The Waiting Game
Waiting to hear back from film festivals can be a trying process for a “not-so-patient” filmmaker. It deprives him of the chance to receive one of the most important learning tools he can hope for: feedback from general audiences. Films are not made in a vacuum or for a vacuum. I think most directors are making films to make some sort of impact on other people. And that’s hard to do or to gauge when the film is tied up for months (or years on some films) making the rounds for festival consideration.
So it was with some relief this week that I learned ‘GIFT’ has been honored by several award competitions and has been accepted into its second festival. It was nice to get at least some limited feedback on the project via the awards, and it makes me look forward even more to being able to screen the film soon for festival audiences.
Awards for ‘GIFT’ as of Today:
2014 CINE Golden Eagle – Independent Short Film
2014 Best Shorts Competition – Award of Excellence – Short Film
2014 Best Shorts Competition – Award of Excellence – Trailer
2014 Accolade Awards – Award of Excellence – Short Film
2014 Accolade Awards – Award of Excellence – Directing
Current Festival Selections for ‘GIFT’ as of Today:
Isle of Wight Film Festival (August 12 – 18, 2014)
Festival de Cannes – Court Métrage (May 2015)
EDIT – New Festival Selection for ‘GIFT’ just announced (July 28, 2014):
Napa Valley Film Festival (November 12 – 16, 2014)
Thanks to My Team
Any awards ‘GIFT’ receives are undoubtedly due to the creativity, perseverance, and effort of my stalwart cast and crew of fellow collaborators. You all gave so generously of yourselves to make the film what it is. So congratulations and thanks again to all of you!