Film Festivals Secrets or How to Best Strategize Your Film’s Festival Life
Film Festival Secrets has been out for few years now but I discovered it recently and, if you are new to the Film Festival Circuit game and planning to send your movie out there, I believe it still offers many relevant advice.
When I started sending my first short to festivals, I had no idea what I was doing, I didn’t strategize much and I lost money and time sending my film to wrong festivals, waiting on answers and overlooking details that can make a difference.
Many tips you will find in Chris Holland‘s book I learned while attending festivals for my films, a.k.a when it was too late, and I wished I had read or heard of them before.
If many things have changed in the past 4 years, the festival circuit is not one of them, or maybe only in that there are more films submitted, and getting attention through festivals with a short is getting harder and harder.
A key element from Holland’s book to me is the pre-festival strategy that helps you define your strategy and goals to get the best out of the festivals circuit.
We often only see festival as an opportunity to put a palmed-logo on our movie poster and gain visibility we hope we’ll turn into something bigger. Truth is, besides key festivals -the very same festivals everybody applies to and are the hardest to get into- most of the festivals won’t give you this type of prestige and leverage anymore, but you still can get a lot out of them, especially if you arrive prepared.
Chapters of content:
- Chapter 1: Before you submit
- Chapter 2: When you submit
- Chapter 3: While you wait
- Chapter 4: When you get the call
- Chapter 5: The pre-festival push
- Chapter 6: At the festival
- Chapter 7: Aftermath