With Baited Breath

I’ve been eagerly checking the Facebook page for the Carmarthen Bay Film Festival to see if the awards have been posted yet.  They are five hours ahead of us, so it’s about 3 AM there right now.  The ceremony is certainly over, but the page has not been updated as of yet.

No problem, I am a very patient person.  Still, it’s exciting to think there may be a new laurel out there for us.  I know my team is waiting too.  Like a bunch of kids on Christmas Eve.

Well, it’s just the start.  There will be more festivals and screenings in our future.  More movies too.  I’ll update you all here as soon as I hear something.

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Award Winning Has a Nice Ring to It

Tomorrow, April 14, is the awards ceremony at the Carmarthen Bay Film Festival in Wales, where ISN’T IT ROMANTIC? premiered on April 10.  It would be terrific to win one.

We could display the laurel on our Facebook page, one sheet and posters.  We could call it our “Award winning film”.  That would be very helpful in promotion and raising money for our next project.

I do have to say that I am really happy with everything that has happened thus far.  This film turned out very well.  I honestly expected that.  I believed in this project from day one.  I had some terrific people on my production team and a great cast.  It’s amazing to think back to a year ago, when I was still working on the script, I only had the leads cast and I had no idea where I was getting the money from or how I would fill out the crew and where I would shoot it.  It all came together through hard work, some good fortune and a group of us pulling together.

Keep your fingers crossed for us tomorrow.  I do like the sound of “Award Winning Film”.

A Hit in Wales!

Today, at 4:45 PM local time, ISN’T IT ROMANTIC? made its world premiere.  My editor was there and he reported that the film was well received.  The audience laughed, they were engaged and thoroughly enjoyed it.  After, there was a brief Q and A and he answered several questions about our team, the making of the film and how we raised the money.

What a terrific feeling!  My co-writer and I were emailing and texting each other around the time of the screening and we were very excited when we received the report.  So exciting to know that the project we work and sweated over, pouring in our talent and passion got out there in the world and did what it was supposed to: entertain a group of people.

This continues to be an amazing experience.  My hopes were to appeal to an international audience.  Domestic success alone is no longer enough to thrive in the film industry.  We reached a European audience.  Fantastic.

We’ve submitted to three other festivals thus far and have a list of others we will also try.  Next on tap is the New York International Shorts Festival.  They’ve got our film and the notification date is April 19.  I would love to get into that one.  Great festival in the biggest market in the country, which also happens to be my home town.  I will be there for that one if we’re accepted.

My writing partner and I are also working on the next project.  We plan to have the script finished by the end of the month at which point we’ll begin fund raising.  The life of an indie filmmaker.  Easy?  No.  Rewarding?  So far, very!

“Isn’t It Romantic?”‘s World Premiere

The official selection laurel of the Carmarthen Bay Film Festival.

The official selection laurel of the Carmarthen Bay Film Festival.

With ISN’T IT ROMANTIC?’ now completely finished, the only task left is promotion, marketing and distribution.  I say “only”, but it is a very big task.  So far, it is going very well.

Ten days from today, April 10, our quirky, funny romantic comedy short makes its world premiere at the Carmarthen Bay Film Festival in  Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, Wales.  It’s a very exciting time for all of us who worked on the film.  We’ve shown it to the cast and crew as well as selected family and friends, but this will be the first time it will be viewed by an actual impartial audience.

The venue is the Stradey Park Hotel, a beautiful building, at least from the pictures I’ve seen.  I would love to be able to attend with my co-writer, but logistics dictate that we can’t.  However, my editor has family in Wales and will be attending with his wife and daughter.  He’s going to represent us and handle the Q & A session.  So we’re in very capable hands.

We’ve also begun submitting to other festivals.  We’re shooting for exposure in major cities, both domestic and international where we will have a chance for industry professionals to see the movie.  We’re very proud of what we accomplished.  My co-writer and I have a new script that we are developing for our next project, which we plan to shoot late summer.

I’ll keep you up to date on the progress of both projects.

The movie is now listed on IMDB.  Take a look.  ISN’T IT ROMANTIC? on IMDB