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Exclusive Interview with Anna Panova


Anna Panova is a producer and filmmaker with a passion for storytelling. Born and raised in Russia, she spent most of her life in Moscow before moving to New York City to pursue her career in the entertainment industry. With extensive experience in global campaign production, editorial shoots, and experiential content creation, Anna has worked with renowned brands such as New Balance, Levi's, Vogue, GQ, and more. As a film producer, her notable works include "Point Symmetry" and "Generation 328," both recognized and awarded at prestigious film festivals as Moscow Jewish film festival, DOC NYC, Woodstock film festival and Artdocfest among others.

Anna is also the founder and full producer of the acclaimed Shortie Film Festival, celebra

ting short films from around the world. Her dedication to promoting diverse and impactful storytelling has garnered media attention and recognition from leading publications.

Her love for cinema, arts, and music remains a driving force in her work, inspiring her to continue telling meaningful stories that resonate with audiences worldwide.


- Generation 328 - post-production producer, 2020

- Point symmetry - producer, 2020

- Epiales - producer, 2019


First of all, congratulations on your career!

it´s a pleasure talking to you!

- How has your relationship with cinema been throughout your life? It has been changing?

My relationship with cinema has been a continuous journey of exploration and growth. From a young age, I was always intrigued by the power of storytelling through film, even though I didn't fully grasp its depth at the time. As I grew older, my passion for cinema evolved and deepened. I became more attuned to the nuances of filmmaking, the art of storytelling, and the impact it has on audiences.

Working in the entertainment industry as a producer and filmmaker has allowed me to develop a more profound understanding of the creative process behind cinema. It has been a fulfilling and transformative journey, and I continue to be inspired by the power of storytelling and the art of filmmaking.

- How would you define your experience as a filmmaker? What things do you think you have found and what things have you lost along the way?

It has been a journey filled with creativity, passion, and dedication to bringing stories to life on the screen. On this path, I have discovered the power of storytelling and how it can provoke meaningful conversations. Each project has been a unique opportunity to explore different themes and narratives, adding depth and diversity to my body of work.

However, along the way, I have also experienced moments of doubt and setbacks. Filmmaking is a complex and demanding craft, and challenges are inevitable. At times, I have faced obstacles, budget limitations, and the pressure to meet expectations. Yet, these challenges have taught me valuable lessons in perseverance, problem-solving, and the importance of adaptability.

Despite any losses or setbacks, my passion for filmmaking remains undiminished. Each experience, both positive and challenging, has contributed to my growth as a filmmaker, shaping my artistic voice, and pushing me to continuously evolve and refine my craft.

- What were the first films (or figures) that achieved a high effect on you? And what is the most important thing you think about when you make a movie?

As a filmmaker, I've been greatly influenced by a diverse range of films and figures throughout my life.

The works of visionary directors like Andrei Tarkovsky, Ingmar Bergman, and Akira Kurosawa have been significant influences on my approach to filmmaking. Their ability to create immersive and thought-provoking narratives has inspired me to strive for storytelling excellence in my own work.

When I make a movie, the most important thing I always consider is the power of the story. I believe that a compelling and meaningful narrative is the backbone of any successful film.

The cinematography and music play crucial roles in creating an immersive and impactful cinematic experience.

Ultimately, my goal as a filmmaker is to evoke emotions and leave a lasting impression on the audience. I believe that cinema has the power to inspire, educate, and entertain, and I always strive to harness this potential in every project I undertake.

- Tell us about the preparation processes of your projects. What were the most complex or difficult things you had to solve during filming (technically and/or emotionally)?

The preparation process of my projects involves meticulous planning and attention to detail. Before filming begins, I develop a clear vision for the project, define the creative direction, and establish the production schedule and budget.

One of the most complex aspects of filmmaking is ensuring smooth coordination

Technically, capturing the right shots and achieving the desired visual style can be demanding.

Emotionally, some projects may explore sensitive or challenging subject matter. Ensuring a supportive and respectful environment for the cast and crew becomes crucial to effectively convey the intended emotions and storytelling.

During the filming process, unexpected issues may arise, such as equipment malfunctions or unforeseen changes. Remaining flexible and calm while addressing these challenges is vital to keep the production on track.

Post-production is another critical phase where the film's narrative comes together. It involves editing, sound design, and visual effects, which require careful attention to detail and a keen eye for storytelling.

In summary, filmmaking is an intricate blend of creativity, technical expertise, and problem-solving. Navigating the complex aspects of production while staying true to the project's vision can be both challenging and rewarding, ultimately leading to a film that resonates with audiences and fulfills its creative potential.

- Are you preparing a next project? What can you tell us?

Yes, I am currently in the early stages of preparing my next project, and I'm excited about the creative possibilities it holds. While I can't reveal all the details just yet, I can share that it will be a thought-provoking narrative film with elements of mystery.

The project will explore themes of identity, human connection, and the impact of past experiences on our present lives.

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to speak with you!

We will be attentive to your next works!

Madrid Film Awards I Press Team

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