As a former volunteer, I was completely overwhelmed by the grand scope of the festival, but I can’t even fathom what it must be like as a participating newbie filmmaker. Luckily, filmmaker Michael Mohan (SAVE THE DATE), offers up 6 tips for your first big trip up to Park City. He’s had three film play there, so I think his advice is pretty sound. Most of it could actually apply to any festival experience.
One point that seemed very poignant:
2C. Maybe you’ll need to re-edit your film
The producers out there will hate me for mentioning this. But after seeing my film six times with different crowds, I learned full well that a better version of my film existed if I could take out two minutes. There’s no shame in tinkering with your film post-Sundance. You’re a better filmmaker if you know your film can be better and subsequently make your film better.
Check out Michael’s full checklist HERE.