Film Festival Hacks: How to Submit to Festivals Like a Pro

Filmmaking is tough enough! We show u the secret hacks to get into film festivals for FREE & How not to get ripped off!
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  • Length 4.5 hours
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Published 2/2016 English

Course Description

Before you read what I have to say, see what our other students are saying about our course:

As Festival Producer with the Edmonton International Film Festival (EIFF) in Canada for nearly 15 years, I have experienced a whole lotta misinformation about what film festivals DO and I completely support the sharing of ACCURATE information in a non-biased way. To be honest, I was a bit skeptical about this course, titled FILM FESTIVAL HACKS. From the first segment, I was hooked.

Chris and Alex have created a fascinating journey that is relevant to both filmMAKERS and festival organizers. Chris's experience behind-the-scenes at numerous festivals combined with Alex's experiences attending festivals makes for a well-rounded and completely candid course that is less 'instruction' and more In the Actor's Studio. A few chapters into it, I thought -- (insert gratuitous coarse language here) EVERYONE needs to certify themselves as FILM FESTIVAL HACKS!

And the course reminded me that we (at EIFF) aren't all alone on an island, hoping that what we do will resonate with filmMAKERS and that our annual event has VALUE for everyone -- audiences included!. - Kerrie Long

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Can't get your indie film into film festivals? Are you tired of spending TONS OF CASH, you don't have, on submission fees? Want to get the inside secrets to give your film the best chance on being accepted to film festivals?

  • Don't have the money continue submitting to film festivals?
  • Do you want to submit to film festivals for cheap or FREE?
  • Do you want to learn how I got my films accepted into almost 600 international film festivals without paying submission fees?
  • Do you want to Enroll NOW and get into the minds of film festival programmers? Let's get started?


Film Festival Hacks is a course pulls back the curtain on the film festival business (and it is a business). THIS IS A MUST FOR ALL FILMMAKERS!

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Save TIME and MONEY by learning what film festivals are looking for and how to position your short or feature film to have a fighting chance of being accepted.

This is a LIVING COURSE, we will be adding to it and updating it often!

You will be taught from both sides of "the badge." Alex Ferrari is an award winning filmmaker with almost 600 international film festivals under his belt. He'll show you tricks and techniques on how he got his features and short films accepted with paying little or NO MONEY!

Here's what legendary film critic Roger Ebert (which he met at a film festival) had to say about Alex's short film:

"BROKEN is essentially a demonstration of the mastery of horror imagery and techniques...effective and professional." - Roger Ebert (Chicago SunTimes)

On the "other side of the badge" is Chris Holland, author of Film Festival Secrets: A Handbook for Independent Filmmakers and festival organizer who has been on staff at two Academy-Accredited (Oscar-qualifying) film festivals.

Chris has also worked closely with the staff of more than 200 festivals worldwide, including Sundance, Slamdance, AFI Fest, SXSW, and many more. Over the last decade he has consulted on festival strategy with hundreds of filmmakers just like you and helped them take control of their run on the festival circuit.

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"Great tips from both sides of the industry - movie producer with plenty of festival experience, and a festival guru that knows the process inside out. this will save you lots of head scratching and give you the confidence and the knowledge you need to start submitting your movie to festivals." - Ioannis Tsiokos

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Here's a bit about Film Festival Hacks:

Included in this game changing course: more than 4 hours (and growing) of insider secrets and strategies for getting your film into film festivals (over 35 videos). There has never been an online seminar like this one -- it’s the Ultimate Film Festival Course.

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FILM FESTIVAL HACKS COVERS:

Why Submit to Film Festivals Today

  • Audience Building
  • Distribution for Your Film
  • Career Building and Networking
  • Travel the World
  • Educate Yourself for FREE
  • Prize Money and Awards

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The Hidden Benefits of Film Festivals

  • What are Your Goals?
  • This is a Business, and the Film Festival is Your Customer
  • How to Do Research
  • How to Submit to Film Festivals for Cheap or FREE

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Understanding the "Mystery" of How Film Festivals Program their Fests
  • The Screening Process
  • Common Fears and Myths
  • Film Festivals Have an Audience to Serve
  • The #1 Predictor of Film Festival Success

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How to Leverage a Film Festival Screening to Help Sell Your Film

  • Audience Building Techniques
  • Networking with Other Film Festival Programmers
  • Discover What Distributors Want and How to Find Them
  • What are Your Chance of Getting a Traditional Distribution Deal?

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Technical Requirements for Film Festival

  • What’s a DCP?
  • Quicktime Compression
  • HDCam vs HD-SR
  • DVD and BluRay
  • Warnings and Security


and much more!

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Important information before you enroll:

  • In case you find the course useless, don't forget you are covered by a 30 day money back guarantee, full refund, no questions asked!
  • Once enrolled, you have unlimited, lifetime access to the course!
  • You will have instant and free access to any updates I'll add to the course.
  • You’ll get access to the course discussion forum, where you can ask us questions and compare notes with your fellow students.
  • We will give you our full support regarding any issues or suggestions related to the course

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Enroll NOW and learn the secrets of getting your indie film into film festival around the world! Let's get started!

What are the requirements?

  • A general understanding of how film festivals work and the filmmaking process is required.
  • Just the love for filmmaking and getting their film out to the world

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Create a festival strategy by selecting appropriate festivals for their films.
  • Submit to Film Festivals like a Pro
  • Career Building and Networking
  • How to Educate Yourself for FREE at Film Festivals
  • Audience Building Techniques
  • Discover What Distributors Want and How to Find Them
  • Understand the technical requirements film festivals are looking for

What is the target audience?

  • Filmmakers who anticpate making a movie and showing it to audiences on the film festival circuit will get the most value from this course.
  • Any filmmaker planning to submit to film festivals
  • Film Students
  • Filmmaking Professionals

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

03:10

Instructors Alex Ferrari (Indie Film Hustle) and Chris Holland (Film Festival Secrets) describe their combine 40+ years of experience in the film industry and on the film festival circuit.

Section 1: Why Submit to Film Festivals Today?
08:40

Are film fests worth submitting to? We think so, and we have some personal stories to back it up. It’s worth watching this lecture for Alex’s “Roger Ebert” story alone.

Section 2: The Hidden Benefits of Film Festivals
02:36

Film festivals are the front lines of indie film -- that’s where you’re going to meet the first people who will watch, love, and buy your film.

04:54

Distribution executives still go to film festivals, looking for new films to sell to their audiences. Learn what to look for.

06:42

Film festivals are like Career Day for filmmakers -- attend them to meet new friends, colleagues, employers, and financiers. Here’s how.

04:57

We discuss the ways in which your travel needs and desires should inform your submissions strategy. Also: will festivals pay for your travel?

08:02

Film festivals offer conferences, panels, workshops, and more. Get a film school’s worth of education and watch some movies in the bargain.

04:36

Many festivals offer prize money and services for their films on exhibition. Learn about the process and the odds.

Section 3: How to Choose the Right Film Festivals for My Film
04:21

Learn what’s possible on the festival circuit, then figure out what you want. It’s the first step of a festival strategy.

11:03

The festival submissions process can be a negotiation between equals -- if you know what they want and what you have to offer. Find out how.

14:17

Get your (virtual) hands dirty by digging around the web for festivals that fit your film. Plus: plumb the mysteries of submissions platforms Withoutabox and FilmFreeway.

18:42

How to pitch festivals on the idea of considering your film without taking a submission fee -- and get them to say yes! Plus: is it OK send an unfinished film to Sundance in order to meet the deadline?

Section 4: Understanding the "Mystery" of How Film Festivals Program their Fests
04:53

How many people will watch my film? Do they watch it all the way through? From SXSW to Sidewalk, every film festival is different, but these are the general rules of the game.

08:42

Feeling like you have to “know someone” in order to get into film festivals? Afraid that the festivals didn’t even watch your movie? Find out which prevailing filmmaker fears are realistic, and which are just bunk.

03:48

Applying the startup concept of “product market fit” to movies and film festivals. Learn what festival programming directors are thinking about when they make decisions.

06:12

The unsurprising truth about the kinds of films that do well on the festival circuit, and the circumstances under which you and your film can defy the common wisdom. How do weiner dogs fit into all this? You‘ll have to watch the lecture to find out.

Section 5: How to Leverage a Film Festival Screening to Help Sell Your Film
09:58

Thinking long-term: gathering data about your audience, taking advantage of festival opportunities, and the object lessons of Kevin Smith’s career. Also: building and understanding your personal brand.

05:40

They’re out there in the audience, and they’re looking for movies at the festivals bigger (and smaller) than they are: programmers from festivals other than the one you’re attending.

04:58

Distributors rely on festivals to sort the good from the not-so-good in independent film, and they can often be found at the festivals prospecting for movies. Learn what they want and how you can prepare to present your film as a good prospect.

07:55

Have you thought about your film as a product and how easy it will be to sell that product? That’s how distributors will think of it, so get ready to see your baby in a whole new light. Also: what does “real distribution" even mean anymore?

Section 6: Strategies for Shorts vs Feature Films
11:02

What’s a world premiere, and how important it is it? How does that inform your festival strategy? Is it different for short films than for features? All the answers will be revealed!

06:27

How do you decide which festivals to submit your short film to, and when? Learn the ins and outs of getting your film “out there” to film festivals with varying levels of prestige.

Festival Life Cycle of Short Film
04:27
04:15

How feature films typically make a festival run, and how that differs from shorts.

04:45

What’s an “Academy qualifying” festival, and what does that mean for your film?

06:45

What does it mean to “put your film online,” and how will it affect your festival eligibility?

Section 7: Dealing with Rejection - What Happens If They All Say No?
04:05

If you’ve poured money into submissions fees and only have a bunch of rejection letters to show for it, here’s a BIG tip on figuring out why that might be -- and maybe how to avoid it in the first place.

03:52

You’ve been shut down by the festivals you submitted to. How can you find out why they rejected your film?

07:42

Once you’ve gained insight into what your film’s problems might be, it’s time to make some decisions about what to do next. Learn what your options (good and bad) are, and some of the hard realities you may have to face in the process.

Section 8: Technical Requirements for Film Festivals
06:45

Alex’s post-production expertise kicks into overdrive as he describes common Quicktime formats that festivals ask for.

05:07

DCPs are quickly becoming the great “common language” of movie projection. But what exactly are they, how do they work, and how do you make one?

07:37

Tapes last longer, as Alex will tell you. Here’s why you should consider creating a master tape for your movie.

07:06

It might sound strange, but some festivals ask for spinning disk copies of your movie as the primary projection print. Learn about the possible pitfalls and what you can do to safeguard your film’s projection.

12:28

What are the dangers of your film being copied illicitly, and what can you do about it? Also: the physical formats you’ll encounter in the course of your film’s print traffic between festivals.

Section 9: Final Thoughts
06:01

Chris & Alex sum things up with a few last words of film festival wisdom.

Section 10: BONUS: Indie FIlm Hustle Podcast
How I Made $90,000 Selling my Short Film
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16:34
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13:34

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Instructor Biography

Alex Ferrari, Filmmaker, Post Guru, Social Media & Marketing Innovator

Hi, I'm Alex. I've been in the film industry for over 20 years and have worked on over 1000 feature films, shorts, commercials, music videos, network promos, documentaries and webisodes. My personal films have been screened in 600+ film festivals around the world.

Many filmmakers have walked through my doors over the years and I have had the pleasure of a front row seat to see how all these projects start and finish. I've worked with Sundance and Academy Award™ winners as well as the beginning film student. Some projects make it and many never see the light of day.

You'll find my approach to my courses a bit raw and real. That's because I care about my students, fellow artists and filmmakers. I've seen and personally made many missteps over the years and I want to help you avoid making the same costly mistakes. The industry is abusive to the new comer and I hope I can help you navigate the shark infested waters.


Instructor Biography

Christopher Holland, Writer & Film Festival Consultant

Chris Holland is a consultant on marketing and festival strategy for independent filmmakers around the world. He is also the author of Film Festival Secrets: A Handbook for Independent Filmmakers (filmfestivalsecrets.com). For more than a decade Chris has worked on all sides of the festival circuit, including time spent at B-Side Entertainment, Slated, IFP, the Austin Film Festival and Atlanta Film Festival. He believes that hot dogs are not sandwiches.

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