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Meet the Finalist: Anouk Meissner , "Nobody Owns Me"

What inspired you to become a filmmaker?

To tell stories on people or subjects that we don't talk about. I'm interested in the taboos of society and why the society make them be a taboo.

I was always very touch by humans and sometimes I think that we forget to show the humanity of people. I like to give them the freedom to tell their own stories.

I think that films can elevate us by just bringing us to new reflections.

What's is your all time favorite film? Why is it special to you?

I love all the Hayao Miyazaki's films because they make sense and there is always something in it that will deeply touch you and bring you to think. I love the fact that everything in there is elaborated with many details. The music danse with the emotions, the drawing and the editing are great and the stories are engage and bring you to reflect about amazing subjects such as climate change, relationships, feminism, politics, humanity. In Hayao Miyazaki's films, everything ties together perfectly. It's beautiful to see this ocean of creativity, consciousness, storytelling and wave of imaginations so well made !

What tips would you give aspiring filmmakers who are just starting their careers?

I think we should all remember why we are doing a film at first, what inspire us and just believe in it. If we believe that we have to tell a story, then we have to follow this intuition and make it. It's possible. I love this quote of Audrey Hepburn "Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'!". So to all filmmakers, keep believing in your films and do them even if obstacles are on you road. Just do them how you can do them and tell the stories you want to tell in the best way you can do in the moment. Your perception is unique and the way you have to tell a story is unique too.

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