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Festival Preparation

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Contributed By Glen Berry

IMPORTANT CONCEPTS
  1. Premiere before Release
  2. Consider a Premiere Strategy
  3. Get a Screener First

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SUMMARY

  • You cannot release your movie on DVD or VOD before you have screened at festivals. In most cases, it is grounds for disqualification from a festival.
  • Your premiere is valuable, only use it for the highest bidder.
  • Don't spend money on high resolution masters until you have a deal in place or a festival has accepted your film. All you need in the beginning is a low resolution screener.
LESSON
Festivals for the Indie Filmmaker
What the film festival means to the independent filmmaker in the age of Internet video and how the festival fits into the overall strategy of the producer.
Festival Preparation
Things to keep in mind when you are preparing to submit to festivals and stumbling blocks to avoid; premiere strategy.
Festival Submission Strategy
How to shape your festival strategy, considerations to take into account and prioritizing how you will spend your time and limited resources when it comes to bringing more exposure to your independent film.
Guerilla Festival Marketing
Guerilla marketing techniques that you can actually put into practice. No matter how small the budget, you can make a splash whilst vying for your slice of the attention pie at the next big (or small) festival you attend.