STORIES 2018-01-17T20:28:26+00:00
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    Film Festival Do’s and Don’ts from SMU Alumni

    Getting ready to submit your film to festivals? Alumna Amanda Presmyk (B.A. Film & Media Arts and B.A. Journalism ’14), VP of production at Cinestate and director of operations for the Oak Cliff Film Festival, has some tips for you. Presmyk has six years of experience in feature, television and commercial producing. Now in her fourth year with the Oak Cliff Film Festival, she offers a few film festival do’s and don’ts to help you get ready to submit your film: DON’T just submit to whatever film festivals pop up on FilmFreeway or have cheap submission rates. The “spray and pray” method is the wrong approach and will burn through your submissions budget quickly and ineffectively. 

“Welcome to Night Vale”: SMU Film Grad Student Examines Hit Podcast at 2018 Southwest Popular/American Culture Conference

Fans can’t get enough of podcast, novels, live shows and more  At the 39th annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA) Conference held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 7-10, graduate film student Alec Petsche (M.A. May 2018) presented a paper on a hot new phenomenon. Titled “Welcome to Night Vale” as Consumable Paratext, his paper explored the unexpected and unconventional success of the “Welcome to Night Vale” podcast. The series, produced twice a month by Night Vale Presents and available online, provides community updates for the fictional small desert town of Night Vale, featuring “local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.” The podcast has become an international hit.

February 21, 2018|

Film Festival Do’s and Don’ts from SMU Alumni

Getting ready to submit your film to festivals? Alumna Amanda Presmyk (B.A. Film & Media Arts and B.A. Journalism ’14), VP of production at Cinestate and director of operations for the Oak Cliff Film Festival, has some tips for you. Presmyk has six years of experience in feature, television and commercial producing. Now in her fourth year with the Oak Cliff Film Festival, she offers a few film festival do’s and don’ts to help you get ready to submit your film: DON’T just submit to whatever film festivals pop up on FilmFreeway or have cheap submission rates. The “spray and pray” method is the wrong approach and will burn through your submissions budget quickly and ineffectively. 

January 24, 2018|

Ready to Submit to Festivals? SMU Film Alum Sarah Harris Has Advice

Ready to submit your film? Film programmer Sarah Harris (’05) on researching festivals. Tip: make plans before you shoot your next film. Thinking about getting your film onto the big screen? According to Sarah Harris, professional film programmer for five festivals, your chances of getting accepted to film festivals go up when you research them before you submit your film. Not all festivals are the same, she says, and their differences matter. Does the festival specialize in horror, family, LGBTQ or other genre-specific topics? 

January 24, 2018|

How One SMU Film Alum Learned to Get Films Into Festivals

Film programmer Sarah Harris (’05) says channel your artistic voice and leave the movie clichés behind  With 12 years of experience deciding which films are accepted to film festivals, professional film programmer and Meadows alumna Sarah Harris (B.A. Cinema-Television ’05) is the queen of screen. Harris has assessed thousands of shorts, documentaries and features, searching for films that have “that extra something” for the big screen in a wide variety of festivals.  

January 24, 2018|