My first festival submissions ~ Sundance
Neither of my submissions are brand new, I've probably already shared them with you. My first entry is the 7 minute "Odyssey" fractal animation set to Mozart. http://www.nanogirl.com/personal/odyssey.htm I entered it in the US Short Film (experimental) category.
My second entry is the ode to my sister Julie, "The Gift" which I entered into the US Short film (narrative) category.
I feel Odyssey may be my best chance. Granted, this festival is the super duper big leagues (the name alone comes from the role Robert Redford played in the movie "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid". I'm being realistic about this, so I know that my chances are most likely slim (or lower - at least at this moment in time), still you never know if you don't try.
They don't communicate with you to tell you they received your submission but they did say you could include a self addressed postcard that would come back to me in 4 weeks. I used an Escher postcard for each and wrote "we got your flick" on the message section. As for finding out if the entries will screen I think they contact by email and/or phone.
The process itself has been a learning experience for me, how to go about it, what forms to fill out, the deadlines, the categories etc. We were also required to make a (movie - not data) DVD in the tall retail sized cases, so I made my own cover art to fit. I used images from my animations to make the cover for each one. You can see pictures of my DVD's in the above photo. They suggested that we make back up copies onto vhs tapes in case our DVD's failed to play for some reason. I called the camera shops and while they can transfer DVD to vhs, they send it out for three weeks, well that would have been past my deadline (which was the 20th for my particular early entry fee). Some how I found out that I could play my DVD on my television set and record it with the vhs at the same time. The quality isn't that great, but that's why it's a back up. So there was a lot to learn in all of this preparation.
In the future I will have longer and more content controlled work that could be higher qualified candidates for submission and submitting these two shorts, has educated me so that the next time might not be as confusing as if I entered cold. Seems like I am always doing something for the first time, but I feel good about that. It feels like growing. I'd like to thank my friends, my Mom and Jim for always supporting me in growth! Best wishes,
The Sundance Institute
2008 Sundance Film Festival
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