Designing a Festival Strategy for Your Film

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Plan your film festival strategy

Have you been writing scripts and making shorts and features without success? This could mean two things:

  • Either the way you’ve been taught is wrong. or,
  • You have not developed the correct strategy.

Wanting to make a film and then making a film are two very different challenges. Making a film without any thought of a festival strategy can leave you footless and lost. Making a film with a detailed festival and marketing strategy will put you into the top 2% of filmmakers and greatly enhance your chances of success.

This intensive one-evening workshop will help you develop a film festival strategy tailored to your particular project to deliver optimal success.

What you’ll learn:

What’s your USP?
The film industry is fiercely competitive. What are the tricks the professionals use to stand out from the crowd?

Creating the brand for you and your film
One way to stand out from the crowd is to create a strong visual image for your project

Film Festivals
The five different types of film festivals explained
The reasons you attend a film festival: developing your goals and objectives

Film Markets
Why they exist and how to use them

The basic distribution deals are explained

Social Media
Why it’s important and how to use it

Who should attend?

Anyone contemplating making a film, or anyone who has made a film will find Elliot Grove’s insight immeasurably helpful.

You don’t need to be an all-round filmmaker to attend this intensive one-day masterclass. Screenwriters and directors also need to understand the basics of how movies and films are monetised.

About the instructor, Elliot Grove

Few people know more filmmakers and screenwriters than Elliot Grove. He’s a Torontonian who moved to London, England and started the Raindance Film Festival in 1993. He has produced over 700 shorts and five features. He has worked with hundreds of filmmakers in his native Canada, in America and in Europe. In 1998 he founded the British Independent Film Awards – now the pre-eminent Independent Film Awards show in Europe.

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Designing a Festival Strategy for Your Film

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Charles Copeland (verified owner)

    Fantastic class that had me rethink how I submit my short film to festivals.

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