Film Festival Submissions...how much do I tell them?
So I just finished making a feature length animated film and I'm starting to submit to film festivals...which is fairly new territory for me. I'm filling out the submission information. First they ask for a pitch of 125 words or less, wrote that no problem, like what I wrote. Then they ask for a synopsis of 250 words or less, no sweat, I already had a synopsis that I'd written for my website. But then they ask for a 'long' synopsis of 1000 words or less. There's an option to skip it, and quite honestly that's what I'd like to do but I'm not sure if I should. At this point I can't elaborate further without giving away a lot of plot detail. Does anybody know what this information is used for at this point. I'd rather the screeners watch the film and make their decisions based on that, because I don't like the idea of their minds potentially being made up or at least being biased in one direction or another based on my wording in that lengthy synopsis. It's also a murder mystery and those details if spoiled could also affect their enjoyment of film. But maybe I'm being naive. Maybe I need to sell them on the details before they'll commit to watching the movie. If I leave that field blank am I doing myself a diservice or sending the wrong the message? Am I gonna seem disrespectful? Will it make me seem like a premedona? Cuz I'm not, I'm just a movie geek who likes to believe any flick can get a fair shake.