Film lovers and independent filmmakers should attend film festivals to meet like-minded people who love movies. Below you will see a list of things that a person would consider before attending a festival of their choice.
What do I do at a film festival?
- Pass out your business cards to people who you’d like to connect with
- Attend every possible industry panel and film screening with Q & A
- Follow up with each person who gives you contact information within 72 hours
- Be on time, all the time
- Make notes after important conversations
Is it expensive to attend a film festival?
- Be a volunteer at any festival that you’d like to attend
- Offer your services in exchange for a festival pass
- Buy tickets to individual screenings that you want to attend only
- Travel with friends and share costs
- Ask people who have attended that festival about a “survival guide”
What happens at a film festival?
- Filmmakers who are producing quality projects meet each other
- Gather information about upcoming productions that you may want to work on
- Meet festival sponsors and board members with connections
- Recruit film crew and talent for your future films
- Film screenings of independent projects followed by Q & A with filmmakers
Who do I talk to at a film festival?
- Everyone who will listen to you
- Make a list of people who you want to meet
- Why do you want to meet certain people; have questions prepared
- Ask the audience questions about their experience at the festival
- Board members, Jury members, filmmakers
What is my pitch?
- What can I tell people about myself
- Can I explain my project in less than 2 minutes
- Have a specific ASK
- Who is my target audience for my pitch
- Rehearsals are key to pitching better
I would encourage any independent filmmaker to attend the GI Film Festival in Washington D.C. from May 24 – May 28, 2017. You will enjoy 5 days of greatness at the 11th season of the “Sundance for the Troops” in D.C. this year. -George Ohan