After completing an indie film, the attempt at distribution is arguably going to be your greatest challenge so you can get your film seen by the right audience. With so many new opportunities both online and offline now, the whole process is becoming slightly easier. But submitting your indie film to film festivals is another method of getting a potentially bigger audience, even if you have the risk of the film not being accepted. However, submitting to many festivals can increase your chances your film may be picked for a screening.
With many film festivals taking submissions right now through the summer, what should you be preparing for in the event your film gets chosen? Some filmmakers forget about the massive preparation they’ll need before attending a film festival in person.
Using Your Website to Promote
You should always start a website to promote your film if it’s been picked for one or more film festivals. Get on social media and promote it to your friends, family, and anyone who you think might relate to your film. And create an attractive website that tells about your film, including some clips and photographs from the production. This can rally a lot of people to attend your screening and make the premiere of the film receive more buzz.
Getting Media on DVD
You’ll want to put together DVD copies of the film itself to use as screeners for critics who missed your initial premiere. You might have an influential critics who can see it and give you a good critical blurb to use in future trailers or ads.
As a separate DVD, put together the trailer and the best clips from the film that you can use on press junkets later. When you have no clips or trailer, you won’t have anything to promote yourself when things start moving fast. Once your film receives plenty of attention at a major film festival, things are going to move very fast.
While you’re at it, burn a CD or DVD of promotional photos the press can use. Make sure these are high resolution so they can be used professionally on television, or for Internet usage. You want the promotion of your film to look as professional as the film itself.
Putting Together Information for Speaking at the Festival
Once an indie film takes off at a festival, you’re going to be expected to speak to the audience there either before or after the screening. Have your production notes handy and prepare for a possible Q&A with the audience. This is fairly standard at many film festivals where you’ll be expected to tell about your production. Unless you have a good memory, you’ll want to write this all out on paper so you can refer to it when you’re getting heaps of press.
Network with People in the Industry
Once you get to the film festival, be sure to print up business cards that you can pass out to people in the industry. You might have had your film picked up at one film festival, though you don’t want to be a one-shot wonder. Networking with influential people in the movie business will give you the connections you need for your next movie project. Keep in mind you should have a new project brewing when at the festival, complete with a short pitch so you can keep your career momentum going.
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