Film Scouts Diaries

1995 Independent Feature Film Market Diaries
An Insider's View, Part VI

by Matthew Mandell

Total redemption. The network people came through in style. The meeting with the screenwriters was just what the doctor ordered. They lined up five buyers who sat and spoke to us in small groups and gave each of us time to discuss our projects and get some feedback. Many business cards were exchanged and promises of scripts to be read were given. Too boot, I had a one-on-one meeting as well which went well, even though they only buy finished projects.

Six days of pitching and running around is all that I can handle and since the weekend starts tomorrow and most of the buyers are burnt as well; its seems time to pack it in and call it quits after today. I made a few more pitches and traded some more cards, but things for me were winding down. I said my thank yous to the IFP staff members who personally helped me out this week and made an exit. But not before heading over to the French American Cinema party at the Penthouse of the Parker Meridian Hotel, 42nd floor overlooking Central Park. Found some more people to talk to and found a way to get a few more business cards into my pocket before finally heading home.

So how do I rate the market? A success. All I can ask for is that people are open to reading my script. It has to stand on its own in the long run. My work at the festival will have my laser printer working overtime to get the scripts out to the buyers who wanted it.

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