From Raindance.org: It always happens to me in one of two situations: on a shoot at the end of a tortuously long day, or a day like today – in the frantic run up to the film festival when the entire team is multitasking their tits off, and the pressure starts to tell when wear … More A Filmmakers Guide To Being Hacked
Get your project accepted to fests by following these must-know tips for film festival success! Film festivals provide a great way to get your film (and you!) exposure in the industry…but with escalating competition how can you increase your chances of acceptance? Cream rises to the top, so much of your success is reliant on … More 10 Tips for Submitting to Film Festivals
Last week I had the thrilling opportunity to premiere my second short film, Deal Travis In, at the New York International Short Film Festival. This was the second consecutive year I premiered a short at this festival and my mind was flooded with memories of how I felt at this time last year. I had … More Write, Direct, Repeat: Film Festivals and the Short Film, Part 1
By Mara Lesemann: I’ve spent the past year taking my first feature (Surviving Family – http://www.survivingfamily.us) to 18 film festivals in the US and Canada; we also had 2 invitation-only screenings for family and friends. While we didn’t hit the festival home run that everyone dreams of (Sundance, Tribeca, Cannes, etc.), we did get into … More Your Movie's Been Accepted to a Festival – Now What?
When the Sundance Film Festival hands out its grand jury prizes Jan. 26 in Park City, it will be an evening full of elated filmmakers, both new and established, filled with satisfaction and an anticipation of what’s to come for their films as they are recognized at the country’s premiere festival. On the same night, … More An IW Investigation: The Dark Underbelly of the Film Festival Circuit, Part 1
Stephen Follows (Blog) contacted 5,000 film festival directors, asking them to fill in a quick anonymous survey about their experiences. 523 festival directors completed the survey. Following is the third of three articles Stephen wrote about the results. In the last installment of my Film Festival Survey, I offer the thoughts of film festival directors from … More What Festival Directors Really Think
Thanks to technology, it’s now cheaper and easier than ever to make a solid independent film. What remains unclear, however, and should be ever-present on the minds of filmmakers and film lovers, is how to create a system in which the creators and professionals who make those films can enjoy something like a sustainable career. … More How to Convince a New Class of Investors They Can Make a Buck Financing an Indie Film
By Kat Candler, Independent FIlmmaker Project In the spirit of SXSW starting this weekend, I’ve put together a list of things you can expect when taking your short film out into the world. But let’s start with … Making movies is hard. And you’re gonna get rejected. A lot. And getting rejected repeatedly can kill … More What to expect when you're expecting to get into a film festival