It came as little surprise to receive the following email yesterday.
On behalf of the Sundance Programming staff, I would like to thank you for submitting your film to the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Unfortunately, we are not able to include it in our Festival program. We received more than 11,700 films for consideration this year, which obviously did not make our decision-making process any easier. We selected less than 180 films from around the globe, so the competition was stiff to say the least. Please know that your film was carefully considered by our team, and we truly respect your hard work and dedication as an independent filmmaker. We wish you the best of luck with the project and look forward to the opportunity to view your work in the future.
Director, Sundance Film Festival
I’m not disappointed. It’s just part of the process of finding the film’s audience. How it will pan out in the future is a complete mystery to all involved, which is actually quite an exciting thing in itself!