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VIFF 2016 Interview: I AM HERE's Eoin Duffy

I AM HERE - At #VIFF16
by Jason Whyte

"The film follows a mysterious traveller who has been journeying across the universe in search of its origin. Alone at the end of an aging cosmos, the traveller comes to a devastating conclusion." Director Eoin Duffy on I AM HERE which screens at the 2016 Vancouver International Film Festival.

Is this your first VIFF experience and will you be in Vancouver to attend your screenings?

I first attended VIFF in 2014 to screen an earlier film of mine THE MISSING SCARF. It was an amazing experience and left me wanted to come back. Vancouver is my adopted home town so yes I'll definitely be in attendance. VIFF pull out all the stops to make every filmmaker feel welcome and part of the crew. Also audiences were genuinely engaged in the programs, which lead to some very interesting Q&A sessions.

Your favourite place to grab a bite of food or a drink in-between a screening?

Beers at the Greedy Pig, no cosier spot in town!

Tell me a bit about yourself and your background!

I'm an Irish designer turned animator. I hail from Tullow, Co. Carlow, a small town. But I have been living in Vancouver the past seven years. Recently me and my wife moved to Squamish to be closer to the mountains. Skiing and biking are relatively new skillsets but ones we're hooked on.

With making I AM HERE, what was your biggest challenge with the project overall?

I'm a very detail orientated person so I tend to leap frog my way through a project etching away tiny piece by tiny piece. So the biggest challenge for me is to simply step back and look at the larger picture, the overall arc of the film.

If you had to pick a single favourite moment out of the entire production, what would it be?

When we recorded Nicholas Campbell for the main voice of the film it solidified my confidence in the project. His passionate delivery took the film to new levels.

Where is this movie going to show next?

We have a number of upcoming festivals. In fact next month alone I travel to Spain, Germany and Montreal to present the film. All have yet to publicly announce their line up.

As with my last film I find the best distribution is simple to release the film online for free. No other outlet comes close to offering the same audience and exposure. We have planned to have the film on the festival circuit for a year or so. Once up, we'll place it online.

If you could show your movie in any theater in the world, which one would you choose and why?

Vimeo. Largest potential.

There are many aspiring filmmakers reading us for our articles and reviews on efilmcritic.com. If you could offer a nugget of advice to them on how to get their start, what would you say to them?

Just start making stuff. I never studied animation or film, I learned by simple tinkering around with the programs. So the best advice I can give is to just jump in and make a film. Keep making bad films until they slowly become good films.

And finally, what is the best movie you have ever seen at a film festival, and why?

I don't think any single movie floats to the top for me. But I greatly enjoyed catching Alexander Payne's Nebraska at VIFF's opening back in 2013. It really resonated with me and my background, having come from a small rural town.

This is one of the many films screening at the 2016 Vancouver International Film Festival taking place in beautiful Vancouver from September 29th to October 14th. For more information on this film screening times, point your browser to www.viff.org.

Jason Whyte, efilmcritic.com
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