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Earlier tonight, a filmmaker friend commented to me, “This is the most anxious, depressing week in American indie film.” He was referring to next week’s announcement of the Sundance Film Festival selections (with the accepted filmmakers notified in advance), an announcement thousands of filmmakers wait to hear. Not to mention, thousands of distributors, journalists, agents, programmers, etc. etc. And, now, we wait. Some filmmakers have heard by now, but most have not. Another filmmaker friend who is waiting for word on a film submission told me that he wasn’t anxious until someone casually asked, “Have you heard anything yet?”

Here’s the thing: Sundance will no doubt have an incredible lineup this year. But, for all those filmmakers who don’t make the cut, fear not. This doesn’t spell the end of your film’s life, let alone yours. Year after year, I see filmmakers make themselves sick over this week. Stop it. Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday. Relax. Besides, there’s nothing you can do about it now…

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