Film Festival screenings Amidst the Covid 19 Pandemic
The festival submission process for Destiny's Road started out rough. We got so many rejections the first round of submissions, with only making the official selection of one film festival and finalist for another. Although it wasn't what I expected, I was grateful. It saved my self esteem. I knew I had a good quality film and I thought that most film festivals would recognize that too.
After getting some honest feedback at a test screening with fellow film directors from Alliance of Women Directors, I realized that I needed to be more strategic with my submissions. I shifted my focus from applying to the commercial festivals with A list attachments to niche festivals located in places where I could build an audience for the feature version of my film, which I've already written.
Finally, I started receiving multiple emails that started with "Congratulations." I still received rejections but not as many as before. We screened at the Cinema Sisters International Film Festival in early March, then Covid 19 hit. The postponed emails began to flood my inbox. We were scheduled to screen at the Women's International Film Festival in Philadelphia in late March and International Christian Film Festival in Orlando in June. Both were canceled with notices of possibly rescheduling to a later date. So far, the only festival that shifted online was The Black Truth Film Festival, where we will also receive our first Award. The award announcement will take place on June 10th at 3pm (pst)/6pm (est) after the zoom screening. You can purchase tickets to the screening and Q&A here.