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Temecula Valley Film Festival Is Not For Indies…

What a beautiful location and what a great place to bring indie films.

What a pity that the organizer, Ms Jo Moulton is not at all a film lover and has no respect for indie filmmakers.

Unless you are a big star, your film will screen in a storage room with no AC and plastic folding chairs, just like ours did.

This place would kill an inmate, forget about room filled with audience.  After 10 minutes of extreme temperatures and the staff walking back and forth through an old door that always lets in so much light that you see absolutely nothing on the projector screen, almost 1/2 of the audience walked out. This never happened to us before, as we always had packed screenings at other reputable festivals and audience waited way after the screening to take part in Q&As. Of course no Q&A was to take place in Temecula….

Temecula FF only respects filmmakers who can bring in a celebrity. In that case,  you are treated VIP style with wine, photographers and red carpet. Everybody else is pushed to the side and screening room where they screen true indie films is worse than my kid projector in the basement.

Ms Jo Moulton who runs the festival asked me about 8 times during the few days the festival runs who I am and what film I am with. She also told me that one of her worst nightmares just came through, because her daughter has decided to be a filmmaker. Jo doesn’t like films or filmmakers and the festival she runs is not a place for any indie artist.

During our red carpet arrival, every filmmaker is to get some camera time with local TV station. As our turn came, the reporter started uncomfortable looking to the side behind us. We turned around and saw one of the festival volunteers pushing a bigger star through the crowd. We were immediately pushed away as the little starlet was placed right in front of my face. Goodbye our 5 minutes of fame.

The award ceremony is a joke where no awards are given to films screened, unless they are local to Temecula. The rest of the night is filled with honoring of big hollywood filmmakers and bands that have never heard of this place before. There is also and audience award, which, in our case didn’t matter at all, because room we screened in didn’t even have hosts or volunteers to distribute the ballots.
Will never come back to the festival, but will visit the town again for its wineries and really friendly people.

Final evaluation:

Price: very affordable
Perks: lots of free wine

Media: local newspapers and TV that gives attention to big stars and films of the festival
Interaction with filmmaker: interaction with celebrities only

Rating on a scale from 1-10: 5


Final thought: I was so very sad that the events at this festival turned out so unfortunate. I wish we had some big stars, I wish we had big movie to show, because the people in the town are so lovely. The main theater is beautiful and the wine is of course delicious. It is a great place for a day trip and wine tasting,  but don’t bother if you are a filmmaker.