4 March 2011
An Eric Snider article lays down the rules of how to get your brilliant film into Sundance. I’ve been trying to cook up something to write about film festivals in general. I don’t know what the purpose of film festivals is. I used to think it was about discovering unknowns. All they do is celebrate the knowns. All they do is publicize the stars that come to their festival. When was the last time any festival said, “you know that director so and so, we discovered him/her.” When was the last time any festival was proud of saying that?
The point is that you should read this brilliant piece by Snider on the Seattle PI. What he is saying is that it is possible to apply a strategy when preparing to make your movie, if you have Sundance in mind. The strategy is simple. In order to get into Sundance, you should make a somewhat pretentious movie, about rebellious teenagers with a dysfunctional family, and lose that tripod. It’s hilarious: The 10 commandments of getting a film into Sundance.