If you’ve completed a short film or film-making project, the next step is to share it with the world! There are more options than ever when it comes to sharing films online. There are also festivals and competition opportunities that are not to be missed. But before any of these things, you might consider gathering some publicity and feedback. Generating some interest around your film can be really positive. It can help you to network, publicise your next project, and maybe even get noticed by some big names in the business. Get inspired by the suggestions below.
Contact the local media
Local newspapers or radio stations are a great way to gain some extra publicity. Why not write or send an email to introduce yourself, your project, and what you hope to achieve. Local news outlets are often delighted to hear about talented young people who may bring some positive recognition to the area! Now is the time to mention any awards or good feedback you have had too. If you’re not at that stage yet, simply mention that you’re at the start of your career and have funded the project yourself or through some local investors. Ask them whether they might be interested in covering the story, and you may be able to publicise a screening or exclusive showing too!
Set up social media accounts
It is probably a no-brainer, but social media accounts are a truly global phenomenon. You may already have your own Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts but why not set up some specifically for your new film? That way, important announcements or interesting details will not get mixed up with the personal stuff. Don’t forget to include eye-catching images, or even short snippets of footage. They will help to keep people interested.
Attend A Film Festival
Even if your film isn’t quite ready for festivals, you can be! Festivals are a great way to meet like-minded people and get inspired by their work. You can mention your own projects too and give out business cards or details of your social media profiles, to keep in touch. Lots of people at festivals are also looking to make new connections.
Hold A Screening
A special screening of your new film doesn’t have to be expensive. If you have a town hall, why not suggest it as a free event to locals? You can invite a local film critic too or a few special guests. If you can, give away a few freebies afterwards like badges, balloons, or signed posters. These will put guests in a good mood and also generate word of mouth publicity.