Question by B.BR.: Do Film festivals accept DV format?
Does film festivals, the real big ones, or professional ones accept films in DV format? Films made in DV Camcorder and exported in DV format from After Effects, burn on DVD and send it to festivals? Do they accept that?
And Secondly, where can I go(website) to buy rights for music/song for a film? Is there anyway they charge less or their songs can be bought for less for low to no budget filmmakers?
Answer by Lane K
The format your film is shot on does not matter to festivals. You can shoot it on a home movie camera or whatever, what matters most is the originality and voice in your story and your characters When you submit it it must be on a DVD and if it is accepted you will have to transfer it to a common exhibition format such as Digibeta, HD cam or BetaSP, but you don’t have to worry about that until you get accepted and most large festivals can help with this process after you are acceptedd.
As far as music rights, again you don’t need to worry about it until after the film has been selectedd by a festival. If you get into afestivala you might want to contact the musiciann to secure “festival rights” which are much easier to get than normal money making exhibition rights. Even if you can’t get festival rights, the chances of that musician ever hearing about your film playing a film festival are very slim so again its not somethingn to spend too much time worrying about.
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