The film industry has had a challenging year, and their French counterpart has not been immune. Major French film studios such as Pathe and Gaumont have struggled to keep their heads above water. But there is an emerging talent in French cinema; Antoine de Bujadoux. Bujadoux, director of the viral short film Un vrai film de boules has been gaining praise and success at every film festival that has showcased his talent. We had the opportunity to interview him. Excerpt from the interview below.
What inspired you to enter the world of filmmaking?
My father helped me to discover the magic of cinema during my childhood. Then on, becoming a director has been my career goal.
There is a trend emerging in cinema that embraces the short film format to bring to light important social issues. Your viral film Un vrai film de boules is a part of this trend. Can you elaborate on it?
Un vrai film de boules takes place in the Lepic-Abbesses pétanque club in Paris. I created it to raise awareness of prostate and testicular cancer. It’s a difficult subject to discuss, so I tried to present the film from a comedic aspect.
Un vrai film de boules has amassed more than 35k likes on Youtube. What are your thoughts on the current trend of Youtube filmmaking?
I think that Youtube is helping filmmakers to create incredible calling cards for their talent. Videos with proven streaming numbers and viral success can now put emerging filmmakers on the map.
There is a term currently being used in the world of filmmaking; Franchise Fatigue. It suggests that audiences are tired of endless blockbuster franchises. What are your thoughts?
I think that audiences now have more power to express what kind of films interest them. They are making it known through the cinema tickets they purchase that they want more than just another sequel to a big name blockbuster.
Do you think that the art and business of filmmaking will be able to survive the COVID-19 pandemic?
Though the existing situation is undoubtedly a struggle, I believe in the enduring legacy of films and the ability to adapt to the lives of audiences and the changing trends.
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