Meet the Filmmaker: Rebekah Fieschi, “Sylphvania Grove”

Q: How do you feel about being selected to participate in Colorado Independent Women of Film
RF: I’m very excited to be a part of Colorado Independent Women of Film and cannot wait to discover the entire selection at the Bug Theater.

Q: What are your hopes for the event?
RF: I hope to meet like minded filmmakers and an indie hungry audience for whom our films are made for.

Q: How important is it to focus on regional women filmmakers?
RF: I find it very important to focus on regional women filmmakers as it is harder for us to be seen and heard, especially in smaller filmmaking communities that often appear at first sight to be over run by men. It’s a great reminder that women are here, doing great work and it’s a great way to put women in touch with one another so we can lift up and support each other’s works and create more visibility and opportunities for all of us.

Q: Who would enjoy attending the festival? Is it just for the filmmaking community, or is there a reason why non-filmmakers should attend?
RF: Anyone who loves film should attend the festival! I make movies for the audience and love to interact with them after screenings. Indie festivals are a great opportunity to see unique movies, meet the filmmakers behind films that you like and discover stories that may not have been told through mainstream media.

Q: Tell me briefly about yourself and your film/project.
RF: I’m an award-winning writer/director from Corsica. My focus is to bring more entertaining, yet layered, character driven gothic horror and fantasy films to the screen while giving a voice to underrepresented characters. With my production company, Horromance Productions, I strive to make low budget films that look like big budget movies while keeping the ecological impact of filmmaking in mind for each production therefor making as many eco-conscious and cruelty-free choices as possible. Sylphvania Grove follows the adventure of a quiet ten-year-old girl struggling to find her place in the world who follows a magical being in the woods where she must find her strength while remaining true to herself .
The short doubled it’s asking amount while crowdfunding in April 2017, it premiered in festivals in September 2018 and has won four awards since then including Best Fantasy and Best Director.

Q: Tell us one unique thing about you and/or your movies?
RF: I use fantastic mediums to tell very real stories, allowing the audience to connect strongly with my lead characters and diving into their world.

Q: What else are you working on?
RF: I’m currently in pre-production for a short film The Unvisited, a spooky comedy about a very old couple living alone in an isolated mansion, which is set to be shot in June. I’m also developing my first feature film which is a more sinister project entitled Beast, a psychological drama/creature feature that deals with trauma, mental health and perseverance (we’re currently looking for producers and funding, reach out if you want to be a part of the adventure!).

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
RF: You can follow my work through my company’s website where you can sign up to our mailing list. We’re also on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @horromance. Sylphvania Grove has it’s own Facebook and Instagram @SylphvaniaGrove . My previous short film Mauvaises Têtes is streaming on Seed&Spark and Amazon Prime Video ( , ).

Sylphvania Grove will screen Saturday, May 11th at 3:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre.

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