Festivals

What better way to broaden exposure for your independent film and as an artist than attending a film festival? Scriptmag.com is an excellent resource for the list of the best film festivals, free film festivals, and tips for exploring appropriate festival for both your film and your budget. Learn our top reasons and more tips for attending film festivals.

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Writers Wrap Up: Character Development in Storytelling

Interesting Characters, Interested Viewers Great storytelling requires interesting characters, preferably those that possess some unexpected trait (Marge in Fargo, a tough cop who’s hugely pregnant, Fletcher the conductor in Whiplash, tough as nails in the classroom, tinkles on the ivories at the jazz club after hours). You know your characters are awesome, but conveying...

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10 Vital Pitching Tips From Austin Film Festival

I had the pleasure of returning to the Austin Film Festival to teach the pitch prep seminar alongside the wonderful and brilliant Pamela Ribon for the second year in a row. I was also one of the pitch judges for two of the pitch competition sessions, choosing two finalists in each session to go...

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Legally Speaking, It Depends: One Theme, Two Movies

Changing things up, today’s column will look more at the business aspects of taking a film from pitch to film festivals and beyond and how similarity on the surface doesn’t always play out the same. As test subjects, we’ll look at two films who could have been elevator pitched with the same theme and...

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Utopia Film Festival: Q&A with Co-Director Chris Haley

Filmmakers, audiences, popcorn and small towns, together at last. For me, those are the best kinds of film festivals. There’s something about the celebration of film that takes place in these out-of-the-way venues that’s magic. Whenever I can find a gem of a festival and connect with a community who loves film, I breathe...

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Telluride Film Festival Report

A recap of the 41st Telluride Film Festival can take many forms. You can just concentrate on the films headed to the awards races. You can revel in the rediscovered classics or “lost” gems. You can recount the seeking out of the under-the-radar showings as you tried to be one of those to discover...

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The Annapolis Film Festival: New Festival on the Rise

The Maryland film community recently descended on the state capital for the Annapolis Film Festival (March 27-30), and I was lucky enough to receive a press pass for the event. At first, to be honest, I wasn’t sure if I was going to bother going. It’s a relatively new, smaller festival, and I had...

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Writers on the Web Wrap-Up: LAWEBFEST 2014

I’m taking a break from our regularly scheduled programming to bring you a Writers on the Web Wrap-up of last week’s Los Angeles Web Series Festival (LAWEBFEST). (Try saying Writers on the Web Wrap-Up five times fast, it’s fun!) It’s not a film festival, but a web festival: five days in late March devoted entirely...