How to Get Your Film Into a Festival: SMU Film and Media Alums Share Advice

When the filming is done and the wrap party over, the producers and editors move on to months of editing, sound design, color correction, music selection and more. When the last frame is tweaked and the credits added, the jackpot question arises: Will my film get an audience? For the new filmmaker, film festivals are an excellent way to get your films in front of audiences. In addition, festivals are prime hunting grounds for making industry contacts and building your reputation, both important components to building your filmmaking career. Below, four festival-savvy alumni from SMU Meadows Division of Film & Media Arts share advice on how to get films into festivals. The first step, all agree, is to do your festival homework.