Chapter 6: Create A Compelling Director's Or Writer's Statement

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Make Your Statement And Connect With The Film Festival Audience and Judges

This is probably the most overlooked and forgotten item that filmmakers and screenwriters leave out of their submission details. The FilmFreeway Director's Statement. This includes Directors Statements for short film, feature film or even a Writer's Statement for a screenplay. Don't miss this opportunity to explain your personal motivation, inspiration, experiences and challenges that lead to the creation of your submission. Unlike a biography, which talks about the general background of the content creator, the director’s statement or writer’s statement is more personal as it pertains to the specific submission that the judge or festival attendee is about to experience.

 

More Than Half of Filmmakers And Screenwriters Leave This Section Blank. Why?

I’ve noticed that the box on the film festival submission form for, Director Statement, is commonly left empty. At most of our festivals, only about 50% of submission forms have a Director’s Statement at all. Some people will even put one sentence in the box that reads “I love Horror Films, Blood and Guts. I hope you like it.” One person even had something like, “If Charlie Chaplin and Charles Manson had a baby, you would truly understand what you just saw.” To this day, I still don’t know what that means. I encourage you to take this seriously. What inspired you? Was this an opportunity to use a specific location, actor or equipment? Is there a personal experience related to this film? Unlike a director’s biography, the Director’s Statement explains your personal connection to the film. Some (not necessarily all) of these statement ideas may help you create a strong Director’s Statement.

  • I chose to direct this film because …
  • While watching this film, I wanted the viewer to experience …
  • Some of the challenges making this film included …
  • I was inspired by the work of (blank) to create this film …
  • Working with these actors was special because ...
  • Working with this crew was fun because …
  • We were fortunate to get the equipment for this film because …
  • This film will always be special to me because …
  • The film turned out to be a little different than the script because …
  • We had some delays creating this film because …
  • We were fortunate to raise the funds for this film by ...
  • The experience working on this film will help me with future projects because ...

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Here Is A Director’s Statement Example

“I directed this film, Teen Broken Promises, after a friend, Sheila, moved 1000 miles away. Later, I found out she was spreading rumors about me. I came to realize that she was not a good friend at all. The main character in the film, Elsa, has a similar experience and plans to confront her friend, Julia, about her lies years later. Elsa finds out that Julia suffers from depression and is having thoughts of suicide. In my personal experience, volunteering at a women’s shelter, I met several women that struggled with dark thoughts. This inspired me create Elsa's character arc. The character’s anger turns to sympathy. She attempts to help Julia through a difficult time with communication and love, instead of confronting her with anger. We found the lead actress, Connie, through a long casting process. Her table read was amazing her performance in this film is so strong and emotional for me to experience. To this day, I am not sure what ever happened to my friend Sheila. Creating this film helped me deal with the pain I experienced years ago.”

 

Typically, What Is The First Question A Filmmaker Or Screenwriter Gets In A Q&A Session?

"What inspired you to create this film or screenplay?" This is the most popular question at a Q&A because people want to connect with you, once they've seen your film or read your screenplay. All of the "big time" Directors get asked this in their TV interviews all the time. So please, give the Film Festival Judges and Film Festival Attendees what they want. Satisfy their curiosity and answer the question that everyone is asking. Make your statement and don't leave it to someone else, to explain the motivations of why you created this film or screenplay.


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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.

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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

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