Re: festival responses

From: Warren Cockerham (email suppressed)
Date: Thu Jun 04 2009 - 10:04:10 PDT

I'd add that Roger Beebe and the rest of FLEX take the time to send
acceptance and rejection emails (sometimes lengthy and personal) to all of
the film/video makers that apply to the festival. And, double-system sound,
multiple projectors, Super 8 screenings, etc. are all fun...not annoying.


On Thu, Jun 4, 2009 at 11:43 AM, Roger Beebe <email suppressed> wrote:

> We might also start a list of festivals that go out of their way to
> accommodate odd formats and difficult requests. For example, at the PDX
> Fest recently, the organizers were able to help me set up three projectors
> so that I could show my new film in the Invitational. Framework Steve Polta
> just made the same thing happen in my absence at ATA for their N.E.W. show
> last week. I've been making a lot of semi-annoying requests lately (often
> with double system sound with 16mm or super 8 prints), and I've been
> surprised by how many festivals have been willing to make those things
> happen. (Most recently, CUFF, the $100 Film Festival in Calgary, ICEFest in
> Iowa City, and Boston Underground all did this for me.) So as bad as it is
> to have festivals out there screening work from DVD, there are still more
> than a few conscientious festivals who are working hard to show these films
> as they were meant to be seen...
> 2 cents,
> Roger
> On Jun 4, 2009, at 12:31 PM, Adam Hyman wrote:
> Hi all,
>> I actually think it might be of use to start listing festivals with such
>> abhorrent screening practices. It's just wrong to screen from the preview
>> DVD.
>> But mea culpa: One time I had to ask as it was international, and we
>> couldn't afford the shipping. My request was rejected, as it should have
>> been, and we didn't screen the work. I learned my lesson. But the
>> economics of the situation forced me in that one case. I hope I will
>> have
>> the money to afford the shipping to screen it in the future.
>> Programmers who don't realize the difference between a print (of a work
>> shot
>> on film) and VHS or DVD dub of it shouldn't be programmers.
>> On 6/4/09 8:44 AM, "Anna Biller" <email suppressed> wrote:
>> I have had the same experience: not hearing that a film was selected
>>> and finding out only by looking at the website. Also, yes, they often
>>> will screen from the preview DVD when you applied to screen on film. I
>>> used to bring my own 16mm projector sometimes to screenings when I
>>> found out they wanted to screen on video; sometimes I've hired my own
>>> projectionist for 35mm in another city when the festival didn't want
>>> to bother although they had a 35mm projection booth. But of course
>>> this is ridiculous. Once I applied to a festival and sent them a
>>> print, and found out they were screening from the preview VHS tape. I
>>> traveled to the festival and asked that they use the print, and they
>>> (the programmers)! were unaware of the difference between a print and
>>> a tape, so I had to explain it to them and they seemed put out by my
>>> request. We had to dig around in the office and locate my print, they
>>> dug up an extra projector, and we got a really surly volunteer to run
>>> it. I used to think it was not worth it to screen if I couldn't screen
>>> on film and would withdraw my film if possible if they said they had
>>> to screen it on DVD, but it increasingly is a losing battle. The worst
>>> thing is that the programmers often don't seem to recognize an
>>> important difference.
>>> On Jun 4, 2009, at 1:58 AM, Peter Snowdon wrote:
>>>> Here's what worries me, tho: roughly half the festivals that have
>>>> screened a film of mine this year have asked me whether I am happy
>>>> for them to screen from the preview DVD -- and one or two have even
>>>> insisted that this is the only thing they can do, even tho they had
>>>> seemed to offer other screening formats when I applied. Has anyone
>>>> else noticed this trend?
>>>> Peter
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