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Discovering New Stories: Ilinca Calugareanu on Sharing Her Film in London
Discovering New Stories: Ilinca Calugareanu on Sharing Her Film in London
Discovering New Stories: Ilinca Calugareanu on Sharing Her Film in London

Discovering New Stories: Ilinca Calugareanu on Sharing Her Film in London

This is the second time I have taken part in Sundance Film Forward with Chuck Norris vs. Communism. After Denver in February, I was curious to see what new experiences the program would create in my adoptive home town - London. I felt that this time the events were very much targeted at young people and especially young filmmakers. I took part in screenings, masterclasses, feedback sessions, and Q&As at the BFI, Ravensbourne, and the London Film School. It was great to be able to talk about my experience of getting a first feature documentary project off the ground, to share the struggles, trials, and tribulations we go through with an audience hungry for the information because they are about to go through the same difficulties. 

This was also the first time I took part in a Q&A with the amazing composers Anne Nikitin and Rob Manning. We were able to share stories about working together in developing the documentary's soundtrack with students from the film and music courses at Ravensbourne. It was a refreshing Q&A, with many questions we hadn't encountered before and a special audience, ready to dissect the film.

The screening at The Cinema Museum will always stay with me. I have lived in London for the better part of the last 10 years, but only discovered this amazing, offbeat gem of a museum through Film Forward. The place is packed with film history and Charlie Chaplin grew up in the building when it was workhouse! It was emotional to find out that a few members of the audience had been waiting to see the film projected in London for a while and had travelled for over an hour to get to the screening. 

Taking part in Sundance Film Forward in Denver and in London, gave me the chance to learn more about my film, to discover how others transpose it to their familiar contexts and thus, to learn about other stories that speak of the amazing power of film. Some of these stories will be part of a documentary series that I am developing at the moment, a testament to the creative, inspiring, cross-cultural power of Film Forward. 
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