Re: [Frameworks] Tie Film Festival

From: Pablo Marin (email suppressed)
Date: Mon Sep 27 2010 - 10:14:02 PDT

In my personal experience, TIE has always treated me great.
now, I don't really know why the festival doesn't contact filmmakers for notification. but perhaps it's because their criteria for programming and exhibition is, like it's stated in their entry form, "considered on an ongoing basis".
so, having a bunch of tour shows a year (as side-programs for their festivals), I'm guessing its difficult to make definitive decisions on the films submitted (as in "this certain film won't fit in this program but maybe in the future").
maybe it's just that.
pablo.buenos aires. 

--- On Mon, 9/27/10, Anna Biller <email suppressed> wrote:

From: Anna Biller <email suppressed>
Subject: Re: [Frameworks] Tie Film Festival
To: "Experimental Film Discussion List" <email suppressed>
Date: Monday, September 27, 2010, 1:34 PM

I had a situation with TIE a few years ago where they enthusiastically accepted my film, but then wouldn't answer emails and didn't end up screening it, or explaining why. Conversely, I've had festivals accept my work and not tell me it was in, then screened off the screener DVD. I would only find out accidentally that it screened at all. 
It seems to be a growing trend to not notify filmmakers of the status of their work. I was going through old files recently and found a bunch of rejection letters I'd saved. I felt excited to see them even though they were rejection letters, as they were nicely typed on stationery paper with a letterhead and everything. It seemed so respectful to get a formal letter in the mail. Sometimes personal notes would even be scrawled in the margins from the jurors. It all seemed so human and decent. Gone are those days!

On Sep 27, 2010, at 9:09 AM, Caryn Cline wrote:
Hello Dominic.

I had the same experience with this festival when I submitted a couple of years ago, so I have not sent anything since.  I've decided not to submit to festivals that treat me and my work this way, but there seem to be many out there that do, for one reason or another, and each year as I reach out to new festivals, I find others that I cross off my list for this reason.  I've started to contact the festival about "the fate of my film" if I don't hear anything back, and to let them know how discouraging and disheartening it is to hear nothing from them. It is more discouraging, even, than being rejected!  And, I'm sorry, but in the age of electronic media, when a simple message can go out to everyone with the push of a button, there is no excuse.  Perhaps if many of us make this same point over and over, things will change. 

On Mon, Sep 27, 2010 at 11:35 AM, DOMINIC ANGERAME <email suppressed> wrote:
 I am interested to see if anyone has had the same experience as me in regards to
 this film festival. I have had my films shown there many times in the past and
 have attended the festival with great excitement and activities. However over
 the past three years I have been sending my work for condsideration, paying a
 fee, and have never heard back from  the Festival. I have neither heard
 confirmation of receipt of matierial, nor a rejection notice. I have received
 only the titles of the films that are playing. This is just not a good way to
 treat experimental filmmakers. It is almost the same method used by large
 International Festivals, that pretty much want to take your money and never hear
 from you again.
 Thanks, sorry for the vent
 Dominic Angerame
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Caryn Cline
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