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Old 09-02-2016, 02:31 PM   #1
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What are your thoughts on film festivals. Do you think they are worth submitting to ?
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Yes. Just make sure it is not some hole in the wall out of someones basement festival. Granted you may not get the big ones you want, and it will cost a bit but it can help further things along. Soft of a marking in a way. Gets you name and material out there, and a lot of people would rather contribute to projects that have festival awards behind them than not.
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Yes

My advice would be submit to the known big ones if you feel your film is worthy, and submit to smaller local ones where it is easy to travel to, so it's no big loss if it's not great, but you still get to meet local folks and network.
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I'm new to film but they seem like they're becoming a hustle. The great thing about film is there's no festival with a bunch of bad films.
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They started two new ones in South Florida for no reasons.
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Yes. Just make sure it is not some hole in the wall out of someones basement festival. Granted you may not get the big ones you want, and it will cost a bit but it can help further things along. Soft of a marking in a way. Gets you name and material out there, and a lot of people would rather contribute to projects that have festival awards behind them than not.
I've heard so many horror stories about them.
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I'm new to film but they seem like they're becoming a hustle. The great thing about film is there's no festival with a bunch of bad films.
They sure do. It seems like it count be pointless for anyone new to festivals.
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If your film is good it can do very well on the festival circuit.

If your film is not good, it could flop on the circuit, in which case you may slam the whole circuit and call all festivals money grabbers.

It is what is is. Make a good product FIRST.

Yes money is involved (it's called business). But also, the good films prevail and I am confident in that.
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If your film is good it can do very well on the festival circuit.

If your film is not good, it could flop on the circuit, in which case you may slam the whole circuit and call all festivals money grabbers.

It is what is is. Make a good product FIRST.

Yes money is involved (it's called business). But also, the good films prevail and I am confident in that.
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I'm wrong a lot too.
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If your film is good it can do very well on the festival circuit.

If your film is not good, it could flop on the circuit, in which case you may slam the whole circuit and call all festivals money grabbers.

It is what is is. Make a good product FIRST.

Yes money is involved (it's called business). But also, the good films prevail and I am confident in that.
I hear you but on Facebook it is this advertisement for an urban film festival and it's internationally recognized but ironically it is its inaugural festival. That's my gripe. I shoot in a couple weeks and that will be my short for the festival run while I work on shooting a feature in the first quarter of 2017.
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Check with filmmakers who had films in the festival and see what their experience is. I was involved with some festivals in the past but we never charged filmmakers and the groups putting it on were all volunteers.
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Internationally recognized and 1st annual is indeed a red flag unless the organization was previously recognized and the festival is a new endeavor.
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Internationally recognized and 1st annual is indeed a red flag unless the organization was previously recognized and the festival is a new endeavor.
Theyre having a RED workshop. My film wont be ready in time regardless. Its this weekend. Saw another one. Music and film festival. Some chick i met once is performing in it.
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