We’ll get the bad news out of the way first. We mentioned that the first festival we entered after finishing Saying Goodbye was the Atlanta Film Festival. We knew it was a stretch for us because they prefer edgier films with Oscar aspirations; and while we love our sweet, sappy film, we know it doesn’t fit that mold. However, we still held our breath and thought really happy thoughts when we opened the email from Atlanta, but even though the message was very nice and encouraging, it was still an ego-bruising ‘no.’ But since three of our amazing actors are from Atlanta, we quickly brushed ourselves off and found several smaller film festivals in Atlanta which we applied to, so hopefully their friends and family will have a chance to see the film in a theater.
And now to turn those frowns upside down: we found out this morning we’ve been accepted into the Myrtle Beach International Film Festival (MBIFF). Hurray!! MBIFF was named by MovieMaker Magazine as one of 2009’s 25 festivals worth the submission fee, so we are thrilled to be a part of it this year. The festival will be April 19th – 23rd. Since the MBIFF is before the Charleston International Film Festival, it will end up being our official World Premiere, so if you are near the area, we’d love to have you join us for this exciting Saying Goodbye milestone. We’ll update the blog, Facebook, and Twitter once we find out more details about the day and time we’ll be playing.
We are still waiting to hear back from most of the festivals we've applied to, but the next round of notifications won’t be until late May and early June, so we have a long time to gnaw on our fingernails and hope for more good news.