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A few good news from the festival circuit I Bienvenue sur le blog de Bruno avec quelques news en français du circuit des festivals francophones. Laissez moi un commentaire quand vous le pouvez.


Why are festivals so important for your career

Film festivals represent the time where filmmakers gather together in a particular region to share and showcase their works for the year. Festivals offer filmmakers the opportunity and platform to showcase their skills in storytelling and movie making to the world. It is a way of communicating to their audiences how they see the world which also serves to open them up to alternative ways of thinking, better understanding people and the human condition. The events are primarily about the skill, talent, and Art of filmmaking and filmmaking. It is often packed with the pomp and pageantry of celebrities. However, it is more than just a show. Film festivals are important to the movie industry. And they are also important for other people involved, including participants.

Creates Exposure to Independent Filmmakers.

The big machines behind mainstream movies often overshadow and snuff out small and independent cinema and moviemakers using heavy marketing and promotion they cannot afford. This limits the amount of visibility these small companies get. It makes that good movie go unnoticed because they do not have the wherewithal to compete with the more successful brands. Film festivals give them a voice and a platform to show the world who they are and what they have to offer. They are the best platforms for creating exposure for your film and build awareness for your name and company.

Connecting And Networking.

The success of any filmmaker or company is predicated on their ability to effectively connect and network with other players in the industry. Nobody grows in isolation. The film industry is built on networks. These connections are built around several activities. Meet and greet parties and get-togethers are rife at festivals. People get to talk over dinner, or drinks. It is not unusual to establish business connections and even make deals over a game of poker. These mature games are among the go-to means of relaxation at major gatherings like film festivals. Online platforms to these casino games are readily available as well when they register at Novibet. There are many activities to connect over. It is the perfect way to expand one's circle of influence.

Market And Promote Movies.

Festivals are important platforms for marketing and promoting movies. All filmmakers need to create awareness and visibility around their brand and movies. Marketing campaigns and public relations are often heavily conducted by big names to promote their movies. This is not as accessible to independent filmmakers. Festivals, thus, give them the chance to achieve this on a much lower budget. The festivals further help them by giving much-needed reviews, organizing interviews with the relevant press, and selling the films to film acquisition executives looking to find the next big movie to invest in.

Provide a test screening platform for movies.

This is such a huge advantage to filmmakers. Film festivals give them platforms to test their movies against an audience of viewers. The reaction and response of the audience to the movie will determine whether they can release the movie as it is or go back and make certain edits and changes to improve the film. This is an amazing way to test out the quality of work before putting it out. It draws the filmmaker's attention to certain errors or subpar clips and allows them to go back and correct them.


Basically, film festivals will assist filmmakers with marketing in 3 ways:

  • Awards

Winning awards is definitely great when it comes to making film posters much more attractive. Obviously, how reputable the festival is will drastically influence how important the award is. Will the passerby potentially take into account the award when deciding whether or not to buy a ticket at the cinema? When the laurel is issued by a well-known movie festival, like Raindance, it will.

  • Interviews And Reviews

Attending film festivals is great for the independent movie makers since it is going to increase movie hype. You get the local bloggers and countless reviewers to watch the movie. If it is good, reviews will be very good and more people will want to watch the movies since they follow the reviewers or the local bloggers. At the same time, people involved in the creation of the films will be interviewed, which will also increase awareness.

  • Selling Movies

There are some festivals that are very effective when it comes to attracting acquisition executives or commissioning editors. Film buyers often attend festivals, especially the smaller ones, with the purpose of discovering and then buying hot property.


Most movie festivals feature panel discussions. Some even have masterclasses that can teach people more about filmmaking. Both of these are very interesting to regular people and, of course, filmmakers. Basically, the film festival also features events that are very useful in helping those who attend to learn about the movie industry. Such information is much more valuable than many believe since most of us have no idea what happens behind the curtains.

When a very good series is created with several learning events, debates can be created about issues that affect humanity or just the filmmakers. This can include things like climate change and social injustice.

Showcasing New Talent

Traditionally, film festivals are where filmmakers and industry professionals go to find new talent. This is true for basically all movies, including the very small ones. Just one participation can turn regular people from nobodies to eventual industry stars. For instance, filmmakers like Christopher Nolan and Edgar Wright were discovered at such movie festivals.

Benefits For The Local Economy

Film festivals bring in commercial, cultural, and artistic benefits. This is especially the case when referring to the successful film festivals. For the local community, the hype around the festival is just the beginning. The festival creates new jobs, with obvious improvements being seen in the hospitality sector. Also, various commercial establishments around the film festival area will simply make more money.

On the whole, participating in a film festival will surely help basically everyone involved. This includes both attendees and movie makers. We are looking at a higher possibility of making more money with movies created by smaller filmmakers and tourism is drastically improved so everyone wins.



Film festivals are the opportunity most filmmakers, especially the small and independent, need to perfect their skills and expand their social and professional network.

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