A couple of weeks back I used Twitter to crowdsource advice on what first time attendees of Film Festivals should do. See the responses below. It makes a decent follow up to yesterday's post. And if you'd like to be part of future discussions, just follow me on Twitter: @TedHope.
What did you wish you did -- but did not do -- at your first film festival? What advice can you give someone going for the 1st time?
— Ted Hope (@TedHope) December 5, 2012
I wish I'd pirated all the films instead of licensed them, just to show how lame the
@MPAA is. But hey, that's just me. :)
talk to EVERYONE.
Enjoy yourself. The business stuff is largely out of your control. Take time to meet people and make connections.
Have a lot of fun/make a few friends. Your 1st festshould be exactly that: your FIRST film festival. Go to others to build career.
Interviews, interviews, interviews...
If it's a market festival and your premiere, go a week earlier and find guerrilla PR opportunities before the herd arrives.