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Mikel Fair

Mikel Fair

Mikel Fair My name is Mikel Fair. I am the Director of Film Festival Circuit Inc. First of all, we are a company that manages film festival events in Texas and Oregon. Furthermore, we like to have fun and celebrate independent film. I worked for 15 years in the television and film production as a location sound mixer and production manager. I have also worked in post production as an editor, post sound mixer and composer. Above all, watching independent films and reading creative screenplays is my passion.

How To Create A Compelling Directors Statement Or Writers Statement


Why Does Your Director's Statement Matter To Film Festival Judges And Attendees?

This article is from chapter 6 of the book, The Film Festival Submitter's Handbook. Have you ever watched a television show or movie and realized that it didn't[...]

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Create A Director Biography Or Writers Biography And Read Examples

Why Do Film Festivals Care About My Biography?


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Film Festival Submission Tips ebook

Film Festival Submitter's Handbook

The Film Festival Submitter's Handbook Is Out Now!

I have been working on this book, in my mind for years. It's been a time consuming process, managing multiple film festivals over[...]

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Film Festival Judging Guide: Science Fiction Film Category

Judging Guide: Science Fiction Film Category

Updated 11-15-18 

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Film Festival Judging Guide: Horror Film Category

Judging Guide: Horror Film Category

Updated 11-15-18

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Film Festival Judging Guide: Drama Film Category

Judging Guide: Drama Film Category

Updated 11-15-18

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Film Festival Judging Guide: Documentary Film Category

Atlanta Comedy Film Festival 2018

Atlanta Comedy Film Festival Winter 2018

Official Selections, Awards & Nominations

The Atlanta Comedy Film Festival Winter 2018 was a huge success. We watched some of the  funniest[...]

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Portland Comedy Film Festival 2016-2017 Event Recaps

Portland Comedy Film Festival 2016 Official Selections

October 14, 2016

2016 "Portland Comedy Film Festival" Official Selections - Watch Trailer

  1. “1-800-Witches Gotta Burn” Written by Tim Carpenter & Mark White
  2. “198” Directed by Josh Lunden
  3. “7[...]
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Oregon Scream Week Winter 2018 Event Recap

Oregon Scream Week 2018 Official Selections for Film

The twelve (12) judges of the Oregon Scream Week 2018 Horror Film Festival have announced 52 short film official selections that screened in Portland, Oregon on Friday and Saturday, February[...]

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    Film Festival Submitter's Handbook

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    Film Festival Judging Guide
    Film Festival Submitter's Handbook
    The Film Festival Submitter's Handbook
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    My name is Mikel Fair and I have written this 30 page ebook to help filmmakers strengthen their submission when submitting to Film Festivals. This guide is based on my experience, starting in 2008 as a Film Festival Director that has watched, rated and reviewed more than 5000+ submissions of all genres from over 100 countries. There are several mistakes that filmmakers are making on a daily basis that I can help you avoid. I explain in detail, about how the packaging and editing of your submission can have a direct effect on how many festivals that your film is accepted to. Priced under $10 US, I have made this book affordable for everyone and will email you any new versions that we release until January 2021. Please read the first chapter for free!

    • Chapter 1: Does Packaging Really Matter? - Free Chapter!
    • Chapter 2: Are Your Contact Details Accurate? A Daily Common Mistake
    • Chapter 3: Does The Name Of Your Film Stand Out? Or Will It Be Lost In The Shuffle?
    • Chapter 4: Tips For Creating The Right Tagline And Synopsis
    • Chapter 5: Do You Know That A Director’s Bio And Resume Are Two Different Things?
    • Chapter 6: How To Write A Compelling Director’s Statement That Tells A Story.
    • Chapter 7: The First Impression Of Your Film Is It’s Official Poster.
    • Chapter 8: Without A Trailer, Your Film Might Become An Afterthought.
    • Chapter 9: Why Do Film Festivals Love Submissions With A Social Media Presence?
    • Chapter 10: Your Film’s Website, Is Its History And Point Of Contact
    • Chapter 11: Final Cut Or Festival Cut? Don’t Submit The Wrong One.
    • Chapter 12: Stretch Your Submissions Budget. Use Promo Codes. Get Discounts.
    • Conclusion

    Film Festival Submitter's Handbook