Around this time back in 2012, when I started submitting my student short film “Living With Lycanthropy” (which I’d written and produced a month earlier with the help of my friends) to festivals, I didn’t have a particular strategy in mind and probably sent out around 30 submissions to a number of venues accepting short horror films. Ultimately, my humble little piece screened at five festivals in Kentucky, California, Pennsylvania, and Louisiana as well as a werewolf convention in Oregon – it even won “Best Horror” at one of them, so not bad for a first go-around in the festival rodeo!
Now, five years later (five years!) and with my new short film “Frankenfriend” under my belt, I am once again entering the film festival lottery with the hope that my entry will be accepted by more festivals than the first one. Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been quite busy uploading the completed short, trailers, stills, and poster art to FilmFreeway and Withoutabox (not to mention adding synopses, cast / crew information, and a director bio); I also submitted DVD cover / disc art and an ISO file to Createspace.com in order to have some nice screener copies on hand to send to festivals as well. This is definitely a step up from “Living With Lycanthropy” where I was writing the title and runtime with a Sharpie on a DVD-R disc, and then mailing them in cheap plastic cases. Hooray! This also means I’ve been more sleep-deprived than usual since dedicating my nights and weekends outside of work to getting “Frankenfriend” ready for competition.
In any case, I really hit the ground running this week and, after taking my budget into careful consideration since festival fees can be pricey, submitted to 16 that caught my eye. Here is the list in no particular order:
- Planet 9 Film Fest
- Halfway2Halloween Monster Boolesque Spooktacular
- FantaSci Short Film Festival
- Genre Celebration Festival
- International Children’s Film Festival Filem’On
- Popcorn Frights Film Festival
- Edmonton Festival of Fear: Horror, Sci-Fi, Action & Cult Movies
- Little Terrors Film Festival
- Scare-A-Con Film Festival
- NOLA Horror Film Fest
- The Indie Horror Film Festival
- Lost Episode Fest Toronto (Left): Horror, Sci-Fi, and Fan Film Festival
- Small Wonders – An Exhibition of Tiny Art & Films
- Paris Short Film Festival
- Famous Monsters Presents Silver Scream Film and Comic Fest
The 16th festival I decided to submit to came from a VERY unexpected source when I posted a Tweet about submitting to one of the festivals via FilmFreeway:
I did indeed take Mr. Sizemore’s advice and submit to the Filmchella festival . . . what the heck, right? We’ll see what happens with this first round my submissions and I intend to submit to more festivals come next month, so please stay tuned for more “Frankenfriend” news!