In the last few days received a few more festival rejection notices. Or in one case it wasn’t a note, but me looking it up: the Taiwan Documentary Festival said no to Imagens de uma cidade perdida, though they didn’t bother to notify me. I had to look it up on their schedule. And today an email informed the the Montpellier “Mediterranean” festival likewise said “non.”
I now forget how many festivals said no. One in Lisbon did. Another in Bilboa. Toronto. And I forget which others. Festivals – go figger: in competition in Yamagata, considered these days one of the best, and pink slipped by all the others so far. Oh well, either way there isn’t a dime to be made off it, so… And on the other hand Dennis Grunes put it in his best ever 100 films.
[Sept 6: and today another 'nyet', this time from Iceland: no to Dissonance and Imagens. As usual they sent along a little letter (not evidently usual for Taiwanese folks):
Dear Jost Jon,
The Reykjavík International Film Festival would like to thank you for your submission to our 2012 edition.
We regret to inform you that your film Imagen de uma cidade perdida was not chosen for the festival programme. Due to the vast amount of submissions of high quality and merit, our decisions were exceedingly difficult to make.
Unfortunately, the exhibition limitations only allow for a small amount of films to be screened in comparison to the overall number of submissions received.
We want to congratulate you for having completed a cinematic work. Finishing a film is an extraordinary feat, one that you should take great pride in. We would like to encourage your contributions to filmmaking and we hope you will consider our festival for future submissions. We appreciate your submission and interest in the Reykjavík International Film Festival.
Thank you and best of luck for your future projects.
Italics above mine. What twaddle. Making a film is a job like any other. It’s what you do. It’s no big deal, it’s not heroic, it’s nothing to brag about or think it makes you special in any way. If you make a film or do anything else it’s because you want to or you have to.