How to Submit Your Flick to a Film Festival
Getting your film into a film festival is a great way to promote your work, and to see it screened in front of a crowd of people. However, the process can be tricky, and you’ll want to make sure you follow the proper guidelines. Whether you’re looking to submit your flick to a film festival or you’re looking to attend one, there are many different options out there.
Deadlines for film festivals
Getting your film selected into a film festival is a big deal. Not only does it help you get your name out there, but it also creates a great amount of buzz. And if your film gets picked, it will also be accessible online.
The biggest question you may have is when is the right time to submit your film. A good rule of thumb is to wait until it’s completed. If it’s finished, it’s easier to judge whether it’s ready to be submitted.
Aside from waiting until your movie is finished, there are other things to consider when deciding when to submit your film. These include entry fees, and the deadlines for each festival. The earlier you submit, the more likely it is that your film will make it into the screening lineup.
Most film festivals have at least one early and one late deadline. These are usually a couple months before the festival exhibition dates. So, if you’re trying to submit to a major festival, you may have to wait for the selections to be made.
The most important rule of thumb is to find out about the festival’s submission guidelines before sending your work in. You don’t want to send your movie to a festival with submission guidelines that you don’t understand. And remember that most festivals are nonprofit organizations. If you don’t get into the first festival you try, you may be able to try again at a later date.
The best way to find out about film festivals is to do your research. You can find a lot of information about film festivals online. And it’s worth a shot to call or email them to ask about their submission policies.
Subgenres for flicks
Whether you are talking about a thriller, a chick flick, a mafia movie, or any other type of film, there are certain subgenres that can help you classify it. It helps you to compare and contrast different films with each other and find out more about what they are all about.
For instance, a thriller is an action film that typically involves violence. It can include explosions, car chases, and fights. It can also have a psychological element.
A chick flick is a romantic film that centers on romance. These films are usually told from a female point of view and tend to feature a stereotypical character. They are often tearjerkers. A melodrama is an unrealistic story of romance.
A courtroom movie is a film that follows events in a court room. It often features detective elements. It’s often a re-enactment of a real court case. It can also be a documentary that explores the subjective experience of the filmmaker.
Slapstick comedy has roots in stage performances and vaudeville. Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Ace Ventura are all associated with this type of comedy. This type of comedy doesn’t have much dialog.
Disaster movies are usually action films, but they may also have a dramatic element. The film usually involves conflict among survivors. It can also be a horror movie, but it usually features graphic violence.
Traditionally, this subgenre was thought to be long dead. However, recent disaster films have brought this subgenre back.
Unlike action movies, dramas focus on realism. They may unfold over a long period of time, narrating all of the elements of a crucial decision or moment.
Down East Flick Fest
Whether you are a seasoned veteran or a novice film buff, the Down East Flick Fest (DEFF) is a celebration of all things film making in the Upstate. This free festival features a whopping tidbit of an awards program for both amateur and professional filmmakers. Besides the awards, the fest also features a showcase of films in a variety of genres, all of which have a distinctly Southern flavor. The fest also benefits from generous sponsors who will help defray festival costs, and a plethora of freebies.
The fest’s featured charity is Ruth’s House, which is a worthy cause indeed. As an added bonus, the fest’s organizers have been known to waive entry fees for eligible North Carolina schools.
In addition to the usual suspects, a slew of regional celebrities will be gracing the red carpet, including North Carolina film industry luminaries like James Earley and Michael Raab. The fest is free to attend, and tickets are on sale in advance. To get into the spirit, festival goers will be treated to a three-D screening of the 1922 horror flick Nosferatu, a costume shop, and a slew of craft vendors. The fest runs from 11:30 am to 10 pm on the 23rd at the Whirligig Theater in Greenville, and will be accompanied by a host of live music and entertainment. In addition to the festivities, there will be plenty of food and drink to go around. The fest will also be awarding its finalists with the aforementioned prize money, as well as a commemorative plaque for the winners.
For the aficionados who can’t make it to Greenville, the fest will be screening the same material at Raised in a Barn Farm in Chocowinity on September 23rd, and at the Upstate Film Festival in Greenville on September 24.
Having been in business for eleven years, Shriekfest is now considered one of the premier horror film festivals in the country. With its two coasts (Los Angeles and Orlando), Shriekfest is an ideal setting for filmmakers and film fans alike. Shriekfest Orlando offers film enthusiasts and industry professionals a one-of-a-kind experience. In addition to the film festival, Shriekfest Orlando also features a variety of industry professionals and other entertainment events.
For filmmakers looking to make a splash, Shriekfest offers a plethora of opportunities to make your movie seen by a broader audience. The festival has a wide-reaching screenplay competition that recognizes the best genre scribes from around the globe. There are two different categories for feature screenplays and short screenplays. The competition includes a live announcement of the winners in all categories. All finalists will receive two full festival passes. Feature screenplays should be 70 to 120 pages and short screenplays should be 45 pages or less. The competition is not open to resubmitted scripts.
In addition to the screenplay competition, Shriekfest offers film makers the opportunity to screen their work in front of peers and industry professionals. The festival is also known for its unique Bloody Reel trophy, a hand-painted version of the same name. In addition to the bloody reel, the festival has a long list of other awards to honor the best in the horror, sci-fi and thriller genres. These include awards for the best screenplay, best movie, and best actor. There are many advantages to being a part of this film festival, including media exposure, a chance to see your work screened by peers and industry professionals, and even a chance to receive free screenings on both coasts.
During the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, many of the film submissions were selected in the audience voting category. These films are viewed by a large audience of film lovers. The highest-voted film wins the award. The awards are determined through public ratings and paper ballots. The top three winners receive prizes.
There are two categories for Audience Awards: documentary and feature. The documentary grand jury prize goes to “The Exiles” by Ben Klein and Violet Columbus. The audience award for the world cinema documentary goes to Alex Pritz. The audience award for the dramatic feature goes to “Nanny” by Nikyatu Jusu.
The short film competition is called Short Flicks by Texas Chicks. This competition is open to filmmakers who live in Texas or have ties to the state. To be eligible, your film must have been submitted by April 11, and it must have a short duration of ten minutes or less. You must have the full rights to the film, and you must have the authority to submit the film. You can submit your film via a Dropbox link or a WeTransfer link. You must also submit a $20 entry fee. There are no refunds or rescheduling.
If you would like to submit your film, you can find more information at The Audience Awards website. You can also sign up to receive updates on the festival’s progress. You can also raise money for your film on the site. If you are a WIFD member, you can submit your film for a discounted fee. The Audience Awards site is a good way to get your film noticed. You can also receive a cash award for your film.