From : FlicksArt@aol.com
To : undisclosed-recipients:
Subject : Rhode Island International Film Festival
Date : Mon, 14 Jul 2003 16:39:06 EDT
It has been a long and arduous process in making the selection
or this year's Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF),
August 5-10, 2003. Over 1,000 entries were received this year,
which made the judging process difficult and at times painful
since we have only so many slots for exhibition. Many fine
entries were received and deciding which films will be able
to play has not been an easy one. This is the reason for the
delay in informing all filmmakers of their status within the
festival - a great many changes occurred as we tried to find
additional spaces for screening, and we decided to put final
notification on hold until we could truly secure the schedule.
Our apologies for the delay and any trouble this might have
That being said, unfortunately, I am sorry to report, your
film was not selected. We tried to keep it as democratic as
possible making sure that each film received at least three
viewings by different judges. When there was a question, an
ombudsman was assigned to review the film again. In the end,
the films selected were based on a grade scale that had the
potential of 12 applicable questions worth 10 points apiece.
A percentage was determined on each entry from the combined
The problem here, we discovered, as we began booking the
schedule was that a high scoring film might not be selected
due to exhibition limitations. Since everything was chosen
in order of scoring, when our available slots were filled
in a given category, we had to stop and many titles that were
worthy of screening could not be booked. There was just no
I know, you're saying, this is just a rejection. Well, it
is and it isn't.
Please know that we at the Film Festival respect your work.
We know what time and effort you put into your film. You have
not lost in our book. The fact that you were able to make
a film at all is a great statement and something you should
take great pride in.
Judging, no matter how scientifically you devise it, is still
a subjective product. Even with a system of checks and balances,
it ultimately boils down to a personal opinion. And, in our
case, an issue of time spaces available.
I know that it is probably not much of a consolation, but
sending this type of letter is not any easy thing. We are
all filmmakers ourselves and none of us have looked forward
to sending out this letter. We've gotten them ourselves.
We really appreciate your entry into our Festival. Thank
you. Best of luck in your future projects.
Rhode Island International Film Festival