Simone does the PR at 1001 Production House
Time for some complaining and I want to tell you about a game I’ve been playing for some time now.
The last month or so we’ve been sending Dance Iranian Style to distributors, film festivals, or to whomever can help us with this project. One thing I never really thought about is happening right now. It’s what the people call “the waiting game”. I really have no idea what the rules are and no idea what the duration of this game is. But one thing I do know: it’s a silent game. Total silence, not a word.
We have to wait for replies from distributors and we have to wait for festivals to give us the green light so we can proceed. I’ll explain this last part of the waiting game a little more. Every festival wants to be unique. After my blog last time you know that there are a lot of weird festivals in this world, every single one looking for its own audience and unique factor. But a lot of the big festivals are all looking for the same; the next gem in the film business, the next big hit. So the festivals made up some rules and regulations. One of the festivals our film was send to is the International Film Festival Rotterdam. It’s a beautiful festival with lots of attention for experimental films and work of visionaries. Just the right festival for our Dance Iranian Style. BUT in the rules and regulations of IFFR it states that the movie has got to be a world premiere. This means we cannot show DIS anywhere else before the IFFR screening. Okay, so that’s not such a big deal you might think. What if I tell you the deadline for the IFFR to tell us if we made the selection in mid-December?! We have to wait until the end of the year before we know if we have a chance. Until then I can only focus on festivals starting after February 2015. And that’s just so far away in time. Totally working in the future over here.
So it’s not so much the fault of the IFFR, absolutely not, but it shows me the rules and regulations of the waiting game. Preparing for what might happen. I have to make different scenarios for all the possible “what ifs”. The festival in Cannes is even worse. They want a world premiere too, but the festival isn’t until May. So waiting for that might be worth something, because the festival has such a good name and would be an excellent starting point. But then I have to play the waiting game for 5 more months!! And it’s frustrating already. No can do, I want some action. And stubborn as I am, I WANT IT NOW!
ps. I know i sound like a little kid. Sometimes I think I'm 6 all over again. Next week time for some positive things. Maybe some rainbows, unicorns and fairies. :)