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 Film Festival, the Austin Micro Film Festival, the Austin After Dark Film Festival, Houston Comedy Film Festival, Oregon Screams 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: As explained in the terms and conditions, the submission fee does not include an event ticket fee if selected. Submission fees and event ticket fees are separate. The cost of attending this event is $35 for the entire day. Every attendee must have a ticket. There are no filmmaker free passes. When the event organizers rent this space, all 160 seats and lobby access are pre-purchased by the event organizers. The ticket fees allow the event organizers to recoup a portion of the rental fee, insurance, a photographer, photo editing, award certificates and staff wages for this event.


FilmFreeway Frequently Asked Questions

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