Mark Law Hitchings - Journalist - Celluloid Junkie
- What are your expressions about the festival in Uzbekistan?
- The festival was very impressive and interesting. It seems impossible now to get to Kevin Spaycey. I have been told that there was a big master class conference with Mr. Spayces. And I was wondered why people ask him how to be a director or actor instead of asking him about impressions for coming to Uzbekistan and festival itself.
But anyway talking about festival, everything is very beautiful: stage, lightings, sounds. I realized that Tashkent is very friendly and helpful city city.
Uzbekistan wanted a new business, new investment. This country wants to bring production team from London, New York, Hollywood, Bollywood, and they are doing a good job in this case. I hope that the organization will get better and better every year. Soon, when investment comes and studios are being built and new technology arrives, it is gonna be a good and powerful force within the industry. And I can't wait to see how they realize new project and make it real, because they will get a huge and world beating ideas from these new studios. Actually, when it happens, Tashkent is gonna be a cinema and production capital of not only Uzbekistan, but of whole Central Asia. This is very intrigue.
- What do you recommend to do next year for this kind of festival organization in Uzbekistan?
- This year, Uzbekistan brought a big names from world cinema industry. And I think, as festival is getting experience and and the organization is growing, next years they can bring multiply bigger names. I liked the idea of "Cinema in 5 Days", it is a lovely idea for young filmmakers, it is something new for them. But, I would love to see premiers of short films by British directors and French directors in future. Anyway, I felt and loved an energy here from lovely people. They are doing a good job