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How to Start and Organize a Film Festival

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Film Festivals are a great way to showcase new movies that you and your classmates have produced.

While most film festivals will take a long time to prepare, they can also be done quickly, and less professionally at the high school level.



 
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Step 1: Naming The Festival

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One of the First things that you should do is name your film festival.
Every film festival has a name.

The better the name, the more interesting it will sound, and more people will look into it.

Here are some of my ideas for our film festival name:
  1. Greatest Film Festival on Earth
  2. Second Greatest Film Festival on Earth
  3. Cannes (ummm....is that taken?)
  4. Almost Perfect Film Festival
  5. Mr. Big and Tall Film Festival
  6. Sears Film Festival brought to you by Wal-Mart, for all of your filming needs.

Feel free to leave ideas in the comments, I will add them in here later.

Step 2: Getting the Venue

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You will need to book a venue for the festival.
This can cost a lot of money, and will need to be booked long in advance.

For instructional purposes, I am using the projector, and Smart Board in my Classroom.
The Smart Board is a great alternative to an expensive theatre that would cost thousands of dollars.

Step 3: Budget

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You will need a budget
To get money specifically for the film festivals, you could create an entry fee, or even collect sponsorships.

If you are doing this for fun, on a small scale, such as in a classroom
there won't be much of a budget.

You could get a catering company to provide food. Or have the guests and movie makers bring their own food.

A popcorn machine would be an awesome addition to the festival and it would blow everyone's mind.
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