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Kickstarter FFIf you’ve already gone through the gauntlet of crowdfunding for your film project and miraculously come out the other end alive and with a successful campaign, you might want to consider entering your completed film into the 2014 Kickstarter Film Festival. The KFF is now accepting submissions for this year’s event, which aims to celebrate the incredible film and video work that has been produced within the Kickstarter community, including features, shorts, animations, docs, and more! Continue on to find out how to submit! More »

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Simple Machine's Nandan RaoA huge challenge for independent filmmakers is getting eyeballs on their movies. Many new tools aim to solve this problem, but Nandan Rao’s DIY screening platform Simple Machine is going one further: they are offering cash for you to create your own live event, your own film festival — as long as it can be accomplished for $1,000 or less. Read on for the full details and a quick word from Simple Machine founder Nandan Rao. More »

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sundance film festivalThis week the Sundance Film Festival announced the 118 features that will play this year’s festival, selected from 4,057 submissions. Here at No Film School we are not good at math, but we are pretty sure this means 3,939 filmmakers were rejected from the festival. This short letter is for you guys.

This is a guest post by filmmaker Mitch McCabe. More »

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The last time I posted about my MANCHILD prequel AMATEUR, I was asking for help and releasing a teaser trailer to help the short get picked up by sports and film websites. By releasing a short film directly online instead of waiting to get into festivals, I was accelerating the release schedule and — at least in theory — finding an audience everywhere, instead of just in a few select theaters. I’m glad to say that AMATEUR has now been featured on a lot of prominent websites and has enjoyed a lot of festival play as well — despite being free online. Let’s take a look at how we achieved this, the lessons I learned, and the status and schedule of the long-delayed but better-than-ever feature MANCHILD. More »

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YouTube Next WeekendThought YouTube was all cat videos and Chocolate Rain? Think again! Okay yes — most of them are cat videos (I’m not complaining,) but nowadays independent filmmakers are uploading videos that are gaining attention, paying their bills, and opening up doors for their careers. What kinds of doors? Well, for the first time, a major film festival will curate and screen a short film program exclusively featuring YouTube videos, thanks to the partnership between YouTube and Sundance to bring you YouTube Shorts @ NEXT WEEKEND. This means that not only will the big YouTube hitters, like CollegeHumor and VICE, have a chance at being in the lineup, but you as well. More »

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Many of you have probably been to a film festival at some point, and there’s a good chance you’ve either been a part of, or witnessed, a Q&A after the screening. I myself have done both — though I’ve been to more than I’ve actually been involved in — and they tend to range from fantastic to cringe-worthy. It’s not easy doing one well, and even more importantly the success of that Q&A may actually affect the future of your film. That’s why Scott Macaulay over at Filmmaker Magazine has put together a list of 12 things that directors can do to “ensure that their festival Q&As are as charming, thoughtful and inspiring as possible.” More »

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Vimeo Festival + Awards Talk with Producer Ted Hope and Actor/Writer/Director Ed BurnsAt the Vimeo Festival and Awards this past weekend I got to sit in on this interesting talk with actor/writer/director Ed Burns (The Brothers McMullen, Nice Guy Johnny, Newlyweds) and producer Ted Hope (American Splendor, The Savages, 21 Grams). Failure FTW (or For the Win, for those not in with the lingo) was a a talk not about failure, but about working through the problems that all creatives must face. It’s very easy to get lost when things aren’t going right, but those who become successful find ways to persevere regardless of the circumstances. Be sure to watch the video embedded below, as Failure FTW is a lesson in finding what made you fall in love with this industry in the first place. More »

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Last year’s Vimeo Festival + Awards ceremony/party here in New York was a lot of fun, and this year’s looks to be no different. Voting for the best online videos took place across several categories, and the winners will be revealed in conjunction with a cornucopia of fun panels and presentations June 7-9. Want to go? Here’s how to get 25% off the 2-day all-access pass (which makes it just $40). If you’re in NYC this is a no-brainer! More »

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The 2012 Vimeo Festival + Awards submission deadline is February 20th, 2012.  Judging from previous years, it looks like it has been a great event, and this year is shaping up to be another interesting outing.  Not only are the prizes enticing ($5k grant per category, $25k grant for the grand prize winner), but they have a great line-up of judges – folks like Philip Bloom, Steve James and Edgar Wright. If you’re looking to get pumped up as you prep your submission (which can be any original work that has premiered online after July 31, 2010, or hasn’t premiered at all), check out the 2010 “Best Video” winner and other goodies from past editions: More »

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Today the 2012 Sundance Film Festival kicked off, and most of the indie film world is currently in Park City. I’m staying home to work on my own feature, but I feel like I’m missing a lot of great films… so I just sat down and watched every trailer I could get my hands on (link after the jump). Here’s the kickoff video from Sundance’s YouTube Channel with Festival Director John Cooper, and Director of Programming Trevor Groth: More »

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The 2012 Vimeo Festival + Awards are now open for entries. Divided into 13 categories, with each category winner receiving a $5k grant and one lucky winner receiving $25k, the submissions period runs until February 20, 2012. English (or English-subtitled) videos that premiered after July 31, 2010 are eligible. The launch trailer, and details: More »

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I get a fair number of emails from other filmmakers who have made a short, posted it to Vimeo, and are wondering what to do next. Finding an audience and gaining exposure is a definite challenge, and due to time constraints lately I haven’t posted as many shorts or exposure opportunities as I’d like. So here’s one opportunity: the 180 Second Microcinema Film Festival is calling for submissions of, as you can guess from the title, 3 minute shorts. Got a film of this length, or an idea for one? The deadline is December 15th. More details: More »

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Every September, fifty lucky college and graduate students get to attend the Telluride Film Festival as part of its Student Symposium program. I was fortunate enough to attend in 2002, when in the span of five days we saw dozens of films and had intimate discussions with Ken Burns, Michael Moore, David Cronenberg, Fernando Meirelles, D.A. Pennebaker, Chris Hegedus, Kathleen Kennedy, and Frank Marshall. It was a transformative experience for me, and I’m sure most of my classmates would say the same. Applications for this year’s program, which runs September 1-5, are due April 18. The Student Symposium includes access to: More »

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A raft of awards were handed out as the 2011 Sundance Film Festival drew to a close this weekend. But the awards were not the only story: with over 30 films acquired at the festival, this year’s Sundance Film Festival boasted the highest number of acquisitions in the festival’s history, according to NYmag. The aforementioned Canon 7D-shot Like Crazy won the Grand Jury Prize (Dramatic), whereas How to Die in Oregon took home the Documentary Grand Jury Prize. While the particular camera used to shoot a film is far less important than… well, everything else, from what I can tell there was no shortage of HDSLR-shot features in Park City this year. Also winning an award was the Danfung Dennis documentary Hell and Back Again, which took home the World Cinema Jury Prize. Shot on a Canon 5D Mark II, here’s its trailer (NSFW language): More »

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The first annual Vimeo Festival + Awards is almost here, and it looks like it’s going to be a heck of a good time. Taking place this weekend here in New York City (October 8th and 9th), the festival consists of talks, workshops, screenings, community meeting spaces, special events, and a big ol’ closing party. Tickets are currently on sale for $120 ($90 for students). Unless, of course, you’re a NoFilmSchool reader, in which case you have a chance to go to all these events free: More »

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First off, my write up of this year’s Full Frame Film Festival is live at Filmmaker Magazine; give it a read. More important than my writing, however, are the films themselves, so here are some trailers for the great docs from this year’s Full Frame: More »