There are many assortments of activities that happen while attending the GI Film Festival. One such opportunity is that filmmakers would have the chance to greet one another face to face. Try to gather as much information about any upcoming projects that filmmakers would have, in being that you would like to be a part of them in the future. To be interesting, you must be interested. Festival sponsors and board members can have a variety of connections with whom you should make contact with. Do you have a plan? While attending a festival, if you have a film project in mind that needs a film crew for hire, the event would be a great opportunity to recruit potential crew for your production. Make friends with everyone.
While attending a film festival, who specifically would you like to talk to? One important factor to take into consideration is, who would give their full attention to you? Prior to the film festival or while there, make a listing of the specific people with whom you’d like to set a meeting. If they will help you with certain priorities, then make the effort to follow-up with them. When meeting with these individuals be sure to have questions prepared, so they will learn about specific information quickly. Always exchange ideas with many filmmakers, jury members and board members to maximize your festival experience. Integrity is key. No fluff.
It’s essential that you have a proper pitch about yourself, and the project that you’re currently developing. Time is of the essence, so be certain that you can properly explain your project in under two minutes. Many activities happen within a film festival, and you would not want to take too much of an individual’s time. Be certain to have a specific “ask” in mind when you pitch an idea. Rehearsing your pitch can be a great stress relief before you actually pitch. You must have solid knowledge of what you’re saying.