Also, speaking of new indie film opportunities, last week I was invited to speak at an IFP panel event in October re: self-distribution & using new media/alternative publicity methods, etc. Will do a full post about this in the coming week. The panel event sounds interesting & useful. One that I would attend even if I wasn't a part of it. I've never been on an indie film panel before, so this is exciting. & the event will be in NYC, which doubles the excitement level.
Still not motivated to submit Date Number One to film festivals. Fest deadlines come & go
w/out having any real impact on me. I've had good luck with 4-wall screenings & a couple of excellent bookings, so I think I'll just keep heading in that direction. Festivals are useful, but not every indie film needs to take the festival route to get to the audience. I like being able to (or at least there being the chance of) making money from every screening, makes the management of debt-related-to-the-film a tiny bit easier. Fests at this point do not share revenue from screenings with filmmakers (there may be a couple of exceptions out there). When fests do start sharing $s with filmmakers, I will no doubt take them more seriously. But, my objections to participating in them aside, film festivals are, & have been, a very positive thing for indie film fans & makers for a long, long time.
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