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Old 10-21-2016, 04:07 PM   #16
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Everything is a hustle. All art is a hustle. Just accept that fact.

I use FilmFreeway almost exclusively (they have thousands of festivals) and my first two shorts have screened at 10 festivals worldwide. The second did better than the first, even though it was not as "well made." READ the festival information first before sending any money. Look for the scams. I avoid anything that is not a festival with live screenings - no web festivals, no "Awards", nothing that runs every month.

FF will also let you set parameters and filter only festivals with free submissions. I did this on my first short and still scored Official Selection on three continents. I started paying small fees, but only for festivals I could go to. Had fun at two and even won a prize at one.
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Originally Posted by indietalk View Post

But also, the good films prevail and I am confident in that.
If you don't use the directors guild, the actors union or iatse, your chances of getting a short into some of the bigger festivals is slim to none.

I've now seen over 15 short film programs at TIFF. NONE of the canadian films that were entered were truly indie. they want to promote people who use the right channels. it's so obvious just by reading the credits. sad.
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