Every [submitted] film is seen in its entirety by at least one person, often more. Sundance employs more than a dozen people to go through the features, and then to write a report that rates them on a scale from 1 to 5. (Mr. [Geoffrey] Gilmore [the festival director] says he tries to get these screeners to distinguish between "the weird and the bad.") In fact, programmers will even review a few of the films rated 1 or 2, just to make sure nothing has been overlooked.
Thursday, December 08, 2005
How the world's most famous independent film festival is run, by John Clark in The New York Times.