So you have been working on your film for some time now. The principle footage has been there and shot for months. You are have been working round the clock to try and take some pick up shots and get coverage for some footage holes you uncovered. You are working on cleaning up the sound and making sure that it’s synced just right. You have a rough cut and you are about to start working on the master cut. The truth is that you are proud, so proud of the work that you have done that you are ready to see where this film can take you. You know your first step is going to be submitting it to a film festival. You know it’s stiff competition but you don’t care. You want your movie to be seen. The question is, are you really ready for the film festival circuit, here are a few things to think about before you start packing your bags for Cannes.
Examine The Odds
Of course your movie is good and of course you want to see it at the film festival of your choosing but you have to be honest with yourself. There are no guarantees your film makes it in and the reasons for rejection are massive. There is an endless list of reasons why they might say no to your film. Don’t get discouraged even if you hear many nos. The point of the film making should be the journey, not just where it plays.
If you are applying to Sundance then you better come with the goods. Know that it’s hard to get your film in anywhere but that the smaller you aim the more likely it is that you will find yourself on the guest list at a film festival.