How to get into a Film Festival - advice Top 10 Iconic Film Festivals 5 months ago   08:33

Darren Levine
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Darren Levine
Thanks all for the input, it's great to hear folks taking an interest in objectively improving their films, vs throwing Something at the wall and wondering why it doesn't stick. One thing i would like to add, is that disappointments will happen no matter what, but you should take any disappointments as an opportunity to look critically at what you have, and force yourself to see it from an audience's perspective. Film On!
Jurij Fedorov
I'll put it this way. I don't judge sound that much compared to pace and story. Why? Because if the sound is not good I won't even watch your movie. I'll watch your shitty image quality movie, but I refuse to watch bad sound movies. And most viewers think exactly the same way. Sound is where the plot becomes clear.
J.J Marlon
Motivating truth. Had a debate with a filmmaking colleague because I brought up certain issues that you mentioned and they said the film is fine and they felt I was being too negative. Smh. I’ll send them this video
Santiago Carletto
Hi, I have a question: if a festival asks for your movie file in Full HD definition, it'll be not accepted if you send a 4K version? That confuses me and usually I don't know what to do. Thank you!
Jaden Bricker
Does your festival support feature length films?
Roaring Lion
What's wrong with jump cuts? I think they can be nice sometimes, when done well.
Jas Bataille
That's some really good advice on how to make a good movie, and how to enter in your festival, which is amazing BTW. However, I suggest that people check out Darious Britt series on how he entered over 50 festivals with his feature Unsound, and got rejected by major festivals (Sundance and Berlin notably) even doh he ended up racking aways from second-tier festivals...
Let's take Sundace for example : You have 12 000 subscriptions
Over 3000 subs are feature length movies so let's consider that cause I'm ain't gonna risk a short in Sundance and I feel most of us won't invest so much for a short film (although I may be wrong).
So they're are 120 slots.
Out of that 120, 60 slots are documentaries so screw that.
Out of that 60, 30 slots are foreign feature films so, we have 30 slots left to compete for.
Out of those 30 slots, 10 of those are celebrity status and will get featured because they get an A-list actor in there.

So you're actually competing for 20 slots at Sundance when sending an American indie feature-film, unless you can have an a-list actor which might (or not) get you more chances of getting in, depending on how many other Indie features get an a-list actor on their cast... you might actually compete for 10 slots instead of 20...

So all in all great advice in general for movie-making and for your festival, but, that's unfortunately not how it works for most first-tier festivals. Still cool man!
The Next Come Up JM
Very accurate. The storyline, pacing, and audio(score included) is where most fell short. I loved viewing the films, writing the reviews and scoring via film freeway and withoutabox. The programmer really depended us on viewing the films in its entirety.
Taj LeBlanc
Hi Darren, thanks for the video. Didn’t see an email so I figured i’d comment.

Have you noticed any bias in the festival circuit towards certain genres or types of film?
Thanks!
Christopher Jackson
Wow this was very to the point glad I found this it explains alot of my questions is there a way that I can attend film festivals? And where do I get the dates for them at?
Abandoned Act
Hey Darren, Please check us out at www.Abandonedact.com
Tower CG
I find it funny, how you take a political stance, by going against other film festivals taking a political stance. Although a general rule is to keep politics out, and avoid conflict. So I do agree... It's just ironic.
Hattin Productions
Thanks for this video, great info!!
Phillip Barnett
Thank you so much for your extremely informative and helpful video. I just liked and subscribed. Please keep up the good work.
Michael Moutsatsos
Thank you brilliant advice :)
Tombstone Dreams
I am currently working on my first screenplay (zombie horror) and I believe it to be coming along extremely well. I don't not know how to edit or add visuals but I will not stop until I see my vision played back to me. If anyone has recommendations on who to go to, I will highly appreciate it.
Mary T
Is this how to become a directer for making a TV series someday because when I grow up I want to be a TV director
Original Evan B
Thank you. I went to film school, and they never hit these points.
Hoan Lee
super informative. thankyou very much. - LIKE - SUBBED
Gustavo R. Rojas B.
Thank you Sir!

Ps: For some reason I can't enter into the Submission form, it saids and I quote: "There is a problem with the resource you are looking for, and it cannot be displayed."
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