So I didn't get any writing done yesterday, more banging of my head against the wall, etc. I did, however, get gravida entered in 6 new festivals, bringing the total up to 9.
The thing that annoys me about this festival circuit (and maybe someone like Matt Riviera or David Lowery can chime in here and tell me what I'm doing wrong) is that for a film shot on a tiny budget essentially out of pocket, the $20-$40 entry fees can add up pretty quickly. And that wouldn't be so bad if you could, say, enter 3 festivals and then a month later know if you got into any of them, but most of these festivals have a turnaround time of several months, meaning I probably won't know how many of these I've gotten into until something like February. So you front-load all these fees and such for a project that may get completely shut out. And that's ok, but it just takes so damn long that by the time you know, how much incentive is there really to re-evaluate how you're approaching it? By February, I may be on a different project entirely.
This isn't so bad for a large project, but if your entire film cost, say, $500, then it seems pretty stupid to spend $300 on submitting to festivals.
What I have noticed is that a lot of festivals like to portray themselves as champions of the true indie filmmaker, yet they have entry fees of $30+. The DIY Festival is $35, for example. There's a great disconnect there, I think. I wonder if it would benefit some of these festivals to go find some micro budget films and invite them to the festival for no fee. Maybe they could team with, I dunno, the uber-indie project to ensure they don't get stuck programming something truly awful. Because there has to be a more efficient, cost-effective way for these films to find a festival audience.
Anyway, in the interest of full disclosure, here's the 6 (oh, and if you happen to work for any of these festivals, feel free to just plug me into the program, hint, hint)
San Francisco Independent Film Festival
Lake Forest Film Festival
Bare Bones International Film Festival
Hoboken International Film Festival
Festivus Film Festival
Oxford International Film Festival
Add those to these previous 3:
Omaha Film Festival
Three Rivers Film Festival
No, I don't expect to get into Sundance, but what the hell.
 Joking, but only a little bit.