The Future of SimsFilmFest

First thing is first. I know everyone is wondering where the voting polls are. They will be up later tonight. I was giving everyone time to look over the playlists and let me know if there is anything that needs fixed since we have had a few glitches this season and there are some people not very happy with the way things were this season, and I will take responsibility for that.

I should have learned from Season 12 when I took over things and ended up running the festival alone. One person can’t do everything and knowing that we were going to be short staffed I should have canceled the festival. The thing is, it was something I didn’t really want to do because a lot of people look forward to every season. Honestly, I thought Tinkerbelch and I could handle it while Gus was at Uni and Twist was dealing with a new stage in life and getting ready to spend a semester in Japan. Tickeled007 was off dealing with adult life.  Hazel was dealing with her own health problems (I thought she fell off the face of the planet). Peacemaker was off working in the middle of No Mans Land, Australia. I don’t know the status of Destiny Simmer other than she lives in what is left of Puerto Rico. Kenleigh was in and out and then Tinkerbelch ended up having her own health crisis that she had to deal with along with some personal family related issues. Being an adult sucks. Anyone that says it’s easy is lying.

I have always been up front about my medical problems and they aren’t getting any better. Last weeks trip to the doctor ended with more prescriptions and a stack of referrals for tests and specialists. I was also told I should be in the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest case of shingles. I am in the process of trying to raise the money to purchase a puppy to have trained as a service dog because my balance is bad and I fall and walk into things a lot. My doctor also confirmed what I already knew. I am going to end up in a wheelchair eventually. It’s just a matter of when.

At the end of the day I am one person with chronic health problems and I can only do so much. SimsFilmFest is supposed to be a hobby and I am not willing to spend hours a day sitting at the computer in pain doing everything that needs done for the festival. I have mentioned this before, daily anywhere from 2 to 8 hours of my time goes into the festival in the form of answering emails, updating the playlist and other things on the site that need attention, updating YT, promoting on social networks, and putting together a magazine. This isn’t counting what goes into getting the voting up and running. 

It’s a lot for one person to do, especially one that is ill.

On top of that I pay for hosting and the domain out of my own pocket. I have asked for people to help support the site but it doesn’t happen. That is fine. I do this because I want to, because there isn’t really a place for machinima in the community. I would like to do more. I would like for the machinima community to have their own little corner to talk to each other, share ideas and videos, and help each other out. Maybe one day that will happen. I rarely get anything thanks, but people are quick to complain when something goes wrong.

And things went wrong this season.

There were posters that upload properly. Insider Magazine didn’t happen. The playbill didn’t get updated as quickly as it should have. I had to give up sending out tickets. Some people didn’t even get a welcome email.

All of this is on me. I couldn’t keep up with the demands of the festival with declining health and without help. I tried and I failed. I apologize to everyone for this.

I have talked to nearly all the staff members. Going forward it has been decided that if there is less than 3 staff members available for a given season, that season will be canceled. It’s not fair to everyone who participates to have a SimsFilmFest season turn out like this one did. Everyone puts so much time and effort and creativity into their projects and they should be showcased properly.

Again, I apologize. Please feel free to share your thoughts and all in the comments.

Written by: Jorgha Haq

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The Sims International Film Festival was created in 2010 as a way to foster creativity in The Sims community through machinima, an art form that uses video game footage to make movies. Over the years, as new entries in The Sims franchise were released and new editing methods became available, we’ve seen a lot of changes, but one thing has remained constant: our commitment to showcasing the creativity of this community and inspiring new artists.

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