Film Festival Submission Tips #9: A Website Is A Central Hub For Your Submission

Does Anyone Care About Film Websites Any More?

I was having a conversation with a friend and filmmaker in the Middle East recently. He has been a writer, director and producer in the film industry for at least 10 years. He has been associated with 35 different productions ranging from 3 minute shorts to 120 minute feature films. I looked him up during our conversation and asked him “why don't you have a website, linking all of these amazing accomplishments?” He replied, “In my country, we don't make websites for films anymore. It is a wate of money.” I was stunned silent for a moment. He filled in, “But I have some links I can send you, others, uh, we have some tweets about films and I have a resume too, but IMDb lists only half of them, it is not reliable. I have a common name and there is some confusion. I wiil email you links and some .pdf files.” I didnt hear from the guy for a month. More on that later.

A Website Is A Central Hub For Your Film, Web Series Or Screenplay

I worked on location for 15 years, on productions big and small. When people ask me what I have worked on, my eyes roll, and I start listing things. It is embarrassing and sounds like I am boasting. So I took the time to edit and make requests on IMDb until my resume looked pretty close. I tell people, “I retired from location work, I dont want to brag, please look up my profile on IMDb.” Then I say, “I am now a Film Festival Director and Administrator for several events in the US. Please check out FilmFestivalCircuit.com, here is my card.”

On my website, we have a lot of info:

I have a list of our events, a calendar, a blog, links to portals where you can submit to our festivals, links to our Film Festival Judging Guides, Film Festival Submission Tips, and links to past events, with photos and links to social media. It is a central

 

Look professional

Central hub

Design freedom

Emailng list

Cross promote other work

 

More Film Festival Submission Tips Articles

  1. Your Submission Contact Details Must Be Accurate. Do you know how many submitter emails bounce and don't have a phone number listed? Read more ...
  2. Choose A Submission Title That Is Memorable. Is your creative work getting lost in the shuffle? Read more ...
  3. Create A Tagline And A Synopsis For Your Submission. Do you know the difference? Read more ...
  4. Create A Director's or Writer's Biography For Your Submission.  Do you think that a Biography and a Job Resume are the same thing? Read more ...
  5. Create A Director’s or Writer’s Statement. This is an opportunity to explain your personal motivation, inspiration, experiences and challenges that lead to the creation of your submission. Read more ...
  6. Create A Poster For Your Submission. Stay ahead of the competition, don't be generic. Read more ...
  7. Create A Trailer For Your Submission. Because video gets more clicks than text. Read more ...
  8. Include A Social Media Link With Your Submission. Social Media is a free marketing tool that Film Festivals use. There are several reasons why you should not ignore this opportunity. Read more ...
  9. Include A Website Link With Your Submission. All roads lead to a central hub for your submission. Read more ...
  10. The Final Cut vs. The Festival Cut. The edit that you send to festivals matters. Do you know the difference? Read more ...
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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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