Many people dream of making it big by breaking into the Hollywood movie scene. For aspiring directors it may seem like an impossible dream to have their abilities noticed, much less produced. However, Hollywood dreams become more accessible, as a result of film festivals where those dreams can not only become possible, but even plausible.
Aspiring and growing directors need look no further than their local film festival to provide them with a variety of options allowing them to showcase their talent. Local film festivals in particular tend to either emphasize, or are geared towards, local talent. They provide a wide array of movie options and particularly enjoy helping locals present their abilities to the general public. Plus, smaller, local festivals tend to be less expensive (if not free) than larger, more well known ones, thereby making them more accessible to an aspiring artist.
Another option available to new directors is to locate and participate in specialized film festivals. These may or may not be local, but may provide a better forum from which to display their talents. For example, a young director still in their teens may find more opportunity and better visibility at a youth or children’s film festival than at a more generalized local festival. Likewise, a female director may want to choose a women’s film festival or a Latin American director may find better fitting options at a cultural, or Latin American, film festival. There are so many unique film festivals available, finding one that matches the background, foundation or theme of the movie may increase the director’s chances for being noticed.
For the new director who is determined to reach major producers and production companies, it may be in their best interests to save up for the larger or ‘A’ list festivals. While these fees are much larger than the smaller and lesser known festivals, there is a higher probability that the film will be noticed by someone in, or with access to, the Hollywood crowd.
Whether looking for local notoriety, or truly trying to ‘œmake it big,’ film festivals hold the key for aspiring directors.