Mérida, Mérida. Venezuela
The Toymaker is a full length film that mixes documentary, fiction and animation, to tell the life story of awarded Venezuelan toymaker Mario Calderón. From September 20th up to October 25th, the filmmakers will be running a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to finance the film production.
The Toymaker” is a film about the importance of keeping alive our inner child. Its creators define it as “a true story told by toys”.
It’s a journey through Calderón’s life, present to past, accompanied by Benito, his animated toy alter-ego, who travels back in time to save childhood fantasy. The crisis in Venezuela affects the filmmaking industry, yet for Óscar Quintero and Marzel Ávila, the directors of The Toymaker, this crisis became a motivation.
“In this moment, it is important to talk about the great creative capacity of Venezuelans, of our culture and our most positive values. In the middle of this conflict and so many economic and political problems, we want to represent a word of hope for our people”, Stated the filmmakers. “Without a doubt, the main difficulty that the film faces is finding financing, which is why we rely on crowdfunding.”
The Toymaker Crowdfunding Campaign: https://igg.me/at/thetoymakermovie
Directed by: Marzel Ávila Twitter: @marzelavila Instagram: @marzelavila
Oscar Quintero Instagram: @quintoscar Produced by: Irislis Cova @irisliss
Gabriela Arnal Twitter: @lagabilan Instagram: @lagabilan
Cinematographer: Juan Dávila
Sound Director: Radharani Gómez
Compositor: Luis Barroeta
VFX supervisor: Mario Román
Editor: Aquiles Fernández
Translator: Betania Dávila