I’ve been to IFFR a number of times now, and it continues to inspire me in so many ways. Their programming explores film in so many ways – from very experimental works to expanded cinema performances, to interactive AV installations, to large-scale screen-based exhibitions.
I discovered so many new voices (not necessarily emerging filmmakers, just new to me), such as Canadian filmmaker Mike Hoolboom who's medium-length film '27 Thoughts About My Father' spawned a whole event around artists and filmmakers making work about their dad.
I had various discussions about potential partnerships with filmmakers and other festivals, in particular live cinema performance exchanges with IFFR. And ultimately I came away rejuvenated and with so much ammunition for our festival.
It was an invaluable experience which not only helped my growth as a programmer, but had a direct impact on this year's Flatpack Festival programme.