When I left work on Friday afternoon to start my weekend, I received word from the Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival that “Nursery Crime Part One: The Ominous Overture,” while not one of the coveted 350 official selections of their 2022 program, scored high enough to make it past the first round of adjudications towards official selection out of 7,000 entries and has been listed as a “Semi-Finalist” for future programming opportunities throughout the coming year. It seriously blows me away that I got as far as I did considering this is an Academy Award, BAFTA, and Canadian Screen Award qualifying festival. So far, I’ve been more successful with my debut animated short in the first four-and-a-half months of festival submissions than the entire festival run of the three live action short films I’d previously produced from 2012 to 2018. I think I finally found my calling.
This has been another month full of unexpected surprises, although there were plenty of disappointments along the way (I’m still trying to break into an animation festival), and I can hardly wait to see what happens between now and December. I’ll be finding out soon enough, so wish me luck!