You’ve probably heard of the internet. This is the fastest way to get your film out there…if you’re willing to put in the time, hard work, and patience to get in front of the camera.
The best way to find an agent/referral is to use a company’s site, as those are often updated frequently.
Most agencies will help you figure out the best way to go about this process, but I suggest sticking to this:
1. Ask your industry contacts if they know a company that works with indie filmmakers.
In my experience, you’ll want to ask the local film distributors, small theaters, and specialty theaters for recommendations.
This process should take one or two emails, and the contacts you’ve established (and maybe a phone call somewhere) should be more than happy to put their name and contacts out there if someone else would work with you.
2. Read websites like FilmL.com. They are huge in the film industries. Here is just a few to check out:
This one is specifically for filmmakers. It includes an interactive map of all the festivals in the US, and links to all the major film festivals around the world.
3. Contact any of your friends and family, who you might be able to find on Facebook with an “A” in the name.
Some people may not want to reveal too much of their current situation, as it doesn’t matter if they’re successful or not (that’s not what I’m about here).
The next step for me was to ask people I know from out of town if they know anyone in their area who is interested in shooting a feature film, or any other kind of independent film.
They all said they did. So now it’s just a matter of finding the most efficient and best way to reach them.
I went in the direction of emailing the members of my college film club. I talked to them about their school and the film festival world.
I talked to each person individually about their personal experiences as an actor or director. My friends were all very good about getting back in touch with their contacts in the industry who I hadn’t spoken with in the past and offered whatever help they had available.
In one week, I got five emails back. Most of them were for the same thing: a film festival/film crew/cord cutting company would like to talk to me. Some offered to do
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