Selwin Vervoot
Nomination: Best Micro Short
Screening Session: Feb 28 | Nominated Films  
3rd Papaya Rocks Film Festival Online
22-28 Feb 2021 | Tickets £5 / £10 Full 7-Day Pass: bit.ly/PRFF-Tickets
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Travelling through the thoughts of Lucas, a man who is afraid of losing his masculinity after eating a pink fruit. This dialogue-free movie is about insecurity, it’s juicy and a bit erotic. Expect fast and organic movements, transitions and metamorphosis.

Hi Selwin thank you for talking to TNC, how are you holding up during these very strange times?

Despite of the horror times, this year has brought me so much positivity. It has been a great reflection. I learned a lot about myself, the world and I became very grateful of the beautiful small things in life.

Has this time offered you any creative inspiration?

The first few months were depressive for me personally, but has also been terrible creatively. Which I believe is okay! I believe this part is very important as beauty doesn’t exist without ugliness. I only learned so much from this depressive time, which gave a huge inspirational boost. 

Congratulations on having Fruity selected for the 3rd Papaya Rocks Film Festival, what does it mean to you to be part of such an amazing lineup of short films?

I have no idea about the line up yet. I haven’t participated in Papaya Rocks Festival yet either, but I can only say that I love the name! Only for the name alone I would al ready travel to the UK to join the festival if the chance were there and the (Covid) risks were low.

Can you tell me a little bit about Fruity, how did this film come about?

Just as every teenager I have been struggling with my identity when I was younger. It seemed for me that I had to prove both myself and others that I was a boy. Wearing pink, showing emotions, sitting with crossed legs didn’t feel acceptable as a young man. I now believe these “restrictions” take a huge part even later in life. For this I wanted to question the masculine traditional ideology with this satire short movie as a result. 

What where the biggest challenges you faced brining your film to life?

Being only familiar with creating animations for advertisement, creating a personal short movie was something totally new to me. The biggest challenge for me was to make it understandable for the audience. Maybe in my head it does all fit, but it should also be understandable for others. Testing with different audiences definitely helped during the pre-production and production base.

Looking back is there anything you would have done differently on this film?

Apart of some technical improvements, my biggest concern is how fast it goes. If I would have done it differently I would give some extra time to breath and maybe emphasise some of the of the character emotions. Besides that I am very pleased about the end result of my first short movie. 

Describe your film in three words?

Identity, satire, masculinity.

Where did your passion for filmmaking come from?

I believe that film, illustration, literature, music and many other art forms are all beautiful in telling stories in their own way. They all fascinate me. But I just really love to bend things to my own perspective and my own world. Animation helps me doing this as it can show the things that we cannot see like emotion, dreams and the unconscious.

What has been some of the best advice you’ve been give?

Like the process, not just the end result. If you don’t like the process, do something else. Let your intuition guide you, not the thoughts and popularity of others and the mainstream. You are the only one who can design your life, enjoy it as much as you can.

"I hope my short movie will be mesmerising by taking you away from your thoughts for just a little..."

Should filmmakers continue to push the boundaries of the films and stories they want to tell?

I don’t think “pushing the boundaries” is the right term for this. I believe we shouldn’t be afraid of making something new even if it fails to the public. We can stand up again and try again. The biggest challenge will be to convince a producer or distributer. They are the ones deciding the market and usually just stick to “the formula” unfortunately.

Do you have any tips or advice you would offer a fellow filmmaker?

I would quote exactly the same as the answer I wrote at “What has been some of the best advice you’ve been give?”. 

And finally, what do you hope people will take away from Fruity?

I hope my short movie will be mesmerising by taking you away from your thoughts for just a little and after watching it I hope you will question the norms and values that are taught for both man and woman.

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