If your press release isn’t getting the traction you’d expect, it could be that it just sucks and is costing you the attention you deserve. Below are the top five mistakes a bad press release makes. And, more importantly, how to fix them.
A press kit is an essential part of any film’s production plan. Like a storyboard or line budget, it’s a behind-the-scenes necessity. And when done right, it can make all the difference in how the press, film festivals, theaters - and ultimately the audience - talk about your movie.
Wherever you are in the production or release of your film, you should already be marketing it. Build your audience now so when you announce that first screening, they’re all clamoring to buy tickets. After all, making a film is only half the battle. The other half is finding people who want to see it.
In this episode I talk to Brad Wilke, an award-winning filmmaker, produced feature-length screenwriter, and film programmer for the Seattle International Film Festival.
Veteran filmmaker, teacher, and fundraiser Mark Stolaroff takes a pause in the middle of the Kickstarter campaign for his new film “DriverX” to reflect on his filmmaking career and the psychology of asking friends and strangers for money. Mark is the creator of the "No Budget Film School” seminars and a role model to many indie filmmakers.
Are you being offered the “festival rights” to the music in your film at a discount? It’s a trap! Find out why the deal you’re being offered might not be the best option for you.
When licensing music for their projects, sometimes filmmakers will ask whether it's advisable to purchase only the "festival rights." Sometimes it's possible to save money on music licensing by obtaining permission to use a song in a film limited to play at festivals. It sounds great, but it is it a good idea?
Allison's film just isn't getting into festivals. Here are my thoughts on the possible reasons.
Jen West and James Martin are partners in life, partners in filmmaking (they alternate between directing and producing on each film), and partners in a string of successful crowdfunding projects.
Now they face a new challenge -- distributing their most recent completed film online and on the festival circuit while raising funds for their first feature-length film.
Excerpted from their online course “Film Festival Hacks,” Alex Ferrari (Indie Film Hustle) and host Chris Holland talk about the career building and networking opportunities to be found at film festivals.