One of my most mind-opening encounters what the interview with film producer and distributor, Heino Deckert, owner of the Deckert Distribution Company from Deutschland. With the occasion of the One World Romania, the film festival for human right, the ones interested in the industry of documentary productioin and distribution had the chance to assist at this masterclass.
Can you tell me why did you choose to be a producer and not a director?
Heino Deckert: To be honest, I chose to be a director. I went to the film school which educated me as a film-maker, but when I finished it I knew that I would not be in film-makers industry. So, I had to find something to do with my life.
What made you change your mind?
Heino Deckert:I couldn’t stand the white paper. So, when you were a director at that time you had to write down something. And I cannot face white paper, I don’t know how to start to write something. So I think that was very easy to decide not to become a film-maker, although I graduated as a film-maker. I thought it was not really what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
What made you take this decision? You could have been anything in the film industry, but you decided to help.
Heino Deckert:Other people decided for me. Probably because I have studied long before. Then, some of my friends from the filmschool wanted to produce their films and they asked me if I can take over this job.
That is a very important role.
Heino Deckert:Yeah. So they just asked me and I agreed and then I did it and I stayed with it.
Heino Deckert:No, since 1991.
But since 2003 you have the film company.
Heino Deckert:That is my distribution company which was established in 2003.
In Leipzig. Also, on the website it says that you are looking for creative documentaries.
What does a creative documentary mean?
Heino Deckert: I think that the main difference between a reportage and a creative documentary is that the creative documentary is a film, not just pictures with a voice-over or commentary on it. So it is film-making. I always say that I’m not so much interested in themes, I am interested in directors. I want to work with people who are creative in a film. Therefore, the subject of the film is not for me the most important thing to choose, is the second most important thing. The most important thing is who is the film-maker and what kind of ways he has to tell a story. That is for me more interesting than just a subject of it.
I read on the website that there is this category of films about Russia and Eastern Europe.
Heino Deckert:That is just making it easier for buyers to find what matches their interests. Of course the people who buy films, especially TV, they are thinking in other terms. They have either social subjects or whatever, that is why created this kind of categories, so that it is easier for the buyers to find something.
What is your criteria for selecting a documentary?
Heino Deckert:I was a stupid distributor if I did not choose films that I thought I could sell. So, I’m looking for films that fit either into the category festival films – that is what I was talking about – creativity of the director and possibilities to bring them to bigger festivals. And the other films I am looking for are films that fit into slots for TV, so that I can sell them.