Back by popular demand!
There have never been more ways to reach audiences with your film. From the over 3,000 film festivals around the world to internet video platforms that include everything from Netflix to YouTube, how do you navigate this vast landscape to achieve the unique goals you have for your project? Does it make sense to work with a distributor to do this work? Can you do it yourself?
In this day-long course, you will delve into the complex world of film festivals and how to navigate the submissions process?from the large-scale global festivals/marketplaces to the regional and niche festivals all over the country?and the ever-evolving possibilities of digital distribution. Plus, you'll have the opportunity to workshop your project and get feedback on how best to get your film seen in theaters and in homes.
MICROBUDGET FILMMAKING COURSES:
THE ROUTE TO FESTIVALS AND DIY DISTRIBUTION is the second of our fall Microbudget Filmmaking courses with filmmaker Paul Harrill. The first part, THE ROUTE TO DEVELOPMENT AND PRODUCTION, will take place on October 28.
While these two course work independently of each other, we encourage those interested to sign up for both. If you are interested in both, we encourage you to consider our Silver Classwork Package, and get any other Made in NY Media Center courses offered in this month for FREE!
What You Will Learn
How to establish realistic, executable distribution goals that are tailored for your film.
Distributing your film via services like Netflix, iTunes, and Amazon—either through a distributor or by doing it yourself.
How to prepare your film for festival submissions, which festivals to submit to, and how to best position the film so that it might be selected.
How film festivals make selections, and what to do once you’ve secured a screening.
Cost effective strategies for doing one’s own publicity, or working with a publicist, both on the festival circuit and during commercial release.
Prerequisites & Preparation
Students are encouraged to register at least a week in advance so that they may share information about their film (which may be in any stage of development or completion) with the instructor in advance.
About the instructor
In 2005, Paul founded selfreliantfilm.com to champion personal, regional, and do-it-yourself cinema. His work has been supported by the Sundance Institute, IFP, The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Aperture Film Grant, among others.