A very important area for filmmakers is “Credits”! You get a “credit” by performing a role in a film, these will appear in the film’s credits, (even runners are credited). If the film has some success, such as being shown at a Film Festival, screening or wins an award then this “enhances” your credit. (E.g. I was Assistant Director on an award-winning film!)
So it is vitally important you enter work you have made into Film Festivals and other screening opportunities (there are also competitions just for screenplays). If accepted this will enhance your Credit! It is even better if you can go to the festival and network!
Film Oxford runs a fantastic 1 day course on how to get you film into Film Festivals, run by filmmaker Sharon Woodward, who has had her films shown all over the world and has won prizes. Just knowing where festivals are listed is just the start, she is willing to share her secrets of how to enter and how to make your applications stand out. Festival Screening Course
There are 1000’s of Festivals and screening opportunities around the world, many are free. Also show your films on-line. This could simply be your own Youtube or Vimeo channel, or you can enter your film into online festivals/competitions, some broadcasters show shorts like Channel 4. Also See Film Oxford’s Youtube Channel Share those films in our Facebook group.
To enter festivals you’ll need to create a festival pack for your film including synopises, key personnel biogs, press kit and photos – all this is covered on our short Festival Screening Course.
Once you have exhibited you can then do more training to get more advanced skills, make better contacts, create better films and show them in more prestigious festivals.
Filmfestivals.com is one of the biggest resourses with over 4000 festivals listed. You can search for only free festivals and by entry date which is very helpful.