5 Tips To Get Into Festivals Without Going Broke

by Joe Petricca, Stage 32

Film festivals can be expensive. But if you do your homework, you’ll find ways to get in with discounts and waivers.

Jeff Riegel from GLJ Media Group at The Alexandria Film Festival for his documentary “Tori Nelson: Fighting For Her Future”

To begin with, you should know that I scraped together enough money to make my high quality short film, A Meditation, relying on many favors and friends. The film is done and I can’t wait for the world to see it. I happened to finish it near the Sundance deadline, so I applied there first. $60 dollars.

5 Tips To Get Into Festivals Without Going Broke

I thought I might as well hit Slamdance at the same time, right? $55 dollars. Oh wait, there’s SXSW and Tribeca and…the list goes on.

The more I wanted to submit, the more it began to add up and I had yet to apply to a festival I thought I could get into. But I found a way, and today my film has played over 35 festivals and won five awards. Sounds like an expensive venture, right? Not really. I had festivals pay for accommodations just for me to attend. Want to know how I did it?

Here are 5 tips that I learned that helped get my film out there without me going broke… (more)

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