And here's Part 2.
From the interview:
"What role have festivals played in shaping the reception of your films? Do they have an important role to play in shaping the reception of your work?
Festivals are vital to me. They are the only way I can count on getting my work in front of audience in a way that I’m happy with. If my film gets into a festival, and the festival has a decent audience (which is admittedly the job of both the festival and the filmmaker), then I can use that to build word of mouth and create awareness of the film. One critic who saw a film of mine at the Virginia Film Festival loved it so much that he’s become a cheerleader of sorts for my work. That’s the kind of experience you want – people become fans and follow your work."
An interview with director Chris Hansen about his first 2 features.