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Film Festival Circuit Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Every day, at Film Festival Circuit, we get emails from filmmakers and screenwriters with questions about our film festival events. Here are the answers to some of the most common questions. This page will be updated if a new question becomes popular. Currently, the film festivals that use this FAQ are the Austin Comedy Short Film Festival, the Austin Micro Short Film Festival, the Austin After Dark Film Festival, Houston Comedy Film Festival, Oregon Scream Week Horror Film Festival, Oregon Short Film Festival and the Portland Comedy Film Festival.

 

Question 1: My film was created a few years ago, is it still eligible.
Answer 1: Yes, as long as you can deliver the file to us in at least 1080p for screening.

Question 2: My film has already been accepted to other film festivals, is there a premier restriction?
Answer 2: All films are eligible, whether they have screened at other festivals or not.

Question 3: If I submit my screenplay to your festival, do I lose the rights or copyrights?
Answer 3: No, we do not own the rights to films or screenplays submitted to our festivals. We read them, watch them, rate them and sometimes, we nominate them for awards. We do not acquire or take ownership of copyrights.

Question 4: If my screenplay is accepted by your film festival, will you make my film?
Answer 4: No, we are not a production company and we do not produce films. Actors, crew and production companies do attend our Film Festivals and many connections have been made over the years. We do not make any guarantees that your film or screenplay will be purchased or sold. 

Question 5: Do you send my film or screenplay to distributors.
Answer 5: No, we do not market films or screenplays to distributors on your behalf. But you can meet other people in the film and television industry at our Filmmaker Networking Events.

Question 6: Do you pay for filmmakers or screenwriters to travel to your film festival?
Answer 6: No, our festivals do not pay for, cover or reimburse travel costs to our events.

Question 7: If selected, do I have to buy tickets to watch my own film?
Answer 7: We offer 2 free tickets for every submission selected to this event, that must be claimed within 30 days of acceptance. Afterwards, we release the event tickets to the public. Each ticket is approximately $20 US per person. 

 

FilmFreeway Frequently Asked Questions

Mikel Fair has created a few videos to answer a few very common questions about the FilmFreeway platform.

How To Add Social Media Links To Your FilmFreeway Submission Form

How To Add A Poster, Headshot or Marketing Image To Your FilmFreeway Submission Form

How To Update Your Screenplay On FilmFreeway. You Don't Have To Withdraw Your Submission And Re-Submit.


Film Festival Submitter's Handbook

The Film Festival Submitter's Handbook
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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

Film Festival Submitter's Handbook