Sundance and Doritos

Well, it’s been a weekend of rejection, folks. It’s unfortunate that my first post about work in a while has to be the bearer of bad news, but it is an update, so I must report.

We have been officially notified that neither Lights or ms and me was selected to be shown at the Sundance Film Festival this year. I’m not entirely surprised by this notification. Having our films in Sundance was a distant dream, and the chances were very slim.

In the email we received, it was said that the festival received over 9,000 submissions, just for short films. They could select only a few, less than 1% of the total submissions. The odds were definitely not in our favor.

This is definitely a bummer. So far, our track record with festivals isn’t the greatest. We’re still waiting to hear back from the Geneva Film Festival, and we’ll receive a decision from them by the end of the month. Hopefully, since this particular festival is local, we’ll have better luck.

As I’ve mentioned before, this is a pretty large chunk of cash we’ve been dropping on submission fees for these festivals. It’s going to come time for us to decide whether to keep pushing with one or both of these films, or to cut our losses and move on to the next project.

In addition to the rejection from Sundance, it has also become apparent that ‘Crave From the Grave’ was not selected for the top 50 submissions in the Doritos Crash the Super Bowl Contest. While we received no official notification of this, the Doritos website has updated to include the apparent semi-finalists.

Once again, I’m not entirely surprised by this outcome. This was also a very steep competition, and while I am proud of the commercial we came up with, there were definitely other submissions that fit the Doritos particular brand of humor better.

Nonetheless, it still would have been pretty neat to make it in to the semi-finals. Winning the competition was a long shot, but top 50 would have been pretty great.

In case you didn’t see Crave From the Grave while it was in the competition, I’ve uploaded it for sharing so you can see it now.

As usual, I will continue to update this blog with anything that occurs with my work, whether that be with my current projects or future projects. Even if I’m absent for a while, please know that I’m still around, chugging down the path slowly, but surely.


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