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Blood, Sweat and Fears: Directors Statements for IFL’s 2021 Halloween Horror Showcase

Until Monday 1st November 2021, Indy Film Library is streaming some of the best short horror films we have received over the last year. The Halloween Horror Showcase can be viewed for free here, and as part of the event, some of the directors of the films have bared their souls to outline their filmmaking journeys, and what their work ultimately means to them.

Zwart (2019)
Director: Tommie Geraedts

“When the slightly naïve Ronnie gives up a tad too much personal information during verification questions on his computer, he receives a fully customised invitation from his OS in return. After accepting the offer his OS takes over his computer, forcing Ronnie to do everything in his power to keep his dark desires a secret from his approaching wife.

The film is about how technology is changing our important real-life relationships, and how the temptation of getting yourself lost in it is becoming so strong. Some part of the narrative takes place on screens, and in the end, it gets a bit more surreal, I really tried to create a visceral experience for the audience. 

Well, I guess just have a look at the film, I sincerely hope you will enjoy the experience!”

Les Yeux Plus Gros que le Ventre [The Eyes are Bigger than the Belly] (2020)
Director: Marie Lormeau

Les Yeux plus Gros que le Ventre is my first film as a director and producer. It was financed via crowdfunding and I felt so grateful for the many people who backed it and entrusted us, the crew and I, to make it. I’m very thankful to my cast and crew who worked their hardest to make this very personal story into a film.

It was an eventful journey that taught me a lot, both on a professional and personal level. I now feel more accomplished as a director. My eating disorder (ED), while it will never really be gone, is no longer dictating my life. My only hope is that this film helps other people express themselves about their ED and for their loved ones to understand these ordeals and accompany them on their healing path.”

Fragmented (2020)
 Andre Rodrigues

Fragmented was the toughest project I have ever been through. I dedicated two and a half months to achieve the final result. I wrote, directed and edited. I truly pushed myself until the end of this project.

I spent most of my time editing, to be precise, two months, one month to do the visual effects, and the other to finish the final cut of the short film, the sound design and the grading. Fragmented was the project where I almost had a breakdown since I suffered from anxiety when I was not being able to make the visual effects I wanted to do.

My laptop, not being powerful enough, stuttered so much to the point where I had to wait three full minutes for After Effects to save. Nevertheless, I don’t regret making this project because it gave me perspective on things I would never think of and today, I feel more confident in directing and editing.”

Answer Your Phone (2021)
Director: Benji Wragg

“The inspiration for the film came some months after my friend had ended their relationship with their long-distance abusive partner. I found myself unable to explain to my parents that the abuse my friend suffered was real even though my friend only communicated to the other person online or over the phone.

I thought the best way to convey the torment my friend went through to other people was in the form of a short horror film. I wanted people to feel the terror my friend felt and fear the phone. Mainly I wanted the audience to feel unease when the phone received a message or began to ring.”

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