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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. 

2018-01-24T18:05:06+00:00 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? 

2018-01-24T18:12:20+00:00 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.  

2018-01-29T20:48:59+00:00 January 24, 2018|