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Old 11-16-2018, 08:58 AM   #7
mlesemann
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Having been through several festival runs, for both shorts and my 2 features, I'd suggest scaling back your plans/goals, which would reduce the amount needed and might make it more attractive.

I think that submitting to 90 festivals is overkill. Figure out 15 to 20 that you believe you have a realistic expectation of getting into, which will reduce the amount needed for submissions. If you get into half of those, you'll be doing well.

Very few festivals screen on DCP, and even then it's primarily for features. If you think in terms of producing and sending a blu ray disc instead, that further reduces the cost, especially since they really don't need to be returned.

If your "ask" comes down, that may help to get donors.

Good luck!
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