I filled out my 2012 Sundance Film Festival volunteer survey yesterday and with that, it’s officially over. I checked the little box that summed up the fest as a “5-best experience of a lifetime” as it truly was. Everywhere I turn there’s another review, photo recap or filmmaker interview blasted via Twitter, so I definitely know it wasn’t a dream. I actually did attend last month.
Back in my civilian life, the goal now is to process what I learned at the festival. If I’m ever fortunate enough to have my directorial debut in Park City, here are some things I will not forget:
Paying your own way to fest: I saw many Kickstarter pages go up right around the time Sundance announced their official selections. Why? Because festivals are very expense. You may get a selection of complimentary tickets for your screenings, lots of event-themed swag and discounts throughout the event but the bulk of the financial burden is on you and your team. Also, I never thought about it but how do you decide who on your team attends and how that’s getting paid for? If it’s a premiere, you definitely want the whole film family there to celebrate/promote the film. Bottom line, prepare as far in your preproduction as you can to include funds for festival attendance like travel, tape masters, sleek promotional materials, food, housing. **Again, don’t forget you have to pay for the Kickstarter/IndieGoGo perks if you reach your campaign goal. Continue reading