What Not to Write to Film Festivals Part 1

We get a number of emails sent in to the film festival that I work at as the Programming Director. These are just a sampling for your perusal. Names and Film Titles are redacted.


Submission Waiver Plee(ase?!)

 Hola, dear Brandon. I've been thinking of reasons to ask for a waiver in order to submit my films (REDACTED) and (REDACTED), here are my top so far: (Please read with a Bronx accent)

1. I’m a nice guy

2. I work hard for the money, so hard for it honey, I work hard for the money so you better treat me right??!!

3. I volunteer in an all girl Middle school teaching a film after school program. But I guess that’s goes with #1.

4. It would be really nice to get something for free for a change.

5. I promise to allocate the same funds to the next 5 panhandlers I see in NYC

6. I’m a nice guy

7. My films is not a labor of love and it was probably the easiest 34 months of my life :)

So as you can probably see, all I really need is a break for the first time in a long long time (CUT TO: a high school to under to grad school montage with me handing out bundles of cash).

I hope I either made you laugh or angry, and i hope you consider my request favorably.

I do appreciate the hard work that goes into creating, promoting, running, and perfecting a film festival being the curator to Planet Connections (Non for profit) film festival in NYC (told you I’m a nice guy)

Thanks A bunch.

Ps. This email was crafted for you (which if you read thus far means i did something right)

​Pps. Below is a representation of current writing mood.


Brandon Ruckdashel

Brandon Ruckdashel is the Festival Director for YoungFilmmakers. He has been the Program Director for NewFilmmakers for the last three years and Marketing Director for six. Brandon is a filmmaker who is most well known for his acting work in the HBO series Co-Ed Confidential and numerous B-Movies. Brandon has worked with Roger Corman alumni Fred Olen Ray and Jim Wynorski along with a number of other very talented directors. Brandon's Directorial debut GRINDER will be out in theaters in 2016.

YoungFilmmakers screens quarterly in New York at Anthology Film Archives. Opened in 1970 by Jonas Mekas, Jerome Hill, P. Adams Sitney, Peter Kubelka, and Stan Brakhage, Anthology in its original conception was a showcase for the Essential Cinema Repertory collection. An ambitious attempt to define the art of cinema by means of a selection of films which would screen continuously, the Essential Cinema collection was intended to encourage the study of the medium’s masterworks as works of art rather than disposable entertainment, making Anthology the first museum devoted to film as an art form. The project was never completed, but even in its unfinished state it represented an uncompromising critical overview of cinema’s history, and remains a crucial part of Anthology’s exhibition program.