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What is Old Is New: Film Festival Edition

This week, Paula Bernstein wrote a nice piece for Filmmaker Mag reporting from the Bend Film Festival about a panel of film festival programmers on recommendations of how to apply to film festivals.  Since this is prime film festival application season - its a timely and helpful article.  Included are advice on keeping shorts short since programmers only have so much time in their schedules, pay attention to the power of regional festivals and filmmakers must do their research before applying to festivals - don't apply to fests that don't make sense for your film.  However she emailed me to tell me that she referenced an earlier article of mine:  "Given the technological advances and sweeping cultural shifts over the past few years, it’s surprising—but not necessarily problematic—that the process of applying to film festivals, and therefore the advice programmers share with filmmakers, has remained remarkably unchanged. Go back and read Jon Reiss’s excellent article on the topic from 2017 and the tips are quite similar to the ones shared in Bend."  I just re-read that article and I feel that all the 10 do's and 5 don'ts are as relevant now as they were in 2017 and unless there are major earthquakes in our system, will probably be relevant in 2028.  While much of the world of distribution is fast changing - some aspects of it are remarkably constant.  If you have additional tips - please send them in.  I am on the Film Festival Subcommittee of the DPA and we created a Film Festival Toolkit that hopefully will be posted to the DPA site in the near future - I'll see about including any new tips in that document. 


Sam Now, the beautiful film we released earlier this year is now available for streaming on the Criterion Channel. If you missed this powerful film about family and intergenerational trauma, now is your chance to catch it.


One more day till I'll be joining Film Fatales on this Friday November 3rd 2pm PT / 5pm ET for an online distribution and marketing workshop. I'll be doing a short presentation followed by 5 "Speed Consults" moderated by Jennifer Takaki (Photographic Justice: the Corky Lee Story). These are the wonderful Film Fatales members and their films that will be participating:   Hazel Gurland-Pooler (Storming Caesars Palace), Jasmín López (Silent Beauty), Ivey Camille Manybeads Tso (Powerlands), Nana Ghana (You Are Always Right Here), and Ruth Du (Samson).  With support from event partners IDA, Minorities in Film, Pano Network, and The Gotham.

The workshop will be accessible with live captions and a recording will be shared the day after.



The response has been wonderful for my upcoming 6 Month Distribution Intensive which is launching on November 29th.  I've been hosting weekly webinars on how the program works and I am really excited to hear from all the filmmakers that are signing up to participate with their wonderful projects. If you have a project nearing completion, or on the festival circuit, or in production and want to plan appropriately for distribution,  I hope to see you at one of the webinars.   
Applications for the 2024 Rotterdam Lab Fellowship are due this Thursday, November 2nd. The Rotterdam Lab is designed to build an emerging producer with no more than two feature film producing credits' international network and experience. The lab offers panel discussions on financing and audiences, as well as speed dating sessions with industry delegates and many more project building opportunities.