William Vega is a Colombian director and screenwriter, who directed four short films before completing his debut feature in 2012, La Sirga. Prior to directing his debut feature, Vega was assistant director to Oscar Ruiz Navia on El vuelco del cangrejo (Crab Trap, 2009).
La Sirga follows a young girl who is suddenly without her family and home. She finds the only relative she has left: her reclusive uncle, who operates a dilapidated lakeside inn. The film grew out of the production of his short, Simiente (2011), where Vega discovered the La Cocha Lake setting.
La Sirga premiered at the 65th Cannes Festival’s Directors’ Fortnight before playing in the Discovery programme at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. We welcomed William and La Sirga‘s producer, Oscar Ruiz Navia, to our studio space, hosted by Onsite [at] OCAD U, to discuss his feature and Colombian cinema broadly.
This interview is from our extensive 2012 Toronto International Film Festival coverage and the full length interview was published in April of 2013.