Small Films = Big Pain in the Ass?

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      Darryl Macdonald, a co-founder and sitting member on the board of directors for the Seattle International Film Festival, as well as the Executive Director for the Palm Springs International Film Festival was quoted in a recent Indiewire article on an old adage of his about small films.

      “We have an adage at film festivals, but the smaller the film, the bigger a pain in the ass the filmmaker’s going to be. It’s not a generality, and it seems to bear itself out. Anybody who works at a film festival, either in hospitality or programming, will tell you this, “It’s the people who haven’t yet tasted success who are the most demanding people to deal with. In general the bigger the star, the easier they are to deal with. It’s not always the case, but often enough it is. With a certain amount of success comes a certain amount of self assurance. Directors you particularly see this in. Actors less so. They have no demands and if something goes wrong at the screening– heavens forbid it’s the screen in the wrong aspect ratio or the print is scratched or whatever–they tend to be mellower.”

      I posted this quote on my blog, along with my own contradictory thoughts on my experience with small filmmakersDarryl took exception to this, which resulted in his posting several comments to the Blog-o-STIFF and may be entertaining reading for some folks. If you want, you can check it out here:


      Clint Berquist

      Director, Seattle’s True Independent Film Festival

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      In one way or another, i agree with you. But it really matters cause there are small films that are worth watching considering the theme more than the actors it has. And with the actors? I strongly agree with you. Freshies are so hard to get on. a real big pain in the ass.

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      I really insist that you guys repost this story in a different font… and with music or a motion background. And send me bottled water RIGHT NOW.


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