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Are Film Festivals Worth It?

To many filmmakers starting out – a film festival is the shining goal, the end zone of the production pipeline. Nothing could be further from the truth – a festival is just the start of the distribution game. Amber Sherman tackles the question – are festivals worth it?

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The film festival circuit is supposed to be the golden ticket to success, money, and to hopefully making your next film. So, I pose the question: Are they worth it? The purpose is to get the exposure needed to get your movie out there, seen, and sold. Call film “art,” all you want, but the main objective is to make a living.

Being in acquisitions, I see the initial marketing materials a sales rep or filmmaker will send my way. Of course, what comes with that is the laurels. I see the familiar festivals and then I come across some, and think to myself, “What the hell festival is that?”

The first thing I’m going to say about this whole process is it costs money to get into any festival. The bigger the festival, the higher the price to submit with of course the chance of being rejected. (A quick tip: Make sure you set aside a good amount in your budget for the festival submission process.) This can cost anywhere from $40 to $400 and upwards from there.

No-name festivals aren’t going to get you anywhere, unless it is in a city that you want to make connections in or if it is connected to a certain charity or social issue.

Everyone likes to think that the slew of “Official Selection” laurels will buy your audience or whomever you’re trying to sell it to. (I will say the winning laurels, of course, mean a ton more.) This is a case of quantity over quality. Just because you were an official selection of a ton of festivals doesn’t make your movie great, or even good. I’ve seen some movies that were at the big festivals and just wondered… Why?!

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My RØDE Reel 2015 – Tips & Tricks – Data Wrangling

In this segment RØDE discuss a few guidelines we like to follow when managing our data. Management of the physical media is just as important as the transferred data to ensure that each memory card is identified as safe to use. Creating a template folder with an internal structure can also save time when starting new projects.

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