Sunday, November 4, 2018

HollyShorts: Ian - Abel Goldfarb Interview

Photo Credit: JBN Media

Abel Goldfarb was born in Buenos Aires in 1979. He studied Film Direction at the prestigious University of Cinema (FUC) in BA. At the tender age of 17, he won his first screenplay contest. Since 2010 he has worked with Oscar winner Juan José Campanella and has been a lecturer since 2004.


Producer Gastón Gorali co-wrote and produced the award-winning animated film Underdogs distributed by Universal Pictures and The Weinstein Company. He has created, co-written, and produced TV shows for global networks like Fox and Discovery Kids. He is also the co-founder of Mundoloco CGI Animation Studios.

Latin-American filmmaker Juan José Campanella has written, directed and produced box-office hits, like The Son of the Bride, Metegol, and Academy Award winner The Secret in her Eyes. He is also a two-time EMMY award winner.

Ian is a short film inspired by a real story of a nine-year-old boy with chronic non-evolutive encephalopathy, with a goal to raise awareness.

Director: Abel Goldfarb | 10-mins | Argentina | 2018 | Animation
Ian was born with cerebral paralysis. Like everyone else, he wants to have friends, but because of his disability, he needs to work hard to get it. Discrimination, bullying and indifference keep him away from his beloved school playground. But Ian won’t give up easily and he will achieve something amazing.

Abel Goldfarb (Argentina), Ian, Film Short – Produced by the Argentine Academy Award winners Juan Jose Campanella and Gaston Gorali at their Buenos Aires-based MundoLoco Animation Studios and the Ian Foundation, and lovingly directed by Abel Goldfarb, Ian is a combination of 3D and Stop Motion animation – stop-motion techniques for its background and CGI for characters and the objects they touch. An allegory focusing on bullying, disabilities and mending from brokenness – the characters are both unique and touching. Creative interpretations of difficult subject matters drive this animation with vibrant colors and meanings – where in the end both the protagonist and antagonists discover they are made from the same thing. A truly original and fresh take on the subjects with inventive metaphors and superb craft in every way. An remarkably talented crew delivers on all aspects of this heart-warming animation. Information taken from HERE.

Abel Goldfarb on the Red Carpet with JBN Journalist, Americo Galli.

Abel Goldfarb on the Red Carpet at HollyShorts.


The film is based on Ian, a young Argentinian boy who suffers from cerebral palsy. He can only talk with the help of a machine and was teased daily when he visited his rehabilitation center by children from a nearby school. His mother went to the school to tackle this issue and found the school had no tools to teach the children that bullying is wrong, so she wrote a book aimed at children, about a disabled boy. Penguin published this inspiring book, which is simply titled Ian.Information Taken HERE.

Video: Erik Werlin. Audio/Edit: James Vallesteros (@jamesvallesteros)

HollyShorts Film Festival is an organization devoted to showcasing the best and brightest short films from around the globe, advancing the careers of filmmakers through screenings, networking events, and various panel and forums. The Oscar Qualifying HollyShorts Film Festival showcases the top short films produced 40- minutes or less. Categories include Short Animation, Short Live Action, Short Documentary, Music Video, Webisode, Commercials, TV, and Digital Microbudget.

HollyShorts takes place August 9-18, 2018 at the TCL Chinese Theater, Harmony Gold Theater and other locations in Hollywood. Nearly 400 short films will compete for the festival’s top prizes. Last year HollyShorts finalists included 3 out of the 5 Live Action Oscar nominees and the winning short Silent Child from Rachel Shenton and Chris Overton. This year, HollyShorts received an all-time record 5,000 submissions from over 80 countries. The competition will feature Live Action, Animation and Documentary Shorts as well as web series, student shorts, music videos, TV pilots, and VR. The festival also features a screenplay competition where the winning short gets greenlit, shot and shown at next year’s festival courtesy of Seattle Film Summit.
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