I wish you the best of luck with it.
To borrow from your first post, you should not be “making a film for” any film festival. While that may sound like it is coming from left field. It is really at the core of the issue here. Quality control, time, and all of the issues involved, sending an incomplete film to a festival, etc. are all a symptom of bad planning and hopeful thinking. The festival market is very very competitive and flooded with entries. Only the best of the best make it. If your film makes it into a large festival like that, great. Consider yourself either very lucky or very talented.
However, it is a much wiser approach to simply plan the time to get something done right. If you don’t have the time to get what you want done right, do something simpler.
A festival deadline should not dictate your film completion.
Your film should never suffer from such bad planning. I know. I have been there, done that. Then I learned. After that I read in a book that I was not alone in the mistake. And that so many hopeful filmmakers had made the mistake that in the opinion of the author it was a basic rule that should never be broken. I had to agree.
If the deadline of the festival was not the determining factor, something else was. The idea is to be realistic about what you can get done.
The motivating factor should be to make a great film for an audience - any audience.
Good luck, happy filmmaking! :yes:
Keep it up!