Mumbai: National Award-winning Tamil drama ‘Kaaka Muttai’ made it to several film festivals before hitting Indian screens, and its director Manikandan says he hopes to follow a similar route with his second film ‘Kutrame Thandanai’.
‘Kutrame Thandanai’, a crime drama, will have its India premiere on Saturday at the 17th Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival here.
“The film next goes to the International Film Festival of Kerala. We’ve also applied to a few others including Rotterdam, and are waiting to hear from them,” Manikandan said. Unlike ‘Kaaka Muttai’, this film won’t wait to complete its festival run.
Manikandan”If we happen to find someone ready to release our film, we’d go ahead and do it,” he said.
With the success of ‘Kaaka Muttai’, Manikandan had caught the attention of several international buyers and this has benefitted his second directorial. “A few investors have inquired about ‘Kutrame Thandanai’. I hope to find an international distributor for the film soon,” he said.
Manikandan strongly believes aspiring filmmakers should also develop the skill to pitch their films along with strong acumen over various crafts of cinema.
“If you have just 5-7 minutes to convince a distributor to invest in your film, how’d you do it? Here’s where the art of pitching plays a vital role,” he said. “Pitching to a distributor is equivalent to meeting a star and narrating one line of your story. One can’t afford to waste too much time. It also shows how streamlined someone thoughts are about their film.”