Director BIO: Nelly Mursalimova (GRANDFATHERHOOD)

Director Biography – Nelly Mursalimova

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Born in Samara, Russia Nelly received her training in directing in St Petersburg where she currently pursues a career in film and theatre.

Director Statement

This film is a big step for myself and for everyone on the crew. We took a lot of risks and there’s a lot at stake here. It’s a very traditional piece in terms of how it interacts with the past (both in terms of social and cinematographic aspects) yet it’s very timely as it touches some very burning issues in our society.

By femalefilmfestival

The irony of this festival is that its goal is to not be around in 5 years time. To eventually not be relevant because there is zero need to have a festival geared for female talent and female stories because the stories presented in Hollywood and around the world are a balanced showcase of the human experience from both sexes. Our goal is to achieve a lot of success and then fold into oblivion simply because there is no need for this festival. This festival was created by the FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival as a simple reaction to a strong need to showcase female talent from around the world in a more profound way. When putting together the weekly festival, the administration noticed a lack of a female presence in the stories being shown at the festival. A classic example and analogy to the frustration is how the festival noticed that even the smaller roles in a screenplay were written for a man to play. There was zero reason for this in many stories. How a police officer, or a political campaign manager, for example with 3-4 lines in a screenplay was a "HE" character. Why? And these are the screenplays written by the winners! The talented one who have obtained agents and have began/beginning their careers as a writer.

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