Seriously, this is getting a little ridiculous. Yet another film festival is about to debut this week. This one, dubbed Festa del Cinema, is being held in Rome, Italy and should not be confused with the fest already being held in Rome, Georgia. Don't get me wrong, I've got nothing against Rome. Either one of them.

I don't have a problem with this latest Rome festival in particular either. I just wonder if the world really needs another film festival at all. In the good old days (like maybe five years ago) you had your big, important fests like Cannes, Sundance, Venice, Toronto and maybe a few others. These festivals had been around for many years and had developed a certain cachet'. Winning an award at one of these festivals was something that very few people accomplished.

So, if you did manage to win something for your film, or even get your film screened at the fest, it meant that your film was probably worthwhile (at least to people who program and judge film festivals) and almost certainly destined for some kind of success, if only on the fest circuit. In other words, it was a pretty big deal. But now it seems you can't swing a dead cat (not that you would want to necessarily, could get messy) without hitting a film festival.

There are so many, in fact, that there is an entire website specifically devoted to keeping track of them. There are also any one of a dozen other sites, including an IMDB page, where you can get some information about the over 1,400 different film festivals held each year. You have festivals in almost ever major city in the US and in cities all over the world. Even the tiny island community of Turks and Caicos, population 18,000, has an international film festival. I'm not kidding

I'm really surprised that the nearby island of Tuvalu hasn't heard about Turks and Caicos trying to keep all of that fat film festival dough for itself. I'm sure Tuvalu will soon wise up and want to cash in and get a festival of their very own. It's only a matter of time. But I have to ask, is all of this really necessary?

I guess people feel that the greater the number of film festivals the better their chances are of winning something. Then, when they win, they get to call themselves award-winning filmmakers. But the problem with that is if everyone goes around calling themselves an award-winning filmmaker it kinda takes away the importance and prestige of winning, doesn't it? If everyone is a winner how can you really tell who the winners actually are? Not everyone can or should win or else winning loses its point.

Besides, the world needs ditch diggers too (bonus points for the first person to tell me what movie that's from).
categories Awards, Cinematical