Entering a film in festivals is a bit like watching seeds germinate after you have carefully planted them in a relatively small pot. Not all of the seeds sprout; some may be eaten by ants or birds; and a few, usually VERY few, start peeking their heads above the soil. They may be small seeds at first. Some of the larger ones take longer to get going.
I also once compared it to popcorn popping, but that would be mainly for the rejections. One friend had his project rejected from 100 film festivals! I had no idea that there were so many in the world. So far, A SHORT HISTORY OF INDIANS in CANADA is running at about 50% for acceptance…which is a much higher than usual average.
Due to the dramatic subject matter, the film has to be ‘placed’ into certain festivals and must avoid others. I was told to avoid entering festivals in an entire country simply because animation was strictly for children and this film definitely isn’t.
So here are two wonderful bits of news: it’s going to have its American premiere at the RED NATIONS FILM FESTIVAL in Los Angeles, California sometimes between November 8 and 19, 2017. This sounds like an amazing event and I’m sorry that I can’t attend (I will be in Australia). The other short films sound splendid.
Its Quebec premiere comes at the Cinematheque Quebecois prestigious sommets du cinéma d’animation where it is eligible for the Prix Guy-L.-Coté du meilleur film d’animation canadien. I would absolutely love to go…but since it takes place between the 22nd and 27th of November, I will be in Australia so…can’t make it.
And so, the first green shoots of autumn are here.