NFF: Your film Laurels pokes fun at the festival world. Have you had bad festival experiences to draw from, or is this all imagination?

David: Artist egos are so fragile, and my characters, one a notable feature director and the other a newbie short film director, react quite differently to their film festival granting them a shared hotel room. I love going to film festivals because the audiences, filmmakers, and programmers are so great, but there’s a side of festivals, especially from afar, that creates prestige which can overshadow the celebration. We artists sometimes get distracted by the validation that comes with selection and awards.

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