March 20, 2017 at 2:01PM


What tips do you have for speaking to film festivals?

I'm trying to push my film out there to festivals. I don't know that well how to speak directly to the programmers of a festival. I feel like they are getting tons of emails every day. How do you convey to them that you are just a nice filmmaker who wants to share their movie with them for consideration? All festivals have submissions sites so what's the value of emailing a programmer directly if the right thing to do is go to a submission site and submit your film? (withoutabox, filmfreeway, etc). I feel these days too many people say that sending an email to hustle fixes everything when most of the time we all find email annoying.

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All you need is to submit a good film via their preferred submission site. No need to contact them directly; it will have no impact on whether they accept your film or not and will most likely be promptly forgotten. It's a waste of your time.

May 9, 2017 at 11:52AM

Winter Film Awards
Indie Film Festival

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