Dreaming of getting your film into Sundance, Tribeca, Venice, or Raindance? Getting your film into the right festival is an art of it’s own. A common misstep in independent moviemaking is not having a clear goal in mind. As an indie filmmaker, you should be thinking about film festival strategy from day one.
There are tons of film festivals in the world that will help you boost your presence, get representation and distribution for your film, and possibly raise funds for your next film. During the info-packed course, learn how to find the right festivals and maximize your chances of getting a higher acceptance rate.
- An overview of the festival circuit cycle
- Festival strategy to consider before you begin production.
- Outlining your goals.
- Identifying your target audience.
- What to expect from the festivals.
- The optimal time to apply for festivals.
- Dos and Don’ts of the application process.
- Which festivals are right for your film and goals?
- Different tiers and niches of festivals.
- How film festival fits within a release and distribution plan.
- What kinds of films do festivals help release? Which kinds do they not help with?
- The materials you should prepare for a festival.
- Do you need a publicist and/or sales agent for festivals?
- What to do if you don’t get into any festivals.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Writers, directors, producers, actors, filmmakers, cinema lovers, anyone with an interest in finding out about .
Kimberley Browning is a filmmaker and film festival professional based in Los Angeles. She is the founder and festival director of Hollywood Shorts, a short film screening series and Emerging Filmmakers Program, currently in it’s 19th year. Kimberley is an Associate Short Film Programmer at the Tribeca Film Festival, and she was on the short film programming team at the Los Angeles Film Festival 2013-2014. Kimberley is also the producer of the 2016 HBO ACCESS Directors Fellowship productions, showcasing new diverse talent in television directing.
ONLINE | VOD ATTENDANCE
Do you want attend the first class in person and online on other weeks? Or, do you want to attend online on some weeks and watch other weeks on VOD? You have the freedom to attend this course in person, online, or by watching it on VOD without making any prior selection.
LIVE ONLINE: Every attendee gets an email invitation for the online classroom 30 minutes before class start times. All you need to do is to click the link provided in that email and watch the class on your computer’s web browser without needing to download any special software. If you are attending on your smart phone or tablet, check out our full Online Courses FAQ.
VOD: Video on Demand is a great option if you want to repeat what you learned in the class or you didn’t have time to attend the class in person or online. Each attendee gets a Vimeo link 24-48 hours after each week’s class.