I just wrapped up a whirlwind weekend at the Cleveland International Film Festival. What a great experience! I can't recommend this festival enough. Not only where the theaters packed, but there were huge crowds waiting in standby lines to see films, the staff were all wonderful, the festival was well organized, and they treated filmmakers very well. I got to speak on a panel, see my movie beautifully projected on the big screen and do a Q&A with the audience after.
I met so many great
filmmakers, like the very funny and charismatic Marvin Solomon from LA with a
fantastic comedy short "Tug" in the same block as my film. The enigmatic
Nic Balthazar from Belgium with 2 feature films at the festival (I got to see
"Time of My Life" and was blown away by it, great writing, acting,
everything, bring tissues if you get a chance to see it.) There was Valerie
(international short film winner) and Fabrice from Paris who were both charming and
easy-going. Mike "LJ" Littlejohn who was working at the festival and
always made our evenings out even more entertaining, though he had been working
all day and I'm sure he wasn't getting enough sleep. And so many more. I have
made great connections at this festival. I cannot say enough good things about
it. If you ever have the chance to go, do it! Stay tuned for the video.
P.S. - I've now heard back from all the festivals I submitted films to and Cleveland is the only one I got into. I spoke to a filmmaker who suggested I submit to more LGBT fests and he would give me a list. So I might do that now. As always, I'll keep you posted.