February 16, 2018 at 2:08PM

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Film Festival Laurel on Movie Poster

Hello all, I've gleaned a wealth of information from you all in the past. I hope you can help me once more.
My first short film is now an official selection at a FF. My poster designer (with great film marketing credentials) tells me it is an amateur move to put the "official selection" laurel on the poster - that I should wait until I have won something at the festival. I know the laurel is promotion and garners more attention. What is the feel of the community on whether or not to put the "official selection" laurel on the poster?
Thanks!

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If the poster is to promote a screening, I think you should use it. Otherwise, it would do good to give it a second thought.

February 16, 2018 at 11:36PM

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Andrew Lewis
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Andrew, thanks for your feedback.

Shawn Harris

February 18, 2018 at 1:46PM

where and when will this festival be provided?

February 19, 2018 at 5:48AM, Edited February 19, 5:48AM

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Jeremy Brown
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The festival is in Houston, TX on the back side of March

Shawn Harris

February 20, 2018 at 12:17PM

Hey Shawn, congrats on your first short and getting into a fest! My opinion is that it's not really about being an amateur move to put a laurel on your poster as it is about the value system of festivals within the film world. Seeing a laurel on a poster for a mega-fest, SXSW, Sundance, Tribeca would sure get my attention. A laurel for something like "Tallahassee Teenage Horror Festival" or "Jokers United Short Comedy Filmz" might not elicit the same response. Even if it's an awesome fest, if film people are not familiar with it, they may just give you an eye roll. However, if that laurel was accompanied with an award from that fest, or there are a few laurels together from smaller festivals, that can add real value.
Especially since it's your first festival, I would wait to put the laurel on your poster. Afterall, you may want to find out if you like the festival first before you start advertising for them on your poster! Those are my two cents, knowing full well that you made the film, so whatever the hell you want to do is also cool.

February 19, 2018 at 6:29PM, Edited February 19, 6:29PM

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Oakley Anderson-Moore
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Oakley, LOL and thanks for the great points made in your feedback.

Shawn Harris

February 20, 2018 at 12:15PM

Oakley, your advice was perfect. I used the laurel on the poster image for the festival postcard I created, but left the poster laurel free for other marketing and web content. My film was a finalist at the fest, so I have that laurel on the film's website. Thanks again for the advice, and I'm happy I chose the way I did!
www.doorbellthemovie.com

Shawn Harris

April 16, 2018 at 8:23PM, Edited April 16, 8:23PM

You should do it. Can you say me you movie name?

February 22, 2018 at 2:23AM

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Films Family
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Hi, just seeing your post as I've been logged out for a few months. The film title is Doorbell and you can see the site and trailer here - www.doorbellthemovie.com.
Thanks for asking, and for the advice.

Shawn Harris

April 16, 2018 at 8:19PM

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