Q&A with Estanis Bañuelos

His short film ‘Bye Bye Bridges’ is an official selection for the 2020 festival.

What was the inspiration behind making this film?

The lives of many young people living in a state of permanent uncertainty. I moved from Barcelona to Edinburgh in search of opportunities, but when I arrived I came across ‘Brexit’ and thought to myself, "And now what?". You realize that you’re close to 30 years old and that the adjective of "lost generation" is starting to make sense. Hence ‘Bye Bye Bridges’, from a personal and local history that reflects a global problem: immigration policy and how its management dramatically affects people's lives.

What did you learn from the experience making the film?

I've learned that a movie has a responsibility for what it shows, so you have to be true to yourself, at least when you make it. Also, that responsibility is not only yours, so the whole team has to be happy with the result.

How has the film been received?

Very well. At the moment we already held more than 10 official selections. Due to the impact of COVID-19, personal contact has been lost at the festivals and now it is more difficult to know the impressions of the public.

What do you love the most about the filmmaking process?

On a technical level, what I liked the most was capturing the beauty and unstable light of Scotland. On a human level, the good advice offered to me by faculty at the University of Edinburgh; and the kindness and willingness to collaborate with Scottish people. It was really amazing! But, above all, the best was the team’s passion. Shooting can make you angry, cry, laugh, but above all it’s something that brings you together.

What is your advice to filmmakers making their debut short film?

There are two ways to learn: watching movies and shooting. My advice is that even if you don’t have the desired equipment, shoot. But shooting with all the desire and energy you can, because to take a project forward, you will need patience and more patience. And finally, share the project before you start shooting. On the one hand, you will get more support and on the other, new insights and points of view that help you enhance the project. You can always improve. Always.

What are you up to next?

I have two running short film scripts that I hope can finish by next year.