Re: The Tank

From: Freya (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Aug 22 2006 - 03:33:12 PDT

> A submission fee for festivals and screening
> opportunities is standard
> practice and is necessary to pay bills and rent for
> running a monthly

I'm not sure what you mean by standard practice here.
There are plenty of festivals etc that do not charge
submission fees.

> It is truly disheartening to me that this has been
> met with such cynical
> criticism. The Tank is merely one venue of a

I don't think you should take it personally. There are
people on the list who are fundametally ideologically
opposed to the whole idea of submission fees. This has
always been the case as far as I can tell.

In fact early on when I joined this list I asked after
festivals that didn't have a submission fee. I was a
little shocked when some people started to get all
defensive etc. It seemed odd to me as I didn't think
there was any need for them to defend themselves to

So basically it isn't neccesarily a personal thing but
just that some people are opposed to the idea of
charging filmmakers for submitting work, which I think
is understandable.

On the other hand if you are genuinely finding it
disheartening maybe that is a genuine indication that
something is wrong and that you should either change
something or step away from it. Right now I'm really
regretting not listening to my own little voice in
some of my own situations. :(

For myself the issue of submission fees doesn't really
bother me at all, as it's never been a political or
ideological issue but a straightforward economic one.
I can't afford to send work to festivals with
submission fees and therefore I expect I never will.
Actually even postage costs are often an issue. So I
never really get as far as worrying about politics or
ideology or anything else as the festivals that charge
submission fees are largely irrelevant, I just never
spend much time thinking about them.

> community of non-profit
> organizations dedicated to screening
> underrepresented experimental film
> and video to the public on a continuing basis, and
> it is integral that
> this endeavor is sustained through the support of
> the greater experimental
> moving picture community.

It might be nice if they can, but members of that
community may have other priorities.



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