NORMA VILA. She began her film career working as a cinematographer in several documentaries and short films. In 2015, she created the independent company Demeter Films, with the aim of producing her own projects.
In 2016 she directed, co-wrote and produced her debut film, the short movie “Jules D.”. The film garnered more than 80 international selections and won more than 20 awards and honors in festivals such as FilmQuest, in the US, Zinebi Fest, in Spain, or Genre Celebration, in China. “The end of all things” is her second short film.
She is currently working on her first feature film.
Q & A
Name a Horror character you relate to on a spiritual/personal level?
A vampire. All creators are vampires.
You’ve gotta go through some bad ideas to get to the good ones. Tell us one of your bad ideas. How do you get past the bad ones to find your spark?
I think all ideas are bad at first, it is a matter of hard work that turns them into good ideas.
Do you consider yourself part of a horror community?
I'm very happy that my short films have had a good run at horror festivals and to be mentioned in the book Women Make Horror edited by Alison Peirse. I think it's a good start to, someday, have the honor of saying I'm part of it.
When you’re building the world of your film, where do you look for inspiration?
In everyday things. My films are inspired by ordinary situations and ordinary people who experience situations that border on the supernatural.
What would you do if you woke up inside of your film?
I would become an ally of Victoria, the protagonist of the story.
Who would be on your ultimate horror villain squad?
Any of my ex-boyfriends.
Lightning round: Freddy or Jason? Stephen King or H.P. Lovecraft? Practical or CGI? Post Apocalypse or Pre Apocalypse?
Leatherface. Edgar Allan Poe. Both can coexist, depending on the type of film. Pre Apocalypse.
What scares you, and does it inspire your storytelling?
The everyday always has a dark side, there are shadows hidden in the most familiar places. I look for that shadows of the everyday
And finally, Ghostface would like to know ‘What’s your favourite scary movie?’
Rosemary’s Baby. I love the atmosphere it has, mixing the real with the imaginary.