From: adam r. levine (email suppressed)
Date: Mon Sep 27 2010 - 11:11:53 PDT
I'm extremely grateful to Dominic for bringing this up. I had thought about
mentioning this myself on Frameworks and I wondered if nobody mentioned it
because of politics, etc.
Submission fees aside, this has been my experience the last year with a
number of festivals, and communication with TIE in particular has been
tremendously frustrating. though they are certainly not the exception. I
understand that it takes time to look at work and put together a program but
at the very least it seems fair to notify a filmmaker that you have received
their submission, and honestly, suddenly seeing a program published is not
the best way to find out that you have not got into a festival. Even a form
rejection email would suffice - I don't expect to be accepted everywhere but
I do take frequent rejection letters as confirmation that I am at least *
trying* to get my work seen.
I'm currently in the process of putting some programs together, and I intend
to notify every filmmaker considered that I have received and screened their
work, and give them feedback before I make a public announcement. It's hard
enough getting experimental film and video work seen as it is without the
feeling that you are merely throwing screeners into the ether.
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