Someone left a comment on a recent blog asking 1) Has Women's Studies been released. 2) Where is it going to show? 3) Any festivals that you can list yet?
The answers to those questions are 1) No, but it's finished. 2) Still unknown. 3) Not yet.
It seems strange to have put so much work and effort into Women's Studies for the past couple years, yet now have all this "down time" while waiting to hear from festivals. Should we be being more pro-active? Well, we are being pro-active in some arenas. However, our festival strategy requires we use a little bit of patience before more actively seeking distribution.
Do festivals work? Since this is my first feature, I have no idea. I do know that the number of festivals that actual distribution deals come out of is small. The point is more to get exposure, generate interest, and make the project more marketable to therefore (hopefully) make a better deal. Remember, we have a responsibility to investors to keep.
The wait sucks a bit, because otherwise I'd be on the phone hassling every industry contact I have about getting WS in front of a distributor. I've actually been contacted by a few sales agents, some recently, who are interested in helping Cindy and I sell the film. Right now, I'm keeping communication and my options open. Again though, we'll see what happens with festivals.
I am excited about getting Women's Studies in front of audiences. And as soon as I have information to pass on, I will.