) talk about financing and developing at her dynamic company Zentropa, and US director Jeff Nichols talk about his film Shotgun Stories.
Sisse Graum Jørgensen is one of the most dynamic Danish producers working today. She has produced for many of the outstanding directors of Denmark, including two films with Lone Scherfig, and three films with Susanne Bier, including the acclaimed Brothers, and the Oscar-nominated After the Wedding. She also executive produced the Cannes Jury Prize winning Red Road. In 2003, she was named European Film Promotion's Producer on the Move; she made Screen International's Talent Watch List in 2004; and was named one of Variety's 10 Producers to Watch.
US director Jeff Nichols graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts, School of Filmmaking in 2001. He has written and directed six short films. Shotgun Stories, his feature debut, premiered at Berlin and was described by Screen Daily as "one of the most striking debuts by a young American director".
Independent Focus Screenings at the 2007 Sydney Film FestivalA selection of international independent feature films, produced in innovative styles on budgets of less than A$3,000,000. These films have been made with alternative production models, including small crews, short shoots, and new formats. These intimate and innovative ways of working pay creative dividends: vivid performances, visceral emotions and bold visions.
These films were screened:
Bunny Chow, Shotgun Stories, Love Conquers All, Red Road, Wolfsbergen, Îles Flottantes and Guernsey.
For further information on these films, download the PDF at the bottom of this page.
There was also a public forum on international independent filmmaking held during June at the Metro Theatre, George St, with guests Jeff Nichols and Nanouk Leopold.
Check out the June 2007 edition of IndiVision News for interviews with both Sisse Graum Jørgensen and Jeff Nichols.