We chatted with Gabor Kukucska about InspireFlix:
Tell us about InspireFlix
InspireFlix is a creative startup, an independent film studio, that brings stories of inspiring everyday people to the world.
What motivated you to start InspireFlix?
Most of humanity’s biggest challenges are global issues that transcend borders and cultures, therefore our single most important task is to unite our fragmented global society. There is no stronger catalyst for this then the genuine stories of everyday people that we can tell.
Why did you decide to focus on stories about local heroes?
It is inspiring to learn the hero’s journey of someone already famous, however, it can feel somewhat distant, one in a million… It is a whole new level of inspiring when the person is someone around the corner, or clearly from the same social cast with similar challenges to yourself. If you are hearing about something that they’ve achieved, that you’re yet to conquer… it feels more real and authentic. Furthermore, with Australia’s multicultural population and brewing social conflicts the country is a perfect test bed for us to start.
Can you tell us about the Story to Film competition?
The monthly “Story To Film” competition that we run in Australia, helps us to find individuals with stories that worth sharing. It takes the final decision making out of our hands and engages our audience. It isn’t a simple one-click competition as we want participants to take a few minutes, to read the pitches and not only vote but also be around to help promote the film of their choice during its initial release.
This process also filters for the true fans. People who care to stop for a minute and make a conscious decision as opposed to just a mindless click. It also ensures that the competitors, our future film subjects value our contribution and are willing to do their share of the work and promote their story.
What’s been the highlight of your career so far?
We have already been recognised at various film festivals around the globe which is awesome but my real highlights are the thank you notes that I get from people we feature. I’d love to see InspireFlix to succeed and become a household name like TED. That’ll be a great highlight.
What do you love most about what you do?
I love meeting all the amazing people I come across and helping them share their stories. I truly believe that these films are the way forward for a better connected global society, once our children see such stories from all around the world on a weekly basis as part of their curriculum, we’ll have a chance.
Who would you like to create a documentary about?
Everyone. I think we all have many stories to tell. We all go through many cycles of the classical “Hero’s Journey” in our lifetime. The news of your triumph can help others get through their own challenges.
What’s next for you?
Lots of hard work. While I start to get a few volunteers helping here and there, I still run the entire startup myself. Our goal is to reach ten stories a month, six from Australia and four overseas within the next 6 – 12 months. If there is anyone out there that would like to help us financially or just by watching and sharing our films, then head to our website https://inspireflix.com/help/.
A Queensland filmmaker Gabor Kukucska is making the world a better place, one short film at a time. In 2017, he challenged himself to produce 52 short portrait films in a year which later became InspireFlix. His vision is to inspire people to push further, aim higher, and work hard to reach their goals. To watch the films, or if you know someone documentary-worthy head to the InspireFlix website.