Has anyone entered their feature as a work in progress into a major festival - meaning it wasn't completed at the time of application - but would be by the time of screening? What was their experience?
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Established filmmakers get away with this, and sometimes WIP's are actually screened as such, but it is super risky and here is why- once you start circulating your project, it is remembered... but only a little. If you resubmit later, people tend to make a snap judgement " Oh I have already seen that " and won't watch it again. Obviously this applies to your work submitted to strangers for viewing outside your control- but that's most festival and distributor submissions as a rule.
Thanks Royce, those were my thoughts, too - just not as well articulated - thank you.