Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Dropping In on One of Toronto's Innovative New Voices

April 05, 2018   |   posted by Lara Klaber in Filmmakers


Priscilla Galvez always knew she wanted to be part of the film industry. She just wasn’t sure which part.

“I struggled for a while to figure out my path in,” she admits, “since there really isn’t one way to make it as a filmmaker.” On her way, she wore a lot of hats, initially expecting to work as an editor before discovering that the producer’s hat fit even better.

She had already worked with director Naledi Jackson on a science fiction short film called "The Emissary." When Jackson brought her a new script, called "The Drop-In," Galvez “was immediately excited by the idea of making an action film with women of colour at the forefront.”

"The Drop-In" short film mixes genres, blending action, sci fi, and some very timely social commentary into a riveting story about a young woman, seemingly an ordinary hairdresser, who finds herself confronted by the life she thought she had left behind in another part of the world.

“I am generally drawn to projects that involve dark and unconventional themes,” she observes. “I also enjoy working with bold creators who take risks and who are interested in straying from formulaic storytelling. I do have a soft spot for working on projects that involve horror, sci fi, and fantasy elements–it’s just more fun!”

To that end, she loves this year’s CIFF theme: “Embrace Curiosity.”

“Right now, especially, seems like a time for creators to be exploring the possibilities of storytelling outside of conventional models,” Galvez points out, citing the development of new media like virtual reality. “It is a really exciting time for storytellers to be . . . innovating the ways that narratives can be experienced, while being entertaining at the same time.”

Galvez has a number of innovative projects in the pipeline, herself, including a web series called “Off-Kilter” that she describes as “a comedy set in the world of professional ballet,” as well as working with Naledi Jackson on the development of a feature-length film based on "The Drop-In."

“My hope is that I can continue financing and producing projects in Canada,” she says, “and introduce new voices to global audiences, with stories and perspectives that speak to a more substantial range of experiences. I’m also itching to get some of my directorial projects out there, too, so stay tuned for that!”

Lara Klaber

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Related Screenings:
04/05/18 @ 2:00 PM – Shorts Program 2
04/06/18 @ 9:15 AM – Shorts Program 2
04/06/18 @ 11:30 PM – After Hours Shorts Program 1

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