Film Festivals

Film Festivals are organized, film presentations usually held in one or more screening venues. The films screened are those submitted or invited to the film festival. Some film festivals focus on specific genres, short films, or accept submissions in all categories. It is commonplace for most larger film festivals to require new or relatively unknown filmmakers to pay an entry fee to have their film considered for screening while established filmmakers are not usually required to pay entry fees at all. The three most popular international film festivals are Cannes, Berlin and Venice while the most popular international film festivals in North America are the Toronto International Film Festival, The Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Montreal World Film Festival, and Vancouver International Film Festival. In the United States, the largest film festival is Seattle International Film Festival.

AFF 2014 Pitch Finale

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...


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...