Monday, November 16, 2009

Embargo Over

Clonehunter Trailer from Andrew Bellware on Vimeo.



Here's the trailer to Clonehunter. The irony is that the best visual effects aren't even in the trailer (so it might get revised for the Cannes Film Market.)

10 comments:

Scott Bellware said...

Hey, hope to see it at Fantastic Fest in Austin!

Andrew Bellware said...

We don't usually submit to film festivals. We don't have the political connections to get in, and they don't help us sell the picture. So we've quit even trying! ;-)

Chance Shirley said...

I bet Fantastic Fest WOULD help you sell a movie. If you could get FF to show your movie...

Andrew Bellware said...

Well OK then. You guys win. Austin Fantastic Fest is closed to new entries for the season but I'll get an email from Withoutabox when they open again.
We never qualify as cool enough for festivals, so I've little faith that we'll get in. But we'll send them the overpriced submission fee and see if we can get in next year...

Chance Shirley said...

Andrew -- sorry, I wasn't trying to say you should submit to Fantastic Fest. Actually, I agree with you -- it is a waste of money. I just meant that FF is kind of the Sundance of genre fests, and it would probably get you some industry attention if your movie played there. But the odds of getting them to show your movie with a blind/paid submission is slim. And when I say "your movie," I mean "anybody's movie."

After receiving several rejection letters for Interplanetary, my new approach is no more paid fest submissions. Well, except for the four fests who got behind Interplanetary. I will happily send a fest a submission if invited (and if the submission fee is waived), but no more blind submission lottery action for me.

Andrew Bellware said...

Nope nope nope, now that you've gone and convinced me to send to them "blind" I ain't goin' back! ;-)

Seriously, what morons rejected Interplanetary? That's just stupid. Interplanetary is by far the best independent sci-fi movie this year. And I daresay it gives District 9 a run for the money...

Festivals.

Suck.

But I guess we all know that, don't we? ;-)

Chance Shirley said...

Interplanetary has been rejected from nine fests so far (best I can tell from my Withoutabox account):

The New York City Horror Film Festival, Fantastic Planet: Sydney International Sci-Fi & Fantasy Film Festival, Chicago Horror Festival, International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival, Spooky Movie: The Washington, D.C. International Horror Film Festival, TERROR FILM FESTIVAL, Sacramento Horror Film Festival, Eerie Horror Film Festival, Fantastic Fest

All those rejections were off blind submissions.

We had great screenings at Indie Memphis, WT Fest in Norway, Oxford Film Fest, and, of course, Sidewalk here in Birmingham, AL. We were invited to submit to those fests.

The one outlier is the Hollywood Film Fest, which accepted our movie, but it wasn't a completely "blind" submission. A friend of a friend was working at the festival at the time and encouraged us to submit.

I have submissions out to two other fests (a small one in north Alabama and a big one in Utah). After I hear back from those two, I'm done.

Chance Shirley said...

And thanks for the continued support of Interplanetary! I thought D9 blew IP out of the water, but I'm happy to see a favorable comparison of the two.

Andrew Bellware said...

Festivals are a racket, aren't they?

IP is a very different picture than D9. But in the realm of good I'd put 'em in the same boat of best sci-fi this year.

Andrew Bellware said...

Hey Scott -- you have any pull at the Austin Fantastic Fest? ;-)