Questions

How do I get my film into a festival?

How do I get my film into a festival?

Submitting to Film Festivals

  1. Highlight personal threads.
  2. Give your film a hook.
  3. Seek out connections.
  4. Give your film the time it needs.
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How much does it cost to submit a film to a festival?

The average cost to enter a short film into a film festival is around $27. Entrance fees for of a feature film into a film festival will generally cost an average of $40.

How do films get selected for Sundance?

All feature-length films accepted into any of these programs are eligible to compete for the Festival Favorite Award, determined by audience balloting at screenings throughout the Festival. These programs may vary from year to year, and the information below is subject to change at any time.

How are independent films distributed?

Distribution. Unlike studio films, which usually have a mainstream cinema release, independent production companies enter their films into local, national and international film festivals to gain exposure with distributors who may then buy the distribution rights.

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What format do film festivals want?

Digital cinema package (DCP) As the primary format for most film big festivals, DCP is all but ubiquitous. If you’re planning on using this format, start by contacting a professional post-production house, like Deluxe Technicolor.

How much should I budget for film festivals?

It really depends on how many you expect to apply to, how many you expect to attend, and what you want to get out of a festival. I would never recommend budgeting less than $1,000 and a more realistic figure would be close to $5,000.

Where should I submit my short film?

Here is a list of 20 film festivals, both domestic and international, that are worth submitting to in the upcoming year:

  • Sundance Film Festival.
  • Cannes Film Festival.
  • Palm Springs International ShortFest.
  • Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival.
  • Aspen Shortsfest.
  • Tribeca Film Festival.
  • Los Angeles Film Festival.

Can you distribute your own film?

You can still find a home for your independent film by way of one of the dozens of VOD distribution platforms (more on this in a moment). Best of all, if you do end up securing VOD distribution, you will retain ownership over your film rather than splitting ownership with a third-party aggregator.