“Congratulations!” Said the email. “Here are your festival laurels to include on your press materials for your film.”

I had questions. What film? Which festival? I had completed a short film back in February and submitted it to a festival in order to legitimize the IMDb listing, but after not hearing anything for seven months I figured it had been a pass and I hadn’t gone looking for confirmation of the rejection.

So imagine my surprise at being ambushed by acceptance: it’s a nice change of pace from the usual narrative of frustration and struggle that is the life of a filmmaker.

I also found a dollar on the ground. Twas my lucky day.

So my little film “War on Christmas” is going to be playing at the Chicago REEL Short Film Festival on the second weekend of November. It’s unlikely that I’ll be able to attend (one dollar does not buy a plane ticket) but I’m pleased that it will at least get to screen on a big screen in front of a live audience. It’s a sweet little short film about a girl who is trying to keep the Christmas spirit alive after learning the truth about Santa. I’m pleased with it and I think it will be well timed to screen in November.

I still need to arrange to get the projection copy to the festival, but it’s work made easy by high spirits.

~ by Gwydhar Gebien on October 9, 2018.

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