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The Complete Filmmaker's Guide to Film Festivals

The Complete Filmmaker's Guide to Film Festivals

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Published by: Michael Wiese Productions on Feb 15, 2012
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MICHAEL WIESE PRODUCTIONS
 
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTSINTRODUCTION
“Work begins after the film is made!” 
CHAPTER 1
 A BRIEF HISTORY OF FILM FESTIVALS
“Before there was Sundance, there was Venice…” 
What is a Film Festival?
How Film Festivals started and their function today
Who runs a Film Festival?
CHAPTER 2
DOING THE RESEARCH
“Someone’s got to be analytical even if you are thecreative type!” 
Researching and Targeting Film Festivals
Top Tier Film Festivals
Short Films and student lmmakers
Niche festivals & sidebars
The Oscar: Academy qualifying lm festivals & Student
 Academy Awards
Financial Considerations
Screenwriting competitions at festivals
CHAPTER 3
SUBMITTING TO FILM FESTIVALS
Target Shooting” 
Importance of a logline, genre and hook
Determining the audience for your lm
Clearances & Releases
Submission Process: Entry forms
The Programming Director & Film Screeners
Duplication formats
 
CHAPTER 4
 YOU’VE BEEN ACCEPTED INTO A FILM FESTIVAL…NOW WHAT?
“Yikes… What do I do now?” 
Promotion and building a press kit (EPK)
Logo, business card, postcards & cover letters
Marketing: Production stills, posters, promotional items
Websites
Press & Publicity: Press releases, television, radio,newspapers, and publications
CHAPTER 5
MAKING THE FESTIVAL CIRCUIT WORK FOR YOU
“Confidence goes a long way (or is that experience?)” 
The role of the lmmakers
Utilizing the talent involved with the lm
Promoting yourself and your lm
Contacting local newspapers, TV and radio stations
Extra tips upon acceptance into a lm festival
Utilizing the post-screening Q&A session
Developing professional relationships
Networking via lm organizations
CHAPTER 6
FILM MARKETS
“How do you say ‘buy my film’ in five languages?” 
Film and television markets
 A lm market primer for producers
Digital Film Libraries and lm markets
Pitchfests and roundtables
CHAPTER 7
PRODUCERS REP VS. SALES AGENT
“Rep, Agent, Company – What’s the Diff?” 
The Filmmaker and the Producer’s Rep
Sales Agents – a denition
Buyer’s Reps – oh no, what’s that?
THE COMPLETE FILMMAKER’S GUIDE TO FILM FESTIVALS Edwards & Skerbelis
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