Applying to Film Festivals

Your production is complete. Now what?

festivals-laurelsUnless you are one of the very few people that create for themselves, you will want to find an outlet for your short film.

The fairly tradition route is to the film festival circuit. But where to start? The first step can be quite daunting. There are so many festivals listed online; how do you know which to trust, and which are worth your money?

Well, to start off with you need to familiarise yourself with these websites:

  • Withoutabox – the world’s largest independent film community. Online application submission service for film festivals. 
  • Film Freeway – submit to hundreds of film festivals and screenplay contests in one simple place. Free and easy for filmmakers. Fair and simple for events.
  • Reelport – entry platform facilitating fee-based online submissions for various festivals worldwide. Manage your film submissions and save time and money. Our mission: No more mailing of DVDs and no more shipping of analogue screening copies.
  • Short Film Depot – enter your films easily into the major festivals around the world using one single form.

They are all platforms to submit to festivals but some are easier (and cheaper) to use than others. FilmFreeway is the newest but also the easiest to use. Withoutabox was the site to use, it’s not super easy to work your way around the site, and people have turned against Withoutabox in recent years.

You’ll find what suits you and what festivals suit your film. (Helpful hint: I like to aim at short film festivals first and expand from there).

For the past three years, I have been wandering through these websites and have developed my own personal festival list. Yes, it was time-consuming to create, but I am a producer so you learn to love paperwork. I’ve even gone so far as having separate spreadsheets for alphabetical and chronological order, short film festivals, and Australian festivals. One day, when I think it’s complete, I plan on sharing it with you all. Until then, you can see my formatting in the picture below.

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Best of luck to you all.