One of the best ways to get a film noticed, and develop some credibility for your work, is to take that film to a festival. Even if you win nothing, you’ll still get valuable face time with industry people and get some critical feedback on your work from serious critics. Here is everything you need to know to enter your film for consideration into a film festival.
Paying for entry is part of a festival’s revenue sources, so consider it like a way to give back to the community. Then there are travel costs and hotels, but you can save some extra money if you only bring certain members of your crew or enter festivals that are local to you. These considerations should be part of the budgeting you do during the planning of your film, so be sure to consider those costs when you’re seeking funding.
Rules and Entries
Every festival has its own set of rules that you’ll need to follow in order to have your film considered and potentially screened. Tribeca, for instance, requires two DVD copies of the film formatted for either North American or multi-zone use. Small details might get your entry tossed out, so be sure you read and understand all of the instructions required for entry.
A festival programmer is balancing many films of various themes and styles, looking for the right combination to keep the festival interesting. If you don’t get that spot, do not be discouraged. Try to learn from the film that did.