With so many film festivals in existence and more and more coming online daily how do you decide where to spend you efforts? Do you go niche market? Is it worth it to submit to an unknown, brand new festival? Depending on who you are and how you participate in the indie film world, the answer varies.
For the filmmakers, festivals present a significant way to market their film at a reasonable rate. There are opportunities to network within the industry. Get feedback from audiences and judges. Share tips and information on topics from technical aspects of filming to location hints. Introductions are made and collaborations born. Shopping films on the festival circuit can be both grueling and very satisfying and the grind can take its toll. But the passion and fortitude of the filmmaker is without refute and the time, energy, and effort they put into not only telling their story but tirelessly working to bring it to audiences on the festival circuit is greatly appreciated by festival directors, other filmmakers, and especially the audiences.
To the filmmakers, thank you for your work, your story and your art. We the audience love you for it.
To the audience, support these cinematic artists. Seek them out at festival receptions and Q&A sessions, say hello and thank you. Let them know their efforts are appreciated, important and entertaining.
It’s a two-way street, the filmmakers need an audience and the audience needs the filmmakers.