The happiest film festival rejection I’ve ever had!

Hold The Mayo is having an extraordinary festival run. Today was the second time we’ve received a rejection notice from a festival. This festival (which shall remain nameless) offered rejected filmmakers some feedback on why their film was not chosen to participate.

This was the first piece “constructive criticism” that was offered:

Hold the May [sic] is about what happens when a sandwich shop employee mayos the wrong sandwich… This film seemed needlessly gory– just for the sake of it– and might turn off some audience members. The killer did a great job in his portrayal of a psychopathic villain.

Needlessly gory? That’s not a critique, that’s a compliment!¬†What about judge #2?

This film was gruesomely violent and nonsensical. The use of violence was gratuitous, and did not help tell the story. The acting, however, was strong, as was the camera work.

Gratuitous violence, strong acting, and strong camera work… are you sure this is a rejection notice? What did judge #3 have to say?

the graphic scenes of violence and cannibalism may be too gruesome for all but the staunchest horror fans.

What? That’s their reason to pass on a short film? That’s a reason to run to the theater! We don’t recall submitting to Grandma Mabel’s Polite Lace Doily Festival Of Documentaries About Using Proper Postage. Take a look at the press page and guess what’s my leadoff blurb, there isn’t higher praise than that!

I’ve never been happier to get rejected from a film festival. From day one, my primary goal for Hold The Mayo was to proverbially “go too far.” Love it or hate it was the goal, and I couldn’t be more excited to hear that my film was unwatchably gruesome. So thank you, nameless film festival… all of the fests who are screening Hold The Mayo appreciate you.









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