Just real quick...
We're getting some push back from filmmakers who were upset that this year's slate was published on Indiewire before we got out our pass letters. For the most part, I don't think the people who have an issue with that are readers of this blog. If they were, they'd know how that sort of thing works.
Every year we have to balance PR needs with human needs like sleep. We can only get so much done within the span of our waking hours. The final schedule doesn't solidify until the last minute - often after press announcements like Indiewire's, so pass letters can't go out until everything is confirmed.
So does it hurt to see a schedule posted without your name on it - especially when you were so close to being in the festival that you could taste it? Absolutely.
Is the pain of rejection something you have to get used to in this business?
What do you think?
Also, if you're in the LA area and you didn't get into the festival, that doesn't mean you can't be a part of it. We have panels that are open to the public, in addition to coming to see and cheer on your fellows who did get in. I promise you, they've been where you are, and will appreciate all you've been through.
They'd better! If they don't, we'll kick their asses!