May 2, 1998
I've been pretty lax about sending copies of the film to festivals and
events the last few weeks, mostly because I've been busy. Today I
sent a tape to the Independent Feature Project's Independents Night series,
which screens monthly at Lincoln Center. I believe that series' ratio
of films submitted to films shown is something like 20 to1, worse than
most festivals. But there's no entry fee, so what the heck.
One of the things that's been galling me lately is that almost all American
film festivals charge a hefty fee, anywhere from $20 to $150, just to look
at your film (or to throw it in the wastebasket after five minutes, or
whatever--they don't give any feedback). The current surplus of indie
films means that each festival has many more submissions than it can ever
dream of showing--I feel as if I'm buying very expensive lottery tickets.
I feel obligated to keep trying anyway, of course, but I've begun to skip
the pricier shindigs.
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