Filmmaking is about many things - art, commerce, storytelling. It's also about building community and consciously shaping the way that audiences see the world. All these elements are central to how the Craft Film Festival in Barcelona sees its mission.
Because those things are also central to my thinking on microbudget filmmaking, I was excited to get to speak with the co-founders of the Craft Film Festival, Vanessa Perez de Somacarrera and Aina Sigui. Today, January 31, is the final day for submissions to the festival and it's only $10! If you're interested, you can submit here: https://filmfreeway.com/craftfilmfestbcn
Like Anthony Pedone from VTXIFF, they spoke a lot about building community amongst filmmakers and also about building audiences looking for something different, more authentic, from a cinematic experience. Films that make you think about life, the world, etc. Both of these things are near and dear to my heart so it was nice to see that there are others on the same page.
The Craft Film Festival is fast growing and they're professionalizing their operations, bringing in a pro-jury to award a juried prize in addition to the audience award that they provide. They're also pushing outwards, looking to link filmmakers up with other festivals, etc.
Also - they've included filmmaking workshops on various aspects of the craft filmmaking process for this year's festival. I'm very excited that I'll be there in the first week of April for the festival and to give a workshop in the morning on how to shoot a movie for next to no money, answer questions, etc. If you're in Europe (or even if you're not), you should definitely come on by!
And, if you're a festival director or have some festival experience under your belt as a filmmaker, drop me a line and we can do an interview to share some experiences and strategies for other microbudget filmmakers out there.
I've also written about a festival and distribution strategy in my super-duper cheap guidebook and producer's kit: Master the Nano. Click the link and get yourself a copy.
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