The tough decisions come when we get down to the available screen times vs. the number of good films. There are always more good movies than time to show them – even with our new, longer, schedule. So if you don't get in, but other serious people tell you your movie is top quality, they aren't lying. Keep up the good work.
We've been e-mailing back and forth between many of you, and some – I stress SOME – invitations for year 16 have gone out, mostly for short films. We are about halfway done with choosing the shorts, and probably a third of the way on the features.
If you have screened in the LA area already, you might well receive our heartfelt congratulations and well-wishes, and we mean it. Does it piss us off when we've worked so hard to find the best-of-the-best, only to have them premiere at smaller festival? Sure, a little. We're human. But we know each filmmaker has to find their own way. If you've had your shot at The Big Nipple – as Milos Forman called Hollywood – then we might give another filmmaker a shot at it.
Then again, we might like your movie so much that it overcomes all obstacles. These aren't laws, folks, they are guidelines. Some people have a big problem with that. Understood. It's not fair. Life's not fair. If you're looking to make it so, then you've chosen the wrong profession.
What does that mean if you have not heard from us? First, check your spam filter. There are a couple of films that haven't responded to our e-mails.
I always get grief for this, but I want to help you make the right decisions. If you submitted before the regular deadline, and you got your "we have received..." e-mail, but haven't heard anything since, it's not looking good. Ouch. I know. I say this now in case you get an offer from another festival. You'll probably want to take that right away.
If you did not get a "we have received..." letter around the time you submitted, then check your spam filter. If it's not there, then something is wrong with the e-mail we have on file for you. Contact us!
If you got a second round letter, then you are still under consideration. If you get an invitation from another festival, do exactly what a filmmaker did this weekend. CONTACT US. If it's one of the two festivals in LA that have higher industry exposure than we do, we'll be bummed, but happy for you. If you're hanging on the lower edge of our consideration list, we'll hint that you might want to take the bird-in-the-hand. If you're strongly in the running, we'll tell you'd be crazy to premiere anywhere else.
By-the-way, the filmmaker that did the right thing in all the right ways, is in. Congrats. Others that tried to hedge their bets... we're still considering.
For those that have gotten invitations and are holding onto the news for our official announcement, thanks! I know it feels like you're going to explode, but you won't. It's all good.
Finally, to answer the question we always get, we do send pass letters. You will be notified. And, FYI, everyone who entered is entitled to 2 free tickets to a DWF screening of their choice. So come on down.Good luck everyone.