A major focus for this film has to be how and where I will market the film, what festivals I will send it to and what is required for submissions into those festivals. As part of research for this I discovered a site called withoutabox.com which is run under the IMDB umbrella, The idea of this site is for filmakers to post and submit their film to the sites formatting, this covers aspects such as genre, length, background, etc… and then compares the focus points against those of registered festivals. This was a very helpful resource as it allowed me to set up my film (although at point of submission certain elements had to be left blank) Below is a comparison between my film and the submission requirements for the Los Angeles Movie Awards
It shows that my film is certainly NOT suitable for submission to this festival, as my film has a running time of 12 minutes and the minimum requirement for this festival is a 60 minute piece. what this site does help to understand is the sheer amount of detail I need to provide for the festivals I plan to submit to, This website would save me a lot of time with online submissions as I would only need to fill out the form once and then apply to later submissions (assuming they accepted online submissions and were registered with the website) This would not help with festivals that require a physical hand in as I would still need to fill out the paperwork the old fashioned way.
Looking through this site as well as further research from my 360MC post on the matter I have found several festivals I would be interested in submitting to. To be able to afford the cost of festival submissions I would be looking at starting a kick-starter on the film to fund ‘distribution’ costs. Some other projects have setup fund-raising accounts online during pre-production to raise costs of filming to varying degrees of success, but I felt that this was not approiate for my film as I found it quite hard to show off my technical skill and really ‘sell’ the idea, I know I would find it difficult to fund a student project without seeing ‘something’ related to the project. However with the film ‘near enough’ finished, I think it will be much easier to raise support around promotional materials I can post (such as trailers) and this may raise interest and hopefully funding to cover some of the distribution costs.
I am currently in the process of getting a press kit organised, I have asked for help from journalism student, Cormac Kelly who has helped organise press kits for a number of other projects, according to E-How.com these are what I should be putting into my press kit
- Film synopsis
- Cast photos
Tickets to screenings
Technical stats sheet
An EPK (electronic press kit)
- Ten frequently asked questions
Of course some of these do not really apply to me such as the tickets to the screening, but the rest will be information I will be passing on into my press kit.
- Norwich International Film Festival: http://www.norwichfilmfestival.co.uk/ (Submitting for 2013 festival)
- Brief Encounters film festival (Bristol) http://www.encounters-festival.org.uk/ (June 6th Deadline)
- Raindance Film Festival (London) http://www.raindance.co.uk/site/festival (June 24th Deadline)
- Zero Film festival (London) http://www.zerofilmfest.com/entry.html (Submitting for 2013 festival)
- Exposures film festival (Manchester)http://www.exposuresfestival.co.uk/enter (Applications will be open within the next month)
- Rushes Film Festival http://sohoshorts.wordpress.com/ (Submitting for 2013 festival)
- British Student Film Festival http://www.britishstudentfilm.co.uk/submissions.html (Submitting for 2013 festival)
- FutureShorts http://futureshorts.com/htmlViewer.php?id=1032 (take place worldwide would submit and see what was available for locations)