Honoring Cinema

March 4, 2013

I think it’s safe to assume most young actors aspire to win awards at film festivals around the world. That’s what it’s all about, right? Having your talent and work recognized in an environment dedicated to the appreciation of cinema. It’s a lofty dream and a worthy goal. And what would it be like? What it would be like to screen your film before a group of hardcore cinephiles? What would you say when confronted with difficult questions in a Q & A session? How would you react when asked to do an interview for a film publication or local TV station? Would you meet independent filmmakers you’ve admired for years and years? Do you dare to dream of having your airfare and lodgings comped in honor of your attendance?

Well, one of the things that might give you an insight into all of these questions would be…actually going to a film festival! It’s amazing how many actors have never attended a festival of motion pictures. Why not? Hey, the multiplexes are already getting their paper. Why not support your fellow actors and filmmakers? And at the same time, you’ll be immersing yourself in the culture you wish–no, you dream–to be a part of. And trust me, there is no shortage of film festivals. There are over 4,000 flick fests in this country alone. So, I’m sure there are jamborees out there that will satisfy your particular tastes. You’ll get to check out a bunch of films that don’t have seven screenwriters listed in the opening credits, and films that may not resolve the world’s problems in the last ten minutes. Wouldn’t that be refreshing?

Call it the law of attraction, call it the secret, call it positive visualization, call it what you will; but the bottom line is, if you want to be in film festivals, you need to go to film festivals.

Please share your thoughts on any film festivals you’ve been to; or if you haven’t, let us know why not.