It is a constant struggle for filmmakers to make movies that satisfy an audience and catch the attention of festival programmers. The film festival is often the first stop to launching a film.
As for the international representation, Sundance has selected “52 Tuesdays” from Australia, “Blind” from Norway, “Difret” from Ethiopia and “The Disobedient” from Serbia to name a few.
In the Sundance About page, Sundance senior programmer David Courier says that he looks for films that are “groundbreaking” and “extraordinary.” The programmers want to discover challenging pieces that push storytelling and have something fresh to contribute.
This attitude trickles and spreads to Texas film festival programmers. Lone Star Film Festival managing director Ramtin Nikzad says that the calls are “tough” when selecting international films.
“We do our best to pick the films that sometimes push the envelope but there is also just a well-told story,” Nikzad says.