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Film Festival Toolkit 2010


After you have completed your last masterpiece, Film festivals are the next route for your film. We launched Raindance 17 years ago and we thought we would share some of the things we've learned through trial and error over nearly 20 years running Europe's largest independent film festival in London.

Click here to see the 4 reasons to attend film festivals.

1) Get The Script Right

Before you shoot, have a think about the script. Is there a special angle that you can use that will make your film (short or feature) stand out?

Here's an article: 9 Elements Of Great Films by Raindance tutor John Truby.

Have you heard of the Black List? It was started by Leonardo Di Caprio's agent. It's pretty cool. While you are at script stage, why not look at the top 100 films that did NOT get made in 2009: The Black List

We put together a book on screenwriting: Raindance Writer's Lab

2) Publicity And Promotion

Raindance Film Festival SubmissionsGetting the word out is the creative challenge.

1. First, you will need to write a press kit.
READ the 7 Essentials For a Press Kit

2. Next you need to write a press release.
READ How to Write a Press Release

3. Then you need to build a network
READ Twitter Tips For Filmmakers

Why not follow Raindance on Twitter?

3) Avoid These Pitfalls

After 17 years of running Britain's oldest and most successful independent film festival and noting dozens of cock-ups, Elliot wrote this article: 10 Stupid Mistakes Filmmakers Make
Probably the biggest mistake you can make is to include music that is not cleared. You won't be able to screen your film at festivals, let alone sell it. READ some advice on Music Rights

Want to take a reality check? READ the 10 Dirty Secrets of Independent Film

4. What do festivals want?

Here are the most common FAQ's we get asked at Raindance.

Here's a great interview with our Senior Programmer.

Interested in a career as a filmmaker? Here's a tongue-in-cheek article full of useful do's-and-don'ts: How To Fake Being An Indie Auteur

Click here for a useful list of Distribution Tools

5. Some more stuff!

Learn How to Profit from Sundance (and other festivals!)

A useful list: The World's Top 100 Film Festivals for Shorts

Here is the Short Film Distribution Guide

Why Raindance?    

- Awards and jury prizes

Raindance has a long list of Awards which look great on any film's CV. Have a look a the list of awards from last year.

- British Independent Fim Awards

Raindance also founded the British Independent Film Awards. Submitting your short or feature to Raindance  means your film is automatically included for the BIFAs.

- Raindance 2010 Submission Details
(Final Deadline June 19)

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About Raindance

Raindance Film Festival Since 1992 Raindance has been offering advice and support for independent fimmakers. We started the Raindance Film Festival in 1993, and the British Independent Film Awards in 1998. We also have a training programme that has had remarkable success. Presently there are nine of us working out of our office in Soho, London.

We have satelite offices in Toronto, New York, Berlin, Brussels and Budapest.

We are on the look-out for anyone who might like to work with us in another city or country. We are always looking for new ideas, or your stories about your movie. We are always looking for new ideas, new scripts, new films, new writers, new directors, new actors and new producers.

Please let us know what you are looking for, and what you need.
We will do whatever we can to help.

Here is some more information about us

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Film Festival Toolkit 2010