Chin up, friends. It might be hard, but it’s not impossible.
Whichever way it’s done, it’s never too soon to start preparing for this holy grail of festival submissions. Watch above and below to get a head start on the competition.
These video interviews, from our colleagues at Film Courage, center on Diane Bell and Chris Byrne, and their Sundance experiences with ‘Obelidia’ – which, even though it was submitted on the very latest day possible and with no personal connections to the festival, went on to win the Alfred P. Sloan Award, a cinematography award AND was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize.
The biggest take-away from these interviews, in short, is that a unique, personal vision and a great product will get you there. And once you’re there, don’t sit back and hope for the best. Make the most of every single bit of publicity your Sundance acceptance gets you. That’s how you open the door to the distributors.