So this is my first foray into web series and thus film festivals and I’m learning a lot, the pros and cons, unfortunately, I’m learning more of the cons than the pros but it’s all good cos you can’t grow unless you make mistakes. Anyway, I recently entered my web series Rebecca Gold, into a film festival and we were selected for the fest.
Just a little back story, when I conceived of the web series idea I also wanted an option to make it into a short as well, which meant that I couldn’t go past 30 minutes as I was told that most shorts in film festivals didn’t except shorts longer than 30 minutes.
Rebecca Gold in its short reincarnation got accepted and the main cast and main crew were excited and up for traveling outside of London (UK), to support this, admittedly from the festival organizer, small festival. I wanted to know what our short was nominated for and there was no info on their website/facebook page/Twitter, I was finally told via an email that we were not nominated for anything.
As you can guess all of the cast and crew decided to opt out of going as there was no justification as far as they can see on spending money on a festival where the project wasn’t nominated, and I have to say I agree with them, hotel costs, travel expenses, and food do all add up for struggling actors and filmmakers. I have to admit I do find it strange that our film would be selected but not nominated but saying that I do understand that it is a film festival and not just an awards ceremony.
The questions I want to ask is, is it normal for festivals of this kind to screen shorts or films that are not nominated? As I’ve said I’m a newbie at this, was my short selected because they didn’t have enough films to cover the event or good enough films, is this just a cash grab as some suggest to me it might?
What do you guys think?