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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Deal Dollars; Award Oversight; Letters?

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Deal Dollars; Award Oversight; Letters?

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Deal Dollars; Award Oversight; Letters?

by indieWIRE Readers

[EDITORS NOTE: indieWIRE encourages our readers to submit letters to the
editor for possible inclusion in indieWIRE. Readers wishing to react can
send an email message to: (letters may be published
and are subject to the terms of the legal page linked at the end of this

>> IN RESPONSE TO: Deal Articles Without Dollars

Dear indieWIRE,

I am a big fan of indieWIRE, but more and more I feel that there is
something missing in the reporting.

There is continuous talk about deals, deals and deals. That is very good.
The filmmakers should know who are the players and where could be the
potential interest for their films. But there is NEVER talk about the
economics of the deals: what is actually going to the filmmakers: is
there any money going back to them?

I am sure that this is all very confidential and that many people do
not want to disclose figures. On the other hand, some insight in where
returns can be had, could be very stimulating for producers, learn them
things and prepare them better for their own negotiations. I think your
journalists should dig a little deeper. It is important that filmmakers
will learn where and how they can make some money. Filmmaking is an
expensive business. I have been selling docs for more than 20 years and
I know something about returns to filmmakers. The documentary world has
become very competitive and more than ever, filmmakers MUST know where
the potential revenue comes from.

Best regards,

Jan Rofekamp


Films Transit International

[EDITORS RESPONSE: indieWIRE is sensitive to filmmaker’s concerns about
revealing dollar amounts connected to deals. However this is a
good point and we will explore a way to offer a case study which can
satisfy some of your request. Perhaps we can work with you to create
such an article — Eugene Hernandez]


>> IN RESPONSE TO: In Praise of Small Jewels; The Rise of the “Regional” Film Festival

Dear Sandy Mandelberger,

I was very excited to read your article, “In Praise of Small
Jewels…” I had advice from a sales rep not to tell anyone that
my documentary, “Naked States” was at that festival. When I told him I
tied for the audience award that still didn’t matter to him. I happen
to be very proud of that, after 3 1/2 years of making a film it is
wonderful to be recognized.

I was disappointed that there was no mention of “Naked States” which
tied for the audience award in the paragraph where you gave mention
to every award winning film. Was this an oversight?

Best regards,

Arlene Donnelly

Director/Producer “Naked States”

[EDITORS RESPONSE: While we included the film in our Florida award
winners article, we failed to include it in Sandy Mandelberger’s
article. We apologize for the oversight. — Eugene Hernandez]


>> IN RESPONSE TO: Letters to the Editor

Dear Sirs,

I enjoy your newsletter daily, but am not interested in reading letters
of your subscribers. Whatever flap occurred because of an article
about the Seattle Film Festival should be handled with a brief statement
from your Editor and then leave it at that. This vituperative debate
is a waste of your other subscriber’s time spent in scanning articles.

Thank you,


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