Masterclass: Finding Film Festival Success


Each year, Sundance Film Festival receives over 8,000 short film submissions and programs just 60-80. Your festival strategy begins long before you finish the film. Hopefully, before you even roll camera! Attend this masterclass to give your film the best chance of success.

  • Venue: Metro Screen
  • Start: October 22, 2015 6:30 pm
  • End: October 22, 2015 9:00 pm

There are thousands of film festivals across the world – all with different deadlines, premiere requirements, rules and regulations. So what should your approach be?

This masterclass is a must for those wanting to distribute their short film or independent feature through film festivals both in Australia and internationally.

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Focus on Festivals

Want to get your film into film festivals?  Of course you do – but the major festivals like Sundance and Clermont-Ferrand get around 7000 short film entries each year.  So what do you do?

Now my advice can’t ensure that your film will be among the 1% or 2% of those entries that are screened but I can help you avoid the common mistakes that mean your film will definitely NOT be accepted.  After all, you don’t want to reduce your chances by ignoring the basics of festival entry.

 My Focus on Festivals training covers:

  • Preparing your film for festival entry
  • Supporting materials you will need
  • Finding the best festivals for your film
  • Entry formats and systems
  • Planning for the life of your film


Distribution begins in pre-production

I’ve just read about a filmmaker who had a distribution offer for their film but couldn’t accept it as they lacked the right delivery materials.

Don’t let yourself be put in this position!  Distribution begins in PRE-PRODUCTION!  If you know what materials you are likely to need before shooting your film then you can take timely steps to acquire them.  It’s always going to be easier (and cheaper) to make provision for these materials at an early stage rather than trying to create them later.

Key art/stills?  Music/actor clearances?  Delivery formats?  Ruth Saunders Shorts can advise you on the right delivery materials for each market.