Student Interviews Pedro Almodovar at LA Film Festival

BFA Filmmaking student Enrique Pedraza with Oscar-winning 'Amour' writer/director Michael Haneke

BFA Filmmaking student Enrique Pedraza with Oscar-winning ‘Amour’ writer/director Michael Haneke

If you are looking for BFA Filmmaking student Enrique Pedraza this week, you will find him on the red carpet at the Los Angeles Film Festival, interviewing acclaimed writer/director Pedro Almodóvar. While finishing his last year at New York Film Academy in Los Angeles, Enrique has also been interning for Film Independent, working as their main editor.

We previously shared his accomplishments on our blog, including when his short film, Yellow Card, won Best Student Documentary at the Columbia Gorge International Film Festival. Since then, he shot and co-produced a music video for schoolmate Nayantara Roy called Free, which has been making the festival circuit, recently playing the Kashish International Film Festival.

After completing a 4-Week Acting Workshop at the school’s New York City campus, Enrique decided it was the place for him, and that he wanted to learn more. He chose the BFA Filmmaking program because it would give him the chance to learn about all aspects of film craft, including directing and writing. He says, “Writing is what comes easiest.” And he does quite a bit of it. He writes almost daily for a film blog called “The Rolling Can.”

Since beginning his internship at Film Independent, Enrique has been brought on as their main editor. He has also worked on the Film Independent at LACMA screening series, worked the red carpet at the Spirit Awards, and will now be the key editor and main shooter for the Los Angeles Film Festival. The festival opens with the North American premiere of Pedro Almodóvar’s newest comedy, I’m So Excited.

“The most important thing in film school is finding your voice as a filmmaker,” says Enrique. “The more you work, the better. It’s essential to finding people you trust.”

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