Monday, July 31, 2006

Rejections Continue!

Our latest rejections come courtesy of three European festivals, two of them powerhouses: Locarno, Venice, and Flanders. The headline film at Locarno this year, which has a reputation of being more filmmaker-friendly with a wider range of smaller films than other large European festivals, is "Miami Vice." And the selections at the Horizons section at the Venice Film Festival which shows "indie" films by young filmmakers include new movies by Ethan Hawke and Spike Lee. So it's hard to believe how "The Changeling" could stand a chance there.

We still have some big long-shot festivals to hear from: The Hamptons, Sundance, Slamdance, and Raindance (all the dances), plus Vancouver and Rotterdam.

In other news, we recently received additional funding from a group of 28 funders in LA, organized by Marina Zusman, our new West Coast producer! This funding will allow me to submit the film to many more festivals.

The festival experience so far (or non-experience as it has been) has been both depressing and enlightening. I've commiserated with all kinds of filmmakers from many different countries about similar troubles getting into festivals. What is inspiring is that there a lot of amazing filmmakers out there who are finding nontraditional homes for their work. Some of them are even banding together and forming their own festivals, production companies, and distribution channels. I've been talking to people about doing this kind of thing. If anything comes of it, imaginary readers, you'll be the first to know!

For now, check out this link: