Promote your film

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Create your opportunities: promote your film not only by submitting it to film festivals but also by attending to them. Talk to distributors, agents, be available for interviews, also for local press. Attend to short film markets, like Clermont-Ferrand’s. You need to take care of the distribution and, if possible, […]

Have them sign everything!

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Another important tip you may be interested to: it may be obvious, but never enough. Be sure that each participant of the film signs everything. You need documents signed about the roles, the use of space, presence of rights). Do this during the production of the movie and never forget […]

Premiere and festivals

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You need to choose the festival you want to premiere at, and to know exactly why your choice has fallen on a particular event and not another one. It would be useful to make a list of all the festivals you’re interested to submit to, to promote your work. You […]

Planning

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This may sound obvious, but it’s really important: you need to be on time and complete your short film at the right moment. Completing your film in a month rather than another may mean different festivals to submit to. If you want to send your work to specific festivals, you […]

Rights and permissions

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An aspect you need not to underestimate is that of the rights and the permissions. Be sure to be in order with rights, permissions and regulations before starting shooting. The absence of permissions may affect the realisation of the film or even make you incur into distribution block. Remember to […]

Dialogues

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When realising your film, mind to separate music and sound effects from dialogues. This will be useful when you distribute your film abroad: it will be ready to be dubbed. Don’t forget to prepare a dialogue list: if a festival needs to subtitle or translate your work, not having it […]

Length

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Keep in mind that yours is a short film! In fact, it is a common problem when submitting to festivals: many of the works are just too long. You need to work on cutting the excess. Listen to advice from trusted and more expert voices and be prepared to let […]

Photographs

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This is not an obvious hint: have you ever thought about the photos you need to shoot during the making of the film? I know, somebody may think of extracting frames from the film and go away with it – but this is the wrong choice. The best thing you […]