It should be a given that having your short film or feature in a film festival is a good thing. One big trick is figuring out how to get into a festival in the first place. It can be a tricky endeavor for, as with anything in life you have to make it past at least a few gatekeepers. There is no clear path to getting ones film selected, but in general it helps to have good press materials, noting any awards that you may have received and/or screening at other festivals. This, obvious but easy to overlook point, can really make the difference as it tells the festival director that your project has already been given a stamp of approval by another festival somewhere in the world.
You are either going to get in or you are not. Don’t call and bother the festival directors or other employees unless it is absolutely necessary. People are human, its that simple and you never know what is going to irritate them. By calling you are risking putting them in a bad mood, which no matter how professional they may be, could impact how they view your film. Imagine if they are selecting between your film and another and both are of equal quality and interest, do you really want to be the guy or gal who got on their nerves? Probably not. Remember festival directors and employees deal with hundreds if not thousands of filmmakers and they have likely “seen it all.” Don’t try slick talking your way into a festival, it will only make you look sleazy and a bit dim of wit, much like a clown trying to talk his way into a nightclub. Just resist the urge.
If there is a festival you really, really want into try volunteering. This way people no you. In any industry it is always better to be even slightly known than to be the unknown. Besides while at the festival you never know who you will meet and if you make friends with the festival directors or employees, well, all the better.
Let’s say you are a Miami based filmmaker, are you a local? Being a local filmmaker could really give you a leg up. Festivals love the idea that you might be able to help them sale tickets, they are in business after all just like you and if your film would be a Miami premiere, for example, and you are Miami based, then your film has a little something extra to offer. Look for angles of this nature and be opened minded.
Sara L. Gordon, Independent Film Specialist http://www.squidoo.com/Getting-film-Funding
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