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The JUNE 2008 WILDsound short film marked a landmark evening for the WILDsound Festival. After 17 festival nights using the FEEDBACK session after the films are screened, WILDsound finally found the formula for that exact line between what makes a great festival night to what makes just an average festival night.
It's all about leaving JUDGMENT out of the cinema!
No one really wants to hear JUDGMENT. It comes from a negative place, plus it's so easy to do. Someone making bold judgments about someone else's work really isn't that productive. The filmmaker really doesn't gain anything from it and the audience and online watchers of these video don't either.
What we try to do is always give honest evaluations of the films that are screened. Mainly how the audience and moderator were emotionally effected by the films that were screened. Sometimes certain moments in a particular film doesn't work, which leads to a great discussion to why it didn't. Then creativity happens all around the cinema as people want to chime in on whether they agree or disagree. But the trick is for our HOST Wes Berger to keep that creative line moving and for the evening to not go into that negative place.There have been some magical moments in some of these 17 feedback sessions and everyone goes away feeling good as they were entertained, inspired and possibility learned a thing or two. Especially the filmmaker.
But as soon as someone reacts to a film and doesn't come from a creative place, a lot of bad things can occur.
One of the underlying themes for this month's event was TRYING TO FIND YOUR WAY! People who are lost in some sort of way and trying to get themselves back. A lot of these films were premieres and seen by audiences for the first time. It's WILDsound's job to make sure they get the best experience they can achieve, and hopefully with the feedback session make them better filmmakers.