Some of them come from old friends, filmmakers whose faith in us keeps them submitting their work year after year. A film festival has to work very hard to prove its integrity to the artists seeking to have their films exhibited. All festivals require a submission fee, and independent filmmakers are working with very limited financial resources; decisions on which festivals to submit to are based in part on which festivals will treat judge their films professionally and fairly in the competition process. The Lindsey Festival is always conscious of this, and we are proud to have so many filmmakers trust us with their projects year after year.
We are just as honored when filmmakers select the Lindsey Fest for the first time. As a small, university sponsored festival, we have to work hard to compete with the bigger named, bigger city festivals for submissions; part of that work over the years has been to prove that professionalism wrapped in Southern Hospitality can make up for size and name, and to show that the films always come first at our festival. We must be doing something right because new filmmakers tell us time and time again how another filmmaker recommended our festival for its special treatment of each filmmaker and submission.
As we begin the submission process for the 2014 George Lindsey UNA Film Festival, we eagerly anticipate hearing from old friends and making new ones; it’s our Christmas in May!