Write, Direct, Repeat: Film Festivals and the Short Film, Part 1

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

Your Movie's Been Accepted to a Festival – Now What?

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?

An IW Investigation: The Dark Underbelly of the Film Festival Circuit, Part 1

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

What Festival Directors Really Think

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

How to Convince a New Class of Investors They Can Make a Buck Financing an Indie Film

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

What to expect when you're expecting to get into a film festival

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