Film Festival Programming Is Like Cooking

Cucalorus Film Festival

Dan Brawley, executive director of the Cucalorus Film Festival, in an interview with MovieMaker Magazine: 

I think people have the unfortunate perception that festival programmers are just taking the ‘good’ films. And that somehow if your film didn’t make the cut it means it isn’t very good, which is the farthest thing from the truth. The final decisions we make are entirely subjective. It’s kind of like putting a meal together, you know? Every course isn’t going to be blueberry cobbler.
Now that I live in Atlanta I'm going to make time to get up to Wilmington, NC for Dan's festival. (Though sadly, I won't make it this year.) I've heard that it's amazing. 

This year's Cucalorus Film Fest takes place November 13 - 17, 2013.