FILM IN 140 PANEL SERIES: TIPS AND TRICKS FOR THE 2011 FILM FESTIVAL SEASON

This Film in 140 Panel on Twitter took place on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 from 9-10pm EST. Our topic was “Tips and Tricks for the 2011 Film Festival Season” and we focused on different insights and ideas to help prepare filmmakers to get the most out of the upcoming 2011 film festival season…

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@Filmin140Panel Welcome to tonight’s panel! Our topic is “Tips and Tricks for the 2011 Film Festival Season” #filmin140 -9:00 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal hi everyone. Testing that I’m actually here. #filmin140 -9:00 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 Oscar Mike, Oscar Mike! #filmin140 -9:01 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Filmin140Panel You can follow along with the conversation at TweetChat (http://bit.ly/abFubH) or at Film Threat (http://bit.ly/daqlJq) #filmin140 -9:01 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler now listening to House of Cards-RadioHead in prep for the panel #filmin140 -9:01 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Filmin140Panel Our panelists tonight are “Film Festival Secrets” author Chris Holland (@@stomptokyo)… #filmin140 -9:01 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Filmin140Panel …Slamdance Film Festival co-founder (@cinemaspeakeasy) co-founder Dan Mirvish (@@danmirvish) and… #filmin140 -9:01 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@Lonelyseal you’re actually here! welcome #filmin140 -9:01 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Filmin140Panel …Hammad Zaidi (@@Lonelyseal) of Lonely Seal Releasing, author of Film Threat’s weekly “Going Bionic” column #filmin140 -9:01 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Filmin140Panel Though we have panelists, multiple voices are welcome, so join in the discussion! #filmin140 -9:02 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo Hello fellow panelists and panel…ees? Thanks @@Filmin140Panel for hosting. #filmin140 -9:02 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@KevinFoxFilms RT @@Filmin140Panel: Our panelists tonight are “Film Festival Secrets” author Chris Holland (@@stomptokyo)… #filmin140 -9:02 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@jokeandbiagio Excited to be here at #filmin140. Congrats, @ffsecrets on the big night. #filmin140 -9:02 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish I’m here! #filmin140 -9:03 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Filmin140Panel Okay, first question for the panelists: what is the first bit of advice you give to a filmmaker about film festivals? #filmin140 -9:03 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@PaulMakesMovies RT @@Filmin140Panel: Though we have panelists, multiple voices are welcome, so join in the discussion! #filmin140 -9:03 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lady_di11 RT @@KevinFoxFilms: RT @@Filmin140Panel: Our panelists tonight are “Film Festival Secrets” author Chris Holland (@@stomptokyo)… #filmin140 -9:03 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@KonradStief Hi gang. As long as the power stays on with this heavy snow I will be fine. #filmin140 -9:03 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal thanks for having me. I’m firing up some Beatles on the headphones, so I’m ready to go! #filmin140 -9:03 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@FilmThreat RT @@Filmin140Panel: Welcome to tonight’s panel! Our topic is “Tips and Tricks for the 2011 Film Festival Season” #filmin140 -9:03 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@danmirvish hey Dan #filmin140 -9:04 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo Know what you want to get out of a festival run. In other words – know what the circuit offers and set goals. #filmin140 -9:04 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@KonradStief @@Lonelyseal I remember seeing your name before. You’re a distributor? #filmin140 -9:04 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish be very specific about what you want to get out of the fest experience #filmin140 -9:04 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Rebecca_Pugh #filmin140 joining the old fashion way, browser is acting up but I am here too! -9:04 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler RT @@stomptokyo: Know what you want to get out of a festival run. In other words – know what the circuit offers and set goals. #filmin140 -9:04 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal First bit of advice: Don’t rush the completion of your film for any film festival deadline. #filmin140 -9:04 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@G_L_O RT @@FilmThreat: RT @@Filmin140Panel: Welcome to tonight’s panel! Our topic is “Tips and Tricks for the 2011 Film Festival Season” #filmin140 -9:05 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo @@danmirvish Jinx. You owe me a Coke. #filmin140 -9:05 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler word! RT @@Lonelyseal: First bit of advice: Dont rush the completion of your film for any film festival deadline. #filmin140 -9:05 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 Welcome @@Rebecca_Pugh. She’s representing @@sidewalkfilm #filmin140 -9:05 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish with so many fests, you have to narrow them down #filmin140 -9:05 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@TheyMakeFilms Join in tonights film festival tips and tricks panel TweetChat () #filmin140 140Panel http://bit.ly/g6esz6 -9:05 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 Double down on that RT @@Lonelyseal: First bit of advice: Don’t rush the completion of your film for any film festival deadline. #filmin140 -9:05 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish Some are good for distribution; others for audience reaction; some 4 press; some 2 meet investors; some 4 parties #filmin140 -9:06 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler Q: any advice on narrowing down? places that dish on which are great for what reason? #filmin140 -9:06 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo Following up on @@Lonelyseal – rough cuts are OK if you honestly know you can complete film in plenty of time for actual festival. #filmin140 -9:06 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal And never, ever turn in a rough cut. Send it when it’s the best shape you can deliver. #filmin140 -9:06 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish Festivals are the defacto theatrical release for films, so you need to treat them that way. #filmin140 -9:06 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@cinekink RT @@Filmin140Panel: Welcome to tonight’s panel! Our topic is “Tips and Tricks for the 2011 Film Festival Season” #filmin140 -9:06 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal good point, Dan – and hello! #filmin140 -9:06 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@FilmThreat RT @@danmirvish: Festivals are the defacto theatrical release for films, so you need to treat them that way. #filmin140 -9:07 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler RT @@danmirvish: Festivals are the defacto theatrical release for films, so you need to treat them that way. #filmin140 -9:07 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo Have to disagree @@Lonelyseal – festival selection committees are experienced enough to see a diamond in the rough. #filmin140 -9:07 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish People send in ruff cuts all the time. Y? because films are never really finished. but I agree don’t rush post for fest deadline #filmin140 -9:07 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo At least, the good ones are. And your story/film needs to shine through the lack of polish. #filmin140 -9:07 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@KevinFoxFilms RT @@stomptokyo: At least, the good ones are. And your story/film needs to shine through the lack of polish. #filmin140 -9:08 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish You’re only going to REALLY finish the film when it does get into a festival (or Oscar submission) or other arbitrary deadline #filmin140 -9:08 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler can you walk us through the selection process? I send it off on WAB and what happens when you get it? #filmin140 -9:08 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@FilmThreat @@stomptokyo I don’t care how good the story is if I can’t hear what’s going on and the editing sucks ;-) #filmin140 -9:09 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo What happens to your film after it arrives depends on what fest you send it to, and where they are in their process. #filmin140 -9:09 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish …like your mother kicks you and that those damn harddrives out of the kitchen. THEN you’re finished. #filmin140 -9:09 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo If you send it to a small fest it will likely be seen only by the programmers. Large fests use volunteers to prescreen. #filmin140 -9:10 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish Slamdance selection is more unique than most. Films get seen by at least 2 people, then more if the first ones like it. #filmin140 -9:10 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@stomptokyo tell me what happens to early birds as opposed to late deadliners #filmin140 -9:10 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo If you send film in early to a large fest, chances of being seen actual programmer are higher (they have nothing else to do). #filmin140 -9:10 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish but most fests rely on one set of eyes to give thumbs up or down, then it trickles up to sr. programmers #filmin140 -9:10 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo Middle of the process = your film is watched by prescreeners and passed up to programmers if it passes muster. #filmin140 -9:11 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish yes, early is definitely best. Chris Nolan literally had the 1st film submitted the yr he got Following into Slamdance #filmin140 -9:11 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Filmin140Panel What are tips (or tricks) filmmakers can do to help the festival programming process work for them (ahem, bribes, ahem)? #filmin140 -9:11 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal true, but unless it really stands out, it may be forgotten by the time the deadline comes. #filmin140 -9:11 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish mind you, that was a year after we rejected it. I guess submitting early worked. #filmin140 -9:11 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo Late in the process = everyone watching a zillion films/day and your film may not get as careful consideration as you’d like. #filmin140 -9:12 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish bribes. no ahem necessary. #filmin140 -9:12 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@FilmThreat @@danmirvish Early one year, or late for the year it got rejected? #filmin140 -9:12 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish “knowing someone” can help at some fests. especially a former filmmaker from that fest #filmin140 -9:12 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@TiltTheMovie Good to know. RT @@stomptokyo: If you send film in early to a large fest, chances of being seen actual programmer are higher. #filmin140 -9:12 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Rebecca_Pugh Early birds get seen by more people on screening comm, then the last min entries due to time #filmin140 -9:13 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo Bribes are appreciated by programmers but rarely taken into consideration when programming. #filmin140 -9:13 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler honestly, does having connection, sales agent, lab contacts “help” your selection? #filmin140 -9:13 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish @@FilmThreat @@danmirvish early the year he got in. #filmin140 -9:13 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal bribes may not be necessary, but maybe promising a a big party/event for the festival will help (depending on the festival). #filmin140 -9:13 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 RT @@Rebecca_Pugh: Early birds get seen by more people on screening comm, then the last min entries due to time #filmin140 -9:13 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo Agree w/@@danmirvish – knowing someone at festival definitely helps but it only helps so much. Your film has to be good. #filmin140 -9:13 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@FilmThreat Baked goods do not make good fest bribes. Sure, they LOOK like chocolate chips, but you can’t be sure… #filmin140 -9:14 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish Weirdly, tho, sending late can SOMEtimes work, too. Just because all the begging gets their attention. Hi risk, tho. #filmin140 -9:14 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler RT @@Lonelyseal: bribes may not be necessary, but maybe promising a a big party/event for the festival will help #filmin140 -9:14 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@sarahscope RT @@stomptokyo: Agree w/@@danmirvish – knowing someone at festival definitely helps but it only helps so much. Your film has to be good. #filmin140 -9:14 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo Anything “extra” you can bring to fest that will make your screening more than just a screening will give you an edge. #filmin140 -9:14 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish Promising premieres will also help – again depending on the festival (more of a big deal in Europe, but tru here, 2) #filmin140 -9:14 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@deadcenter RT @@stomptokyo: Agree w/@@danmirvish – knowing someone at festival definitely helps but it only helps so much. Your film has to be good. #filmin140 -9:15 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler are you swayed by the celeb in my film, even it the film is subpar? #filmin140 -9:15 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Rebecca_Pugh @@Filmin140Panel good films and I read through the cover letters and if a letter stands out I pass it along to the rest of staff #filmin140 -9:15 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@MidMovieMama79 Any advice for Programmers attending Festivals looking for Films to program, it can be hard to get filmmakers/studios to say yes #filmin140 -9:15 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo This includes name actors, unusual people (jugglers?), dancing bears. #filmin140 -9:15 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal @shericandler – knowing someone will get “eyes” on your film, but they have to like it to program it – #filmin140 -9:15 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@deadcenter RT @@Filmin140Panel: Welcome to tonight’s panel! Our topic is “Tips and Tricks for the 2011 Film Festival Season” #filmin140 -9:15 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Fansoffilm following the conversation at #filmin140 -9:15 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@kingisafink Um, have you seen Jack Goes Boating? RT @@shericandler: are you swayed by the celeb in my film, even it the film is subpar? #filmin140 -9:16 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal for me specifically – celebs in films matter a great deal – but that’s as a distributor. #filmin140 -9:16 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@KevinFoxFilms Q: what is best way for newbes to find festivals where they might have a chance to cut teeth? #filmin140 -9:16 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly RT @@kingisafink: Um, have you seen Jack Goes Boating? RT @@shericandler: are you swayed by the celeb in my film, even it the film is subpar? #filmin140 -9:16 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish celebs yes for some fests, but it can also be a turn-off – depends on the fest. #filmin140 -9:16 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @@MidMovieMama79 Always go up to the filmmakers immediately after the screening. Especially the producer. That’s number 1. #filmin140 -9:16 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal look at regional festivals. Nashville, Kansas City, etc – as places to “cut your teeth” #filmin140 -9:17 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler before we move on to after acceptance, what do you have to say as fests for the submission fees? what are they used for? #filmin140 -9:17 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Corinestweet RT @@KevinFoxFilms: Q: what is best way for newbes to find festivals where they might have a chance to cut teeth? #filmin140 -9:17 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo @@MidMovieMama79 what I said about offering something “extra” – it works the other way too. Sell them on the experience. #filmin140 -9:17 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly RT @@shericandler: before we move on to after acceptance, what do you have to say as fests for the submission fees? what are they used for? #filmin140 -9:17 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@KonradStief Q: Is it frowned upon if a filmmaker releases accepted film immediately after festival premiere via hybrid distribution? #filmin140 -9:17 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal sheri – rent, salaries, advertising, staff, travel, etc. #filmin140 -9:17 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@FilmThreat @@KonradStief Or even during the festival? #filmin140 -9:18 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @@MidMovieMama79 1) Producers are the ones who will be handling that usually. 2) Most are mobbing the director at the Q&A. #filmin140 -9:18 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo Submission fees serve two purposes. Purpose 1 – they dissuade John Q. Public from submitting his home movies. #filmin140 -9:18 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish Festivals are going to have to rethink fees. Way too much. For shorts especially – when you reach more people on UTube #filmin140 -9:18 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@Lonelyseal see, I’m under the impression that you get grants, sponsors and use same equip yr after yr, along with volunteers #filmin140 -9:18 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@kingisafink RT @@KonradStief: Q: Is it frowned upon if a filmmaker releases film immediately after festival premiere via hybrid distribution? #filmin140 -9:18 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal Konrad – festivals don’t care what you do after their fest, but you may disqualify yourself from future festivals. #filmin140 -9:19 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Rebecca_Pugh @@shericandler our are used to pay WAB marketing fees and venue rentals #filmin140 (submission fees) -9:19 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly I don’t buy that submission fee argument. #filmin140 -9:19 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@FilmThreat RT @@danmirvish: Festivals are going 2 have 2 rethink fees. Way 2 much. For shorts especially – when u reach more people on UTube #filmin140 -9:19 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo Purpose #2, fees support the festival, though to lesser extent than you’d think. Probly <25% of budget in most cases. #filmin140 -9:19 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Rebecca_Pugh RT @@Lonelyseal: sheri – rent, salaries, advertising, staff, travel, etc. #filmin140 -9:19 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@Rebecca_Pugh how much does WAB cost to use for a fest? #filmin140 -9:19 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish If I spend $40 to get a short into a fest for 40 eyeballs, compare to 10,000 eyeballs on YouTube for free. #filmin140 -9:19 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo @@lmcnelly Which argument? #filmin140 -9:19 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danperezfilms Newbies should consider film fests in 1st/2nd year – less submissions, better chance to get in… #filmin140 -9:20 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo @@sarahscope I said dissuade, not prevent. #filmin140 -9:20 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@juicyplanet RT @@FilmThreat: 3 minutes away! Join in tonight’s film festival tips and tricks panel via TweetChat (http://bit.ly/abFubH) #filmin140 -9:20 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@KevinFoxFilms RT @@danmirvish: If I spend $40 to get a short into a fest for 40 eyeballs, compare to 10,000 eyeballs on YouTube for free. #filmin140 -9:20 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@FilmThreat @@shericandler HA! Volunteer turnover can be brutal. Every new year is an adventure. #filmin140 -9:20 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal festivals are business – remember – and they have to be profitable, or they’ll close. #filmin140 -9:20 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish that’s why fests have to think about what added value they bring to filmmakers. Can’t just be the screening itself…. #filmin140 -9:20 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly RT @@KevinFoxFilms: RT @@danmirvish: If I spend $40 to get a short into a fest for 40 eyeballs, compare to 10,000 eyeballs on YouTube for free. #filmin140 -9:20 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo @@shericandler WAB has various fees depending on your fest’s wants/needs. They can take 20% of the submission fee… #filmin140 -9:20 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@KevinFoxFilms @@danperezfilms Thanks Dan. #filmin140 -9:21 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal Dan – I agree #filmin140 -9:21 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@MidMovieMama79 @@atlfilm365 Good call! Do others have issues with being with a smaller Festival (but good) and getting responses? Small fish etc #filmin140 -9:21 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly @@stomptokyo not saying fests don’t use the $$, but the value for filmmakers is terrible #filmin140 -9:21 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo @@shericandler …or less if you’re willing to pay an upfront “marketing fee” ($1000+) which gets you one of those email blasts. #filmin140 -9:21 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish As filmmakers, you need to look at what the fest has to offer: panels, meetups with distribs, hot tub parties with Utah models..? #filmin140 -9:21 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Rebecca_Pugh Submission fees make up a very small amount, one sponorship equals the amount made in fees #filmin140 -9:22 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@danmirvish you and your hot tub, bragger! LOL #filmin140 -9:22 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@KonradStief Q: Any consideration to share in the box-office profits with the filmmakers at the festivals or is that impossible? #filmin140 -9:22 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Rebecca_Pugh RT @@stomptokyo: , fees support the festival, though to lesser extent than you’d think. Probly <25% of budget in most cases. #filmin140 -9:22 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @@lmcnelly You have to keep in mind though that filmmakers attending festivals en masse is only in the last 15 years or so. #filmin140 -9:22 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish Festivals need to think about what’s unique to them or their city. Like Maryland with free Orioles tickets; Slamdance with sleds. #filmin140 -9:22 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo @@lmcnelly I agree it’s upside-down but it’s like democracy to governments – the worst system avail except for all the others. #filmin140 -9:23 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler this one is for the filmmakers, do you want panels/educational opps presented at fests? #filmin140 -9:23 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal not only is in possible, but Slamdance is doing that this year. #filmin140 -9:23 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo @@KonradStief Slamdance is doing exactly that this year. No word yet on how well it’s working. :) #filmin140 -9:23 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish Sorry, did I not mention the hot tub summit at Slamdance? http://on.fb.me/gisHPh #filmin140 -9:23 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @@lmcnelly Or we too slow in changing? Yes. But festivals have been around for 70 years. We’re still figuring this out. #filmin140 -9:23 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish Sorry, what are we doing? #filmin140 -9:24 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@KevinFoxFilms @@danmirvish Utah models..? Please feel free to elaborate after #filmin140 -9:24 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal Good question, Sheri. I think most panels cover pretty much the same things, over and over. #filmin140 -9:24 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo .@@danmirvish keep up, the other panelists are pimping your fest better than you are. :) #filmin140 -9:24 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo Except for the Utah models thing. #filmin140 -9:24 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal Dan – aren’t you guys giving 10% of the box office back to filmmakers? #filmin140 -9:25 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler me too RT @@Lonelyseal: Good question, Sheri. I think most panels cover pretty much the same things, over and over. #filmin140 -9:25 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@FilmThreat @@KevinFoxFilms @@danmirvish He’s talking about me in a thong… #filmin140 -9:25 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish Yes, Utah models. #filmin140 -9:25 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@ian_okc RT @@danmirvish: As filmmakers, you need to look at what the fest has to offer: panels, meetups with distribs, hot tub parties with Utah models..? #filmin140 -9:25 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo .@@Lonelyseal I like to say every panel descends to 101 level in a hurry. #filmin140 -9:25 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danperezfilms Vimeo will now be allowing full-length movies: http://bit.ly/gOePD3 #filmin140 -9:25 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@FilmThreat you know there are just some mental pics that cannot be erased…:) #filmin140 -9:25 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @@lmcnelly I wouldn’t say it’s your problem. But, reaching out to festivals to partner with them can help. #filmin140 -9:25 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly Yup RT @@stomptokyo: .@@Lonelyseal I like to say every panel descends to 101 level in a hurry. #filmin140 -9:25 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@jokeandbiagio RT @@atlfilm365: Welcome @@Rebecca_Pugh. Shes representing @@sidewalkfilm #filmin140 -9:26 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo It’s OK that all fest panels are the same – the turnover in the active filmmaker populace is huge. They’re (almost) all newbies. #filmin140 -9:26 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish Revenue sharing with filmmakers? Yup, my idea for Slamdance. Not a lot but good beer money for the night. #filmin140 -9:26 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal @stomptokyo – this is very true. #filmin140 -9:26 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@FilmThreat @@shericandler I know. That’s my gift to the world. #filmin140 -9:26 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal Dan – great idea. #filmin140 -9:26 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @@lmcnelly Talk to filmmakers and find out who’s at least willing to experiment, or share information. #filmin140 -9:26 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@keradford RT @@norestrictions: Join in tonights film festival tips and tricks panel via TweetChat (http://bit.ly/abFubH) #filmin140 via @@Filmin140Panel -9:26 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Filmin140Panel What can filmmakers do to maximize their fest experience when accepted? How do you get a crowd to your fest screening? #filmin140 -9:27 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish Not all fest panels the same. We have Alex Rockwell literally “in the soup” at our hot tub panel. #filmin140 -9:27 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler share damn it! RT @@atlfilm365: @@lmcnelly Talk to filmmakers,find out whos at least willing to experiment, or share information. #filmin140 -9:27 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@kingisafink Depends on presenters. I’d rather connect w/ audiences. RT @@shericandler: filmmakers: do you want educational opps at fests? #filmin140 -9:27 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 I can answer that one. Start your marketing weeks before the festival. #filmin140 -9:28 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish Work it, work it, work it. Can’t stop being a shameless pimp (or whore) for your film. #filmin140 -9:28 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly Who? RT @@atlfilm365: @@lmcnelly Talk to filmmakers and find out who’s at least willing to experiment, or share information. #filmin140 -9:28 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler RT @@Filmin140Panel: What can filmmakers do to maximize their fest experience when accepted? How to get a crowd to your screening? #filmin140 -9:28 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Rebecca_Pugh Our panels seemed to be attended by curious audience members but the audience is small #filmin140 -9:28 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@KonradStief Q: Any festivals partnering up with other fests to curate select films in a travelling road show concept? #filmin140 -9:28 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly @@shericandler I know Festivus is very cool like that #filmin140 -9:28 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal get ink on your film, send out a pr release, etc. #filmin140 -9:28 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@arincrumley @@danmirvish Revenue sharing with filmmakers is a good trend for film festivals. Thanks to @slamdance doing that! #filmin140 -9:28 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish Use cargo pants. Big pockets essential for fliers, dvds, iphone, etc. buttons & hats good, too! #filmin140 -9:28 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler spoken from the master RT @@danmirvish: Work it, work it, work it. Cant stop being a shameless pimp (or whore) for your film. #filmin140 -9:28 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo To pack your screening – bring your own audience. People who don’t normally come to film festivals but interested in your film. #filmin140 -9:28 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 RT @@stomptokyo: To pack your screening – bring your own audience. People who don’t normally come to film festivals but interested in your film. #filmin140 -9:29 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal hats are good because people keep them. #filmin140 -9:29 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@norestrictions Be a “Gentlemens”! RT @@danmirvish: Work it, work it, work it. Can’t stop being a shameless pimp (or whore) for your film. #filmin140 -9:29 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo If you compete with the other filmmakers for the built-in festival aud you risk an empty house. #filmin140 -9:29 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@FilmThreat @@danmirvish What are the current Park City laws regarding flyer hand-outs? #filmin140 -9:29 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danperezfilms @@Filmin140Panel Networking with filmmakers/guests at events the night before your screening worked well for me… #filmin140 -9:29 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@KonradStief Q: Is paperless PKs the norm now or is paper still recommended to journalists? #filmin140 -9:29 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Rebecca_Pugh Reach out the the PR person at fest and help with the marketing if your film has a niche market tell us and point us to groups #filmin140 -9:29 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish For Park City t-shirts are a waste – everyone’s wearing coats. hats better. #filmin140 -9:29 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo Reach out to the special interest groups represented in your film and beat the drum. #filmin140 -9:30 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish @@FilmThreat @@danmirvish Park City still draconian. You still have to start a conversation first. But that’s ok #filmin140 -9:30 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Fansoffilm a festival to look at: @@NMIFF is offering filmmakers 50% of our box office gross. Not net, gross. #filmin140 deadline day after tomorrow -9:30 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@cinekink RT @@stomptokyo: Anything “extra” you can bring to fest that will make your screening more than just a screening will give you an edge. #filmin140 -9:30 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@dylanschenker Wish I could participate tonight but I’m at work =\ #filmin140 -9:30 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Rebecca_Pugh Be avail to the fest pre- for interviews even via phone or skype #filmin140 -9:30 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal park city laws: i think you can hand them out, but you can’t post them. #filmin140 -9:30 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler press release is fine, but you have to pitch individually, tell the pub a story they want to cover not a promo piece #filmin140 -9:30 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @@stomptokyo Agreed. And ask people from local organizations to join your Q&A if one fits. Gives them incentive to advertise. #filmin140 -9:31 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish I once threw raw steak and corn at an audience. Got me on the LA local news! #filmin140 -9:31 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Fansoffilm RT @@arincrumley: @@danmirvish Revenue sharing with filmmakers is a good trend for film festivals. Thanks to @slamdance doing that! #filmin140 -9:31 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo Buttons also good in Park City. But wooly hats are best – people forget them & then have to wear your advertising to stay warm. #filmin140 -9:31 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 Just make sure you coordinate with the festival first if you’re bringing extra folks to your Q&A. #filmin140 -9:31 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal exactly, Sheri. You have to have an angle. #filmin140 -9:31 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@FilmThreat RT @@shericandler press release is fine but u have to pitch individually, tell the pub a story they want 2 cover not a promo piece #filmin140 -9:31 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@ICT_GURU RT @@danperezfilms: Vimeo will now be allowing full-length movies: http://bit.ly/gOePD3 #filmin140 -9:31 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Rebecca_Pugh Very important RT @@stomptokyo: Reach out to the special interest groups represented in your film and beat the drum. #filmin140 -9:31 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish Can’t go wrong with a sandwich board. Use speaker wire and peg board. Builds muscles, too. #filmin140 -9:32 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal Dan’s angle is throwing beef and corn, but it worked. #filmin140 -9:32 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@FilmThreat I like buttons. I routinely cover my film festival hat or pass lanyard with buttons from films playing the fest. #filmin140 -9:32 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@norestrictions Excellent for screeners/critics. RT @@danperezfilms: Vimeo will now be allowing full-length movies: http://bit.ly/gOePD3 #filmin140 -9:32 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish Never assume anyone else will fill your room (ie. distributor, rep, the festival, etc.) Must do it yourself. #filmin140 -9:32 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo I think it’s fair to say that the atmosphere in Park City is different from just about every other fest. #filmin140 -9:32 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Rebecca_Pugh Interesting idea RT @@danmirvish: I once threw raw steak and corn at an audience. Got me on the LA local news! #filmin140 -9:32 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler I have been very impressed by Sundance press office, they keep us informed of pitch angles they are making. #filmin140 -9:32 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@deadcenter RT @@stomptokyo: Reach out to the special interest groups represented in your film and beat the drum. #filmin140 -9:33 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 Also don’t be afraid to go out of your comfort zone. One year a filmmaker here went out to the colleges here to promote. #filmin140 -9:33 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@FilmThreat RT @@danmirvish: Never assume anyone else will fill your room (ie. distributor, rep, the festival, etc.) Must do it yourself. #filmin140 -9:33 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Fansoffilm RT @@norestrictions: Excellent for screeners/critics. RT @@danperezfilms: Vimeo will now be allowing full-length movies: http://bit.ly/gOePD3 #filmin140 -9:33 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish Speaking of beef and corn, that film was Omaha (the movie). avail on Microsoft next week 17yrs later! #filmin140 -9:33 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal sheri – is your film at Sundance? #filmin140 -9:33 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Rebecca_Pugh Pics and vid – trolls for best worst movie, zombies at dead snow – guess what pic was in the paper and on TV? #filmin140 -9:34 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal I’ll buy that film, Dan. #filmin140 -9:34 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@writtenbymovie Q: Where do shorts fit into the fest aud zeitgist? Does anyone really care? #filmin140 -9:34 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo BTW, on-the-ground mktg next to impossible for a short film. So hard to get people to show up to a program for 1 short. #filmin140 -9:34 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@juicyplanet RT @@norestrictions: Excellent for screeners/critics. RT @@danperezfilms: Vimeo will now be allowing full-length movies: http://bit.ly/gOePD3 #filmin140 -9:34 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@FilmThreat @@danmirvish And you’re still promoting it, 17 years later. THAT’S how committed you have to be, filmmakers! #filmin140 -9:34 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@MJ_Slide #filmin140 discussion is really helpful tonight. Esp for a film fest newbie such as myself. Keep the advice/insights coming -9:34 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@TubeContest RT @@norestrictions: Excellent for screeners/critics. RT @@danperezfilms: Vimeo will now be allowing full-length movies: http://bit.ly/gOePD3 #filmin140 -9:34 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo With a short you’re better off being prepared to talk to people about your short & hand them a screener. #filmin140 -9:34 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal shorts are best when they are actually short. #filmin140 -9:34 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@FilmThreat RT @@stomptokyo: BTW, on-the-ground mktg next to impossible 4 a short. So hard to get people to show up to a program for 1 short. #filmin140 -9:35 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish trick with shorts is to team up with other shorts playing in program or with feature if you’re paired with one #filmin140 -9:35 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 For shorts, if you’re at a festival that programs in blocks, promote the block. I.E. Animation hit up Animation Society #filmin140 -9:35 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@MidMovieMama79 James Nguyen, Birdemic Dir. comes to mind, driving around SD with fake birds on his van #filmin140 -9:35 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@KevinFoxFilms RT @@Lonelyseal: shorts are best when they are actually short. #filmin140 -9:35 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Rebecca_Pugh Best PR at fest – come to the fest! I am always looking for filmmakers to do interviews through out the fest #filmin140 -9:35 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@norestrictions @@shericandler @@Lonelyseal lots of “you’ve got to…” not “how to” & either “happy talk” (sky is blue, grass is green) or despair. #filmin140 -9:35 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish best prep for short filmmakers is to have next feature script in back pocket (like Napolean Dynamite) #filmin140 -9:35 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@Lonelyseal no repping a short film at Sundance. successful angles the filmmaker, his film topic, orgs who tap into that topic #filmin140 -9:35 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@bethmv Check out tonight’s #filmin140 panel at @@FilmThreat. Good stuff happening over there. http://bit.ly/e3b54x -9:36 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@deadcenter #filmin140 we had actors in character for days before their screening, which was packed. They worked hard for it. #filmin140 -9:36 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@kingisafink RT @@danmirvish: best prep for short filmmakers is to have next feature script in back pocket (like Napolean Dynamite) #filmin140 -9:36 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@PleasantPeople Are there any donut shops in Park City? We have a 10am screening time, and everyone loves donuts, right? #filmin140 -9:36 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo Follow-up to @@Rebecca_Pugh – if you’re not going to the fests I don’t know why you’re submitting. First 5 or 10 at least. #filmin140 -9:36 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler for shorts blocks, promote the whole block, get all the filmmakers in the block involved in a story angle. don’t be selfish #filmin140 -9:36 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal if your “short” is 38 mins long, it probably won’t get programed in front of a feature #filmin140 -9:36 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@MidMovieMama79 Got him distribution with Severin, radical technique might not always work, but worth a shot if it fits with your film #filmin140 -9:36 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@iFundie RT @@bethmv: Check out tonight’s #filmin140 panel at @@FilmThreat. Good stuff happening over there. http://bit.ly/e3b54x -9:36 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@cinekink RT @@stomptokyo: To pack your screening – bring your own audience. People who don’t normally come to film festivals but interested in your film. #filmin140 -9:36 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 You might even ask the festival, if you’re a short, for contact info for other short films in your screening and pull resources. #filmin140 -9:36 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@writtenbymovie @@Lonelyseal while entertaining, i find those are better suited for web… >10 mins & u can tell a full story in a filmic way #filmin140 -9:36 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish Donuts: best bet is Albertson’s. #filmin140 -9:36 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish trust me. I used to work in a donut shop. #filmin140 -9:37 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal donuts?????????? try the alberstons grocery store that’s open 24/7 in park city #filmin140 -9:37 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo Yes, have a next project ready – better yet, have 3. Don’t need the scripts just the ideas and a good pitch. #filmin140 -9:37 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal Dan types faster than me… #filmin140 -9:37 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@writtenbymovie @@Lonelyseal, true, any shorts over 15-18 mins and fests don’t want it, and really they want <10 mins #filmin140 -9:37 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish Good idea to treat your audience – we once had filmmaker who brought in watermelon. #filmin140 -9:37 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo Donuts are great but if you bring coffee you’ll be everyone’s best friend. Be prepared for hotel/venue to throw you out though. #filmin140 -9:38 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal writtenby – I agree. Single digits are great: 9:59 or under… #filmin140 -9:38 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@bethmv RT @@danmirvish: Festivals are the defacto theatrical release for films, so you need to treat them that way. #filmin140 -9:38 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 And have a really good logline for your next few projects. Time yourself. If it takes more than 30 seconds, it’s too long. #filmin140 -9:38 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@FilmThreat @@danmirvish I once saw a filmmaker bring finger sandwiches… #filmin140 -9:38 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish @@writtenbymovie @@Lonelyseal but strangely Oscar LOVES long shorts (almost all winners are 30-40 min.) #filmin140 -9:38 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler for our short at Sundance, I have pitched the feature we screen in front of too. We both win that way. #filmin140 -9:38 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Rebecca_Pugh @@stomptokyo and when your here make yourself avail to the fest! Yes 6am TV sux, but it is an audience chatting about your film #filmin140 -9:38 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish Don’t bring coffee if your movie is long, though. Don’t want people leaving to pee. I don’t recommend it. #filmin140 -9:39 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal 20 seconds is almost too long. Try to nail your idea in one sentence. #filmin140 -9:39 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish @@shericandler you combining on the poster, too? #filmin140 -9:39 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 Even better. RT @@Lonelyseal: 20 seconds is almost too long. Try to nail your idea in one sentence. #filmin140 -9:39 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@kingisafink RT @@stomptokyo: have a next project ready – better yet, have 3. Don’t need the scripts, just ideas and a good pitch. #filmin140 -9:39 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@jeannevb @@shericandler ENJOY yourself! #sundancejealousy #filmin140 -9:39 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@bethmv RT @@danmirvish: “knowing someone” can help at some fests. especially a former filmmaker from that fest #filmin140 -9:39 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@KonradStief @@shericandler Good angle. Get the feature filmmaker on your side to hopefully return the favor. #filmin140 -9:39 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler start your pr plan as soon as you are accepted, before they announce. Have the release ready to go right after fest announcement #filmin140 -9:40 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@KevinFoxFilms RT @@shericandler: for our short at Sundance, I have pitched the feature we screen in front of too. We both win that way. #filmin140 -9:40 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish @@FilmThreat @@danmirvish That’s right! I DID bring finger sandwiches to every screening of Open House! #filmin140 -9:40 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@PleasantPeople By my calculations, 8oz of coffee equals 69 minutes of screentime. #filmin140 -9:40 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@mikebabz RT @@shericandler: before we move on to after acceptance, what do you have to say as fests for the submission fees? what are they used for? #filmin140 -9:40 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@cinekink RT @@Rebecca_Pugh Best PR at fest – come to the fest! I am always looking for filmmakers to do interviews through out the fest #filmin140 -9:40 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal everyone is just trying to get noticed, right. Joining forces is a good thing. #filmin140 -9:40 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@ReelArtsy RT @@norestrictions: Excellent for screeners/critics. RT @@danperezfilms: Vimeo will now be allowing full-length movies: http://bit.ly/gOePD3 #filmin140 -9:40 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Rebecca_Pugh We had a car art filmmaker helped bring to promote his film – his screening sold out – got folks talking about his film #filmin140 -9:40 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler I am still hearing filmmakers who haven’t started with press, one week before Sundance. They’re crazy #filmin140 -9:41 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@KevinFoxFilms RT @@Lonelyseal: everyone is just trying to get noticed, right. Joining forces is a good thing. #filmin140 -9:41 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@grking that makes me cry RT @@shericandler: I am still hearing filmmakers who haven’t started with press, 1 wk before Sundance #filmin140 -9:41 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@writtenbymovie RT @@bethmv: Check out tonights #filmin140 panel at @@FilmThreat. Good stuff happening over there. http://bit.ly/e3b54x #filmin140 -9:41 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@CharlesUpchurch Looking to do more film PR – pro bono. DM me. RT @@shericandler: press release is fine, but you have to pitch individually. #filmin140 -9:41 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler this goes for social media too. SM is NOT a quick fix. should have been started during production,not after fest acceptance #filmin140 -9:41 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish Can’t be competitive at fest – need to work together with other films. More fun; better for everyone. #filmin140 -9:42 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@kingisafink RT @@Rebecca_Pugh Best PR at fest – come to the fest! I am always looking for filmmakers to do interviews through out the fest #filmin140 -9:42 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo Is there a moderator question I should be answering? I feel like I’ve wandered off into a corner. #filmin140 -9:42 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Kevin_Slack RT @@shericandler: word! RT @@Lonelyseal: First bit of advice: Dont rush the completion of your film for any film festival deadline. #filmin140 -9:42 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 Also, update your Facebook page regularly. Make it a source of information and dialogue. Yes, we do look those up. #filmin140 -9:42 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@KevinFoxFilms RT @@danmirvish: Cant be competitive at fest – need to work together with other films. More fun; better for everyone. #filmin140 -9:42 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler website should be up, synopsis and bios written, releases started all in prep for your acceptance #filmin140 -9:42 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal here’s a thought: filmmakers are MOST VALUABLE after they get into a major fest, but BEFORE their screening. #filmin140 -9:42 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@writtenbymovie @@shericandler now that is TRAGIC! Amazing how many filmmakers don’t have the time or money or know-how to promote a good film. #filmin140 -9:42 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Rebecca_Pugh Have fun! RT @@danmirvish: Can’t be competitive at fest – need to work together with other films. More fun; better for everyone. #filmin140 -9:43 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@TimSchroyer RT @@shericandler: start your pr plan as soon as you are accepted, before they announce. Have the release ready to go right after fest announcement #filmin140 -9:43 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Rebecca_Pugh RT @@atlfilm365: Also, update your Facebook page regularly. Make it a source of information and dialogue. Yes, we do look those up #filmin140 -9:43 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@norestrictions 1st time for a film festival? I’d recommend a test drive in a hometown/state festival -audience knows u, press access, low costs. #filmin140 -9:43 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Filmin140Panel @@stomptokyo Once the chat gets rolling, you pretty much have to just get involved. Don’t wait to be asked ;-) #filmin140 -9:43 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish At Slamdance, we try to put the “festiv” back into “festival”. #filmin140 -9:43 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 Here’s a question: What’s the biggest mistake first time filmmakers make. #filmin140 -9:43 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal try to line up your next deal before your screening, just in case it doesn’t go as well as you had hoped. #filmin140 -9:44 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo @@atlfilm365 Thx for throwing me a bone. #filmin140 -9:44 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish @@norestrictions not necessarily – could ruin your premiere status with big fests. do it as a “test screening”. #filmin140 -9:44 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo Biggest mistake 1st-time filmmakers make – not going to film festivals before they start filming/submitting. #filmin140 -9:44 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@KevinFoxFilms @@Lonelyseal Why? After & Before. MOST VALUABLE to whom? The festival? #filmin140 -9:44 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo Every year the same films get made about 20 times over. A couple of years ago it was Hurricane Katrina docs. #filmin140 -9:45 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal good point, @stomptokyo #filmin140 -9:45 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@KevinFoxFilms RT @@stomptokyo: Biggest mistake 1st-time filmmakers make – not going to film festivals before they start filming/submitting. #filmin140 -9:45 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@cinekink Yes, please! RT @@shericandler website should be up, synopsis and bios written, releases started all in prep for your acceptance #filmin140 -9:45 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@KevinFoxFilms @@Lonelyseal most valuable to talk to, it is your biggest moment, maybe the most press you’ll get #filmin140 -9:45 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @@danmirvish True. But if you’ve gotten to know the local festival staff, ask them to participate in the test screening. #filmin140 -9:45 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@deadcenter @@shericandler YES. We highlight upcoming screenings on our own site, much nicer when we can link to a film site w/ a trailer. #filmin140 -9:45 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo To get programmed you have to know what the tropes/clichés are and AVOID them. Otherwise you get pegged as a n00b and ignored. #filmin140 -9:45 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal Kevin – nope – to the filmmaker. There’s heat over getting into a big fest, but it all goes away if the film isn’t a hit. #filmin140 -9:46 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@deadcenter RT @@stomptokyo: Biggest mistake 1st-time filmmakers make – not going to film festivals before they start filming/submitting. #filmin140 -9:46 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@ThatsQueen2U RT @@atlfilm365: Here’s a question: What’s the biggest mistake first time filmmakers make. #filmin140

@quadraticmedia @@grking @@shericandler remember not all filmmakers want to do more than make films. but their producers have no excuse ; ) #filmin140 -9:46 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 RT @@stomptokyo: To get programmed you have to know what the tropes/clichés are and AVOID them. Otherwise you get pegged as a n00b and ignored. #filmin140 -9:46 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler and a TRAILER my god have a good one. Even a 10 sec one if you are a short #filmin140 -9:46 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@KonradStief @@stomptokyo Roberta Munroe’s book is helpful in that aspect #filmin140 -9:46 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Fansoffilm community on twiiter is growing enough to make or break films, top profiles on twitter can decide, we did it for @YearWithoutRent #filmin140 -9:47 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@FilmThreat @@Lonelyseal You can craft buzz until your film screens, and the buzz runs off on its own. #filmin140 -9:47 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo Avoiding common film titles (i.e. common phrases) is impt. If I see 1 more called “Last Dance” or “Stealing Home” I’ll gag. #filmin140 -9:47 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish For Park City especially, everyone should have their trailers on handy iPhone or other handheld – for lines, shuttles, etc. #filmin140 -9:47 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@norestrictions A most important tip. RT @@Lonelyseal: Dont rush the completion of your film for any film festival deadline. #filmin140 -9:47 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@grking this should be ready to go during pre-production/production RT @@shericandler: website should be up, synopsis and bios written…. #filmin140 -9:47 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@quadraticmedia usually the filmmaker I meet are one in the same. everyone on the team should help be prepared #filmin140 -9:47 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal I once sold a very shitty film for $150,000, just because it had a great trailer…oh, I miss those days. #filmin140 -9:47 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@JiniDocumentary RT @@Fansoffilm: community on twiiter is growing enough to make or break films, top profiles on twitter can decide, we did it for @YearWithoutRent #filmin140 -9:47 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Rebecca_Pugh YES and high-res photos PLEASE RT @@shericandler: and a TRAILER my god have a good one. Even a 10 sec one if you are a short #filmin140 -9:47 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@KevinFoxFilms Very good point RT @@Lonelyseal: Theres heat over getting into a big fest, but it all goes away if the film isnt a hit. #filmin140 -9:48 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@bethmv RT @@stomptokyo: To pack your screening – bring your own audience. People who don’t normally come to film festivals but interested in your film. #filmin140 -9:48 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@bethmv RT @@stomptokyo: If you compete with the other filmmakers for the built-in festival aud you risk an empty house. #filmin140 -9:48 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo @@shericandler Even more important than trailer – a killer STILL IMAGE. It’s make or break. #filmin140 -9:48 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@PleasantPeople RT @@danmirvish: For Park City especially, everyone should have their trailers on handy iPhone or other handheld – for lines etc. #filmin140 -9:48 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @@stomptokyo You know how hard it’s been to find information on films we’ve liked because of generic titles. Google your titles. #filmin140 -9:48 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler oh hell yes, that 2 RT @@stomptokyo: @@shericandler Even more important than trailer – a killer STILL IMAGE. Its make or break. #filmin140 -9:48 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish RT @@PleasantPeople: By my calculations, 8oz of coffee equals 69 minutes of screentime. #filmin140 -9:49 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal “potential” is sometimes more powerful than a “track record.” #filmin140 -9:49 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@variancefilms A trailer on an iPad is the best recruitment tool I’ve seen in ages. Easily watchable by a group at once. #filmin140 -9:49 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo .@@atlfilm365 Having a unique “googlable” title is key. It’s one of my big pet peeves, the “meh” title for a film. #filmin140 -9:49 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@KevinFoxFilms RT @@stomptokyo: @@shericandler Even more important than trailer – a killer STILL IMAGE. Its make or break. #filmin140 -9:49 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Rebecca_Pugh High-res for web+media RT @@stomptokyo: @@shericandler Even more important than trailer – a killer STILL IMAGE. It’s make or break. #filmin140 -9:49 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler RT @@atlfilm365: @@stomptokyo You know how hard its been to find information on films because of generic titles. Google yr titles. #filmin140 -9:49 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@luge RT @@norestrictions: 1st time for a film festival? I’d recommend a test drive in a hometown/state festival -audience knows u, press access, low costs. #filmin140 -9:49 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 Yes, killer images is a must. If you don’t have great stills from the shoot. Go back and shoot new ones. #filmin140 -9:49 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@mrbarnard1 RT @@variancefilms: A trailer on an iPad is the best recruitment tool I’ve seen in ages. Easily watchable by a group at once. #filmin140 -9:50 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@bethmv RT @@danmirvish: best prep for short filmmakers is to have next feature script in back pocket (like Napolean Dynamite) #filmin140 -9:50 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish @@variancefilms Trailer on iPad? How do you think we’re projecting the films themselves? #filmin140 -9:50 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@variancefilms Stills= stills that look like a frame of the film, not behind the scenes w/crew. Few want to see you shooting the film. #filmin140 -9:50 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Rebecca_Pugh Yes!!!!!!RT @@atlfilm365: Yes, killer images is a must. If you don’t have great stills from the shoot. Go back and shoot new ones. #filmin140 -9:50 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo Bad titles = “My First Time” or “Junk.” Good titles =”S&M Lawn Care,” “Dying to Do Letterman.” You want the title to pop. #filmin140 -9:50 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler so where are you fest guys on insisting on paper press kits? what’s up with that? #filmin140 -9:50 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal i think a title accounts for least 50% of the a film’s success. #filmin140 -9:50 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 In fact, schedule a day to just do a photo shoot if you can. And yes @@variancefilms NO Crew shots. #filmin140 -9:51 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Filmin140Panel How do you maintain momentum for your film after it has screened at the festival? How do you keep from being forgotten? #filmin140 -9:51 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@deadcenter RT @@atlfilm365: Yes, killer images is a must. If you don’t have great stills from the shoot. Go back and shoot new ones. #filmin140 -9:51 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 RT @@stomptokyo: Bad titles = “My First Time” or “Junk.” Good titles =”S&M Lawn Care,” “Dying to Do Letterman.” You want the title to pop. #filmin140 -9:51 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@writtenbymovie Do fests still care about short film presskits and EPKs? Seems more like a “good to have” but usually wind up emailing the info #filmin140 -9:51 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler right RT @@variancefilms: Stills= stills that look like a frame of the film, not behind the scenes w/crew. #filmin140 -9:51 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@variancefilms Don’t cut a trailer, cut a teaser. Nobody wants to stand still for two min 30 sec, but 45 seconds is doable. #filmin140 -9:51 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@KevinFoxFilms RT @@shericandler: so where are you fest guys on insisting on paper press kits? whats up with that? #filmin140 -9:51 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Rebecca_Pugh RT @@variancefilms: Stills= stills that look like a frame of the film, not behind the scenes w/crew. #filmin140 -9:51 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@cinekink One good image can end up shaping all our print coverage. RT @@stomptokyo Even more important than trailer-a killer STILL IMAGE. #filmin140 -9:51 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@KonradStief @@shericandler Aha! I asked that earlier and no response. #filmin140 -9:51 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@writtenbymovie RT @@variancefilms: Dont cut a trailer, cut a teaser. Nobody wants to stand still for two min 30 sec, but 45 seconds is doable. #filmin140 -9:51 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@kingisafink Or so. RT @@PleasantPeople: By my calculations, 8oz of coffee equals 69 minutes of screentime. #filmin140 (via @@danmirvish) -9:51 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@mrbarnard1 RT @@Lonelyseal: I once sold a very shitty film for $150,000, just because it had a great trailer…oh, I miss those days. #filmin140 -9:52 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish @@shericandler paper press kits? I don’t know. I’d say yes, still important, but keep them lightweight and small. #filmin140 -9:52 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@norestrictions @@danmirvish I know what you mean. I should have clarified: odds for 1st time filmmakers. Dream big, plan & work in reality. #filmin140 -9:52 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal waste of trees, I think. #filmin140 -9:52 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @@writtenbymovie Your website and facebook pages should be your EPK. One stop shopping for everyone. Aud, fest, press. #filmin140 -9:52 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo Paper press kits? Who wants those anymore? Tell me which festival so I can slap them. (Metaphorically, natch.) #filmin140 -9:52 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Rebecca_Pugh Need online dig press kits RT @@shericandler: so where are you fest guys on insisting on paper press kits? what’s up with that? #filmin140 -9:52 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@variancefilms Have a “we didn’t get bought!” plan in place pre-fest. I’ve gotten zero calls from Sundance films, and 10 from potential SXSWers #filmin140 -9:52 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@KevinFoxFilms Yes Please Talk about Press Kits! Tell about what makes “The Killer” Press kit? #filmin140 -9:52 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@danmirvish WHY?? no journalist in the modern era wants to carry around your folder. To scan later. #filmin140 -9:53 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo The most anyone wants to carry around anymore is a biz card and a screener. Put screener in paper sleeve, no cases. #filmin140 -9:53 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@variancefilms Understand that there is a 0.5% chance that someone is going to buy your film at Sundance. Remember this. #filmin140 -9:53 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@stomptokyo um, Sundance? #filmin140 -9:53 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish @@atlfilm365 @@writtenbymovie can’t rely on web/FB for press kit – you need to push it. Have handydandy PDF ready to email. #filmin140 -9:53 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@FilmThreat RT @@stomptokyo: The most anyone wants to carry around anymore is a biz card & a screener. Put screener in paper sleeve, no cases. #filmin140 -9:53 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Rebecca_Pugh @@writtenbymovie email is best, used for web promo #filmin140 -9:53 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@kingisafink RT @@stomptokyo: BadTitles = “My First Time” “Junk.” GoodTitles = “S&M Lawn Care” “Dying to Do Letterman.” Want the title to pop. #filmin140 -9:53 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish @@shericandler @@danmirvish Yes, but they’ll notice it when they unpack that night. that’s y keep light, but still have. no? #filmin140 -9:54 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo @@shericandler Consider them slapped. #filmin140 -9:54 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@FilmThreat @@variancefilms 0.5% seems too high to me ;-) #filmin140 -9:54 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @@danmirvish I think you’ve got to specialize now days. A generic EPK isn’t going to cut it. #filmin140 -9:54 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal I’d say get their card and ask them when they are going home. Then Fed ex them your film when they get home. #filmin140 -9:54 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@mrbarnard1 I think QR codes on a business card, linked to your site, are important (scan via smartphone) #filmin140 -9:54 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@KonradStief @@variancefilms Where did you get that figure? #filmin140 -9:54 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@variancefilms A USB stick with a low-res quicktime of your film can be watched on the plane home. #filmin140 -9:54 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@mysteriouskat This tip carries some bias, but…get a publicist for film fests. It will help your film stand-out, all legit-like… #filmin140 -9:54 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Rebecca_Pugh RT @@cinekink: One good image can end up shaping all our print coverage. RT @@stomptokyo Even more important -a killer STILL IMAGE. #filmin140 -9:54 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@FilmThreat RT @@variancefilms: A USB stick with a low-res quicktime of your film can be watched on the plane home. #filmin140 -9:54 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo Killer press kit = online, easy for blogger/journo to copy/paste. Lots of big stills, descriptive paragraphs, Q&As about film. #filmin140 -9:54 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@danmirvish nope it will be in the nearest trash can. Print a biz card with the URL on it. #filmin140 -9:54 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@mrbarnard1 RT @@FilmThreat: RT @@variancefilms: A USB stick with a low-res quicktime of your film can be watched on the plane home. #filmin140 -9:54 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@writtenbymovie @@danmirvish @@atlfilm365 need both PDF and online stuff, but pushing it is the X factor..that’s the hardest part #filmin140 -9:54 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal one year at Cannes I had over 60 DVD’s from filmmakers, and I had no way to fit them in my luggage. #filmin140 -9:55 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo @@mrbarnard1 I think you’re a little ahead of the curve with QR codes. Someday soon though. #filmin140 -9:55 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Fansoffilm filmmakers should find every way from sunday to give away their film, if it’s good the fans will decide, “INK” is an examble #filmin140 -9:55 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Rebecca_Pugh They get filed and I email filmmaker to send me dig images…etc RT @@Lonelyseal: waste of trees, I think. #filmin140 -9:55 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 If you’re going to create EPKs, you need 3 or 4. It’s the same as a resume. #filmin140 -9:56 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lady_di11 RT @@KevinFoxFilms: Yes Please Talk about Press Kits! Tell about what makes “The Killer” Press kit? #filmin140 -9:56 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@mrbarnard1 @@stomptokyo I will bet every distrib at #Sundance will know how to QR with their smartphone! =} #filmin140 -9:56 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@variancefilms Re: USB sticks- don’t freak on privacy. DVDs can be ripped by a 10 year old.Just don’t give them out willy-nilly, you’ll be fine. #filmin140 -9:56 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@writtenbymovie @@mrbarnard1 are people still using QR codes? Did a project a while back with them and most ppl were just confused #filmin140 -9:56 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler Box.net I see who and how many times the pics, trailer, bio, synopsis gets downloaded. Then I know how to follow up #filmin140 -9:56 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@mrbarnard1 RT @@shericandler: Box.net I see who and how many times the pics, trailer, bio, synopsis gets downloaded. Then I know how to follow up #filmin140 -9:56 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@bethmv RT @@shericandler: and a TRAILER my god have a good one. Even a 10 sec one if you are a short #filmin140 -9:56 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@mysteriouskat @@shericandler hard-copy press kits, please. Sorry trees and air-we-breath, but it’s easier for journalists to read on the go. #filmin140 -9:56 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish re press kit: if just biz card or screener, it needs to stand out from stack of others. Hot pink sleeve? Wrap in condom? i dunno #filmin140 -9:56 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@variancefilms QR codes are a barrier to entry. It takes longer than typing a link. Don’t put up barriers. #filmin140 -9:56 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@quadraticmedia @@atlfilm365 what do you mean by a specialized EPK? #filmin140 -9:56 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@lady_di11 @@KevinFoxFilms the killer pitch letter. unless you have a killer cast and your are a killer director #filmin140 -9:56 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Rebecca_Pugh @@KevinFoxFilms great still image, short writeup on film and crew and cast – trailer #filmin140 -9:57 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @@quadraticmedia I write about southern film and atlanta film community on side. If you’re film is southern, have a south EPK. #filmin140 -9:57 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@variancefilms going to break trend and type in all caps. PROOFREAD YOUR SHIT THEN HAVE SOMEONE ELSE PROOFREAD YOUR SHIT #filmin140 #everysingletime -9:57 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo @@mrbarnard1 I bet their assistants will. Maybe not the execs themselves. :) #filmin140 -9:57 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal wrap in a condom with a coupon for a slab of beef and a side of corn? #filmin140 -9:57 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@writtenbymovie OMG down to our last 3 minutes ‘live’ …I miss you already! This was an awesome idea. #filmin140 -9:57 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish Always assume lowest common denominator of tech for press, screeners, etc. #filmin140 -9:57 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler journalists here, who covers films purely on their press kit? raise hands #filmin140 -9:57 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @@quadraticmedia If you have a film that’s about women, have a woman focused EPK. #filmin140 -9:57 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo .@@variancefilms is right about QR codes. The barrier is the capture time. Launch the app, point your camera, etc. #filmin140 -9:58 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Fansoffilm @@variancefilms you would be so lucky to have your film ripped #filmin140 “INK” case and point -9:58 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@FilmThreat @@shericandler I am not raising my hand… #filmin140 -9:58 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish RT @@Lonelyseal: wrap in a condom with a coupon for a slab of beef and a side of corn?… yup! #filmin140 -9:58 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@ShortIsBetter RT @@shericandler: journalists here, who covers films purely on their press kit? raise hands #filmin140 -9:58 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@c0rmican RT @@shericandler: journalists here, who covers films purely on their press kit? raise hands #filmin140 -9:58 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@MinusLara RT @@shericandler: journalists here, who covers films purely on their press kit? raise hands #filmin140 -9:58 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@RustedPyreShort RT @@shericandler: journalists here, who covers films purely on their press kit? raise hands #filmin140 -9:58 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo .@@shericandler Online press kits are handy AFTER seeing the film. Who was that actor? I need a still for my article! Etc. #filmin140 -9:58 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@variancefilms @fansofilm exactly my point #filmin140 -9:59 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@aspectratio235 RT @@norestrictions: A most important tip. RT @@Lonelyseal: Dont rush the completion of your film for any film festival deadline. #filmin140 -9:59 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish I don’t even know what QR means. Just go to kinkos & making a card. Keep it simple. #filmin140 -9:59 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@FilmThreat @@stomptokyo EXACTLY. #filmin140 -9:59 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@variancefilms It’s always better to get a card than give one. Keep follow up in your hands. #filmin140 -9:59 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@mrbarnard1 Build comprehensive Facebook strategy, but be aware: Facebook will be replaced by “the next thing” sometime (maybe in 1-2 years). #filmin140 -9:59 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal oh – I have a quick note for filmmakers: #filmin140 -9:59 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish Fliers can be b&w xerox’s – the key is the conversation that goes with them. #filmin140 -9:59 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler exactly RT @@FilmThreat: @@shericandler I am not raising my hand… #filmin140 -9:59 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Rebecca_Pugh @@shericandler as a former journalist – no! ;) #filmin140 -10:00 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal if you are leaving a phone message, leave your phone number in the FRONT of your message. I hate waiting 4 mins to get the number #filmin140 -10:00 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo .@@KonradStief Press kits etc covered in depth in chap 3 of http://filmfestivalsecrets.com/book/ (PLUG!) #filmin140 -10:00 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@variancefilms @@shericandler i have gobs of journalists /reviewers that quote directly from p kits every film. thts why i spend much time on em #filmin140 -10:00 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish For b-cards, I always cut my own. Inevitably into weird shapes. Cheaper & they’re memorable rhombuses. #filmin140 -10:00 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@FilmThreat Press kits are useful, yes, but I’ve never decided about whether to see a film based on them. #filmin140 -10:00 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler as a person who does both, I am receiving releases everyday none of interest #filmin140 -10:00 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@dtwalsh #filmin140 If want cool biz cards w/multiple images, for fests and promo – moo.com makes fab ones. -10:01 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Filmin140Panel That’s the hour! I want to thank our panelists @@danmirvish, @@stomptokyo and @@Lonelyseal for joining us. #filmin140 -10:01 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@variancefilms but only AFTER some contact is established right? or some cast familiarity? #filmin140 -10:01 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@variancefilms @@dtwalsh i second moo.com for biz card printing #filmin140 -10:01 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Filmin140Panel You can keep talking, just continue to use the hashtag and the transcript will be up on FilmThreat.com tomorrow. #filmin140 -10:01 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@writtenbymovie @@FilmThreat what makes you decide…the trailer? #filmin140 -10:01 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@variancefilms @@shericandler but of course- how else do you get that biz card? #filmin140 -10:01 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@PleasantPeople Gotta give moo.com props. The cards look nice. #filmin140 -10:02 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal thanks for having me. so what now? do we just disappear? #filmin140 -10:02 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@writtenbymovie @@Filmin140Panel :( #filmin140 -10:02 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Rebecca_Pugh Had a great time meeting and chatting with you folks! It has been informing! #filmin140 -10:02 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish thanks for having me! and don’t forget, when it comes to Slamdance, it’s all about the Sled-Off and the Hot Tub Summit. #filmin140 -10:02 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@writtenbymovie @@Lonelyseal, here’s my card, EPK, QR code, and a link to a trailer!!!! :) #filmin140 -10:02 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@variancefilms I am saying having a nice press kit is not your only thing. it is a misconception a good kit will get press #filmin140 -10:02 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal Sheri – you’re repping one film at Sundance? What’s your next festival? #filmin140 -10:02 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Filmin140Panel @@Lonelyseal Nah, you can keep going. Just, if you can’t, you can go if you need. You did your time ;-) #filmin140 -10:02 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@variancefilms @@shericandler and you’re 100% correct #filmin140 -10:03 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@KonradStief Bye gang. Good info! #filmin140 -10:03 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo Wow, I went the whole hour before plugging my book. I must be outta practice. #filmin140 -10:03 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Rebecca_Pugh Informing? I mean informational…interesting and fun! #filmin140 -10:03 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@kingisafink Ooo, I like that! RT @@danmirvish: For b-cards, I always cut my own. Inevitably into weird shapes. Cheaper. Memorable rhombuses. #filmin140 -10:03 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@deadcenter @@Filmin140Panel @@danmirvish @@stomptokyo @@Lonelyseal Thanks, guys. #filmin140 -10:03 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Filmin140Panel @@stomptokyo I plugged it in the introduction #filmin140 -10:03 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo Thanks @filmin140, @@atlfilm365, et al for having me. #filmin140 -10:03 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@KonradStief @@stomptokyo You should have sent us a Press Kit! :P #filmin140 -10:03 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@CharlesUpchurch Thank you all. #filmin140 -10:03 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@PetalumaFilms RT @@stomptokyo: To pack your screening – bring your own audience. People who don’t normally come to film festivals but interested in your film. #filmin140 -10:04 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal if anyone needs my info, it’s on Film threat, I think. #filmin140 -10:04 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@PleasantPeople and speaking of shameless, we’re screening at Slamdance this year… www.@PleasantPeoplemovie.com #filmin140 -10:04 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@writtenbymovie Thanks for this chat, one of the best experiences I’ve had with fest folks to date, and a great idea! Let’s do it again sometime. #filmin140 -10:04 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler also my friends at @filmcollab will be taking questions on their VYou abt fest strategy this Friday http://vyou.com/OrlyRavid #filmin140 -10:04 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@mrbarnard1 #SundanceTweetUp suggestions: 3:00 p.m. Fri Jan 21 & 8:00 a.m. Tues Jan 25 & 7:00 p.m. Thurs Jan 27 HP Pavillion, Yarrow bar?? #filmin140 -10:04 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@writtenbymovie RT @@PleasantPeople: and speaking of shameless, were screening at Slamdance this year… www.@PleasantPeoplemovie.com #filmin140 -10:04 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo @@Filmin140Panel Thanks, much appreciated. #filmin140 -10:04 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish RT @@writtenbymovie: RT @@PleasantPeople: and speaking of shameless, we’re screening at Slamdance this year… #filmin140 -10:05 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 Thanks @@Rebecca_Pugh, @@stomptokyo , @@Lonelyseal and @@danmirvish. I’m staying on though. shoot more questions. #filmin140 -10:05 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal @stomptokyo – thanks for the input. #filmin140 -10:05 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Fansoffilm RT @@PleasantPeople: and speaking of shameless, we’re screening at Slamdance this year… www.@PleasantPeoplemovie.com #filmin140 -10:05 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@FilmThreat I’m also available to answer questions at VYou: http://www.vyou.com/FilmThreat #filmin140 -10:05 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@iFundie Really great tips going at #filmin140 discussion right now. Film people on our timeline definitely check it out! @@Filmin140Panel -10:05 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo OK y’all #filmin140 folks – I’m out. It’s been fun. #filmin140 -10:05 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal sheri – you work with Orly? #filmin140 -10:05 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 RT @@shericandler: also my friends at @filmcollab will be taking questions on their VYou abt fest strategy this Friday http://vyou.com/OrlyRavid #filmin140 -10:05 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@Lonelyseal I’m going to SxSW but no film there so far #filmin140 -10:05 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo @@Lonelyseal My pleasure! See you around Park City maybe. #filmin140 -10:05 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@PetalumaFilms If you’re a filmmaker and aren’t keeping up on this #filmin140 conversation, you’re doing yourself a HUGE disservice. -10:06 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Rebecca_Pugh @@atlfilm365 I have to take my dog out! Thanks for letting me know about this tonight!! #filmin140 -10:06 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@Lonelyseal I work with her and others #filmin140 -10:06 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@CharlesUpchurch RT @@PetalumaFilms: If you’re a filmmaker and aren’t keeping up on this #filmin140 conversation, you’re doing yourself a HUGE disservice. -10:06 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@iFundie Really great tips happpening on #filmin140 discussion right now. Film people on our timeline definitely check it out! @@Filmin140Panel -10:06 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @@Rebecca_Pugh No problem. You know @@sidewalkfilm folks are like fam. #filmin140 -10:06 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@jokeandbiagio RT @@PetalumaFilms If your a filmmaker and arent following this #filmin140 conversation, youre doing yourself a HUGE disservice. #filmin140 -10:07 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@tbirdsallsmith RT @@PetalumaFilms: If you’re a filmmaker and aren’t keeping up on this #filmin140 conversation, you’re doing yourself a HUGE disservice. -10:07 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@CharlesUpchurch Any doc makers coming to Full Frame in NC? #filmin140 -10:07 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal Stomp- I’ll be there – Sheri and I were on a panel at SXSW last year. #filmin140 -10:07 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler I’m still on too if anyone wants to chat more. Ask Charles about Atlanta Film Fest final deadline apporaching #filmin140 -10:07 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal t-bird – are you a filmmaker? #filmin140 -10:08 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@GirlClownFilm RT @@PetalumaFilms If you’re a filmmaker and aren’t keeping up on this #filmin140 conversation, you’re doing yourself a HUGE disservice. -10:08 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@PetalumaFilms RT @@Lonelyseal: shorts are best when they are actually short. #filmin140 -10:08 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@TexInTheCity RT @@jokeandbiagio: RT @@PetalumaFilms If your a filmmaker and arent following this #filmin140 conversation, youre doing yourself a HUGE disservice. #filmin140 -10:08 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@FilmThreat For those just joining us, while the formal panel is over, many folks still here who can answer your film fest questions. #filmin140 -10:08 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal Sheri – I meant Orly and I were on a panel #filmin140 -10:08 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@JMMandel “Strategic.” RT @@PleasantPeople and speaking of shameless, we’re screening at Slamdance this year… www.@PleasantPeoplemovie.com #filmin140 -10:08 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 RT @@FilmThreat: For those just joining us, while the formal panel is over, many folks still here who can answer your film fest questions. #filmin140 -10:08 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal i’m still on as well #filmin140 -10:08 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@MJ_Slide #filmin140 panel/disscussion was INCREDIBLY helpful 2night. Added #FilmFestivalSecrets 2 my list of books to purchase. TY 4 letting me lurk! -10:09 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@FilmThreat Also, if you want to read the panel later but not hunt for it on Twitter, the transcript will be up at FilmThreat.com tomorrow. #filmin140 -10:09 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@Lonelyseal what’s the best way to approach an acquisitions exec, apart from Sundance where they approach you? #filmin140 -10:09 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@PleasantPeople @@JMMandel I’ve played my fair share of battleship. #filmin140 -10:09 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 So no more #filmin140 quesions? Me and @@shericandler are here. I know you folks got more in ya. -10:10 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@geologylady RT @@shericandler: Box.net I see who and how many times the pics, trailer, bio, synopsis gets downloaded. Then I know how to follow up #filmin140 -10:10 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler I have to say, as a publicist just the fact you have a film at Sun/Slamdance gets you coverage. Very easy to pitch #filmin140 -10:10 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@AZFilmFest Another great #filmin140 discussion! Btw-our withoutabox earlybird deadline is Jan 14 not Jan 11 AZ Inter Film Fest April 1-20 #tucson -10:10 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal honestly: find out what they have bought before and find out where they went to college. #filmin140 -10:11 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler You still have to work the appropriate angles, but your emails get answered if you are in those fests. #filmin140 -10:11 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@PetalumaFilms @@stomptokyo Chris- how much follow-up after you submit to a fest is appropriate vs annoying? #filmin140 -10:11 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal remember, people love talking about themselves, so get the exec talking #filmin140 -10:11 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 RT @@AZFilmFest: Another great #filmin140 discussion! Btw-our withoutabox earlybird deadline is Jan 14 not Jan 11 AZ Inter Film Fest April 1-20 #tucson -10:11 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@Lonelyseal college? talk football or something? #filmin140 -10:11 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler RT @@PetalumaFilms: @@stomptokyo Chris- how much follow-up after you submit to a fest is appropriate vs annoying? #filmin140 -10:12 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal yes. if anyone asks me about UCLA film school, I’ll talk through next week. #filmin140 -10:12 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Fansoffilm @@shericandler few days left for the New Mexico International Film Festival @@NMIFF #filmin140 50% box office to filmmakers -10:12 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @@PetalumaFilms I can answer that. Probably at least two weeks or more if you’re following up. Depends on what you’e asking. #filmin140 -10:13 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@Lonelyseal do you google their name? I do that find out what I can about everyone before I talk to them #filmin140 -10:13 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal if they bring me a Dr. Pepper or Peanut M&M’s, I’ll probably buy them lunch. #filmin140 -10:13 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@writtenbymovie @@Lonelyseal GO BRUINS! #filmin140 -10:13 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler good to kno RT @@Lonelyseal: if they bring me a Dr. Pepper or Peanut M&Ms, Ill probably buy them lunch. #filmin140 -10:14 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal i always google someone before they meet me. #filmin140 -10:14 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @@PetalumaFilms Just don’t ask a question you can look up yourself. For example, Withoutbox tells if your film is in consideration #filmin140 -10:14 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@JasonLGilmore RT @@Fansoffilm: @@shericandler few days left for the New Mexico International Film Festival @@NMIFF #filmin140 50% box office to filmmakers -10:14 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal see, somebody just got lunch… #filmin140 -10:14 PM Jan 12th, 2011

valibus I’d love to know more about jury awards. Do judges watch everything? Do they get “suggestions”? When do they do the judging? #filmin140 -10:14 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@AZFilmFest @@shericandler -dont call film fest several times a day for info that can be found on website or Chris Gores book #filmin140 -10:15 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@MediaGroove RT @@shericandler: this goes for social media too. SM is NOT a quick fix. should have been started during production,not after fest acceptance #filmin140 -10:15 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@FilmThreat @valibus As a former juror, and a soon-to-be juror at some 2011 fests, YES, we watch all the films in the category we’re covering #filmin140 -10:15 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@tbirdsallsmith @@Lonelyseal filmmaker and actress… and now #filmin140 lurker!… www.thefilmcompany.com -10:15 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@norestrictions I’m a believer/convert! RT @@Lonelyseal: yes. if anyone asks me about UCLA film school, I’ll talk through next week. #filmin140 -10:15 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal Sheri – I always try to help every filmmaker that I can. #filmin140 -10:15 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@AZFilmFest oh @thatchrisgore will love that you gave him a shout #filmin140 -10:15 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@jokeandbiagio If you’ve submitted to several festivals, and you commit to a world premiere elsewhere, should you call the others? #filmin140 -10:16 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Fansoffilm @@shericandler over 500 films in submission @@NMIFF location in the beautiful mountains of Jemez Springs, miles from Los Alamos #filmin140 -10:16 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal I’ve juried several fests, and I always watch the films #filmin140 -10:16 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler RT @@jokeandbiagio: If youve submitted to several festivals, and you commit to a world premiere elsewhere, you call the others? #filmin140 -10:16 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Rebecca_Pugh I have run – but if anyone ever has any question – just ask! I am an open book! Nice meeting everyone tonight! #filmin140 -10:16 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal yes you should #filmin140 -10:16 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@projectmelton RT @@norestrictions: Excellent for screeners/critics. RT @@danperezfilms: Vimeo will now be allowing full-length movies: http://bit.ly/gOePD3 #filmin140 -10:17 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@FilmThreat RT @@AZFilmFest: @@shericandler -dont call film fest several times a day for info that can be found on website or Chris Gores book #filmin140 -10:17 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal bye rebecca! #filmin140 -10:17 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@deadcenter #filmin140 filmmakers, great talking with you tonight. Our call for entries is open until 14 Feb. http://bit.ly/dhLppQ -10:17 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler where do you fest guys stand on films online? #filmin140 -10:17 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @@Fansoffilm Yes. Contact the others. Especially if they have a World Premiere status policy. Of if there could be be overlap. #filmin140 -10:17 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@writtenbymovie @@Lonelyseal just realized you write Going Bionic, awesome! If you’re here looking for info, it’s a must read over at #@FilmThreat #filmin140 -10:18 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal you kinda ruin your distribution if you show it online. #filmin140 -10:18 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler also where do you stand films already available on DVD? #filmin140 -10:18 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @@shericandler Excluding larger festivals. I think Online and DVD are becoming less threatening for fests. HOWEVER #filmin140 -10:19 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@Lonelyseal I’m talking films that use the fest as their distribution. They most likely won’t be getting a deal #filmin140 -10:19 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal written by: thank you kindly. I can’t believe it’s been 35 Going Bionic articles already. #filmin140 -10:19 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@PetalumaFilms AMAZING, insightful and helpful stuff! Nice work, @@deadcenter @@Filmin140Panel @@danmirvish @@stomptokyo @@FilmThreat @@Lonelyseal #filmin140 -10:19 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@deadcenter @@shericandler There’s something to be said for meeting people face-to-face, something you’d lose with an online fest. #filmin140 -10:19 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @@shericandler I do think you need to make sure you create value at your screening if your film is already out. #filmin140 -10:19 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 RT @@deadcenter: @@shericandler There’s something to be said for meeting people face-to-face, something you’d lose with an online fest. #filmin140 -10:19 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@deadcenter no I mean if my film is online, will you exclude from accepting it at your fest? #filmin140 -10:20 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Fansoffilm @@Lonelyseal but you’ll make more money #filmin140 “INK” case and point -10:20 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@writtenbymovie @@atlfilm365 not to mention FILMS ARE MEANT TO BE WATCHED IN THEATERS!!!! #filmin140 -10:20 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @@deadcenter Exactly. And face to face is good for both auds and filmmakers. Seeing aud reactions very useful. #filmin140 -10:21 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly If a fest is strict on online stuff, that makes me less likely to submit. #filmin140 -10:21 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal @Fansoffilm: making money is the untimate goal. #filmin140 -10:21 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@davidspies RT @@Fansoffilm @@shericandler few days left for the New Mexico International Film Festival @@NMIFF #filmin140 50% box office to filmmakers -10:21 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal ultimate #filmin140 -10:21 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@writtenbymovie films are meant to be watched. Period, you can dictate where I watch it, just be happy I do. #filmin140 -10:21 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@Lonelyseal um, not for everyone. For a distributor it is for sure #filmin140 -10:22 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal Sheri – you can also go directly to a distributor and skip the fests altogether. #filmin140 -10:23 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@writtenbymovie @@shericandler, i know i know, but call/response en masse is extra special. And thank you for watching them!!! #filmin140 -10:23 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @@lmcnelly Talk to the fests. Sometimes it’s a general policy about online films, because some folks have just thrown them up. #filmin140 -10:23 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Fansoffilm @@Lonelyseal if you wanna keep making films #filmin140 -10:23 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Fansoffilm RT @@davidspies: RT @@Fansoffilm @@shericandler few days left for the New Mexico International Film Festival @@NMIFF #filmin140 50% box office to filmmakers -10:23 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly @@shericandler I think a fest has to provide a LOT of value to dictate how I release my film #filmin140 -10:23 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@Lonelyseal sure you can, but I can also distribute on my own & skip the distrib #filmin140 -10:23 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@JasonLGilmore RT @@Lonelyseal: here’s a thought: filmmakers are MOST VALUABLE after they get into a major fest, but BEFORE their screening. #filmin140 -10:23 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @@lmcnelly Filmmakers that demonstrate they have an online strategy can overcome some of those policy restrictions. #filmin140 -10:24 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly @@atlfilm365 you’re saying policies like that are often flexible? #filmin140 -10:24 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@writtenbymovie I enjoy a night out at the cinema, but very rarely. Watch most films through xbox on Netflix #filmin140 -10:24 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@jokeandbiagio @@atlfilm365 when updating fests about your premiere status, if you are featured well at fest, does this help/hurt your chances #filmin140 -10:24 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@writtenbymovie @@shericandler @@Lonelyseal as an artist, I can see it both ways. Bottom line is if you make money back, you are given more opps #filmin140 -10:25 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal that’s good, Sheri. #filmin140 -10:25 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@giantspecks @@Rebecca_Pugh thx 4 follow; I tuned in late to #filmin140! My short played Sidewalk in ’05, heard gr8 things & hope 2 get out there someday! -10:25 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@CharlesUpchurch @niceguyjohnny? RT @@shericandler: @@Lonelyseal sure you can, but I can also distribute on my own & skip the distrib #filmin140 -10:25 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly @@atlfilm365 honestly, festivals are an afterthought on my strategy. Mostly feels very inefficient #filmin140 -10:25 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@deadcenter There’s been a lot of talk about filmmaker’s online strategy. Filmmakers, what do you look for from fests before submitting? #filmin140 -10:25 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Rebecca_Pugh @@Lonelyseal nice chatting with you tonight!! #filmin140 -10:25 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@Lonelyseal distribution is much less a problem, marketing on the other hand…shut up Mark! ;) #filmin140 -10:26 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal Sheri & writtenby: Just to clarify – I happen to own a distribution company, but I’m a writer/producer. #filmin140 -10:26 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@giantspecks RT @@PetalumaFilms: If you’re a filmmaker and aren’t keeping up on this #filmin140 conversation, you’re doing yourself a HUGE disservice. -10:26 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly @@deadcenter value. why should I take MY film to YOUR festival? #filmin140 -10:26 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal you too Rebecca! #filmin140 -10:26 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Fansoffilm @@shericandler @@Lonelyseal distributing on your own is still going to lead to distribution if your film is good INK case and point #filmin140 -10:26 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal maybe fans – maybe – but often time you saturate your own market by doing so. #filmin140 -10:27 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @@PetalumaFilms Unless you’re targeting what a festival is interested in specifically. Following up may not help. #filmin140 -10:27 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal but you should get your film out there if you can. #filmin140 -10:28 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@FilmThreat @@shericandler HA! Almost made it… #filmin140 -10:28 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@writtenbymovie @@deadcenter, I look for a festival that knows how to present itself to the world, and then it’s all about whether they want me #filmin140 -10:28 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@KonradStief @@Lonelyseal Still sponsoring some screenwriting awards? #filmin140 -10:29 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@giantspecks @@PetalumaFilms I tuned in late, but this is cool. Thanks! #filmin140 -10:29 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@atlfilm365 so what are festivals interested in? Diversity, points of view, local or regional flavor? #filmin140 -10:29 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@tbirdsallsmith @@deadcenter It used to be Prem Status, then publicity, now it’s mostly networking, awards, and fun. #filmin140 -10:29 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@FilmThreat we are after the hour, I DID make it ;p #filmin140 -10:29 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal Konrad – yes – I created “Script Accessible” which is housed at Slamdance. I’ve sponsored several fests for 15 years. #filmin140 -10:30 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@jenlinmcclin RT @@deadcenter: There’s been a lot of talk about filmmaker’s online strategy. Filmmakers, what do you look for from fests before submitting? #filmin140 -10:30 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler does submission fee play a factor in whether you choose a fest? #filmin140 -10:30 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @@shericandler An example I would use is our PInk Peach section for LGBT films. Linking your film to a national story = a plus. #filmin140 -10:30 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly Yes, most definitely (but you knew that) RT @@shericandler: does submission fee play a factor in whether you choose a fest? #filmin140 -10:31 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal a festival must be a fun week, or it’s not worth it #filmin140 -10:31 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @@shericandler And yes. Letting us know you have a local connection (a strong one) is good too. #filmin140 -10:31 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@atlfilm365 so would I have to link it when I submit, which could be a few months from when it actually plays? #filmin140 -10:31 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@writtenbymovie @@shericandler it does, save for the few that you just HAVE to bite the bullet for. Thankfully overseas are often free to submit 2 #filmin140 -10:31 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal but then again, most fests are a blast. #filmin140 -10:32 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler has anyone here had particularly good results from a foreign fest? #filmin140 -10:32 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@deadcenter RT @@atlfilm365: @@shericandler And yes. Letting us know you have a local connection (a strong one) is good too. #filmin140 -10:32 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @@lmcnelly Festivals aren’t the way to go for every film. Every film is different. It may not even fit the filmmaker’s style. #filmin140 -10:32 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@KonradStief @@Lonelyseal That is where I saw your name before. A NB filmmaker received your award last year. #filmin140 -10:32 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal who has attended Cannes? #filmin140 -10:32 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@deadcenter @@atlfilm365 @@shericandler That’s huge for festivals our size. #filmin140 -10:33 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal oh, you mean Gia Milani? #filmin140 -10:33 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@Lonelyseal I have last year, first time. Just a lurker/meeting venue for me. #filmin140 -10:33 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal Konrad, you’re in Canada? #filmin140 -10:33 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@deadcenter RT @@Lonelyseal: a festival must be a fun week, or it’s not worth it #filmin140 -10:33 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly @@atlfilm365 I feel like I’m paying to maybe get a laurel for my webpage and for networking. #filmin140 -10:34 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@danmirvish RT @@atlfilm365: @@lmcnelly Festivals arent the way to go for every film. Every film is different. #filmin140 -10:34 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@KonradStief @@Lonelyseal Yes on the east coast in NB #filmin140 -10:34 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler think of a festival as a way to play a theater without paying thousands to play a theater. #filmin140 -10:34 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @@lmcnelly If you’re only paying to get a laurel, or just for the networking, then yes, that’s a bad business decision. #filmin140 -10:34 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly @@danmirvish I like them. I just think they’re a bad business decision most of the time #filmin140 -10:34 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal Sheri – I go to Cannes 3x per year. It’s a great place. Everyone should go. #filmin140 -10:35 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler Even if fest submission is $100 you would never pay that to 4 wall. much much more #filmin140 -10:35 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal Konrad – I also sponsor the Dawson City International Film Festival (in the Yukon). #filmin140 -10:35 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly @@atlfilm365 a lot of them, I don’t see much value beyond that. What am I missing? #filmin140 -10:35 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@variancefilms @@Fansoffilm we hear you, but INK is an anomaly, not the be all end all “case & point”. replicate it 10x and i’ll change my mind. #filmin140 -10:36 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly @@atlfilm365 I feel like I’m helping prop up a failing industry. #filmin140 -10:36 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Lonelyseal Okay people, I’ve gotta run. Thanks Mark, and goodnight, everyone! #filmin140 -10:36 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler but that is of course only if you get in, could also be $100 down the drain just to see. Make sure the fest is your best fit. #filmin140 -10:36 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@KonradStief @@Lonelyseal A good way to get your name and business out there :) #filmin140 -10:37 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@tbirdsallsmith @@Lonelyseal I had a film in Cannes in 98. It was amazing. Def. need to go back! #filmin140 #filmin140 -10:37 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@Lonelyseal bye, thanks for participating #filmin140 -10:37 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @@lmcnelly Festivals have existed for 70 years because they got films in front of audiences and created discussion spaces. #filmin140 -10:37 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Rebecca_Pugh And show your work infront of a new audience! RT @@shericandler: think of a festival as a way 2 play a theater wo paying 4 theater.#filmin140 -10:37 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @@lmcnelly The film festival industry isn’t failing, but it is changing. Online and Technology has made film more accessible. #filmin140 -10:37 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@deadcenter RT @@atlfilm365: @@lmcnelly Festivals have existed for 70 years because they got films in front of audiences and created discussion spaces. #filmin140 -10:38 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly @@atlfilm365 right. but what do they do now? fests are no longer necessary to find audience #filmin140 -10:38 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Fansoffilm @@shericandler I agree, plus their might be some press at the fest to talk about audience reaction to your film #filmin140 -10:38 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler I think some fest are started by people who don’t really know what they are doing. The first few yrs are tough #filmin140 -10:38 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Ajbend RT @@norestrictions: I’m a believer/convert! RT @@Lonelyseal: yes. if anyone asks me about UCLA film school, I’ll talk through next week. #filmin140 -10:39 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @@lmcnelly If you’re thinking per film, technically yes. However, there is a larger film culture I think fests can speak to. #filmin140 -10:39 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@KonradStief @@shericandler I rather avoid such festivals #filmin140 -10:39 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler so your really taking a chance on new fests, unless they are started by someone who came from yrs at another successful one #filmin140 -10:39 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Fansoffilm RT @@shericandler: I think some fest are started by people who don’t really know what they are doing. The first few yrs are tough #filmin140 -10:40 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@hollygist http://j.mp/es5Uyr ? @@Fansoffilm following the conversation at #filmin140 -10:40 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@variancefilms Re: fests necessary- let’s be careful not to speak in absolutes. Fests aren’t the ONLY way anymore,but still a way. #filmin140 -10:40 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Fansoffilm @@shericandler I can test to that #filmin140 -10:40 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly Agreed. But expensive RT @@variancefilms: Fests aren’t the ONLY way anymore,but still a way. #filmin140 -10:40 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@variancefilms give us your scenario. If we avoided the fest circuit, what should we do? how much money do we need to do it? #filmin140 -10:41 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Fansoffilm RT @@variancefilms: Re: fests necessary- let’s be careful not to speak in absolutes. Fests aren’t the ONLY way anymore,but still a way. #filmin140 -10:41 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@mcontests ? #filmin140 filmmakers, great talking with you tonight. Our call for entries is open until 14 Feb. http://bit.l… http://bit.ly/gywTXS -10:41 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@variancefilms @@shericandler I don’t think anyone should avoid the fest circuit. #filmin140 -10:42 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly @@atlfilm365 but as a producer of 1 film, that falls under “not my problem” (when thinking fees) #filmin140 -10:42 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@variancefilms I know it depends on the type film, but give me an indie drama example. The hardest, I know #filmin140 -10:42 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@PleasantPeople Festivals aren’t the only way, but honestly, I’d much rather play our film to a festival audience than a dude in a dorm room. #filmin140 -10:42 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 RT @@PleasantPeople: Festivals aren’t the only way, but honestly, I’d much rather play our film to a festival audience than a dude in a dorm room. #filmin140 -10:42 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@variancefilms @@shericandler my argument is AGAINST those saying “fests are dead” #filmin140 -10:42 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@tbirdsallsmith @@shericandler I think the fests we’ve gone to are amazing and well worth the fees in publicity, networking, etc. #filmin140 -10:43 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@variancefilms We as the talkers all have a tendency to speak in absolutes, and I think (as in politics) that’s a gigantic disservice. #filmin140 -10:43 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@FurryWolfen I’m a tad late to the party it seems. What’s the topic today? #filmin140 -10:43 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@tbirdsallsmith can you name them and what kind of film you had? #filmin140 -10:43 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@variancefilms To quote- “this shit ain’t checkers, it’s chess”. #filmin140 -10:43 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@FurryWolfen film festivals. #filmin140 -10:44 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly Big picture: yes, festivals (as an idea) are essential. Individually, none of them are. #filmin140 -10:44 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @@variancefilms I agree. Especially as film is a culture, a business and often a journalistic endeavor. #filmin140 -10:44 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@FurryWolfen @@shericandler How timely. I was discussing that with with my partner today #filmin140 -10:44 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@tbirdsallsmith @@shericandler Sure but not in 140 charcters! Go to http://bit.ly/cW93O6 – It’s a romantic thriller. Tick Tock #filmin140 -10:45 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@FurryWolfen what did you conclude? to fest, not to fest? #filmin140 -10:45 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@KonradStief @@FurryWolfen The chat will be archived later but not sure exactly when. #filmin140 -10:45 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly Personally, I love fests, but I see something that’s way behind the curve. #filmin140 -10:45 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@variancefilms I’ve worked on over 40 films and I don’t claim to have answers. Gets annoying when people say they do after they do one. #filmin140 -10:45 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Rebecca_Pugh We have an audience and folks love to come to a theatre to see a film on the big screen. It’s about the experience of your art. #filmin140 -10:46 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@variancefilms but we are asking you for answers as someone who has worked 40 films. What paths do you see? #filmin140 -10:46 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@variancefilms No no @@shericandler not talking about you!!! #filmin140 -10:46 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Fansoffilm @@variancefilms I disagree! music labels are testament and film labels are no dif, if the black market doesn’t want it nobody will #filmin140 -10:46 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@FurryWolfen @@shericandler We’re going to fest. For sure. #filmin140 -10:47 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@tbirdsallsmith @@shericandler We have enjoyed the out of town ones, but since we are in L.A., those have been the best networking #filmin140 -10:47 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@variancefilms I see each film having a totally different path. What works for one will destroy another. #filmin140 -10:47 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@tbirdsallsmith @@shericandler AOF, DWF and Hollyshorts were all very productive on many fronts #filmin140 -10:47 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@variancefilms I know, I think.But I want to know. What did Guy and Madeline have in theatrical they couldn’t get in fest? #filmin140 -10:47 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 RT @@variancefilms: I see each film having a totally different path. What works for one will destroy another. #filmin140 -10:47 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@deadcenter @@Rebecca_Pugh Yes. Also, parties, networking, panels, and, umm, parties. #filmin140 -10:48 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@iRahsaan @@azmesq look at this hash-tag #filmin140 -10:48 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@variancefilms I picked G&M because indie musicals are quite unusual and @@grking might want to know. #filmin140 -10:48 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@variancefilms @@shericandler awareness with the general public, reviews non-industry folks read, exposure outside the film community, a dvd deal #filmin140 -10:48 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@gregorybayne Festivals and I don’t seem to mix. #filmin140 -10:48 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@PleasantPeople I think unless you’re making a genre film, its very hard to get people to give a shit without festing. But its only 2011… #filmin140 -10:48 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@variancefilms I especially like the non industry folk answer. So much of the time interest is paid only to that #filmin140 -10:49 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly disagree RT @@PleasantPeople: unless you’re making a genre film, its very hard to get people to give a shit without festing. #filmin140 -10:49 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Rebecca_Pugh @@tbirdsallsmith networking! Right on! – we had 200 filmmakers come in ’10 and so many new friendships were formed #filmin140 -10:49 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@FurryWolfen The other idea was to distribute via torrent. But that’s still new. We might do both #filmin140 -10:49 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@ConduitFilms RT @@atlfilm365: @@lmcnelly Festivals have existed for 70 years because they got films in front of audiences and created discussion spaces. #filmin140 -10:50 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@variancefilms @@shericandler oh man, you’re not kidding. we forget that there are probably 5k of us, all buried- that is not an audience. #filmin140 -10:50 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly A man we should all be listening to —> RT @@gregorybayne: Festivals and I don’t seem to mix. #filmin140 -10:50 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler I try stuff out on my parents, they are my every man.If they haven’t heard of it, it doesn’t exist yet. #filmin140 -10:50 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@variancefilms @@Fansoffilm I agree re: music. but concerts are bigger than ever for indie bands. no coincidence. #filmin140 -10:51 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Rebecca_Pugh @@deadcenter yes parties! Nuts! But it is the experience and what you take from it (we throw some damn good parties) #filmin140 -10:51 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly @@shericandler my father doesn’t understand widescreen vs. full screen #filmin140 -10:51 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@jp_cubish When you meet a producer who’s interested in your work at a fest, is it appropriate to offer them cocaine? #filmin140 -10:51 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@variancefilms RT @@jp_cubish: When you meet a producer who’s interested in your work at a fest, is it appropriate to offer them cocaine? #filmin140 -10:51 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@tbirdsallsmith @@Rebecca_Pugh That’s amazing! We keep in touch with so many of the filmies we’ve met. Lot’s of re-meet-ups too at other fests. #filmin140 -10:51 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@variancefilms @@jp_cubish that’s follow-worthy. #filmin140 -10:51 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@grking @@shericandler @@variancefilms been keeping my eye on G&M since discovering it a few mths ago during its NY run #filmin140 #musical -10:52 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Fansoffilm @@variancefilms What works for one will destroy another. I a little of that is a myth used by distributors to scare filmmaker #filmin140 -10:52 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@lmcnelly until I made them get a Roku, they didn’t know you could watch movies on the computer. #filmin140 -10:52 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@jp_cubish Haha, just kidding. Has anybody else run into more problems with submitting through withoutabox than they think they should? #filmin140 -10:52 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@variancefilms @@Fansoffilm i don’t disagree (keep in mind we’re not a traditional distributor, most of whom are gone) #filmin140 -10:53 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@tbirdsallsmith @@Rebecca_Pugh How did we miss your fest?! Networking?! Good parties?! Yes. #filmin140 -10:53 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@variancefilms tell our participants here what Variance does Dylan #filmin140 -10:53 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Rebecca_Pugh @@tbirdsallsmith it is a GREAT thing! 2 filmmakers met this year and are now working a new project together! Love it! #filmin140 -10:53 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@FurryWolfen RT @@jp_cubish: When you meet a producer who’s interested in your work at a fest, is it appropriate to offer them cocaine? #filmin140 -10:54 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @@Rebecca_Pugh We’ve seen the same thing happen here. Filmmakers meet and then work on projects post fest. #filmin140 -10:54 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler still laughing over @@jp_cubish comment #filmin140 -10:55 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@KonradStief @@FurryWolfen @@jp_cubish Only if you were in the 1970s! :P #filmin140 -10:55 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@variancefilms In a nutshell Variance works with filmmakers to get theatrical under the DIWO model. Marketing, booking, strategy, and more. #filmin140 -10:55 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @@Rebecca_Pugh For filmmakers who don’t live in places like LA or NY, that can be huge finding folks to collaborate with. #filmin140 -10:55 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 RT @@variancefilms: In a nutshell Variance works with filmmakers to get theatrical under the DIWO model. Marketing, booking, strategy, and more. #filmin140 -10:55 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Rebecca_Pugh @@tbirdsallsmith boo!!! www.sidewalkfest.com – it is fun! I was an audience member for years and am proud to work there now! #filmin140 -10:55 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@tbirdsallsmith @@Rebecca_Pugh I love that! We have filmmakers we’ve met and plan to work with also. That’s the best part…. and the Q&A #filmin140 -10:55 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@variancefilms @@shericandler we also handle grassroots marketing for traditional distribs on a rare occasion when we love a film (winnebago man) #filmin140 -10:55 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Rebecca_Pugh @@atlfilm365 it was AWESOME to see happen!!! #filmin140 -10:56 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@tbirdsallsmith @@Rebecca_Pugh Oh come on! No boos! I’ll check it out : ) #filmin140 -10:56 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly A lot of the value in fests for filmmakers is pretty much stuff you can get as a general audience member who makes films #filmin140 -10:56 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@deadcenter @@atlfilm365 @@Rebecca_Pugh Here too. #filmin140 -10:56 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 There’s also someting to be said for being able to follow filmmakers as they start out on the circuit and return with new films. #filmin140 -10:57 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@tbirdsallsmith @@atlfilm365 Even in L.A., it’s a collaboration frenzy. We love it near and afar. Makes it so simple. #filmin140 -10:57 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Rebecca_Pugh @@tbirdsallsmith me too! I really loved seeing that happen, it’s a great thing for everyone! #filmin140 -10:57 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly Why not just save all your submission fees and buy a pass at SXSW? #filmin140 -10:58 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@deadcenter @@lmcnelly I can only speak for our fest, but the value is better for filmmakers. Submission fees < all-access pass #filmin140 -10:58 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler I think it is harder to network when you aren’t screening at a fest. The mingle with non participants is awkward. #filmin140 -10:58 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly See? Value! RT @@deadcenter: @@lmcnelly I can only speak for our fest. Submission fees < all-access pass #filmin140 -10:59 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler but I have seen collaborations happen because of Twitter and Facebook too, so ppl who have not even met in person #filmin140 -10:59 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly @@shericandler why, everyone just pretends they’ve seen everyone else’s films anyway #filmin140 -11:00 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @@shericandler Considering how many people want to be in film, but don’t have a film or even a script, I’d tend to agree. #filmin140 -11:00 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@PleasantPeople @@lmcnelly I’d be much more confident talking about my film with a film playing in the festival. That’s just me though. #filmin140 -11:00 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@lmcnelly no something about not having the badge says you don’t belong there. #filmin140 -11:00 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @@lmcnelly Wow, what festivals have you been to? We’re in this cause we like to see movies. Not fake it. #filmin140 -11:00 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly @@atlfilm365 I’m a cynic. It’s how I roll ;) #filmin140 #devilsadvocate -11:01 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@variancefilms I meet a lot of filmmakers in line for films at fests. Hate to say this, but most have godawful films they’re hawking. #filmin140 -11:01 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Fansoffilm filmmakers that are rising tides for other filmmaker is where it’s at, just like youtube channels working together #filmin140 -11:02 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 LOL. Actually, nothing wrong with that. RT @@lmcnelly: @@atlfilm365 I’m a cynic. It’s how I roll ;) #filmin140 #devilsadvocate -11:02 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@tbirdsallsmith @@shericandler Agreed. #filmin140 -11:02 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Mentorless At the beg no, now YES. I pay only if there’s market I go toRT @@shericandler does submission fee play in whether u choose a fest? #filmin140 -11:02 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@Mentorless so not many fests you submit to. Most don’t have markets. Is that your only reason to fest, to sell? #filmin140 -11:03 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly @@atlfilm365 us DIY guys, we’ve taught ourselves to question everything #filmin140 -11:03 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly I’ll test that on @YearWithoutRent :) RT @@shericandler: something about not having the badge says you don’t belong there. #filmin140 -11:04 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @@lmcnelly But, I do think a bit of cynicism is healthy. Too few beginning filmmakers (and artists in general) have it. #filmin140 -11:04 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@tbirdsallsmith @@lmcnelly I watch everyone else’s films that I can. It’s part of the networking… and learning. I love it. #filmin140 -11:04 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@jettek @@stomptokyo please PLEASE remind filmmakers to put downloadable stills on their website for press to use. I beg of you. #filmin140 -11:04 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@jp_cubish How badly can having a film on YouTube of Video damage its chances of being accepted to most festivals? #filmin140 -11:05 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 RT @@jettek: @@stomptokyo please PLEASE remind filmmakers to put downloadable stills on their website for press to use. I beg of you. #filmin140 -11:05 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@deadcenter @@lmcnelly Have you had bad experiences at festivals? Or just disappointing results after? #filmin140 -11:05 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@lmcnelly if you are attached to a film in the fest, that’s different. but just showing up, not a warm welcome I think. #filmin140 -11:05 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @@jp_cubish Honestly, since most shorts have less than 500 views on Youtube, less and less. #filmin140 -11:05 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@deadcenter RT @@jettek: @@stomptokyo please PLEASE remind filmmakers to put downloadable stills on their website for press to use. I beg of you. #filmin140 -11:05 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @@deadcenter Where being on Youtube can hurt you is if your short is good enough for competition. #filmin140 -11:06 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @@deadcenter Sorry, wrong person. :-) #filmin140 -11:07 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly @@shericandler if we’re talking networking. A filmmaker is a filmmaker, whether you meet them at the bar or a festival #filmin140 -11:08 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Fansoffilm shameless tweet: at http://@Fansoffilm.com we believe that 3rd party aggregation is needed to further share the content #filmin140 -11:08 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@tomvaughan RT @@jettek: @@stomptokyo please PLEASE remind filmmakers to put downloadable stills on their website for press to use. I beg of you. #filmin140 -11:08 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@tbirdsallsmith @@atlfilm365 Yes. Why put it online? Our trailer is online – over 6,000 views worldwide. Not the whole thing. It’s the long haul. #filmin140 -11:09 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@cecycorrea @@jettek @@stomptokyo adding: pics need to be hi-res for print use too! #filmin140 -11:10 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@AZFilmFest #filmin140 -eek- should end w/I like the makeup rather than I ROCK kinda of thing. Be a fan not a critic or job hunter. Like u?job will come -11:11 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@lmcnelly no it is different. there is something degrading about it. most are looking to hustle for something, turn off #filmin140 -11:11 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@PhoenixFilmFest RT @@jettek: @@stomptokyo please PLEASE remind filmmakers to put downloadable stills on their website for press to use. I beg of you. #filmin140 -11:12 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly @@shericandler is it just me, or is that sad? #filmin140 -11:12 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly I sure am. We need more cynics RT @JBMovies: @@lmcnelly you sound like a cync like me. #filmin140 -11:13 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@lmcnelly depends on how you present I guess.Most not affiliated present like begging, plz accept me, plz hire me #filmin140 -11:13 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @@lmcnelly It’s not sad as so much as there are LOTS of people who like the idea of filmmaking, but aren’t filmmakers. #filmin140 -11:14 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly @@shericandler see, I see it as, “I’m in the area and my film is in post, so why not swing by?” #filmin140 -11:14 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@lmcnelly but they think that is networking. it can be the same online too. Just go, watch movies, let relationships happen #filmin140 -11:14 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly RT @@shericandler: @@lmcnelly but they think that is networking. it can be the same online too. Just go, watch movies, let relationships happen #filmin140 -11:14 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@tbirdsallsmith Signing off. thanks for the chat everyone! & @@Rebecca_Pugh , I’ll check it out, stay in touch everyone! And good luck out there. #filmin140 -11:14 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly & not valuable 4 networking RT @@atlfilm365: there are LOTS of people who like the idea of filmmaking, but aren’t filmmakers. #filmin140 -11:15 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly @@shericandler maybe i have a different perspective coming from the twitter community #filmin140 -11:16 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@deadcenter Okay. Signing off this time for real. Thanks for the conversation. #filmin140 Also, we want to see your film! http://bit.ly/dhLppQ -11:16 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly @JBMovies sure. the fest model was great 10 years ago. #filmin140 -11:16 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Mentorless @@shericandler answer too long for twitter. Used to spend more money for fest than shoot [shorts]. Then I read @robertamunroe blog #filmin140 -11:16 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 We hear great things –> RT @@deadcenter: Thanks for the conversation. #filmin140 Also, we want to see your film! http://bit.ly/dhLppQ -11:17 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@FurryWolfen RT @@jettek: @@stomptokyo please PLEASE remind filmmakers to put downloadable stills on their website for press to use. I beg of you. #filmin140 -11:17 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@lmcnelly Twitter helps me immeasurably at fests, I know ppl before I even get on the grounda at a festival #filmin140 -11:17 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly @@shericandler totally. DIY Days, same thing. #filmin140 -11:17 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@Mentorless ah. Roberta will set you straight on fest submissions that’s for sure. #filmin140 -11:17 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@ZoneArtis RT @@jettek: @@stomptokyo please PLEASE remind filmmakers to put downloadable stills on their website for press to use. I beg of you. #filmin140 -11:18 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@OLM_Trailer RT @@PleasantPeople: Festivals aren’t the only way, but honestly, I’d much rather play our film to a festival audience than a dude in a dorm room. #filmin140 -11:18 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@lmcnelly I make it a point to find out a little about filmmakers going, following the hashtag for the fest ahead of time #filmin140 -11:19 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Mentorless @@shericandler 2/2 and realized my strategy was wrong. #filmin140 http://www.robertamunroe.com/blog.html article name: submissions -11:19 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@HotSunFilms RT @@Fansoffilm: a festival to look at: @@NMIFF is offering filmmakers 50% of our box office gross. Not net, gross. #filmin140 deadline day after tomorrow -11:19 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly @@shericandler cuz you know your shit #filmin140 -11:20 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@Mentorless I put Roberta’s post on our FB page for Film In 140. don’t forget to Like us, shameless plug learned from @@danmirvish #filmin140 -11:20 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Mentorless @@shericandler For shorts: too many festivals. withoutabox is tricky. u can lose tons of money and time doing the wrong thing. #filmin140 -11:20 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@FurryWolfen @@lmcnelly so you would suggest using Vimeo and social networking to promote instead of festivals. Am I hearing this correct? #filmin140 -11:21 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lady_di11 RT @@shericandler: @@lmcnelly I make it a point to find out a little about filmmakers going, following the hashtag for the fest ahead of time #filmin140 -11:21 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@lmcnelly something I really realized the value of for Slamdance last yr. so many ppl I already knew b4 I got to Park City #filmin140 -11:21 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Mentorless and the probability to land a real job with your short is close to….not much whereas with webserie…#anothertopic #filmin140 -11:21 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @JBMovies Keep in mind, too many investors jumped into this thinking filmmaking was an easy buck during the 90s. #filmin140 -11:21 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@variancefilms Filmmakers- this is what a press page looks like. Remember it. Copy at will. http://variancefilms.com/ipman2press #filmin140 -11:21 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly @@FurryWolfen Yes. Not exclusively, but I think social media >> festivals in terms of reach & efficiency #filmin140 -11:22 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler RT @@variancefilms: this is what a press page looks like. Remember it. Copy at will. http://variancefilms.com/ipman2press #filmin140 -11:22 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@stomptokyo @MikeDRitchie Filmmakers don’t know what clichés in indie film are. U have to know what’s out there to know how to be original. #filmin140 -11:23 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly @JBMovies absolutely. At a point, submitting to festivals is just burning $$ #filmin140 -11:24 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Fansoffilm been making little films and video for 4 years, lots of comp on a short film I recent made, and still dont think I’m filmmaker #filmin140 -11:24 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @JBMovies Yes. But, that’s not what festivals where started for originally. That’s a perception that came after the fact. #filmin140 -11:25 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler well, I’ve been on 21/2 hrs. Believe it or not, 2 publicity opps came in at this time of night so gotta go follow up. #filmin140 -11:26 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly If I’ve got $x, why should I spend it on festival fees when I could spend it on a PMD? #filmin140 -11:26 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler @@FilmThreat and I might be tweeting or something from Park City. We’ll let you know with the #filmin140 tag #filmin140 -11:26 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @JBMovies The problem is that the investing model never developed organically in the 1990s. 1970s model made more sense. #filmin140 -11:27 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@shericandler oh @jon_reiss will luv u RT @@lmcnelly: If Ive got $x, why should I spend it on festival fees when I could spend it on a PMD? #filmin140 -11:27 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @JBMovies In general. But, like for us, we were a much more Avant Garde festival for the first 15 years or so. #filmin140 -11:28 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly @@shericandler seriously, though, that’s probably the crux of my issue. A fest can’t do anything a good PMD can’t do better #filmin140 -11:30 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@iRahsaan @@azmesq yeah, a broad array of things were discussed earlier…mktg, submissions, trailers, etc. Good stuff. #filmin140 -11:31 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@FurryWolfen RT @@variancefilms: Filmmakers- this is what a press page looks like. Remember it. Copy at will. http://variancefilms.com/ipman2press #filmin140 -11:32 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @JBMovies Are you going the festival route because you feel you have to? Or because you want to? #filmin140 -11:32 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @JBMovies We festivals want films that want to play us, not films that think they have to play us. Makes a huge difference. #filmin140 -11:33 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @JBMovies Don’t forget, even if this is a business. We’re also a culture. And that requires an investment that goes beyond money. #filmin140 -11:34 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@juicyplanet RT @@shericandler: RT @@variancefilms: this is what a press page looks like. Remember it. Copy at will. http://variancefilms.com/ipman2press #filmin140 -11:36 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@FurryWolfen RT @@atlfilm365: @JBMovies Don’t forget, even if this is a business. We’re also a culture. And that requires an investment that goes beyond money. #filmin140 -11:36 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Mentorless @@lmcnelly @@shericandler agreeeeed A fest can’t do anything a good PMD can’t do better #filmin140 -11:37 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@CostaNoble RT @@variancefilms: I see each film having a totally different path. What works for one will destroy another. #filmin140 -11:38 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @JBMovies You do realize, that you’re going to run into the same issue with auds as with festivals. #filmin140 -11:38 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly RT @@Mentorless: @@lmcnelly @@shericandler agreeeeed A fest can’t do anything a good PMD can’t do better #filmin140 -11:39 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @JBMovies Factoring in distribution and film events, auds have at least 600 to 1000 choices minimum every year. #filmin140 -11:39 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly LOTS of filmmakers say this RT @JBMovies: My problem as filmmaker is that I don’t feel things R equal. #filmin140 -11:40 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@FurryWolfen @@atlfilm365 Exactly, when it starts becoming mostly about money. Like anything else, it will suffer. #filmin140 -11:40 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@FurryWolfen I don’t know, there’s just a warm and personal feeling about a festival. But that’s just me. #filmin140 -11:42 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @JBMovies It never has. Even we’ve been shocked at films that audiences haven’t responded too. That’s the reality of auds. #filmin140 -11:42 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @JBMovies However, it has been amazing to see how some films have found life because just one person saw it. #filmin140 -11:44 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly RT @JBMovies: But if I just ran a film at a fest it doesn’t guarantee audience. Filmmaker should focus on reaching audience #filmin140 -11:45 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @JBMovies One film got thousands of post production work because a local company saw it and wanted to help the filmmaker. #filmin140 -11:45 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@Mentorless @@FurryWolfen I love the romantic idea attached to festivals but when it comes to career, it doesn’t mean the same #filmin140 -11:46 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly RT @@Mentorless: @@FurryWolfen I love the romantic idea attached to festivals but when it comes to career, it doesn’t mean the same #filmin140 -11:46 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @JBMovies I think one of the problems, I personally have is that we keep thinking a life of a film is 1 or 2 years. #filmin140 -11:46 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@variancefilms @@lmcnelly there is absolutely no one thing you can do that will guarantee audience. #filmin140 -11:47 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @JBMovies For indie film, we need to think in longer terms. How do we create spaces for films to have legs unique to indie films. #filmin140 -11:47 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly @@variancefilms exactly. #filmin140 -11:47 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@CallsForEntry RT @@atlfilm365 We hear great things –> RT @@deadcenter: Thanks for the conversation. #filmin140 Also, we want to see your film! http:… -11:47 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly RT @@atlfilm365: @JBMovies For indie film, we need to think in longer terms. How do we create spaces for films to have legs unique to indie films. #filmin140 -11:48 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@FurryWolfen RT @@variancefilms: @@lmcnelly there is absolutely no one thing you can do that will guarantee audience. #filmin140 -11:49 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly @@atlfilm365 @JBMovies what are festivals doing to create those spaces for legs? #filmin140 -11:49 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@FurryWolfen Every film is different. You just gotta do everything you can. Mix it up. #filmin140 -11:49 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @@lmcnelly I think one element is to help filmmakers build up a base before they release their films. #filmin140 -11:50 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly @@atlfilm365 like in an auteur theory sense? #filmin140 -11:51 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly I don’t think festivals are broken beyond repair. I just think they’re broken and it’s important we fix them somehow #filmin140 -11:52 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@marty_lang Nah, film festivals aren’t broken. They just need to start thinking of filmmakers more as partners, and less as profit centers #filmin140 -11:53 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @@lmcnelly Yes and no. I look to the 1950s-1970s. It’s interesting how many filmmakers had made a name for themselves already. #filmin140 -11:53 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly RT @@marty_lang: Nah, film festivals aren’t broken. They just need to start thinking of filmmakers more as partners, and less as profit centers #filmin140 -11:53 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@marty_lang If you can show a film festival that you can bring an audience to their events, why wouldn’t they split box office with you? #filmin140 -11:54 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @@lmcnelly Look at how many filmmakers in the 1950s were critics before they shot even their first short. #filmin140 -11:54 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@FurryWolfen @@marty_lang Sir, you are correct. Few festivals seem to have the filmmaker in mind. #filmin140 -11:54 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @@lmcnelly Even now, I look at Atlanta, and I’d love to see more filmmakers have a great local name for themselves. #filmin140 -11:55 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly @@atlfilm365 I’ve long said that our best approach was the critic –> filmmaker –> auteur path #filmin140 -11:55 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@lmcnelly @@atlfilm365 it seems like a city with such strong possibilities for that #filmin140 -11:56 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@marty_lang I’ve always thought film fests are great opps for co-branding. You have a film company? Partner w/a fest & play your stuff there #filmin140 -11:57 PM Jan 12th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @JBMovies It’s varied. Honestly, the focus for the last year is trying to do more to help new folks connect with the vets. #filmin140 -12:02 AM Jan 13th, 2011

@atlfilm365 @JBMovies Our local film biz is been doing very well and new folks are trying to get in. So how do we prepare them to be ready. #filmin140 -12:02 AM Jan 13th, 2011

@atlfilm365 Hate to end this, but I’m starving. And even if I’m still iced in tomorrow, I’ve got to get up for work. :-) #filmin140 -12:03 AM Jan 13th, 2011

@Mentorless Which is exactly why fests are no longer the best choice $ indiefilmmaker RT @@marty_lang Partner w/a fest & play your stuff there #filmin140 -12:08 AM Jan 13th, 2011

@Mentorless If it’s really about giving opp to filmmakers, do a 2h workshop where they have to meet instead of throwing a Party to get drunk #filmin140 -12:09 AM Jan 13th, 2011

@marty_lang @@Mentorless Right now, yes, but I think fests will realize if they partner w/ filmmakers who bring audiences, it’ll help everyone #filmin140 -12:14 AM Jan 13th, 2011

@shericandler this is a good online press kit on a website too http://bit.ly/eS7hTK #filmin140 -12:17 AM Jan 13th, 2011

@marty_lang Film fests offer an audience for filmmakers. Filmmakers CAN offer audiences that could patronize film fests. Thats a partnership. #filmin140 -12:18 AM Jan 13th, 2011

@momentsoffilm RT @@shericandler: this is a good online press kit on a website too http://bit.ly/eS7hTK #filmin140 -12:25 AM Jan 13th, 2011

@TheLoneOlive RT @@shericandler: this is a good online press kit on a website too http://bit.ly/eS7hTK #filmin140 -12:33 AM Jan 13th, 2011

@TheLoneOlive RT @@Lonelyseal: a festival must be a fun week, or it’s not worth it #filmin140 -1:10 AM Jan 13th, 2011

@ADandSTIR RT @@variancefilms: Filmmakers- this is what a press page looks like. Remember it. Copy at will. http://variancefilms.com/ipman2press #filmin140 -1:50 AM Jan 13th, 2011

@grahaminman RT @@shericandler: this is a good online press kit on a website too http://bit.ly/eS7hTK #filmin140 -3:33 AM Jan 13th, 2011

@kirbyrae123 RT @@mysteriouskat: This tip carries some bias, but…get a publicist for film fests. It will help your film stand-out, all legit-like… #filmin140 -3:40 AM Jan 13th, 2011

@peter_richardnc RT @@jp_cubish: When you meet a producer who’s interested in your work at a fest, is it appropriate to offer them cocaine? #filmin140 -4:51 AM Jan 13th, 2011

@aaronisarun RT @@shericandler: RT @@variancefilms: this is what a press page looks like. Remember it. Copy at will. http://variancefilms.com/ipman2press #filmin140 -5:24 AM Jan 13th, 2011

@dantherriault RT @@shericandler: RT @@variancefilms: this is what a press page looks like. Remember it. Copy at will. http://variancefilms.com/ipman2press #filmin140 -6:52 AM Jan 13th, 2011

@dantherriault RT @@shericandler: think of a festival as a way to play a theater without paying thousands to play a theater. #filmin140 -6:53 AM Jan 13th, 2011

@emanueldm RT @@stomptokyo: Biggest mistake 1st-time filmmakers make – not going to film festivals before they start filming/submitting. #filmin140 -7:52 AM Jan 13th, 2011

@motion58 RT @@shericandler: this is a good online press kit on a website too http://bit.ly/eS7hTK #filmin140 -8:45 AM Jan 13th, 2011




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