Re: festival responses

From: Flick Harrison (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Jun 03 2009 - 11:39:45 PDT

I once submitted my interactive DVD to a fest that had an installation
and a screening section. I submitted two copies, can't remember if
there was a fee for each.

I eventually got a letter saying my submission had been rejected.

I emailed the programmers, asking them which version had been
rejected. I got some hopes up, imagining that a single rejection
meant the other version was weaving its way through consideration!

Two weeks later, I received another rejection letter.

It was identical in every way to the first. Same date, same text,
everything. It still didn't indicate which section the rejection was
referring to.

I was tempted to email again, pointing out that they had accidentally
sent me another copy of the first rejection letter, rather than
another letter rejecting the other submission, but figured I was the
only one who would be amused.

On the other hand, I recall that Ken Anderlini, an experimental video
maker who used to program VIFF, said he quit programming in part
because of the vitriolic responses he got when rejecting films. I
imaging there's a bigger pile of rejects now, ten years later, and
thus more vitriol.

Maybe programmers are just hoping the filmmakers will forget where
they submitted, and so try to avoid angering them with a rejection



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