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Film Festival Secrets Podcast

Podcast by Christopher Holland

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#31: A Hustler’s Guide to Film Festivals with Alex Ferrari

After several hours of recording lectures for our new online course (more details in the show), filmmaker Alex Ferrari and I had a more casual conversation about his personal experience with festivals around the country and in industry towns like Los Angeles.


22 Jan 2016

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#33 - Filmmaker Career Building at Film Festivals

Excerpted from their online course “Film Festival Hacks,” Alex Ferrari (Indie Film Hustle) and host Chris Holland talk about the career building and networking opportunities to be found at film festivals. http://filmfestivalhacks.com


2 Feb 2016

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#32 - What Should I Look For on a Film Festival’s Web Site?

In this episode: Chris Holland talks about the legwork of creating a festival strategy, in particular the research you should be doing about the festivals you think you want to submit to. Things like:* What things can tell me if the festival I'm looking at is legit or not? * How can I tell if this festival is appropriate for my film?* How can I make the most of my time on the web? * What are the red flags that might make me think about spending my money elsewhere?If you find this podcast useful please review the show on iTunes, your ratings and reviews really do help.Also be on the lookout for my new online course, Film Festival Hacks - learn more at filmfestivalsecrets.com/hacks


26 Jan 2016

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#30 - Negotiating with film festivals

Sometimes filmmakers face the classic "bird in the hand" problem. Case in point: my friend Amy's short film "Pickle" was accepted by one festival, but her "dream date" festival is still on the fence. That's a problem, because showing at the first festival to extend an offer might lessen the dream festival's interest. Should she go ahead with the sure thing, or wait for her dream festival to make up its mind? See http://filmfestivalsecrets.com/ffs/2015/12/podcast-30 for show notes.


20 Dec 2015

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#29 - Richard Gale, creator of GINOSAJI, the Horribly Slow Murderer

This episode I'm joined by Richard Gale, creator of the short film "The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon," which is on its way to becoming a feature film thanks to a healthy festival run and a rabid YouTube fan base. Learn how Gale turned festival success into a cottage industry and a budget for a feature-length horror comedy.For show notes see http://www.filmfestivalsecrets.com/podcast/29


10 Dec 2015

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#28 - How can I pick the right festivals from the thousands of possible choices?

Some quick tips on narrowing the field of possible festival choices down to the film fests that are right for your film. See http://www.filmfestivalsecrets.com/identity for more on this topic.


23 Oct 2015

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#27 - A Little Light Housekeeping

As the new season of the podcast gets started, Chris explains what’s been going on since the crowdfunding campaign ended and what happens next.


12 Oct 2015

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#26 - Bodine and Alexis Boling, Movement and Location Filmmakers

Chris Holland sits down with Bodine and Alexis Boling, creators of "Movement and Location."


22 Sep 2015

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#25 - Jarod Neece, Festival Producer & Senior Programmer @ SXSW Film

Ever wonder about the selection process at South by Southwest? Programmer Jarod Neece gives us a peek behind the curtain.


27 Jul 2015

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#24 - Kenny Blank & Shellie Schmals of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

The second episode of the new season of the Film Festival Secrets podcast! See getmoresecrets.com to learn how you can listen in on future recordings.Many thanks to Seed&Spark and FilmFreeway for their early support of the podcast's new season.Joining me this week are Kenny Blank, Executive Director of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival and Shellie Schmals, AJFF's Program Manager. We explore the special challenges faced by Jewish and other niche festivals, the adventurous side of the Festival's programming tastes, and why filmmakers with "non-Jewish" films should care about events like AJFF.Things mentioned in today's show:The Film Festival Secrets crowdfunding campaign (ends July 11)Filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki Jewish themes in Mad MenMore on Jewish themes in Mad MenMad About YouThe Atlanta Jewish Film Festival siteAJFF on Twitter | AJFF on Facebook


7 Jul 2015

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#23 - Jon Gann, founder of the DC Shorts film festival

The first episode of the new season of the Film Festival Secrets podcast! See getmoresecrets.com to learn how you can listen in on future recordings.Jon Gann is the founder of the DC Film Alliance, a non-profit organization supporting Washington, DC's film and video community, and the creator of the DC Shorts Film Festival - one of the country's premier short film showcases. Jon is also a filmmaker and the author of "Behind the Screens: Programmers Reveal How Film Festivals Really Work." In this episode we talk with Jon about festival programming, how film schools fail their students, and his upcoming book about how film festivals get started.

1hr 1min

24 Jun 2015

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#22 - Emily Best, founder of Seed & Spark

Since meeting filmmaker and startup founder Emily Best in November I've wanted to get her on the podcast to talk about her company Seed and Spark, which reimagines crowdfunding from the perspective of an indie filmmaker and takes the experience way past fundraising into audience building and distribution.In this episode you'll hear Emily tell the story of how the company got started and her vision for making it a touchstone of the indie filmmaker experience.We'll even talk about how to use your crowdfunding platform during your festival run.


19 Mar 2015

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#21 - Biagio Messina on Comedy and Kickstarter

Biagio Messina, co-producer and director of "Dying to Do Letterman" and the Producing Unscripted podcast, joins Chris Holland and guest co-host Charles Judson (former creative director of the Atlanta Film Festival) for a conversation about Kickstarter, marketing, and the funny side of cancer. This episode has some of the best crowdfunding and film marketing advice I've ever encountered — I'm just sorry it took this long to release it. (Recorded in November 2013.)

1hr 17mins

12 Feb 2015

Rank #13

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#20 - Kickstarter From the Inside with Elisabeth Holm

This episode is a bit of a blast from the past -- it's one of several interviews about crowdfunding I recorded about this time last year during the Atlanta Film Festival's first Kickstarter campaign. (The second campaign is happening as I write this, please do check it out.) The episode didn't get edited and published in time for the end of that campaign, so now you get to travel to the past to join me and the festival's then-Artistic Director Charles Judson as we talk with Elisabeth Holm, the Film Program Director at Kickstarter. Holm also co-produced the film Obvious Child, which played Sundance and ATLFF in 2014.


10 Dec 2014

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#19 - Social Media Charm School with King is a Fink

Guests: When Julie Keck & Jessica King (collectively known as "King is a Fink") tell you that they are social media experts, they can do so with straight faces. These filmmakers and writers just released a new book, Social Media Charm School (now available at Amazon.com). Chris asks them to speak in sentences with fewer than 140 characters as they talk about the interplay of social media with audience building, crowdfunding, and celebrity encounters on Twitter. (File updated on Nov 21 2014 to correct editing error.)


19 Nov 2014

Rank #15