a YES or a NO ?

Today, I am going to introduce you to rejection and acceptance letters. I will give you some examples from my experiment and I hope your freak-o-meter won’t go all crazy.

The hardest part after you apply to film festivals is the waiting period. In the beginning there are no news, no rejection, no yes, no maybe, no nothing. It will drive you crazy and then you will start doubting if you filled the submission form correctly or not, was the address on the package the right one?

Sometimes, film festival programers will take the time and send you nice rejection letters, like this one:

Screen grab of "Born That Way" documentary' rejection letter from Fresh Film Fest

Screen grab of “Born That Way” documentary’ rejection letter from Fresh Film Fest

but most of the time you won’t hear from anyone and that’s OK. Film festival programmers have a tight schedule and they don’t have time to send  rejection letters to everyone. But you are always welcome to inquire on the status of your submission at any given time.

The most joyous moment of all is getting an acceptance letter. When I got the first acceptance letter, I was over the moon. Getting your first results after assiduous research and sending submission forms is very rewarding.

Born That Way documentary's acceptance letter from the  54th Zlin International film festival for children and youth

Born That Way documentary’s acceptance letter from the 54th Zlin International film festival for children and youth

When Born That Way’s first acceptance letter came in and I found out that it got into the  Zlín Dog – International Competition of Student films part of the 54th Zlin International Film Festival for Children and Youth  it gave me hope that everything will be fine and other shorts will get in in at least one film festival, and that for me was a victory, plain and simple.

Born That Way was in the Student Film competition "Zlin Dog"

Born That Way was in the 54 Zlin International Film Festival for Children and Youth

And you don’t have to take it to heart if no one from the film programmers is answering your emails or if their emails are short and terse. In the beginning, when I wanted some feedback from the film festival programers on their rejection/acceptance decisions , I was a bit put off by the lack of replies but I understood where the silence is coming from  (I even put a sort of tracker on my emails to see when they open it or read it – can you say desperate?).

My tip from this post is don’t be afraid to ask for feedback or write to programmers, someone will eventually answer you.

Stay put, up next I am going to talk about deadlines!

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