many submissions does DWF receive?
received nearly 1600 submissions in 2012. Don’t worry about
the number of films that we receive because, frankly, DWF screens
films differently than any film festival that we know of. Also
we do not ‘ask’ films to submit ...never have, never
will. When a festival ‘invites’ a film to submit or
screen at their fest - it effectively eliminates screening slots
that should have been given to filmmakers who actually submitted.
Bottom line - If your film is AWESOME - we want to see it.
my film get seen?
films go through a preliminary screening process of three screeners.
They are ALL viewed in their entirety - PERIOD. We do not watch
films for the first five minutes to see if it ‘hooks’
us. By the time a film reaches the point of being selected for
the festival - it is viewed many additional times.
choices are not accidents. Frankly, you shouldn’t have to
thank ANY film festival for viewing your film. It is their obligation
- not their prerogative.
right...EVERY film festival "say" they watch everything...
not very trusting, are you? If you are unlucky enough to receive
a rejection letter (we interrupt this sentence to say - we REALLY
hate calling them rejection letters - it’s just an opinion
- no single opinion on the face of this earth will make or break
your film. We now return to our statement in progress...) you
won’t just get a form letter. We actually comment on your
submission. We are probably one of the only film festivals in
the country that actually receives ‘thank you’ letters
for our rejection letters. But let’s get real. It’s
a matter of respect. We care about people because if you are lucky
enough to be a part of DWF - we don’t want the attitude.
We want the talent, not the bull. Please note that while we do
send back ‘positive’ comments from our panelists -
we do not send a critique unless requested after the fact.
the heck do you guys think you are, charging entry fees to indie
fees are an integral part of running the festival. Remember, we
are not some corporation. We ARE filmmakers. As a rule the festival
will not waive the entry fee to anyone. If we did it for one we
would have to do it for everyone in fairness. Our entry fee is
pretty average. If it is of huge concern, don’t wait until
the late deadline.
you guys give out awards?
- the festival is competitive - however keep in mind that we are
not the ‘special olympics’ of independent film festivals
(you probably have heard the stories of some festivals who give
out awards to practically every film that screens - in fact there
is one out there that has been known to give out awards to films
that have never even screened in their festival...). While the
festival is competitive we do not look at our filmmakers as competing
against each other...afterall - who’s to say that the color
of blue is better than the color of red? But finally - yes - we
do give out awards.