Much as I love Chris Gore's "Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide" (I had a sidebar in the first edition about how to prepare a film print for festival delivery....back when filmmakers made films, and shipped prints)...the time has come for some new perspective. (Though a 4th edition is forthcoming!)
I am happy to announce two new anticipated new books about Film Festivals:
1) First up: b-side insider Chris Holland's "Film Festival Secrets" (For which I've written the introduction...)
Film Festival Secrets is the starting point for your movie’s successful run on the festival circuit. Or perhaps it is the resource that helps you take control of your film’s path already in progress. Either way, there’s a lot to learn so let’s get started.
• My new book Film Festival Secrets: A Handbook for Independent Filmmakers is now available for pre-order in anticipation of its official release at the Austin Film Festival on October 16th! There are three ways to read the book: the print edition, the downloadable PDF, or online.
• The blog is my ongoing exploration of film festival strategies, trends, and news. Learn about festivals, the evolving world of indie film distribution, and new opportunities for filmmakers by visiting regularly.
Chris Holland keeping it real at Sidewalk in Birmingham with ATL filmmaker Michael Friendman. (ATL Fest staffer Elizabeth Hamilton keeps a low profile.)
Also...if you want, you can read the entire book http://issuu.com/stomptokyo/docs/filmfestivalsecrets-ebook"> here and now:
"OK, this is nifty. Not only can you read the entire text of Film Festival Secrets online, but you can share it with your own readers by embedding the book on your own site or blog in this cool little flash reader from Issuu. The book is now available for sale at Createspace and Amazon (two faces of the same entity, but I get a better cut of the proceeds if you direct people to Createspace).
2) Second, Slamdance Grand Jury Prize-winner (Chi Girl) Heidi Van Lier's "Indie Film Rule Book"
(The "real" site: IndieFilmRuleBook.com is under construction.)
She describes the book as "a strategic filmmaking guide designed to help the inexperienced (and experienced) filmmaker go from zero to Park City while optimizing their chances of…
*outlining and conceptualizing a film that can get the right kind of attention
*making a successful indie film
*getting into festivals and packing the house
*winning festival awards
*getting good press
*getting representation for their film and themselves
*starting their successful film career"
Heidi at the Maryland Film Festival, with Erik Jambor, me, Paula Martinez, Skizz Cyzyk, and Ashley Sabin
What I believe will distinguish both books is Heidi and Chris' desire to get it right. Both surveyed a broad variety of filmmakers, and festival insiders for perspective, insight and anecdotes.
Such input can only help filmmakers by giving them MORE information.