Heats in smaller cities
I just had a few thoughts about the heats in smaller cities and was wondering what others thought I guess. I've been entering in Taranaki for the past 5 years (used to be in Auckland), and there have always been heat(s) until this year. We only had 17 teams which was a bit disappointing in general I guess, but I think 20 is now the threshold to be given heats?
I really enjoy having the heats, and in previous years when Taranaki had low numbers we just had 1 heat for all of the films to be screened. The heats roll around sooner than the city finals, so it keeps the momentum up. The teams get more free tickets so it's easier to bring your whole team and/or some support crew with you to share your film with since you can't show anybody else until after the national finalists are announced, and not everybody wants to pay for a ticket to come see your film, haha.
I also think it gives a little goal for the teams in smaller regions. We typically have less film making talent to pull teams from compared to bigger centers, so films don't make it to the national stage that often. So making a film with the mini goal of getting to be a regional finalist, and/or just audience favorite, is good motivation. It's nice having finals to aim for, and if you don't get there one year, trying for it the next. I can understand with low numbers that it's a bit stink if only 3 or 5 teams don't get to be finalists though, so I can see that side of it, but in a bigger city it would be most of us missing out.
I also think it's good for encouraging people to write reviews, as a lot of teams in the small regions are newer teams and maybe don't come on the website a lot, so you get a chance to encourage that more than once.
Any other thoughts from smaller city folks? Maybe it's just me, lol :P
2019: "DopeMonkey Live" - Gross-out Comedy - Pastafarian Productions (Solo/ULTRA/Animation)
2018: "Heist School Musical" - Heist Movie - Pastafarian Productions (Regional Best Door Slam)
2017: "ESP" - Alien Movie - Pastafarian Productions (Regional Finalist)
2016: "The War on Error" - Cat & Mouse - Pastafarian Productions (Regional Finalist)
2015: "Us... But Mainly You" - Black Comedy - Pastafarian Productions (Regional Finalist)
2014: "Sphere" - Horror - Pastafarian Productions (Regional Finalist)
2008: "I Adore" - Drama - Conspiracion de las Palomitas
2007: "The Hazel Princess" - Fairytale - Conspiracion de las Palomitas
2006: "All Ur <3 R Belong 2 Me" - Romance - Popcorn Conspiracy