You've completed your film and you're ready to share it with the world! Your first step might be to try and embark on the festival circuit. But how does a microbudget filmmaker make the most of a festival strategy?
Hope everything is kicking off in the new year for you and that you’re plugging away on your film projects, no matter what stage they’re at. Speaking of which, I hope you were able to download my One Room Wonders case study last week. Sorry for the confusion around the dead link/SSL and domain name change.
In case my confusion infected you and you haven’t yet downloaded it, you can still get it right here: One Room Wonders - Single location films case study
But what I wanted to talk about this week was festival strategies for microbudget filmmakers. It’s on my mind because we were just invited to our first festival with our new film Fucking My Way Back Home. We’ll be screening at the Queens World Film Festival in New York City! The festival runs from March 15-25. Our screening date hasn’t been fixed yet but I’ll let you know when it is.
If you’re going to be in New York City and want to come by or meet up, just let me know and we’ll make it happen.
Getting into a festival – and getting some rejections – reminded me of the need to have a microbudget specific festival strategy. Just like you should write your screenplay with a microbudget context in mind, you also need to have a microbudget-specific festival strategy.
In this week’s VLOG post I discuss this in more detail, things like:
Check it out and let me know your own thoughts and experiences from the festival circuit – and feel free to send me any contacts you might have at festivals, we could always use some more programmer friends. ;)
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