online Courses

Learn how to navigate the film festival circuit and the larger world of independent film on your own time, at your own pace, in your own way.

Film Festival Hacks

"As Festival Producer with the Edmonton International Film Festival (EIFF) in Canada for nearly 15 years, I have experienced a whole lotta misinformation about what film festivals do . . . . To be honest, I was a bit skeptical about this course . . . [but] from the first segment, I was hooked."

- Kerrie Long, Edmonton International Film Festival

7 Days to a Film Festival Strategy

“...hugely motivating! Taught me to find the right festivals for my film and gave me the confidence to actually spend the money on the festivals I've researched."

- Daniel M, filmmaker

This course is included in an annual subscription to the Film Festival Secrets Vault. Subscribe for just $6 a month.

Filmmakers’ Crowdfunding Blueprint

A 2-hour seminar on Crowdfunding for Indie Filmmakers. This seminar concentrates on the launch phase of a crowdfunding project, including:

  • identifying your audience
  • prepping your project materials
  • what to offer for rewards
  • how to reach out to your potential backers

...and more. 

This course is included in the Film Festival Secrets Vault at any subscription level. Subscribe for just $6 a month.

Network, Schmetwork

Making industry contacts at a festival in a strange town can be a daunting task. Find out how to go in with a game plan and make it look natural. You’ll learn:

  • Why "networking" feels so darn awkward - and what to do about it.
  • Questions to ask when the ice desperately needs breaking
  • The secret art of film festival eavesdropping

...and tons more! 

This course is included in the Film Festival Secrets Vault at any subscription level. Subscribe for just $6 a month.


Film Festival Readiness Email Course

Is your film ready for film festivals? Are you? Find out with this free 5-part course delivered directly to your inbox.

Who should take this course?

Filmmakers turning their attention to the festival circuit with a project that is completed or nearing completion will gain the most from this course. 

If you're looking at the thousands of festivals out there with a lump in your throat -- or if you've already submitted to a number of festivals with little success --this course gets you started on the road to a sound festival strategy.

What will you learn?

  • The pros and cons of submitting to festivals for "free."
  • The 3 most important questions you can ask yourself about your film.
  • Whether cover letters actually matter
  • What happens behind the scenes in the festival "off season"
  • How to start narrowing down the list of possible festivals to the ones that matter to your film
  • ... and more.