Fort Wayne native’s movie in film festival

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)- A Fort Wayne native has a movie in the lineup of a large festival.

Collin Schiffli, a Carroll High School graduate, is the director of a movie called “Animals.” The feature length film is part of the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas.

Schiffli has been out in Los Angeles pursuing his film career since 2009. He said he always knew film was in his future.

“I kind of knew already what I was going to do even through middle school and through high school. I knew I wanted to be a filmmaker,” said Schiffli.

He left Fort Wayne for Chicago where he studied film at Columbia University. During his education, he met an actor who has had small roles in blockbuster films.

Actor and writer David Dastmalchian played one of the Joker’s henchmen in the 2008 film “The Dark Knight.”  Schiffli connected with Dastmalchian while in college before they both moved out to Los Angeles around the same time.

Dastmachian wrote the script for “Animals,” which is based on events in his life. It’s the story of a Chicago couple going through poverty and drug addiction.

Schiffli read the screenplay and was blown away by the story.

“I realized how much trust he was placing into my hands to help bring this movie to life with him,” Schiffli said.

Pre-production for the film took about two years to complete, while filming only took a month.

In January 2014, the filmmakers got a call about their award show entry. They made it into the film festival completion portion.

The SXSW Film Festival was the first and only entry for “Animals.”

Schiffi, along with the other filmmakers, will go out to the festival, which runs from March 7 to March 14.

The film will be competing against seven other films in the Narrative Feature Competition. “Animals” premieres Sunday, March 9.

Schiffli said he plans on having screenings in Chicago and Fort Wayne. He hopes that the movie will be available on-demand and in stores.

For more about the film, click here  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3297554/?ref_=fn_al_tt_3.

For more about SXSW Film Festival, click here http://sxsw.com/film/screenings/film-lineup.

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