We've never played by any rules. We represent Nueva York and it's amazing bursts of color, sounds and culture and our programming embodies that. We've never been scared to program LGBT films, close with a documentary or screen horror films every night at midnight.
It is amazing how art inspires art, in particular when you attend a film festival, like the Big Island Film Festival, and take in each artist's perspective. The experience awakens something inside of you that can help you further define your own art.
When Frémaux is not running the Cannes Film Festival, he is directing the Institut Lumière in his hometown of Lyon. We spoke with him on the increasing importance of world film festivals in today's market.
So how was Sundance? Well, I feel as though I had a successful festival. By that, I mean that I achieved my main goal: I saw a lot of films that made me want to share them with the film clubs I program.
A one-of-a-kind experience, film festivals offer the opportunity to explore the art of filmmaking with other enthusiasts, listen to the creators talk about their work, visit an exciting destination and so much more.
Events, whether of an artistic or athletic nature, draw in big crowds and big bucks to their respective cities. They're also a great way to stamp the passport while immersing yourself in a themed celebration, surrounded by like-minded enthusiasts.
I constantly crave a place where great world cinema plays nearly uninterrupted all day long and a great buffet of international food is served. I ended up finding it all in Abu Dhabi, during the fifth annual Abu Dhabi Film Festival.