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3 Reasons to Participate in Film Festivals

3 Reasons to Participate in Film Festivals

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Around the globe, there are a small handful of internationally renowned film festivals that can singlehandedly jumpstart a filmmaker’s career. There are also thousands upon thousands of smaller film festivals that are not going to make you famous — at least not overnight.

Nonetheless, participating in these festivals is still a smart move for any filmmaker who takes their career seriously. Here’s why:

  1. Network. Taking part in a film festival is a great way to meet other people who are passionate about the same things that you are. Therefore, it is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to make new connections who can help further your career. This could be a promoter who invites you to a bigger, better festival next year. Alternatively, it could be another filmmaker who enjoys your style and wants to collaborate on a new project together. As the old adage goes, it’s not always what you know, sometimes, it’s who you know.
  2. Share. Sure, we all like to dream of glory. And for those who work hard, bigger and better things always do await. Nonetheless, is important to enjoy the journey. Attending film festivals, even small local ones, is a great opportunity to share the work that you have poured your soul into with an audience who is also passionate about film.
  3. Get inspired. Appreciating art is often a precursor to making art. Attending a film festival is a great way to get new ideas, and to get fired up about what you do. You never know when inspiration may lurk around the corner, so be on the lookout and life will surprise you quite pleasantly.

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