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Film Festival Hacks Podcast pulls back the curtain on the mysterious world of film festivals and explores the festival circuit from both sides of the badge. Hosts Alex Ferrari (www.indiefilmhustle.com) is an award-winning​ filmmaker with nearly 600 international film festivals under his belt. He's joined by Chris Holland (www.filmfestivalsecrets.com), author of Film Festival Secrets: A Handbook for Independent Filmmakers who has worked closely with more than 200 film festivals including Sundance, AFI Fest, and SXSW.

Film Festival Hacks Podcast Alex Ferrari and Chris Holland

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    • 5.0, 3 Ratings

Film Festival Hacks Podcast pulls back the curtain on the mysterious world of film festivals and explores the festival circuit from both sides of the badge. Hosts Alex Ferrari (www.indiefilmhustle.com) is an award-winning​ filmmaker with nearly 600 international film festivals under his belt. He's joined by Chris Holland (www.filmfestivalsecrets.com), author of Film Festival Secrets: A Handbook for Independent Filmmakers who has worked closely with more than 200 film festivals including Sundance, AFI Fest, and SXSW.

    Are Film Festivals Even Relevant Anymore? FFH 007

    Are Film Festivals Even Relevant Anymore? FFH 007

    Film Festival Hacks is the podcast that explores the festival circuit “from both sides of the badge.” Alex Ferrari is an award-winning filmmaker with nearly 600 international film festivals under his belt. He’s joined by Chris Holland, author of Film Festival Secrets: A Handbook for Independent Filmmakers who has worked closely with more than 200 film festivals including Sundance, AFI Fest, and SXSW. Together we explore the hidden world of film festival programming and pass along tips that give you that critical edge in the festival submissions game.

    In episode seven discuss the relevance of film festivals in today’s digital world. Enjoy!

    • 7 min
    Film Festivals: Guide to Screening Formats & Technical Specs FFH 006

    Film Festivals: Guide to Screening Formats & Technical Specs FFH 006

    In episode 6 you’ll get the skinny on what are the proper screening formats for film festivals today. We talk about technical​ specs, formats, what Sundance requires and where and when to spend money on deliverables. Enjoy!

    • 9 min
    Networking Like a Pro at Film Festivals FFH 005

    Networking Like a Pro at Film Festivals FFH 005

    Film Festival Hacks is the podcast that explores the festival circuit “from both sides of the badge.” Alex Ferrari is an award-winning​ filmmaker with nearly 600 international film festivals under his belt. He’s joined by Chris Holland, author of Film Festival Secrets: A Handbook for Independent Filmmakers who has worked closely with more than 200 film festivals including Sundance, AFI Fest, and SXSW.

    Together we explore the hidden world of film festival programming and pass along tips that give you that critical edge in the festival submissions game.

    In episode 5 you’ll get some great tips on networking at festivals – what exactly we mean by the word, why it’s so darn scary, and what the potential benefits are. Alex reveals the thinking behind his core principles of making connections at industry events and some specific tactics for earning the attention of the people you seek. (“Be a human first” is a big part of it.)
    We also talk about why face-to-face networking is so much more effective than solicitation by email or social media, and some open-ended question to help you break the ice.

    • 10 min
    The Power of Humor in Festival Submissions FFH 004

    The Power of Humor in Festival Submissions FFH 004

    In this episode, we discuss the power of humor not only in the film itself but in the film festival submission process as well. Filmmaker really underestimates​ ​ the power of humor. You have to remember that people enjoy laughing​, in the movie theater or during​ the submission process.

    Adding a bit of chuckles or even full-blown​ laughs might help your chances during​ the submission process. The creativity does not stop at the end of the edit. Ask yourself which marketing campaign or Super Bowl commercial stuck with you the most?

    Chris and I go over our experiences using humor and share a few tips.

    • 8 min
    Best Film Festival Submission Practices – FFH 003

    Best Film Festival Submission Practices – FFH 003

    Our third episode is the second part of our discussion of Withoutabox and FilmFreeway, the two most commonly used film festival submissions platforms. We talk about some of the best practices for using both platforms, including the importance of strong still images from your film, the dark art of writing a film synopsis, and what exactly you should put in your submission’s cover letter. Better yet, you’ll hear how these things can affect a festival programmer’s thinking.
    Our conversation also covers the larger question of film submissions as a marketing exercise.

    We discuss the reasons that the submissions game is much like a sales process, with festival programmers (and their audiences) as customers for your product. We’ll explain the basics of the marketing elements you’ll need for festivals as well as for selling your film to general audiences later on, laying out which assets you’ll need as well as what should be in them. From trailers to web sites to poster art, this episode runs the gamut of marketing materials you should have for your film in these early stages of its life.

    • 16 min
    Decoding WithoutaBox & Film Freeway – FFH 002

    Decoding WithoutaBox & Film Freeway – FFH 002

    In this second episode we explore the essential tools of submitting to film festivals. Withoutabox and FilmFreeway are the two most prominent festival submissions platforms online. Although there are a number of prominent festivals that do not accept submissions on these submissions engines, together the sites represent the majority of film festival submissions opportunities. They are major players on the film festival scene and influence not only how festivals accept films for submissions but also how much they charge and how films are promoted.
    Our overview covers the reasons filmmakers love and hate the submissions platforms, how they are viewed and used by festivals, and the ways that both Withoutabox and FilmFreeway have shaped the festival industry over the last 16 years. Plus we’ll talk about how the platforms help festivals grow and all about the submissions mixup that taught Alex what he has in common with Winnie from “The Wonder Years.”

    • 11 min

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