Putting Up Your Own Film Festival

A film festival is an exciting thing to organise. It can be a fun way to celebrate the art of filmmaking together with fans, filmmakers, producers, directors, screen artists, and more. It requires a lot of hard work, patience, creativity and most of all, commitment. There is no definitive way to put together a film festival, but it is important that you understand that it can be organised and is truly possible despite limited resources.

People

Putting up a festival will require a team of dedicated people. It is best if you can invite individuals who are as passionate about films as you. Trust us, even a small-scale festival will take a village to assemble.

Venue

This is the most important thing you need to book first. It can be anywhere that has cinema facilities, such as a projector, screen and good audio equipment. You can try asking your local cinema if they can spare a theatre for your festival. A lecture hall in a local university can also be a good idea. Try to get booking requests at least six months before your planned event. This will give you ample time to look for more venues if your top options are not available.

Screening

Discuss with your group what kind of films you want to screen. If you have called on some entries, maybe you can choose just the best ones or screen them according to genre. You may also include a talk from a highly respected filmmaker or any professional from the film industry to inspire budding film artists to hone their craft.

Audience

It all boils down to marketing. Make sure that people know about your festival. Take every opportunity to promote your event. It doesn't have to be expensive. You can use various media platforms from radio to social media. Advertise in colleges and universities or, better yet, ask a class to be part of your working committee.

Creatives

Put a few creative touches on the festival days. Bring along some amusement such as a photo booth or a celebrity to come and grace the occasion. Or how about having a booth for tarot reading? This will surely draw curious individuals. It can be anything for as long as you add an entertainment value to your event that will make your audience remember this special occasion.

While there are no certain steps on organising a film festival, the considerations above are a good place to start.

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