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How Long Should a Short Film Be for Submission for Film Festival?

HollyShorts Film Festival Daniel Sol answers the question of how length of film affects it’s chance of getting into festivals. From personal experience – I’ve run a couple 20+ minute shorts through the process. It was tough as I only got accepted into about 1 out of 5 festivals – even though the film ended Read MoreRead More

Introducing Vimeo On-Demand – A DIY distribution platform

Vimeo On Demand is direct-to-fan distribution done the Vimeo way — with all the power of Vimeo’s best-in-class video player, easy-to-use tools, and passionate audience. Creators of all types can distribute their work online, find and connect with audiences, and make more money with a 90/10 revenue split. Vimeo On Demand gives creators unparalleled flexibility Read MoreRead More

TROPFEST NY 2013: The Worlds Largest Short Film Festival

There are a lot of film festivals all vying for your attention, but here’s a rare one Filmmaker IQ can support – a unique shorts festival with a long established history and strong industry connections: Tropfest. Born 21 years ago in a cafe (‘The Tropicana’) in Sydney, Australia, Tropfest is now the world’s largest short Read MoreRead More

Four Tips for Festival Rejectees

You didn’t get the acceptance notice you wanted? Now what? Sheri Candler offers four tips for the rejectee though some of these may be good to think about while you’re in development. Your film didn’t get into the A-level fests so far? With Sundance, Berlin and SXSW having already been announced — or come and Read MoreRead More

How To Make Indie Filmmaking Profitable In The Age of Tentpole Franchises

Kathryn Arnold sits down with Cindy Nelson-Mullen, Co-CEO of MonteCristo International, an international sales agent/production company, and discussed with her the elements it takes to make a profitable film in this changing economic landscape Kathryn Arnold:  Does a certain director make a difference in making the decision to finance a film? Cindy Nelson Mullen:  Directors Read MoreRead More

Dear Aspiring Filmmaker, Here’s How To Get Our Attention

You’ve made a great movie – but how do you get the word out. One of the writers of Film School Rejects, Scott Beggs offers some advice on how to tap into movie discussion sites (including this one) without pissing off the people that run them. If you’re an aspiring filmmaker, I’m one of the Read MoreRead More

Vimeo Introduces Rating System

Vimeo has never been a place that censored content, now they’re offering filmmakers a chance to let their audiences know what’s in store. As the home for exceptional original videos and the people who make them, we have an unflinching belief in the integrity of visual storytelling, including — in some cases — material that Read MoreRead More

Robert Rodriguez Sundance Q&A on El Mariachi Collection

After a Collection Screening of his film El Mariachi, celebrating the 20-year anniversary of its Sundance Film Festival premiere, Robert Rodriguez reminisces about the film’s production and answers audience questions. Recorded January 19, 2013Read More

5 Distribution Cons that FIlmmakers Fall For

Elliot Grove lists five common scams that unscrupulous con artists pull on filmmakers. 1. The So Called Festival Consultant Who would ever think that you, a filmmaker, needs to employ someone to take you around to film festivals. You’ll be told that they have the necessary inside connections to get your film in, but at the Read MoreRead More

The Value of Test Screening your Indie Film

Sheri Candler presents her perspective on test screening and why she thinks it’s an important step of the Indie Filmmaking process. No amount of marketing will save a film that needs improvement. Many times I am sent films that need a few more editorial passes or maybe some reshoots to get it at the level Read MoreRead More

Without An Audience, It Can’t be Art!

Emily Best discusses the new transparency that the digital age has brought to filmmakers and society and how that impacts our relationship with the audience. I hold this apparently really unpopular view that without an audience, it can’t be art. “Art” is a social label, a negotiation between the artist, the object (or performance) and Read MoreRead More

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