I entered an editing competition. And lost.
Hey, that was a great trailer. Let me tell you something about contests. They're artificial and don't predict real-world success. Think of the American Idol show. Do you think Bob Dylan would have made the cut? Or Billie Holliday? How many of the season winners went on to a real career? It's the singers who were eliminated midway, like Jennifer Hudson and Adam Lambert and Clay Aikin, who kept plugging away and found their own path.
We all find our own path, with or without contest wins.
Yes, it's depressing to be passed over. But it means nothing more than you didn't win a contest. As a good friend of mine, who was a dancer and went to many cattle calls and was, as we all are, rejected more times than he was hired -- and he was a terrific dancer, with looks and all -- he said, you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you come up with a prince. I wish you the best, Dan.
Dude, your trailer totally makes me want to watch this fake movie. Bummed you didn't win the competition... still it's a joy to read that you find the creative process a reward in itself. Looking forward to your next film review!