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I had a couple reports of screenings of lower-priority movies getting scheduled when a conflicting higher-priority film was available. I’ve fixed the problem, so if you see this situation in your schedule and want to run the automatic process again, visit the Scheduling Assistant page and click the Schedule Films button again to rebuild your schedule. (If you don't see a problem, don't worry about it.)
The nitty gritty: I found that I was using the number of remaining screenings of the film as too strong a factor - it should really be a tie-breaker between equally-prioritized movies when possible, but it effectively turned a three-dot “I’d see this” into a four-dot “I want to see this”. We didn’t see this problem in previous years because this year there are fewer opportunities to see each film: only a couple have three screenings, where that used to be the norm.
That leads me to remind you: Your results will be better if you have roughly the same number of movies in each priority (except the bottom “I don’t want to see this” one), because if the Scheduling Assistant has to pick between two conflicting screenings of equally-prioritized films, one will be picked randomly over the other. This is another side effect of fewer films and fewer screenings.
Do let me know (via Feedback at the top of each page) if you see anything funny with your schedule - I do continue to work to make it better!
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