Networking Like a Pro at Film Festivals
Film Festival Hacks is the podcast that explores the festival circuit “from both sides of the badge.” Alex Ferrari is an award-winning filmmaker with nearly 600 international film festivals under his belt. He’s joined by Chris Holland, author of Film Festival Secrets: A Handbook for Independent Filmmakers who has worked closely with more than 200 film festivals including Sundance, AFI Fest, and SXSW.
Together we explore the hidden world of film festival programming and pass along tips that give you that critical edge in the festival submissions game.
In episode 5 you’ll get some great tips on networking at festivals – what exactly we mean by the word, why it’s so darn scary, and what the potential benefits are. Alex reveals the thinking behind his core principles of making connections at industry events and some specific tactics for earning the attention of the people you seek. (“Be a human first” is a big part of it.)
We also talk about why face-to-face networking is so much more effective than a solicitation by email or social media, and some open-ended question to help you break the ice.
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