The process of making your first feature film is at once daunting and rewarding, challenging and exciting and always intense. In this intimate conversation, writer/director Edson Oda (MALARIA, A SENSORIAL RIDE, NINE DAYS) recounts his leap into feature filmmaking after making several well-received short films. Oda debuted his fiction feature, NINE DAYS, at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, where it garnered critical acclaim, won the Waldo Salt Award for Screenwriting, and was acquired for release by Sony Pictures Classic. Here, Oda shares how to develop and execute an ambitious idea, tackle challenges during production, and why he believes personal storytelling is key to creating an impactful film. We’ll begin by screening his short, MALARIA, to set the stage for the conversation.