I had always been skeptical of the smartphone as a device for 'proper' documentary making. But being gifted an iPhone and languishing under lockdown in India (without my video camera) led to enforced experimentations in filming with the smartphone! I spend every morning on the verandah of my wife's family house in South India drinking coffee, reading the newspaper, and observing life around me: stray cats coming and going, crows excitedly crowing, ants marching, and if it has rained, snails, snails, snails. On one such morning, I saw a beautiful snail and decided impromptu to film it's journey. Without the smartphone, the journey would have been observed but not filmed. But the process of filming concentrated my mind on the snail and I saw my lockdown life mirrored in the snail's journey. Life had become solitary, slowed, methodical, precarious. I am also charmed by the fact that I can shoot, edit and upload the film to vimeo all from the phone itself. But is this 'proper' documentary filmmaking?
AniFab judge's aggregated score is 7.2 out of 10 with one judge sharing the following, "Thank you for experimenting Ian. Silver linings are everywhere, so hard to see sometimes. Thank you for taking time to spend time with a snail and friends. Keep experimenting.
AniFab judge's aggregate score for MicoKansas is 7.1 out of 10 with one judge commenting, "Interesting macro look into a few harrowing moments of being a frog in a pond with predators. We want to see more!
AniFab judge's aggregate score for SMART is 7.2 out of 10 with one judge noting, "SMART is a passionate take on the lives and work of LA's animal rescue team. SMART is smart!"
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AniFab judge's aggregate score for Saudade is 8.9 out of 10 with one judge writing, "This film allowed me slow down and step into another world! The cinematography is beautiful and brings us in direct contact with an animal that few of us ever see up close, let alone touch. This is a touching story, yet culminates in hope; hope that the children of Kenya will learn the value of keeping their wildlife alive. A lovely film!"
2021 Official #AniFab Monthly Selections
Animalis Fabula Film Festival official monthly selections have the opportunity to compete for monthly attention as well as inclusion in the annual live / virtual film festival in Austin, Texas and the end of year fundraising benefit for animal welfare.