After several uneasy weeks of anticipation, it is my honor to announce that my first short documentary Forever Boogies has been picked up by the Rincón International Film Festival (RIFF)!
I received the news today, and I have to say that there is nothing more exciting or more humbling than to hear that your first project will be showcased at such a high platform. The excitement I’m experiencing is the mixture of nervousness, happiness, and positive shock. It felt like it was yesterday that I was only dreaming of becoming a filmmaker, not daring to pick up that pen and write a script. It was only yesterday that I dared to say “I will follow my dreams” and here I am, with my first short documentary, being screened at a festival like the RIFF.
Although many (jaded) people would say ‘well it’s just being screened, it’s no big deal.” Let me just say that being selected to be screened with hundreds of other filmmakers as part of a festival that celebrates the artistry, hand work, and sacrifice that is filmmaking is a big deal. It doesn’t have to be a huge nomination for it to count, just being selected to be a part of this event is exciting and humbling – it’s a further acknowledgement on the potential of director’s creative work, as well as being an indication that I am on the right track in my career selection.
As a new filmmaker I know that there is a lot that I need to learn, but to know that I have this potential and that others see it is extremely encouraging and motivating to continue working on project like these.
For those who are in the island and would like to attend the festival, I’ve included links to their website and Facebook pages in this post for you to keep track of their schedules and dates each film category will be screened. It would be great to see some of my readers there.