Are Film Festivals Worth Their Entry Fee?

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In this Film Courage video interview, we ask a group of filmmakers if film festivals are worth their entry fees?

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william pabon says:

I know this was an old video but i shared it in my facebook page. Everybody needs to listed to this panel. film courage is probably the best thing on youtube for newcomers in the entertainment industry.

Gabrielle Kelly says:

Where are the women filmmakers in this discussion?

MASON BUCHKO says:

Funny how they're all wearing black lulz. Reminds me of final fantasy 15

Thorsten Nesch says:

I landed some fests but next time i take the $$$ and invest in ads after placing them on a amazon or somewhere else

patricklandond1 says:

Truth of the matter is major distributors such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Showtime, HBO, Fox and so many other companies do not have a presence at your local or regional film festival. They only come to the major film festivals. Most festival fees are worthless unless you want to show your friends in your community your film. Getting into one of the majors or getting a major distributor to look at your film before it is ever released to the public is the way to go. Here is an article on indie distribution from Videomaker magazine worth a read: https://www.videomaker.com/how-do-you-distribute-an-independent-documentary-veteran-filmmakers-share-their-secrets

tabundo001 says:

To people living in first world countries its really easy to say festivals don't matter. I live in the Caribbean and if you make a film here and it doesn't make noise in the market by entering film festivals and winning awards, you ain't cashing back any money at all from your film. Specially if you're not doing mainstream comedy which is the only thing that sells in cinemas here. Meanwhile, I've heard about movies doing 6 figures in terms of selling rights to international companies after doing well in festivals. If you don't do well in festivals and you are making artistic films you're throwing producers money into the trash while simultaneously not creating new relationships and not putting your name out there.

You guys don't understand, Netflix wouldn't even answer an email from a film that hasn't achieved anything from a third world country, and if they do they won't offer a penny. Festivals are what put you in the international spotlight, give you hundreds of connections to producers and technicians around the world.

Festivals are absolutely essential to anyone trying to make a decent living out of film making that doesn't live in Europe or USA. I'm not saying you should make films for festivals, but if you make a good film and spent a million dollars making it, then spending 5000 fishing for good festivals is potentially very benefitial, it's the only way to recoup the money in most cases.

Peter Stellenberg says:

I feel like running after festival and awards is just another wild goose chase. You should focus on your work and making your film the right and best way possible.
If you get awards and screenings it's great, it puts your work on the stage but don't bet on it to be the entrance door to executives office. Choose well the festivals. But the sad thing is, especially for short films, festivals are the only solution for a «distribution» as per say.

gutz1981 says:

The only reason I submit to "Film festivals" anymore is so I can make it easier to get as much credits for myself on IMDB as possible. Perhaps my films are not that good, though I have seen way worse get into some of these set up festivals, but I have mostly had enough with the whole "We have decided not to accept your films and due to the large number of applicants, cannot give you feedback as to why." Response I get after I paid my fee. The least these jokers can do, after all the money people spend to submit them, is to give you feedback in how close it got and why it was not good enough so maybe next time young filmmakers can learn from their mistakes. Its a scam and I only submit to free festivals now.

Aye Yuh Aye Yuh says:

No. It's not the 90s lol

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