Film Festival Secrets: A Handbook for Independent Filmmakers

By festival veteran Chris Holland.

Every year thousands of filmmakers like you unleash their newly completed movies upon the film festival circuit. Whether you're a first-timer with a comedy short or a seasoned veteran with a documentary feature, you all face the same set of problems. You all ask the same questions. You all want the pleasure of seeing your film play before a festival audience and gain the recognition it deserves.

This is your book.

There are three ways to read the book: the print edition, the downloadable PDF, or online. You can also download the first two chapters as a PDF for free.

Film Festival Secrets will help you:

  • Select the right festival for your film
  • Prepare your festival screener
  • Save money on festival fees
  • Create marketing collateral
  • Craft a screening sell-out plan

- and more!

"Chris Holland's advice on navigating the film festival circuit is invaluable." - Brian Udovich, co-producer of The Wackness and All the Boys Love Mandy Lane

"As a film festival programmer who has also been a filmmaker, I can honestly say that this book succeeds where so many others have failed in terms of describing the realities of the festival circuit." - John Merriman, Austin Film Festival Programmer

“Going into the game forewarned can help you create a better plan of attack and make decisions that are best for you and your film. ‘Film Festival Secrets’ can steer you on the right path. I highly recommend this book.” - Dan Masucci, Fountainhead Pictures

Ready for a copy of your very own? Buy it direct from the publisher or buy it on Amazon. The electronic version is available as a PDF for $10.

More praise for Film Festival Secrets:


"Phenomenal! Film Festival Secrets asks and answers all the right questions. The most comprehensive, knowledgeable, and informative guide to the festival circuit to date." - Adam Roffman, Program Director, Independent Film Festival of Boston

"Chris offers valuable insight, practical advice, and unguarded feedback from a collective braintrust of festival insiders." - From the foreword by Gabriel Wardell, Executive Director, Atlanta Film Festival

"I'd like to buy the world a Coke. I'd also like to buy every filmmaker who submits to Sundance and not Slamdance a copy of Film Festival Secrets." - Drea Clark, Executive Director, Slamdance Film Festival