I had wanted to post each day, but I didn't realize just how busy I would be during this week at the festival. It has been an amazing time of connecting with filmmakers, meeting with producers and distributors, attending screenings, and trying to fit in a bit of London sight seeing.
Forgiveness is a Weapon originally screened on Monday to a group of about 40 filmmakers, actors, producers etc. The feedback was humbling to say the least. As the film came to its end, the room erupted into applause. You could feel the energy in the room.
I went up for a short Q&A and the excited questions and praise came at me right away.
"How did you get the look? It's so beautiful."
"This is the most beautiful film I have seen in a long time."
"I can tell you put a lot of yourself into the film, what was the inspiration for the choices you made creating it?"
"Your film is like a classroom. I can learn so much about filmmaking from watching it."
"The music is amazing! Where can I buy this album?"
and on and on it went.
Throughout the next couple days I kept walking up on small groups of people talking and they would turn to me with big smiles and say,
"We were just talking about your film! I want to see it again." Or "I missed it and hear it's great. Can you screen it again?"
I have never felt quite so appreciated in my work before, especially from a large group of filmmakers from all over the world.
So, by popular demand, they screened it again this morning. I've had people coming up to me all day telling me that this person or that person is saying my film is beautiful and powerful. Or that their two favorite films of the festival are Forgiveness is a Weapon and the Italian short, Borderline.
In the midst of all this, I had two very important and informative meetings with industry professionals that are interested in helping me get Forgiveness is a Weapon out to some huge international festivals and also interested in helping to get my first feature film into development and beyond in the coming months.
Tomorrow is the awards show dinner. My film is nominated for Best Short, Best Director Short Film, and Best Music in Film (Dustin Morgan, Composer).
Yet no matter what happens, whether we win anything or not, I have already gotten 100% of what I wanted by coming out here.
2015 is the year of creation... What will you be creating this year?