Interview With VELASCO Florian Winner of Cinefern Film Award and Competition

A Smile Away a Film Written, Directed and Produced by VELASCO Florian won Best Screenplay award at Cinefern Film Award and Competition's September 2019.

A Smile Away Poster

The Film is about As every morning, Marc is going to drink his coffee on the corner of his street. An unexpected Surprise will upset his habits...


Florian is an actor and director.

As an actor, he made a few film appearances alongside Camille Cottin in Toute première fois directed by Noémie Saglio and Maxime Govare and in L'astragale by Brigitte Sy with Leïla Bekhti. Recently he played a policeman in Je te veux moi non plus by Rodolphe Lauga.

In TV, we could see him on TF1 in a parody sketch during the Great Evening of TV Parodies. He also appeared in Nos chers voisins alongside Isabelle Vitari, Joy Esther and Michelle Garcia. He lands a role in the series of anticipation of Thomas Calley Ad-Vitam broadcast on Arte and Netflix then on De Gaulle l'Eclat et le secret of François Velle on France 2, where he plays the young General Jacques Chaban Delmas alongside Samuel Labarthe. Recently he also made some appearances in Josephine guardian angel, Clem, Sisbro, l'Amour presque parfait, Faîtes des gosses.

In 2018 he realized one of his dreams by making a first short film "A Smile Away" which was selected 26 times and received 7 awards.

Currently, he is preparing a new short film as a director and is shooting as a Firefighter on Hervé Hadmar's "Notre Dame - La Part du Feu" which retraces the events related to the Notre Dame de Paris fire and will be released on Netflix next year.

Interview With VELASCO Florian

Q: What is the basic Idea Behind the film?

VELASCO Florian: I write this movie in order to show that a smile is important and very kindful to share and in spite of this facility, very few people take time to share a simple smile, that little bit of positivity! Especially in the big cities like Paris.


Q: How do you handle the Pre-Production, and Post Production?

VELASCO Florian: The main difficulties was the locations because we had 7 places to shoot. For a 2min's movie it's huge and we had to ruse with places very different but very close! Secondly I wanted special transitions in the movement of the camera. So it was initiated during the shooting but really finalized in the editing I did. Thirdly I worked remotely with the composer of the original score and the colorist during the whole editing process. There was a lot of back and forth to complete the final editing during the Christmas time... :)


Q: What do you do to stay calm during Production of the film?

VELASCO Florian: It was complicated given to the thousand things to do as an actor and director in the same time but I repeated to myself that if I have to be completely calm and available so my team would be reassured!


Q: What sort of stories excites you?

VELASCO Florian: I love twists or "coup de théâtre" and suprising falls! No matter what kind of movie I like to be surprised! But I must say that I'm a big fan of Sci-Fi! And I like movies that end badly, they are often the best! :)


Q: Do you think all the good stories have already been made into a movie?

VELASCO Florian: Fortunately no! There is an infinity number of ways to tell the same story! The author's point of view already, the place, the characters, the set, everything is customizable to have a good story from the same starting point!


Q: While casting for your film you prefer to cast a well known face or any new face which fit the character?

VELASCO Florian: It was simple because me and my girlfriend were the main characters but find the good older "us" was more difficult because I wanted a physical resemblance.


Q: What is the most enjoyable thing about Production of the film?

VELASCO Florian: Write the story with many picture in my head is exciting but see it come to life on the set and during the editing is awesome too!


Q: What is the best possible way to promote your film when you are on a tight budget?

VELASCO Florian: The festivals are sometimes very expensive but a good way to promote the film with unknowns. But now with the social network we can share a lot of publications with friends or we can make targeted ads with little money. The best is to know someone very important who will promote your film or to managing to get published in a major journal!


Q: When your next film is coming and what is it about?

VELASCO Florian: A lot of things made that I don't have a movie in plan yet but I have many ideas to make another one , maybe longer and more complex!


Q: What advice do you want to give to the new and upcoming filmmakers?

VELASCO Florian: I'm a new filmmakers so... Believe in your stories and go for it!


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