For the first edition of BOOSTNL a wide range of projects are selected. At the Dutch Film Festival in Utrecht we welcome the 14 filmmakers with whom this new initiative will come to life. We introduce them with a short Q&A.
Caroline Monnet is a self-taught multidisciplinary artist from Outaouais, Québec, currently living in Montreal. She works in film and video, painting, sculpture and installation, and is a founding member of the Indigenous digital arts collective ITWÉ.
"Stories can create change. They can be a powerful tool for education and empowerment. I also feel filmmaking encapsulate many artform such as music, performance, painting, photography and choreography. I am interested in people and what makes them move."
What is your relation/history with HFM and/or CineMart?
"I was very lucky to have my project selected to the last CineMart edition. I feel this was the start of an ongoing relationship and feel honored to be back and continue developing my project in such a productive and proactive environment."
In two sentences: what is this project about?
"Bootlegger is a contemporary story about a successful bootlegger Laura, a Caucasian woman in her 40s, who lives in a remote indigenous community in Canada where alcohol is prohibited.
When Malik, a charming headstrong reformist politician, returns home after studying abroad, Laura’s world and relationship with Raymond, her long time boyfriend, are shattered."
In which phase is the project now?
In development (second draft of the script) with support by Telefilm Canada, SODEC and Harold Greenburg Funds; Selected to the Cinéfondation’s Residency.
What do you expect of BOOST NL?
To find the resources to push the project further, creatively and financially. Find a co-producer, sales agent, and distributor.