Film Courage: Do you still submit to film festivals?
Kenneth Castillo, Filmmaker/Author: I don’t. No. Over the years I realized that all of the film festivals I’ve ever screened at were always through invitation or through someone I know. I can’t tell you that in the thousands of dollars I’ve spent submitting to film festivals that there was one that I got in through a direct submission (just a blind submission). I can’t tell you if there was one. They were always through people I knew, filmmakers I knew Hey, send your movie over to this guy. They need your type of movie. There is so much content now I just don’t feel like those are the places people are looking anymore…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
BIO: Kenneth Castillo began his writing/directing career in 1996 producing theatrical productions at the Two Roads Theatre in Studio City. After producing, writing, and directing several full and one act plays, he turned his full attention to film. In 2000, along with his producing partner (and now wife) Karla Ojeda, formed a film production company called Valor Productions. Their first venture out was a series of short films entitled The Misadventures of Cholo Chaplin. A series of silent short films shot in the style of the serial shorts of the 20’s and 30’s and set in the world of The Day of the Dead. Several different episodes went on to screen at film festivals across the country including HBO’s New York International Latino FF and the Los Angeles International Short FF. In 2007, Episode V-A Day at the Theatre was accepted and screened at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in France and the following year won the Imagen Award for BEST THEATRICAL SHORT FILM.
That same year Kenneth was featured on American Latino T.V. as an up and coming Latino filmmaker and caught the attention of Plus Entertainment. Since July of 2008, Kenneth has written and directed six feature films, all of which have been distributed on multiple platforms such as Netflix, Redbox and Blockbuster and in retail stores such as Walmart and Target.
In 2011 he directed the boxing drama Counterpunch about a Cuban, Bi-Polar, boxer out of Miami who gets help from his family as well as his crisis counselor that featured Danny (Machete) Trejo in a good guy role. Counterpunch caught the attention of Lionsgate and was distributed across the country and in Canada.
Kenneth is currently in post-production on his 7th feature film entitled Marigold the Matador and is the first feature from his new production company Cienfuegos Productions.
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