Right here we go with selections. Every single highway normally takes you down a path, but which one particular receives you where you want to go? Let us start there. What targets are you searching for with a movie competition?

Do you want to get funded, picked up (dispersed), get tons of awards or make a respectable roster of accolades that can essentially assistance you in a long effective profession in leisure? What functions for you and the promises you manufactured to all those who served you? Honoring those guarantees quite a lot secures them to be section of your up coming challenge and possibly even the future just one soon after that. It takes a great deal of time and rely on to construct interactions in the movie industry—or any place.

At the time you have an strategy of which course you want to go, you have created selecting which competition(s) to enter a lot less difficult. Considering there are currently about 11,000 festivals, this is a worthwhile setting up place.

A simplified edition of the tactic would be to look for for festivals that offer you what you are wanting for initially. This need to save you time, money and energy—valuable assets you could be employing to really make your subsequent project.

• If your alternative is “get funded.” Properly, if it is hard cash, how much? Determine out what strings, if any, are connected to that dollars. Is it a production offer? If indeed, how significantly command/credit history, if any, do you retain? What legal rights are you supplying absent for that cash/generation offer?

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• If your choice is “distribution.” The distribution actively playing subject has modified pretty a little bit around the last two many years and it is now significantly less difficult for you to distribute on your individual.

• If your preference is “win tons of awards.” This 1 is tough, but here is an illustration. I’ve viewed information submitted that won in excess of 150 awards. When I requested which festivals were being in man or woman, they claimed none. Imagine about that: on-line-only festivals run by a particular person or team that we do not get to fulfill. In my next article, I’ll communicate much more about the forms of festivals and what to appear out for.


• If your decision is “build a respectable roster of accolades that can truly assist you in a very long effective career in enjoyment.” I like this a person mainly because your time, funds and power essentially volume to something tangible: the circuit. Which is why the competition circuit exists, to create momentum, relationships and accolades on a highly regarded worldwide stage. Keep your earth premiere out for a single of these greats: Cannes, Venice, TIFF (Toronto Intercontinental Film Competition), Sundance, Tribeca or mine, New Media Movie Festival. Make positive to go to the pageant, let the organizers know you are going and would be delighted to be section of a Q&A or even so else can you support. Be gracious, be your fantastic self and keep in mind that your premiere status—whether it be environment, by country (United states for illustration) or regional (these kinds of as Los Angeles and the 50-mile studio radius that comes with it)—is a beneficial positioning instrument, so give that premiere away properly.   

There are so many strategies you can technique the festival circuit. Determine out what is best for you, your job and your job and transfer toward that route.