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What is a
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A film festival is an organized, extended presentation of films in one or more cinemas or screening venues, usually in a single city or region. Increasingly, film festivals show some films outdoors.
Film festivals are events staged by universities, private organizations, local governments, arts associations and/or film societies. They provide an opportunity for unknown filmmakers to get their movies in front of a real live audience and to have their films reviewed by professional critics. Filmmakers whose movies get accepted into a festival also get valuable press attention and exposure to prospective agents and buyers, not to mention a sometimes sizeable cash award if they win.
A film festival is an event at which multiple films are screened for participants. Typically, film festivals are accompanied by panels which may feature directors, cast members, and other film personnel, and awards may be offered at the close of the festival to films of particularly high quality. Numerous regions all of the world hold film festivals every year, ranging from the prestigious Berlin Film Festival to smaller regional events which focus on work by local filmmakers.
FOUR REASONS TO ATTEND FILM FESTIVALS:
1. Do a deal
2. Win awards
3. Sit on a panel/do Q&As
4. Getting reviewed
Films about Film Festivals
Film Festival Circuit
January = Sundance, Slamdance
February = Berlin, Magnolia, Oxford, Omaha
March = SXSW, Dallas International, Atlanta, True-False
April = Full Frame, Tribeca, Crossroads
May = Cannes, Seattle International
June = Los Angeles, Little Rock, AFI Docs (Silverdocs)
July = Traverse City, Marfa
August = Sidewalk, Telluride (Labor Day weekend)
September = Toronto, DC Shorts
October = Austin, New York Film Festival
November = Cucalorus, Lone Star, Indie Memphis
December = Dubai, “Film Festival Summit”
For profit vs. Non-profit
501c3 status is NOT tax-exempt
Volunteers vs. paid staff
Year-round programming vs. event-only
Postage + P.O. Box
Festival entry fees