25 January 2013 1:56 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

As any filmmaker can tell you, rejection from a film festival stings. But it shouldn’t be because the festival is operating as a sham. The overwhelming majority of film festivals are legitimate forums for independent films that are run by professional directors and programmers that adhere to the highest ethical standards — and definitely are not profit-driven.  Unfortunately, there are a few disreputable “so-called” festivals that prey on innocent and/or naïve filmmakers. As Jason Guerrasio observes in “An Iw Investigation: The Dark Underbelly of the Film Festival Circuit” (Jan. 16 & 17), some festivals engage in disreputable business practices such as accepting submissions from filmmakers but never screening any movies, or demanding and even receiving money from filmmakers for “awards.” Ultimately, the problem of disreputable »

- Laurie Kirby

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