Festival Director

June 2023

The name Luminous Frames instantly connects with the silver screen, to the incomparable immersive experience of watching movies in the theatres. Despite the technological evolutions of watching movies at home, I hope people never stop going to the movies.

Luminous Frames, does this name evoke something in your mind?

Film critic and jury member of the Luminous Frames Film Festival

Interview with Eduardo Kaneco

At the end of each edition, the contestants and many of the festival followers, eagerly wait for the results of jury’s judgment, and after the winners are announced, some are positively surprised, and some are disappointed.
How do you evaluate the judging method of the films at the Luminous Frames Festival? Is there an unbiased and open environment where you can independently judge the films?
What do you do if you have a completely different opinion from the rest of the judging panel?

Has there been a film or filmmaker in the past editions of the festival whose film or sequence from the film stood out for you?

What advice do you have for the younger filmmakers and new starters, as well as the professional filmmakers in the field of short films?

Considering the experience of judging in several editions of the festival, how is the general atmosphere of short films in today's world?

As you might have known, each edition of the festival was held in a new country for more than a year. What do you think this prominence will help the films and the filmmakers?

How would you rate the diversity of films and filmmakers taking part in the festival during the past few years?

How do you evaluate the policies of the Luminous Frames in the world of short film festivals?

Luminous Frames is an important entrance door for new filmmakers to expose their films to the world. It has no bureaucratic rules that may become barriers to the artists, nor expensive fees that are economical impediments.

This diversity is a result of the democratic policies of the festival. There is an unvaluable richness in this variety, as a groundbreaking force to overcome the barriers of the mainstream. 

Well, it contributes to the nurturing of the interest of audiences from different countries in watching short films on the big screen. Besides, the festival itself fortifies its brand in each country it is held, which surely impacts on the filmmakers that enroll in the competition, specially on the winners of the various editions.  

I think the main importance of short films still is to reveal new filmmakers. However, some movies submitted to the festival show also that short films are heavily used to portray artists from other areas than audiovisual and as a vehicle to spread messages to the world (social, political or even personal ones).

Bear in mind that the production of short films has increased vastly in the last years, due to the lower cost and the easier accessibility, so if you want your film to stand out among the others prepare it thoroughly, from the first to the last script, in all scenes of principal photography, in editing, in post-production. Do not release a version that you are not satisfied with – people will evaluate you based on your film.

I was positively surprised by several films that were in competition in the festival. However, I prefer not to point out here some of them, as I would leave out many that deserved to be mentioned.

I am very cool with different opinions when we are judging art. After all, although the technical aspects can be quite rationally rated, how the ouvre will resonate in you in something deeply personal.

I believe we are making the necessary strides in this creative sector, but I do believe there is a lot still falling under the radar due to the lack of support, economically and socially, in various countries. Choosing is a bit difficult for me because I don’t feel I’ve watched enough to decide but from what I’ve seen so far, I would choose Germany and Japan. The work from there always stands out for me.

What is your opinion about today's independent filmmaking? What countries and styles of filmmaking do you consider leading in this field?

Eduardo Kaneco is one of those skilled writers who pays attention to all technical and content aspects when writing about films.

As a judge, he believes that films should succeed in conveying the concept and message of their content to the audience.

He is very incentivizing on short films and even though he has an explicit and frank writing style, he tries to encourage emerging talents.