Rita Shagray: “A lost toy at the war”

War is the worst thing that could happen in the life of every person, but for a child, it is a tragedy. The pain of losing closest people and trying to survive in a bloody dispute between adults is what remains with children for the rest of their lives. Three kids get into the chaos of war. All three lost their parents, one of them is a teenage girl, who didn’t abandon another kids in trouble, she attempts to rescue them. The difficult and dangerous roads of war the kids take with their young teachers. There is only one hope of salvation for them. and one toy – a battered hare, who sometimes sees things that children’s eyes cannot see.

What are the most challenging aspects of being a filmmaker?

Together a group of people that could realize the idea.

What is your source of inspiration for this short film?

A photo of the lost toy at the war.

TOY | Poster
Rita Shagray

What is the theme of this film?

Children should not see the war. Moreover, they should not suffer because of the adults who can’t negotiate.

How do you decide on possible ways to promote your film when you are on a tight budget?

We haven’t got a budget for promotion at all.

How important do you think distribution is in today's marketplace?

This is the most fundamental part of the film’s success.

For those considering self-distribution, what is your advice?

To have such opportunity (a film license).

How significant do you think short films are for someone venturing into directing films?

They are very important. It’s a great opportunity to test yourself as a director.

What was the worst challenge of your career so far? How did you take it over?

Envy and devaluation of my work from the colleagues. How I managed – just ignored it and did my job.

What are the factors to making a good film?

To know that you want and how to tell the viewer.

Is there anything you would change if you could go back to the beginning?

Yes. But the film is done and I need to move on and not think how to change what is done.
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