Re: Anthology Film Archives and Newfilmmakers Series and Withoutabox

From: Ken Bawcom (email suppressed)
Date: Sat Aug 26 2006 - 14:25:51 PDT

Quoting Freya <email suppressed>:

> If you see withoutabox listed for a festival, then you
> know that festival cares little for you and your film
> or for ANY filmmakers. It has become a festival run by
> beancounters and pod people.

I'm certainly not going to defend the business practices of WAB, I
agree with many of the criticisms that have been posted, and could add
a few of my own. But, the above statement is utter crap. The Ann Arbor
Film Festival accepts entries from WAB, and we DO care for filmmakers
and their films. Would we demonstrate that care by REFUSING to accept
WAB entries, thus NOT allowing film makers who chose to market their
films that way, to enter the AAFF? I have seen a number of excellent
submissions from WAB. The AAFF, and our audience, would be the poorer
if we had not received them.

It is for the film maker to decide how, and where, to submit their
films. It is for the festival involved to chose those that best
represent their aesthetic, to program. In a perfect world, there would
be no entry fees, and all awards would be large enough to fund the
awarded film maker's next film. Unfortunately, in the real world, for
non-profit arts organizations it is a constant struggle for scarce
resources, and survival.

Ken B.

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