Hitting the Festival Circuit: How to Get Your Film into Film Festivals

| November 28, 2008

This December Filmbase will host a free information session for filmmakers on how to get your short film into festivals both at home and abroad. This afternoon session, which will take place at 2 pm on Wednesday the 3rd December, will give filmmakers the opportunity to hear from a panel of representatives from the Irish film industry on what to do when applying to film festivals with your short film and how to do it. The panel will include Mick Hannigan (Corona Cork Film Festival), Nicky Gogan (Darklight Film Festival, Still Films), Ronan Burke (Black Sheep Productions) and Nerea Aymerich (Film Ireland magazine).

The session will begin with Mick Hannigan and Nicky Gogan talking us through the art of applying to film festivals, from the point of view of the festival organiser. What sort of information do they look for, what are the basic requirements, how important are your synopses and images etc… Ronan Burke will then give us the filmmaker’s perspective using the multi-award winning film Jellybaby as a case study. Jellybaby, which Ronan co-directed with his brother Rob, won numerous awards as well as screening at over sixty film festivals both at home and abroad. Finally, Nerea Aymerich will look more closely at one element of the application process that is often overlooked, having strong production stills to represent and promote your film.

This session is free and open to filmmakers who are looking to apply to film festivals for the first or second time. If you would like to attend this session please email Clare Creely at Filmbase on admin@filmbase.ie. Make sure to note your full name, your phone number and, if relevant, the name of your production company. Participants will be accepted on a first-come first-served basis.

For more information on the session please visit the Filmbase website at http://filmbase.ie/news/FestivalsInfoSession08.php

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