Meet IFFR Young Selector Sara
Rotterdam creatives Xiang Yu Yeung, Davi Everitz, Boaz Schoevaars and Sara Muhametaj are the new IFFR Young Selectors. They take matters into their own hands by organising two film events: one before and one during the festival. From marketing to side-programming and production: these youngsters decide everything themselves! Who are the IFFR Young Selectors and what drives them? Let’s get to know Sara.
Tell us something about yourself!
I am Sara, I am 19 years old and I’m from Albania. At the moment I’m in my second year of Communication & Media at Erasmus University. By the second year I was living in Rotterdam I got to know more and more about IFFR. Last year, during IFFR 2018, was the first time I actually visited the festival and really enjoyed it. I’m really into watching films and I try to watch as much as I possibly can, almost a film a day after school. In the future, I’d love to work in the film industry as well. What do I want to do? Work as a film producer! So being part of the IFFR young Selectors is a great opportunity for me, to see how everything works.
What makes you a true Rotterdammer?
Well, since I’m not really from Rotterdam but from Albania, I will tell you just what I love about Rotterdam. I think this city has such a cool, raw vibe which really attracts me. I love to go out with friends here and totally fell in love with the architecture Rotterdam has to offer. And not to forget everything the city has to offer to younger people and students. Programmes like IFFR Young Selectors are initiatives I really like about this city. It’s a great starting point for young and creative people.
What is your ultimate IFFR-film?
I can’t decide! I mostly base my choice for films on directors. One of my favourite films that have shown on IFFR must be Incendies by Denis Villeneuve, also because I think he is such a great director. Also, Frank by Lenny Abrahamson, The Master and Punch Drunk Love both by Paul Thomas Anderson. There is this film I recently watched on IFFR Unleashed called Something Must Break by Ester Martin Bergsmark, I thoroughly enjoyed!