We had the good fortune of connecting with Matt Beurois and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Matt, what do you attribute your success to?
The success of the Yucca Valley Film Festival is rooted in the community. People here in Yucca Valley and the Mojave Desert love art, and love movies. The festival offers an annual rendez-vous for audiences to gather and discover movies from all over the world. It’s a win for the filmmakers looking for an audience to engage with, and a local event full of fun.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Long story short I am a movie director and producer from France. I co-created my first film festival a decade ago, in Paris, France, with the goal to mix the best of my experiences attending film festivals on three continents. Today these festivals are an active network with the Paris Art and Movie Awards (PAMA), the Hollywood Art and Movie Awards (HAMA), and the Yucca Valley Film Festival. Each event brings different opportunities and levels of networking to the filmmakers.
The Yucca Valley Film Festival is the most audience oriented, we are really picking movies that we want the desert residents to enjoy and engage with.
The PAMA is our leading event with major stars such as Sharon Stone, Alex Proyas or Gerard Depardieu.
The HAMA celebrates 5 years this upcoming January.
Our network is what sets us apart. We have Alumni who took part in two or three of our events, and they bring home different experiences each time; and all that helps them promote their films, and move onwards to make another one.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I actually did that with several friends. Yucca Valley is the place to be in the Morongo Basin. There is a mindset in the Mojave Desert that’s unique, and a vibe that constantly supports and encourages artists and creative people. It’s in the air, but it’s also in the heart of the people living here. If you come visit, I’ll take you to the road less travelled. There are a lot of vintage shops here, I’ll show you New Day and Joshua Springs and of course the Rainbow Stew.
For food, I’d take you to Larry & Milt’s, then to CS for the generous milkshakes and to Kasa Market if you crave some more fries.
For hikes and wildlife, there is the Joshua Tree National Park of course, but there are also many, many hidden trails that I’ll get you to walk or ride.
But that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Come see by yourself!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’m glad you asked that. The Yucca Valley Film Festival is a reality and a continuous success thanks to the Town of Yucca Valley. I introduced the idea to then Mayor Dr Robert Lombardo, then we crafted the 2nd edition with Mayor Jeff Drozd, and this year we are pushing the envelope with Mayor Merl Abel. The Town council, town manager have been supportive and helping all along, and I must mention the work of Sue Earnest and Megan Stueckle at the Parks and Recreation Department.
We really appreciate their trust and they understood the level of respect you must give to the filmmakers.
Robert Madole, Lily Brown, MB, (c) YVFF.