Valérie Leclair
Best Bitches Forever
Screening Session: BLOCK 3 
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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After Alex wanted to surprise Catherine for her birthday by taking the staff of a restaurant hostage, the two unrepentant and hot-tempered women argue about how to use their metapsychical powers.

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

Hi everyone! I am great. I used to work on movie sets in the art department to help with set dressing and accessories, but this year I had the chance to take a pause from that and learn more about screenwriting, which is something I have been interested in for a long time.

Has this time offered you any creative inspiration?

Yes indeed. I wrote a short comedy film that we shot my friends and I. It is about women wrestling applying the social distancing rules. For that matter, it was also easy for us to stay safe while filming.

Congratulations on having your film 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?

It’s unbelievable! I am from Quebec, Canada. I never thought that one of my films would make it to the United Kingdom! I’m ecstatic!

Can you tell me a little bit about Best Bitches Forever, how did this film come about?

I entered a contest organised by Kino Montreal and the SPASM Film Festival. We had to submit an idea for a sci-fi, a fantasy or a horror film that was 6 minutes long or less. Thirteen directors were selected to realise their films and I was one of them! The plot of my short film is about two best friends having a disagreement about the use of their superpowers.

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

Time! I had a month and a half to find a crew, to shoot the film, to edit it and to be ready for a screening. In the meantime, I was working as an assistant prop maker on a TV series. I worked on my movie every chance I got, mostly nights and week-ends. I was also travelling between two cities because of work. I was very challenging to organise my time and I must admit, I lacked sleep!

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

I would have planned two days of shooting instead of one. A restaurant caught fire right next to where we were shooting. It was challenging to record sound with the fire truck alarms in the background. You always got to leave room for the unexpected. You also can not allow yourself to do many re-shoots when you’re struggling to make time. 

Describe your film in three words? 

Colourful – Superpowers – Fight 

Where did your passion for filmmaking come from?

Since I was young, I always loved to watch movies and dreamed of becoming an actress. Now, I work as an actress, I make props for movie sets and I make my own short films. I started to write scripts to give myself some interesting roles in order to gain more exposure.

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

My dad taught me to be self-sufficient. No matter what challenges you encounter, there is always a way. You can find a solution or be resourceful.

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

Of Course! We watch movies because we like a good story. There is no limit to storytelling itself or to the way that it could be done. It is the director’s role to find the best way to tell a particular story.

"Have fun and trust your team!"

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

Have fun and trust your team! This is how the movie magic works!

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

I hope they laugh and enjoy themselves as much as I enjoyed myself making it!

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