Well, I received a generic rejection email from Sundance Film Festival today, indicating that Girlfriend 19 was not accepted to its 2012 festival.
What struck me most in the letter was the claim that Sundance received over 11,700 submissions and accepted only 180 films.
Harvard University accepts around 7% of its undergraduate applicants; however, the Sundance acceptance rate this year was about 1.5%! That’s unbelievable. Of course, Sundance is including both short and feature films in its 11,700; nonetheless, the numbers are astronomical.
I don’t regret submitting to Sundance and I fully respect their decision. Girlfriend 19 is a film I am extremely proud of and our rejection by Sundance does not contradict that; it simply means our film is not a good fit for their 2012 season.
I’ve got 7 more festivals to hear from, all very prominent with similarly difficult acceptance rates. Although I dislike rejection, I fully realize it’s part of the nebulous world of independent film.