For those of you who don't know, Super 16 is a student-run film school operated without administration in the students’ free time. Every three years a new class of eight directors and eight producers shape the school and its operation according to their own needs, desires and vision.
Here's what Behrouz had to say:
Meet the Filmmaker: Behrouz Bigdeli
WSFF: Tell us about your time at Super 16!
BB: I had the time of my life at Super 16! I got to know 15 new people, of whom I’m close friends with today. Of course, I also got to make my films and show them to a great audience. I was one of the youngest people at Super 16 and I had less experience than the others so it was tough at first. But once we made our first films, we realized we were equally as bad as each other and had a lot to learn. So we started talking and helped each other with future projects, which worked really well.
WSFF: What’s the best part of making short films?
BB: I really like shooting. Even though it can be really stressful and tense..and scary… it’s also the most alive I ever feel as a filmmaker. You’re finally out there making films piece by piece. You see all the months (or years) of writing and preproduction pay off as you work with actors to make your ideas come to life. Trying to get through this can be one of the worst parts of filmmaking, but it’s also the best.
WSFF: Where did you get the inspiration for the story of TO ALL MY FRIENDS ?
BB: TO ALL MY FRIENDS is inspired by the relationship I had with my best friend and the environment we grew up in. It’s somewhat autobiographical because I drew the inspiration from people I knew and moments I experienced.
WSFF: What’s your favourite short film?
BB: That's a tough one. I did see a great one called "Aglaée" at the 2011 WSFF, which was really great.
WSF: What’s next for Behrouz Bigdeli?
BB: I’m writing my next film, which is a feature for the Danish Film Institute. Hopefully I’ll get to make that into a film!