Film festivals are really trying to make themselves as transparent as ever, which is great news for today’s indie. Do you follow your top festivals to enter on Twitter/Facebook/Tumblr/Pintrest or subscribe to their online newsletter? Okay, that’s a good start. But if you’re currently torn on deciding whether or not to enter your film into a premiere film festival, why not do a quick Google search on who’s doing the programming? They are the people who will be watching your life’s work. It could’t hurt to gain some insight into what they’re looking for. Where to start? It’s as easy as taking two minutes out of your day to watch to the latest “Meet A Festival Programmer” style video from Tribeca HERE on YouTube.
Staff members often post program updates, submission information and shout-outs from official selection filmmakers across various social media platforms. I’m a huge fan of this trend as it reminds me of the true spirit of festivals. Outside of the glitz and glam, these events are championed by organizations that support independent cinema. Today the folks who can help make your film career are no longer a mysterious committee locked away in a screening room. They’re real human beings who love movies just like the rest of us.