Unveiling a narrative beyond the ordinary, Calladita not only mesmerizes with its cinematic artistry but also heralds a new era in film financing. Let's Journey through how Miguel Faus ingeniously leveraged NFTs to bring his vision to the big screen.
Bridging Past Success to a Bold Future
Building on the accolades of his short film “Calladita,” which found a home on HBO Max, Miguel Faus embarked on an audacious venture. The ingenious NFT sales of stills from the original short laid the financial groundwork for his feature film.
With over €750,000 amassed from the sale, engaging a robust community of over 600 collectors, Faus set the stage for a new cinematic venture. This fundraising success was more than monetary; it represented a burgeoning alliance between the realms of cinema and digital assets.
A Web3 Cinematic Venture
Faus' innovative financing strategy didn't just break traditional barriers but also fostered a symbiotic relationship between the crypto realm and the cinematic world. Notably, some NFTs made it to the film itself and can be seen in the background, like CryptoPunks, XCOPYART's summer.jpg, and pieces from NounsDAO, among others.
🔥 OFFICIAL TRAILER 🔥— Miguel Faus 🎥 CALLADITA FILM (@miguelfaus) October 6, 2023
CALLADITA / THE QUIET MAID, the First European Movie ever funded by NFTs, is Coming Soon. pic.twitter.com/G82J75zPkL
The support from notable NFT personalities and entities embodied the convergence of these two realms. Calladita’s journey from a crowdfunding campaign to its momentous shooting in Costa Brava, Spain, was emblematic of the boundless possibilities inherent in blockchain technology.
Director's Lens: Unveiling Layers of Societal Duality
In Calladita, Miguel Faus explores societal contrasts through Ana's experiences. He describes the film as a character study delving into the stark dichotomy of living within the luxurious summer house.
Through Ana's eyes, he paints a vivid portrayal of the Catalan high bourgeoisie, juxtaposed against her humble standing, exploring themes of freedom and class injustice amidst a narrative of self-discovery and subtle rebellion. Through a blend of drama and satire, Faus uncovers the veiled intricacies of class dynamics, enriching the narrative with a profound socio-economic discourse.
Winning Acclaim and a Legendary Endorsement
The accolades didn’t cease with funding; Calladita garnered a prestigious Finishing Funds Award at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival, along with invaluable mentorship from esteemed filmmaker Steven Soderbergh.
This endorsement, both financial and creative, propelled Calladita closer to its much-anticipated public debut, setting a precedent for NFT-funded films on a global stage.
Stepping into Uncharted Territory
Calladita encapsulates the quintessence of innovation, from its captivating storyline to its groundbreaking NFT-funded journey. As it gears up for its world premiere at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, it beckons a promising horizon where the realms of cinema and blockchain intriguingly intertwine, heralding a promising narrative both on and off-screen.
"The Quiet Maid"— Tallinn Black Nights FF (@TallinnBNFF) October 6, 2023
A Colombian maid working in a luxury villa on the Costa Brava, disrupts her routine as she explores the lavish lifestyle around her. Director Miguel Faus is noted as one of Spain's filmmakers to watch.https://t.co/lnlK3BqudU pic.twitter.com/6vV6Di8ICT
This film is more than a compelling narrative; it’s a bold statement on the evolving dynamics of film production and financing in the digital age, the fusion of Faus’ visionary storytelling and the avant-garde funding model exemplifies a trailblazing spirit, marking the dawn of a new cinematic epoch.