FALL 2017- International Film Festival Highlight!
Entering it’s 6th year (Oct 26 – Nov 4, 2017) , the EVOLUTION! MALLORCA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (EMIFF) is located just off the coast of Spain on the tiny island of Mallorca in the culturally rich town center of Palma. With flights reasonable from LAX/NYC depending on when you book, this Fall festival is packed with great prizes, industry panels, impressive European press coverage and most of all the chance to have your film screened at one of the largest and most historical Theater in all of Spain – Teatro Principal!
The EMIFF mission is to take the festival goer on a journey without a suitcase; discover new cultures, countries, tribes, people, traditions, relationships around the world. They even offer a ‘Films for Kids’ showcase dedicated to children ages 6-12 which includes a wonderful combination of animation, stop motion and narrative short films.
Each year, the EMIFF attracts over 3000 attendees from over 32 countries worldwide. In conjunction with its sister-screening event in Los Angeles; SEE THE WINNERS, a special selection of winning films screened at the Los Angeles Film School in the heart of Hollywood, EMIFF is becoming an international launching pad for promising new talent in all film genres.
We got a chance to catch up with Festival Founder and Director SANDRA SEELING LIPSKI at the Hollywood Roosevelt in LA to talk more about her endeavor.
MEDIA INC: Tell us more about the Evolution! Mallorca International Film Festival and its place on the film festival circuit.
SANDRA: Our 6th edition of EMIFF will run for 10 days; October 26th – November 4th, 2017. We are one of the fastest growing and exciting film festivals in Europe with a clear mission to BRIDGE CULTURES. Known as THE hub for networking, EMIFF brings together the brightest local and international minds in cinema in an incredibly intimate and breathtakingly gorgeous setting. The festival regularly attracts A-list talent including Ana de Armas (Blade Runner 2049, War Dogs), Emma Suarez (Julieta by Pedro Almodóvar), and last year’s honoree, Danny DeVito to name a few. In 2013 a local radio station called us the Mediterranean Sundance, a claim we are proud to receive and keep up, whilst championing European and international independent film.
MI: What kind of experience can filmmakers and attendees expect when participating?
SANDRA: Attendees can expect an incredibly diverse audience, revealing Q&A’s, fascinating talk panels and sensational networking parties as well as Island excursions where filmmakers get to experience the most breathtaking locations this Mediterranean gem has to offer.
The festival program is curated to showcase a cultural diverse, raw and provocative mix of feature films, short films, documentaries, music videos, film’s for kids, experimental films and a brand new Virtual Reality category. In addition to our primary program topic “Bridging Cultures”, EMIFF highlights three additional sections; Made in Baleares; films by local filmmakers. Evolution Edge; films by first or second time directors with a distinct and avant-garde vision and Wake Up Europe; films and documentaries highlighting stories about the current situation in and around Europe.
MI: Share more about the festivals beautiful island of Mallorca and where your events take place.
SANDRA: To ensure festival-goers get a taste of the extravagant beauty, rich culture and exciting film scene the island has to offer, EMIFF collaborates with the best and most beautiful venues. Our Opening Night Gala takes place in Palma’s opera house, build in 1680, this building exudes glamour and a very special Spanish aristocratic chic, it’s the perfect spot to kick off this 10-day event. The majority of the programmed films, screens at the only local independent cinema in Mallorca sustained 100% by a non-profit organization run by local cinema enthusiasts; Cineciutat. We also collaborate with the local Modern Museum Es Baluard where we screen our Art & Cinema films with a clear focus on art, artists and the art world. Our beloved breakfast talks; “Café con Cine” take place at the stunning concept store Rialto Living in the heart of Palma, inviting filmmakers to network and shop for beautiful gifts and souvenirs. TheVRand, a local VR company sponsors our Virtual Reality screenings at their brand new VR location called The Garage. Last but not least we are the only Film Festival with our own true Drive in Cinema, Port Adriano a yacht club in the South/West of the Island sponsors this exclusive two-night event.
MI: What is your process for submissions?
Our submissions are open on all major submission platforms including; Filmfreeway, Withoutabox etc. beginning in January each year and have our final two deadlines in mid summer (July/Aug).
Submission categories include: Feature Film, Short Film, Documentary Short and feature, animation and experimental short, films for Kids, Music Video, Student Films, VR content and our Screenplay competition. We know submissions fees can be a drag for indie filmmakers, so we encourage them to follow us on social media to be sure to catch discount codes, which are posted regularly to help filmmakers submit their projects.
Media Inc. Magazine readers and online engagers can use the code: “Mediainc” for a special discount in 2018!
MI: Does your festival offer any special panels and VIP guests? How long does your festival last?
SANDRA: The EMIFF lasts for 10 days. Our professional talk panels are called “Producers Club”, past professional panelists include; Danny DeVito, Jake DeVito, David Matamoros (Zentropa), Geraldine Gonard (Imagina International Sales), Linus Andersson & Amanda Bjork (Kung Fury), Josh Blau (Netflix), Sarah Elena Schwerzmann (ARTE) etc. This year we are adding a new section called “Pitching” where filmmakers/writers can pitch their movie and TV-series ideas to European network executives, financiers and distributors. We focus on inviting panelists who are looking to discover the next the Xavier Dolan, Sharon Horgan or David Benioff. The panels are designed to inform about current topics such as; Pushing through the barriers of co-production, Independent financing, how to start? How to navigate the deep waters of distribution? Etc.
MI: What are you most proud of over the years with your creation?
SANDRA: My team and I are most proud about finding the tenacity to keep growing the festival at a steady pace every year, despite the difficulties we had to face. Together we are proud to have created an event for filmmakers from all around the world, all cultures, all religions all ways of life, to come together and share their stories. We have created a unique platform on this beautiful Mediterranean island for independent filmmakers to present their projects to international industry professionals with a goal to create networking and new business opportunities.
Sandra Seeling Lipski (1983) born in Berlin and raised in Mallorca Spain, is the founder and director of the Evolution! Mallorca International Film Festival (EMIFF), located in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. She is an accomplished actress with notable credits such as CSI NY, Borat and Jane the Virgin. Sandra splits her time between Mallorca and Los Angeles. After having produced, directed and acted in several award winning short films, Sandra is currently preparing the 6th edition of EMIFF and in development of her first feature film as a producer and actress. Sandra holds an AA in dramatic arts from the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York City (2004) and graduated from the Los Angeles Film School with a degree in Filmmaking (2011). Sandra has recently been invited to speak on a panel organized by the SCL (Society of Composers and Lyricists) together with the AFI (American Film Institute) and was a member of the 2017 Mammoth Lakes Film Festival short film jury.
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