Cinemasports. Where is the fair play?
I’m way too emotional when I’m writing this post now. I’m just back from the screening of the what was supposed to be the final part of the Cinemasports contest Sofia 2005. And guess what? I’m deeply disappointed in the organization of the event, of the negligence of the rules and some other things. I’m simply pissed off right now!
In here, before I continue further on writing this post and further doing some quite sharp and severe criticism of the event, I would like to underline my appreciation of the efforts, time and energy the guys from Interspace have put in organizing the event. I have made in here known the guys from Interspace are the people that really do make cultural events, especially non-traditional or just „different“ culture events happen. However, there is a big „but“ this time, at this event – the Cinemasports.
I’m speaking from the viewpoint of a participant in the contest. I’m writing from the viewpoint of a participant that has abided the rules and whose team (I am the producer of a movie that’s participating in the contest and coordinator of the team) have made the movie ready in the required time with all required elements. However, I can’t speak very nicely about how my movie was presented. The technical support of the event was .. how should I say in a milder way – outrageously bad; damn loselerly bad. Can you imagine that half of the entries were screened from my personal laptop only because of my good will to help this event take place? Where’s the technical support? Nowhere. Where is the what is supposed to be expected „tested environment for screening“? Nowhere.
My movie, as well as all the movies of other participants, which were submitted on a .avi format were screened in just one of the rooms of the clubs, where the screening took place and very few people saw it. The same people – the ones, who are supposed to take the vote in their hands and to decided which entry is the one that deserves to be the best. By the way – wasn’t there supposed to be a jury of proffessionals that was supposed to be saying which ones are the best? I don’t anymore the words „well you know, this is all amateur stuff“. I’ve listen to this enough tonight.
By the way – speaking of „the best and the rest“ – I found it very alarming and disturbing to me to completely neglect the rules that were pre-set for the competition and to accept entries way beyond the deadline and to justify it with „Well these guys have worked all day“. Well yes – my team has also worked the whole. And guess what? We’ve worked our asses up and have done a magnificent job. And we did it on time!!! If we can do it, why the others can’t? Or the correct question is – if we can do it and can be let it, don’t the others why can’t do it on time.
Damn! I like competitions to be played by the rules and I like to have conditions of fair play in there. „Fair play“ is meant to be „fair“ and to be „play“ – i.e. all participants having the same conditions of participantion. The term „fair play“ obviously has to be defined and redefined again and again in Bulgaria. For some reason sometimes the rules are „the rules“ and most of the times the rules are „ok, these are the rules, but you know..“
I’m a little pissed off right now (midly speaking). I was promised a re-screening tommorow of my movie, as well as all the other entries of movies that had „techinical problems“.
So far – this is a good promise. Let’s see if it will be fulfilled. I really hope so! Because I do believe that the Interspace people would do their best tommorow and I trully hope that it would finally turn out to be a good event.
See you tommorow.