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Is the Ghost of Christmas Present an Independent Spirit ?

By gabe | Gabe's Declaration of Principles December 2, 2008 at 8:01AM

Is the Ghost of Christmas Present an Independent Spirit ?
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'Tis the Season:

December is the time for Independent Spirit.

To wit:

1) Most filmmakers receive news from Sundance (Slamdance, etc.) about whether or not they will be playing Park City.

(Note: I've written about my feelings on this topic at length. As the distribution world continues to implode/evolve/market correct/mutate, Festivals remain ever more important to a filmmaker's overall strategy. And not just festivals that end with "dance," "west," "beca" and "onto.". Submit to Atlanta, Sarasota, Maryland, Sidewalk, etc)

2) Year end lists begin to percolate, with the inevitable spotlight thrust onto the year's most worthy releases. Without fail, these lists are populated with indies.

3) Awards season shifts into full gear as so many hopefuls open theatrically looking to live up to the hype, catch the Oscar wave, and buzz to a four+ month box office pay day.

4) Film Independent's Independent Spirit Award nominations are announced (props to ATL's The Signal for nabbing a John Cassavetes nom); and IFP's Gotham Awards ramp up even as I write this...my Twitter account is a-tweet with tweets.

5) The Call for Entries close for many Spring Festivals...including Oscar qualifiers like the Atlanta Film Festival: (Note: technically, the extended deadline is January 9, but the time for frugal filmmakers to submit is before December 5!)

Over 1,300 have already submitted...get your film to Dan and the committee ASAP!

We can't wait to consider your film for the ATL.