Here it is! Your fast-pass to success on the film festival circuit! Loaded with examples and inspiring yet pragmatic information, this step-by-step guide to film festivals offers filmmakers a bird’s eye view of what it takes to have a successful festival experience.
• Targeting the right festivals
• Creating a press kit
• Promoting and branding your film
• Promoting and branding yourself
• Filling out entry forms
• Creating a logline
• And much, much more!
Learn from industry professionals, Rona Edwards and Monika Skerbelis, who are in the trenches producing films, programming film festivals and are respected speakers, panelists and jurors, as they provide never-before-published industry tips on how you can make the biggest impact on the film festival circuit.
What People Say
“Finally! A straight-shooting guide to the film festival circuit. Skerbelis’ and Edwards’ research pays off in this comprehensive guide to navigating your film through markets and festivals. Whether you’re heading for Sundance or SilverDocs, this is a must-have for the indie filmmaker.”
— Tony Safford, Executive VP, World-Wide Acquisitions, 20th Century Fox
“A thorough and accessible guide to how to make the most of your film festival experience, especially for first-timers trying to crack the code.”
— Pamela Koffler, Killer Films; Executive Producer, Mildred Pierce, Boys Don’t Cry
“Rona and Monika have done an excellent job encapsulating their careers as both festival organizers and filmmakers to present a pathway for new artists to participate in the film festival world… an important resource for any festival goer looking to better understand the history and opportunity of festivals around the world.”
— David Straus, Co-Founder, Withoutabox
About the Author
RONA EDWARDS graduated California Institute of the Arts. A VP of Creative Affairs for Emmy-winner John Larroquette (Night Court), Academy-Award winner Michael Phillips (Close Encounters Of The Third Kind) and Emmy-winner Fern Field (Monk), Edwards produced One Special Victory, The Companion, I Know What You Did, Out Of Sync (VH1's Movies that Rock), Blind Trust, Der Morder Meiner Mutter (Sat.1) and documentaries, Selling Sex in Heaven and Unforgettable. For Warner Bros, she developed the feature Matchmakers. Recently, Edwards produced 2 movies for LMN based on Ellen Byerrum’s books, Killer Hair and Hostile Makeover. A contributing writer to The Los Feliz Ledger, Produced By (the official magazine of the Producers Guild of America), her column, Rona's Reel Take, appears in the Neworld Review. With Monika Skerbelis, she co-founded ESE Film Workshops Online, wrote the critically acclaimed book, I Liked It, Didn’t Love It.
MONIKA SKERBELIS started her industry career as an assistant in the Story Department for Paramount Pictures, then moved over to 20th Century-Fox as an assistant story editor, later promoted to story editor. At the same time Universal Pictures offered her the opportunity to run their story department where she worked for ten years and was promoted from an executive story editor to a vice president. She developed a number of screenplays including Black Dog starring Patrick Swayze. In addition to her story department duties at Universal, she scoured film festivals, student film screenings, and screenwriting competitions in search of new filmmakers. Since its inception in 2000, Monika has been programming films for the Big Bear Lake International Film Festival, and has been the programming director of The American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival since 2008.
In an engagaing FilmTalk on youtube link below, Monika Skerbelis and Rona Edwards discuss about five common mistakes filmmakers make at film festivals and how to avoid them.