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My short film Epilogue goes 14 festivals worldwide
My short psycho thriller EPILOGUE has been selected in competition in 14 festivals worldwide. It's just FASCINATING to be able to screen in Seattle, Hollywood, Central Valley, France, Ireland, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Russia and Hungary. We've already received Best Director Award and Audience Award at the Kimera International Film Festival, but I'm also proud to have been selected in competition at the Seattle International Film Festival (one of the greatest fests in the U.S.) and Rencontres Henri Langlois' special program focusing on thrillers.
Here's a complete list of festivals:
> Sehsuchte International Film Festival, Germany, in competition
> HollyShorts Festival, Hollywood, in competition
> BuSho Budapest Short Film Festival, Hungary, in competition
> B16 Brno Film Festival, Czech Republic, in competition
> Brest Film Festival, France, in competition
> Recoutres Henri Langlois, France
Step 5. Find Your Co-Production Partners
We've just been selected to Galway Film Fair, so this article couldn't be more recent. The next step is selling your project for financiers. If you've been following my previous articles, now you have several ways to do that:
- Attend film fairs and pitching forums. These are gatherings where you can meet industry professionals interested in your project. This is the traditional way, but you now have a great advantage: a huge fanclub, your potential opinion leader audience. Show them to your investors - they're gonna love it :-)
- Publish your project online. Use sites like kickstarter.com or indiegogo.com to show the world a sneak preview of your film. If you can't shoot a mood scene of your upcoming film, show a photo or a storyboard. Make them pay you $10-25 and your fans can be your executive producers!
- Shoot your preview. A couple of typical shots of your upcoming film, a piece of dialogue or an interesting location car raise a lot of attention, don't miss this chance.
- Create your production package. You're gonna need a folder of useful stuff to find an investor. Put down your logline and synopsis, some snapshots of your preview film, a production and financial plan (not too many details, please).
- Build your Project Home Page. Using your package, preview and social media links, build a simple site for your film. Then register the link to all sites related to independent movies. Don't forget to build links to your Facebook profile.
Now you got to the hardest part: money! There's a lot to know about financing, yet there aren't too many rules. Follow me and I'll share my little knowledge with you...
Next article: Step 6. Finance Your Film
Step 4. Write Your Script - or Have It Written
I've recently bought every possible magazine on filmmaking in the U.S. and found that indies and journalists are definetely interested in social media tools. I've just given an interview to the website of a huge international magazine (I'll quote it as soon as it's online, I promise) and they were also interested in crowdfunding and crowdsourcing. People tend to understand the significance of the new era - but mostly think of these tools as a new way of marketing or promoting a film. But social media filmmaking is much more - you can find your story, test it and write it with social media and eliminate your risk before investing a cent. You can also make the production process easier and cheaper - and continuously build your faithful audience from logline to release. Filmmaking has never been such a promising form of art and business.
In Step 2. I've already given you some hints on writing a treatment out of a tested and successful logline, with social media tools. Step 4. is pretty similar, but if you've been doing everything as I suggested, right now you already have a bunch of followers and fans. These terms mean pretty similar things: a follower is interested in your stuff for his or her own purposes, projects or interests - a fan would just die for you :-) Filmmaking is sexy business: people love to see what's happening behind the curtains. They want to be part of your film, as a source, as someone helping you develop your script, as a consultant, or a crew member, an extra, a member of your test audience etc. They want to be proud of participating your enterprise - why not let them help you?
While writing your script, ask your fanclub or your followers. Tweet your questions! Post your story twists and plot points! Create a survey app testing your story elements! Share your dialogues and characters! Let them understand and comment your work - they will become more and more enthusiastic, day by day. But take care: there will be hundreds of opinions, you have to select...
If you don't consider yourself a writer, you can find your writing partner via socmed. Writers are computer people: imagine them sitting in front of their computer displays every day. It's their life, laptops are their best friends and their worst nightmares, as well. They work, make friends, get paid through the internet - more and more of them via social media. It's the best way to reach them - and make them work for you! Don't be afraid of sharing your ideas with a writer you picked via socmed. First, you gotta read his or her stuff, but as soon as you're convinced of his or her talent, let them work for you. Most writers would die for a script produced and released as an indie movie! Only some percent of all the screenplays ever written have been shot and released. They gotta be lucky to have a film on screen - and you're their lucky shot :-)
Step 5. Find Your Co-Production Partners
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