If you’re a filmmaker who doesn’t live in New York City or Los Angeles, chances are that you know what it’s like to have the hometown film festival reject your film. You could be accepted to every festival you applied to, but when the hometown rejects it, you feel like a pariah of some sort. I’ve sent my work to the Sarasota Film Festival three times now and apparently the third time is the charm because this year, JustUs has been accepted to the Sarasota Film Festival! They’re not big on horror here, this is mainly a community for retirees, but the ones that make waves at Sundance and Toronto tend to make their way to this festival.
This is why I can’t go to the Bare Bones Film Festival which is also playing JustUs. That event is happening at exactly the same time in Oklahoma.