Interview with Maryam Katan
For the Animation Refill Free
International Premier at EBIFF 2015
Refill Free is “an experimental short film which tries to use a sound installation from documentary daily sounds, which is heard by the creator almost everyday. As a dramatic part of the work and an ironic fiction media as its visual part.”
Maryam Was Born in 1989,Tehran ,Iran. She has Bachelor of science in Molecular Biology and Studies Master of Art in Animation directing . she Works as an experimental filmmaker ,animation script writer, director and animator.
”Me” is the voice that is heard around my presence; its everyday-ness and non-everyday-ness.
The ”Me” that depletes and is depleted. Depleted of me and my surroundings.
And it goes on and on, just like free refills in a coffee shop; for no extra charge
What was the production process that went behind bringing your film to life?
The production process was unlike most conventional films because the sound line was the first step we had. I decided to go through this idea which sound has the whole power of story-telling and then visual part came to make an ironic combination.
After sound designing I started to story boarding and planning the whole process, then took photos for stop motion part and then it was 2d animating turn .
How did you get started in film?
I almost wanted everything together, drama , illustration, sound … .animation film making is the absolute joint.
What awards, accolades, and recognition has your selected film, received?
Accepted in 4th Khorshid film festival in experimental film category (Tehran,Iran )
Accepted in 9th Tehran International Animation Festival 2015 in experimental animation category(Tehran,Iran )
Accepted in second delete-tv film festival in experimental short category (London,England )
Accepted in 12th Tasvire-sal film festival (Tehran,Iran )
What’s it like to have your film in a festival EBIFF) that appeals to so many cultures?
I’m so glad to be part of this dialogue.
What kind of message are you trying to convey to your fans here in Toronto?
i will be glad if your audiences like the film. Thanks a lot!
What are some ongoing or upcoming projects you are working on?
I am doing some new media art experiences, mostly with focus on visual and conceptual world which we are experiencing , in our devices .also interested in doing some interdisciplinary art works in gender studies, social studies and new science due to my interdisciplinary background and my own interest and challenges. And right now Im working on a video installation, called “Deleting” in its most present continues phase.