Monday, December 19, 2011

Take 5 with "Birdboy"

Rivero, co-director

As we gear up for the Oxford Film Festival 2012 to be held at the Malco Studio Theater on Feb. 9-12, 2012 and also at the Lyric Theater on Saturday, Feb. 11 as part of the Oxford Music Festival line-up where we will show music films, videos and a panel on music + film, we thought we might introduce you to some of the people behind the movies we can't wait to show you. For the full schedule and description of the films, visit

Meet Take 5 filmmaker, Pedro Rivero, Producer, Co-director of  “Birdboy.” (Note: He asks you excuse his language as English is not his first language but we thought it was just perfect!)

Q. 1: In 140 characters or less, describe your movie and why someone should see it.

A: BIRDBOY is a story about how difficult is to take right decisions. I think that everybody can identify with a bird who need learn to fly but he prefers to dream that he does.

Q. 2: Biggest lesson learned in getting the film made? Best part in getting the film made?

A: Alberto and me made two different story-boards. He's a visual artist, me
a narrator. The film is the result of these two different perspectives and I think that it's a good way to collaborate. And we had the best luck with the team that worked in the film: the animators, the music composer.

Q. 3: Tell us about you. What is your movie making background?

A: After some years working as screenwriter I wasted seven years of my life to produce and direct my own animated feature film "La Crisis Carnivora", the first Spanish film in
Flash animation for theatres, that it was a total failure... I sold my home and I lost my health in it. It's better to make short films...

Q. 4: What's your dream distribution plan for the film?

A: BIRDBOY has been selected for more than 150 film festivals, including Annecy Festival (the Cannes for animated films). Now we'd like to sell its rights for tv channels in everywhere.

Q. 5: What does the future hold in store for your film and for you?

A: Now BIRDBOY has been pre-selected for the Goya Award for the Best Spanish Animated Short Film. To win these award will be important for push the chances to get funds for make our next project: a feature film based upon the whole graphic novel Psiconautas. Meanwhile, we're working on a new short film.

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