The Last Film in the Experiment: Life Through The Lens

Today, as promised in my previous post, I will talk about Life Through the Lens. Life Through the Lens is the shortest from the three (7’06”) and was made in the Spring of 2013 by AUBG student, Igor Myakotin. All three documentaries are very different, we have the still hot topic and personal struggle story, the universal subject with Bulgarian specifics and the self-portrait. Being a self-portrait and a good grasp on the cinematography, were the main things that made me chose this short for my experiment. To give you more insight what the documentary is about here is the synopsis:

Life Through the Lens production still

Life Through the Lens production still

A self-portrait documentary that explores the way I see the world through my dad’s film camera. My dad always wanted to be a photographer. Although he became an engineer, I made his dream come true by using his camera and taking snapshots of life. In the end, being a photographer is not a career but a state of mind. Coming from a tiny town in the Russian Far East, I would never think that I’d studying in Bulgaria, a country that is so close to Russia culturally and historically and yet so different. In this documentary, during a simple walk in the city, I notice little things that seem important and interesting to me at this time in Bulgaria. And I photograph them.


1. Fresh Film Festival (International Festival of First Features and Student Films ), Prague, Czech Republic

Status: Rejected (personal notification)

2.54th Zlin International Film Festival for Children and Youth, Zlin, Czech Republic

Status: Rejected (no notification)

3.  SOIndependent Film Festival, Sofia, Bulgaria

Status: Accepted (personal notification)

4. International Student Film Festival “NEW WAVE”, Sofia, Bulgaria

Status: Unknown (Notification date Nov.17th)

5. Early Bird Student Film Festival, Sofia, Bulgaria

Status: Rejected ( no notification)

6. International Random Film Festival, Gydania, Poland

Status: Rejected (no notification)

7. Big Water Film Festival, Ashland, WI, US

Status: Accepted (personal notification)

I am sure you have noticed that after Born That Way the numbers of film festivals for other two shorts are getting smaller and smaller. Well, I had to take into account a lot of factors like the deadlines and it being appropriate, fitting in the film festival program. There is nothing worse that submitting your film without doing research in advance on the film festivals you wish to apply to.  Remember you are on a budget, you simply cannot afford to send your DVD’s to to the wrong film festival. There will be a separate post taking about doing research in advance and I hope you will find it useful.

Until next time, when we will talk about rejection letters vs acceptance letters, I wish you Happy Browsing!

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