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Gonzo_Entertainment
10-04-2010, 01:53 PM
Well, I had to post a bit of a brag thread.

I started the festival submissions on my new film a little over a month ago. The first festival notification date was a festival near me in Paducah Kentucky called River's Edge (this is their 6th year). I got the Accepted email last week. The second notification I was looking for was from a first year festival in DC called "The REEl Independent Film Festival and Extravaganza", I got the "Accepted" about an hour ago. Now neither of these are top tier (or hell probably even mid tier) festivals, but to start off two for two is pretty amazing. I'm sure I have a lot of "rejected" coming. I did enter several mid tier and top tier festivals, but getting these acceptances so early on ought to lessen that sting a bit.

sonnyboo
10-04-2010, 01:59 PM
Congrats. I'm a glass is half full kinda guy and these "little" successes are still just successes.

This is great news and you should be happy no matter what that your movie is playing at festivals.

ROC
10-04-2010, 01:59 PM
When you win the mid and top ones as well, I'm going to be bold enough to say it was your attention to Sound that made it happen.

:)

Papertwinproductions
10-04-2010, 02:03 PM
Congrats. Every win's a win, Gonzo. Be proud of this.

Gonzo_Entertainment
10-04-2010, 02:06 PM
Thanks guys, TRYING to not get TOO optimistic. I am still at the "all I see are the flaws" stage, but it is a huge validation that "well hell, I guess it doesn't totally suck".

I think you're right ROC, and believe me I am with you guys on the "sound is half the movie" train. I live it, I preach it, I try and make other beginning filmmakera appreciate it.

Alcove Audio
10-04-2010, 02:13 PM
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ROC
10-04-2010, 02:40 PM
I think I'm going to cry.

:)

Ernest Worthing
10-04-2010, 05:11 PM
Congrats! Let us about acceptances and wins!

Cracker Funk
10-05-2010, 01:33 PM
Congrats. Be proud of this.

:yes:

Zensteve
10-05-2010, 08:13 PM
That's awesome! Even one acceptance, in the midst of rejection, makes it all worthwhile.

Good luck at the rest you've submitted to. :cool:

Gonzo_Entertainment
10-25-2010, 12:57 PM
Another little self congratulatory bump, unless the festival director is just trying to make me feel good, I finished top 5 in the "audience choice" voting at the DC festival this past weekend (out of 48 films). Not a "win", but another good sign that the film isn't a complete hunk of crap.

Murdock
10-25-2010, 01:00 PM
It is good not to be a hunk of crap. :)

Gonzo_Entertainment
10-25-2010, 01:03 PM
It is good not to be a hunk of crap. :)

Indeed it is, and until you get in front of an audience I believe you just don't know. I know it's technically sound, but I and the rest of the crew are "too close" to have any idea whether the whole experience "works" or not.

Murdock
10-25-2010, 01:06 PM
Indeed it is, and until you get in front of an audience I believe you just don't know. I know it's technically sound, but I and the rest of the crew are "too close" to have any idea whether the whole experience "works" or not.

True.

aceofspades70
11-03-2010, 09:02 PM
Hey man, that's awesome. I say kick it in the ass and keep going with it.

Gonzo_Entertainment
01-01-2011, 07:59 PM
Well, 3 for 4. The only no so far (but not the last I am sure) being Slamdance.

This is a pretty established festival just outside Vegas.

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Gonzo_Entertainment
01-05-2011, 10:07 PM
Whoo hoo! I just got my first festival invite!
Not sure how they heard about the film, or got my email address, but a con called "Renovation: The 69th World Science Fiction Convention" in Reno Nevada has aked if they can screen The Island.

Kosh
01-05-2011, 10:26 PM
Congratulations, Gonzo! This is excellent news.

Zensteve
01-05-2011, 10:30 PM
Whoo hoo! I just got my first festival invite!

You know you have something good, when the festivals are chasing you down for the film! :cool:

Hope it wins lots! http://zenweasel.com/images/smilies/smiley_krakken.gif

Gonzo_Entertainment
02-13-2011, 10:38 AM
A bump for the news I got first runner up in the Sci Fi Horror category at Dam Short 2011. That's by audience vote. My film screened in a block on the first night, a Wednesday, when the theatre was only maybe 1/4 full. That means virtually everyone watching that block must have voted for me. Second place is second place, but there where probably 25 films in the horror/sci fi category, so I'm pretty proud of it.

The extra bonus is I just got my acceptance email from International Horror and Sci Fi Film Festival that's part of the Pheoenix Film Festival in April as well, so still plowing ahead.

Flicker Pictures
02-13-2011, 10:42 AM
Kudos, Gonzo! I'm sure 2011 will be a great year :)

Cracker Funk
02-13-2011, 04:55 PM
Sweet!

spinner
02-13-2011, 06:33 PM
That is so coo! Congratulations! :woohoo:

Any chance it might come through Michigan? I would try to go!


-- spinner :cool:

Gonzo_Entertainment
02-14-2011, 09:27 AM
Not entered in anything in that neck of the woods Spinner, but I'm not done entering yet, so we'll see.

ussinners
02-14-2011, 08:26 PM
Wow, one is great. Two is excellent. Three means you made something most want to see. That's a major accomplishment. Congratulations.

Gonzo_Entertainment
03-23-2011, 04:24 PM
Well, some nicely timed good news. Getting VERY bummed out as Florida, Atlanta, Nashville, Boston, even Tromadance all turned me down in the past couiple of weeks, but just got the email we won best drama at the Las Vegas Media Expo. Small new fest, but hey, I'll take it.

Papertwinproductions
03-23-2011, 04:31 PM
A win is a win! Congrats my good man.

indietalk
03-23-2011, 05:14 PM
:clap:

Flicker Pictures
03-23-2011, 05:23 PM
Take it and run with it! Evvybuddy luvs a winnah!! Very cool.

NickClapper
03-23-2011, 05:39 PM
Good job, sir.

I have nothing but admiration for anyone who gets stuff into competition, let alone wins things.

Gonzo_Entertainment
03-23-2011, 06:34 PM
It's a solid film, good, but not great. I did some things really well, I did some things , eh, not bad. It's a process and I took another step. I have to keep taking steps forward and not back. So far everything has been crafted to some end (like "festival friendly"). I really need to make the film I really want to make, where I don't accept any limitations, or think about consequences, just go with my gut.

Gonzo_Entertainment
04-18-2011, 10:02 AM
Just an update with the news The Island was accepted for the Pittsburg Horror Film Festival in early June. I won't be able to go. I have Roller Derby (I'm the announcer) that weekend, and in hardcore pre-pro for the new film right now. That makes 8 festivals for the film so far. I entered 25, have been accepted at 6 (with 2 still pending), and was invited to screen at 2 more I didn't enter. Mostly all "genre" festivals. Either Horror/Sci Fi, or shorts focused. Not much luck with the big boys, but pretty good for my second film.

Gonzo_Entertainment
08-08-2011, 11:12 AM
Well, the movie that wouldn't die. I didn't get in the San Pedro H.P. Lovecraft festival, but I just got the email, The Island will be playing at the H.P. Lovecraft Festival in Portland Oregon the end of September.

Nate North
08-08-2011, 11:34 AM
Good luck with this, I think you really made a great indie film here, and it's only a matter of time until everybody realizes it.

Flicker Pictures
08-08-2011, 12:06 PM
That's cool news, Gonzo. I hope to attend the San Pedro fest, but can't make the Portland one. The Island is a good short film and a nice fit for the HPLFF lineup. Congrats!

Gonzo_Entertainment
08-08-2011, 12:35 PM
That's cool news, Gonzo. I hope to attend the San Pedro fest, but can't make the Portland one. The Island is a good short film and a nice fit for the HPLFF lineup. Congrats!

I COULD have made the San Pedro fest, but can't make Portland. I'm the play by play man for the Nashville Rollergirls roller derby team and we're in the regional tournament that weekend.

Hopefully the new film is another step forward. Trying the "his films have become so good we can't ignore him" route to feature funding. We'll see how that works out... lol.