Short Films Online Film Festivals

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How to use song in short film?
    I'm creating a short film and I already purchased the song on itunes "Puff the Magic Dragon". I am making two versions one with the song to put it on youtube and without to submit it on online film festivals. Is there any way that I can use a portion of the song and have it be legal.

    • ANSWER:
      Did he dies?

  2. QUESTION:
    Where can I watch the newest short films?
    Are the short films that are presented in film festivals like sundance or the world wide short film festival, online for us to see or are they only to be viewed in person at the festival?

    Or do you guys know of any site that shows short films? Not fan-made but actual short films that have been shown on these festivals etc...?

    • ANSWER:
      Try this site:
      www.watch-full-movies.org

  3. QUESTION:
    How to promote my short film?
    Hi,

    I recently made a short film that got selected for the World Film Festival of Montreal and now I upoladed it to youtube and vimeo and dailymotion but it doesn't get enough views. I was wondering if there were any free short film festivals online or somewhere else that I could just send a link to and "promote" it?

    Thanks in advance

    • ANSWER:
      You could try www.iziggus.com they offer some pretty cool packages and they show some great video examples.

      Hope this helps

  4. QUESTION:
    How do I get my short films seen?
    I have made several short films in the UK. I have used real crews and done everything professionally but I don't have that much knowledge about film festivals or how to contact industry workers to show them.
    Any help would be great!

    • ANSWER:
      Almost all film festivals (except the really big ones like Sundance etc) use a clearing house called Without A Box. You go to www.withoutabox.com and register for free; you can see all the festivals that are currently taking submissions and enter online. You pay the entry fees for whatever festivals you enter and then supply the festival with the content (usually on DVD) for screening.

      Check the rules for the festivals you enter before you upload to YouTube etc - many have rules which would make your film ineligible for competition if it has been widely available on the web.

      Good luck!

  5. QUESTION:
    If i post my short film online, can i still send it to festivals?
    Basically, if i want to post my short film on YouTube or Vimeo, i heard that festivals only accept films that haven't been seen before. Is this true?

    • ANSWER:
      check with the Festivals rules. Its really hard to say whether your talking about The Cannes or Toronto Film Festivals. or the East Texas Community College Film Festival.

      They all have different rules and your not gonna find the answer here (not without telling us what festivals). Check the website and read the rules carefully. and other questions and you should contact them.

      Good Luck with your film

  6. QUESTION:
    What filming equipment would I need to make a short film?
    I would like to make some short films and need to buy equipment for them. However, I'm not sure what I'm going to need. The films will be fairly simple but need to look professional - Please help!!

    Is there any special lighting equipment and sound equipment that I might need? Also any editing equipment I might need?

    • ANSWER:
      Dear Music Dude,

      The best and only advice you can rely on is this: do your research, watch short films online from reputable locations (YouTube Screening Room, Sundance Film Festival, Funny or Die.com, etc.), check out short film programs at local film festivals and see if you find a Director of Photography's work that you admire and believe is capable of making your film look like you want it to.

      Then start searching locally for a Director of Photography (DP) in your area who *has their own equipment* that could match the look you love.

      When making a short you want to have the best DP who owns the highest quality equipment and is in full agreement with the kind of film you have in mind.

      With a solid script, great casting, a professional editor and a clear vision of what you want - you cannot fail.

      All my best,
      Roberta Munroe
      Author -- How Not To Make A Short Film: Secrets From A Sundance Programmer
      http://www.RobertaMunroe.com

  7. QUESTION:
    What are the copyright laws for old time radio shows?
    I am making a short film, and I would like to use clips from old radio shows on the soundtrack. I understand that the "recordings" are in public domain, however scripts may not be.Would I still be allowed to use the recordings in my short film? I do not intend to distribute the film online or sell it. It is simply for film festivals only, non-profit. Could I put the disclaimer: "For Educational Purposes Only"?

    • ANSWER:
      You would need to look into whether or not Fair Use would apply. Fair Use allows you to use material that is copyrighted without having to hassle with getting all the permissions and licenses.

  8. QUESTION:
    Are there any short film contests available in Toronto or online?
    I'm looking for any short film contests I can enter online or in Toronto. It doesn't matter if the final deadline for this year has passed, I can enter next year as well.
    So far I've only been able to find The Indie Short Film Competition.
    I don't need many details, just a link to the website would help.

    • ANSWER:
      The Worldwide Short Film Festival is taking place as we speak in Toronto (it's in Toronto every year) and I highly recommend submitting. Even if your film isn't accepted in the festival competition, it'll be available in the festival "marketplace" where industry delegates browse all the submissions and choose films they may want to distribute or purchase.

      Also, if you're a student, many programs include one or two student films, so they won't dismiss you if you're a bit experienced. Just keep in mind that the longer your short is, the more spectacular it has to be for them to justify the time length.

      http://www.worldwideshortfilmfest.com/

      The National Film Board of Canada also has an annual online short competition:

      http://www3.nfb.ca/webextension/cannes/

      I recommend calling or visiting the NFB (it's in Toronto) to get info about submitting.

      And, in Toronto, a smaller film festival:

      The Cabbagetown Short Film & Video Festival
      http://www.cabbagetownshortfilmandvideofestival.com/

      Finally, if you want to find more competitive festivals to submit to, try this directory:
      http://dir.yahoo.com/Entertainment/Movies_and_Film/Film_Festivals/Short_Films/?o=a

      It has a lot of great international options.

      As to online contests, not festivals, Filmaka usually has something running open to different nationalities:

      http://www.filmaka.com/

      I think your best bet, though, is to submit to competitive festivals. Even if you don't win, being included in a festival is great exposure.

      good luck!

  9. QUESTION:
    How can a individual be qualified on IMDb as a independent filmmaker?
    I have shot some short films and produced a few. What will be the qualifications to be on IMDb? Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      IMDB is owned by Amazon.com and there are easy and hard ways to get listed. They have approved film festivals that qualify you for listings, but if you use their CreateSpace.com service for selling your videos, and sell them on Amazon.com, this should automatically qualify you for a listing on IMDB. This is why we chose CreateSpace for our video and book sales.

      Check with Amazon.com about selling your products online. This may qualify you without the need for using CreateSpace but I'm not sure of that. CreateSpace also assigns UPC codes to videos, ISBN and EAN-13 numbers to books, all at no charge to you. They create and sell, so you don't have to do the work yourself.

  10. QUESTION:
    Where can I find this short film online?
    I'm trying to find the short film "Russell Fish: The Sausage and Eggs Incident." It's a nine-minute long film that has been featured in several film screenings. The director is Terence Heuston, and Chris Colfer starred in it. I can't seem to find it anywhere that doesn't make me take a stupid survey where you're required to give out personal information. If anyone could find it online, I would really appreciate it.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      We really appreciate you trying to track down the film. Unfortunately, there are a lot of film festivals that only accept films that are unavailable on-line, so we've been withholding it for the time being. Once we are done with our festival run - probably sometime in the Spring, we will distribute it. If you want to follow the screenings or know when it is going to be available, you can become a "fan" of it on facebook: "Russel Fish: The Sausage and Eggs Incident" page. We also do periodic updates at "Trebuchetfilms.com"

      Sorry to make it so "top secret" for the time being. Once again, we really appreciate your interest.

      Best,
      Terence

  11. QUESTION:
    Need some help with these questions about the Sundance Film Festival?
    I plan on sending an indie film to the 2011 Sundance Film festival in Utah and need to know some details about its procedures and regulations. What is the most films any ONE person can send in? Is the director of the film required to attend the screening? And if so how many tickets do they give you? Is the cast and crew allowed to attend? Also what is the absolute dealine for submitting your film? Please no links to the official Sundance website because I have spent hours searching for these answer there with no luck. Thanks for your help.

    • ANSWER:
      You can submit as many films as you like. You do not need to attend the screening. Anyone is allowed to attend as long as they have tickets.

      The answers are on the website:

      Deadlines to submit U.S. and International films for the 2009Sundance Film Festival are:

      August 18, 2008 - EARLY SUBMISSION DEADLINE (ALL FILMS)

      September5, 2008 - OFFICIAL DEADLINE,SHORT FILMS

      September 8, 2008 - OFFICIAL DEADLINE, FEATURE FILMS

      All filmmakerapplications must be submitted online and must arrive in the Los Angelesoffice by August 18, 2008 for early consideration and a reducedsubmission fee of .00 for U.S. and international short films or.00 for U.S. and international feature films and documentaries.

  12. QUESTION:
    Which digital camera is best for short film making?
    Hey all,

    I've done two short films and I want to keep doing them but I'm looking for a camera of higher quality to own. As experienced filmmakers, which camera do you recommend I purchase? I've heard of the Canon GL2, etc... but I want ensured quality filmmaking that could stand in, say, a film festival.

    PS: note i prefer cheap and best..min atleast the out put must come good watching in desktops/laptops/youtube

    • ANSWER:
      for cheap and best digital camera visit-http://www.wesprodigital.com/online-shopping_1-deal_139-features_135-/Consumer-Electronics/Digital-Cameras.html

  13. QUESTION:
    What are some online short film festivals?
    What are some online short film festivals? Just any sites would be great. The only one i know of so far is the portable film festival.

    I am also looking for Australian film festivals, such as tropfest.

    • ANSWER:
      Cinequest is probably the premiere online short film fest.

  14. QUESTION:
    What are the local customs in Brest, France?
    And is there any info on why Brest has it's annua Boat festival every four years, and the yearly short film festival?

    Please answer before Tuesday 6 PM Pacific! Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Hiya,

      I am from Brittany and I can tell you that we have A lots of sunny day as well.
      The food is good and Bretons have kept their traditions (Celtic traditions).
      Nice Celtic music with Bagpipes and Nice Traditional Dress.

      http://www.bagad-erguearmel.asso.fr/photos.htm
      http://www.micarmor.com/coiffures(10).html?wpid=12575
      http://culturebreizh.online.fr/bretagne.php?lang=fr&pageid=810
      http://www.mairie-brest.fr/
      http://www.brest2008.fr/fr/outils/lexique.php

      Cheerio.

  15. QUESTION:
    How do I get to the Melbourne International Film Festival?
    It is on between the 21st of July and 7th of August 2011 in Melbourne... I looked at the website but are not really sure where to go? Is it downtown or somewhere near St Kilda.

    If you have been before is it worth the experience?

    • ANSWER:
      It is in and around the central business district. St Kilda has its own film festival which is on right now. All of the screening and panel venues are easily accessible once you've made it into the city centre by either tram or train to Flinders Street station (ACMI is just across the road, and the Town Hall is a short walk,) Melbourne Central Station which is close to RMIT, or Parliament station right by the Kino Cinema.

      As for whether or not you should go, take a look at the 'First Peek' programme when it goes online tomorrow and decide for yourself if there is enough to tempt you. Personally, I can usually find enough - particularly in the late night programmes - to keep me happy.

  16. QUESTION:
    If I post my film and video work on my website or YouTube, does that mean I cannot submit them to TV channels?
    At the moment I am currently part of a team putting together a website displaying our portfolio of work. One of them is a short film that has been on the festival circuit and we would like to embed it into our website. However, will this make it difficult to submit to TV channels - do they prefer it if the work hasn't been viewed in any other arena? I am not sure where the best place is to find out.

    • ANSWER:
      Actually putting something online helps - especially if it gets crazy views - like over a million. This will help you when negotiating with a tv channel - since your content has already been 'tested' so to speak and people like it. TV networks typically don't wanna take too many chances and risk losing with ratings since thats directly tied to how much money they make on advertising.

      When you deal with a tV channel typically make a deal where they make u an upfront payment for a season and not one where you make money from the advertising coz you need need to have a sales force who will go out and get advertising biz for you.

      All the best.

  17. QUESTION:
    Regarding a high school students choice of a career in film, please read details?
    Hello, I am a high school, and for a career choice I really want to be a film maker. My grades arn't exquisite, although I am still passing. My strongest subject is English, if that helps any.
    I am in grade eleven, and I live in central Queensland, Australia, were there is basically only construction and beauty styled career paths.
    I was wondering, perhaps, if any of you may be able to give me some or something on how I should go about becoming a filmmaker. Should I go to some sort of film school or...?

    Thank you for your time.

    • ANSWER:
      Film makers make film.

      So grab a camera, doesn't need to be the latest and greatest, it can be whatever you can get your hands on and start making short films.

      Try for five minutes, then have a go at ten minutes and so on and so forth.

      Most PCs come with some sort of basic editing software, Macs are even better. Learn the basics of editing, build your skill set. Enter into film festivals, have fun with it. That's the important part, if it's not fun why bother?.

      Use your friends, use whoever you can but tell stories.

      Grab a few scripts online to see how this stuff goes on the page and download Celtx to give you a free formatting program for screenwriting.

      Find a copy of El Mariachi on DVD. Robert Rodriguez has a ten minute film school in the extras that will inspire you. Pick up a copy of his book, Rebel without a crew for further inspiration.

      But seriously, just make films. People will think you're mad, hell, they'll tell you to your face your mad but keep going anyway.

      It's not an easy road to walk but it has its moments.

  18. QUESTION:
    how can i enter the film industry as a director?
    i know about film schools in mumbai but they are far more expensive!!!i hav created short film of my own and am really wanting to enter this field.pleaz help me.any ans appreciated.thanx.

    • ANSWER:
      some of the best directors of all time, and some great recent ones have not gone to film school, and some others that dropped out early on. With technology these days it is not a necessity. First i would go to the site www.moviemaker.com this site will give you a ton of advice, and if you click on the producing section you can find a list of important sites to know.

      Keep making movies, writing if you can and collaborate with other aspiring filmmakers. go on these blogs, sites and make contacts, look up anything going on in your area, from student film casting, indie filmmakers, studios, anything. Just meet others, and keep working and making your own projects

      PROMOTE them and expose yourself (if you feel they are decent enough, remember that your short or movie is a first impression of you. If you show potential that is good, it doesn't have to be perfect. There are sites where you can post your movies, hell even youtube.com , but there are others where you can do online contests too (you can find links on moviemaker.com

      Also suggest looking up some film festivals too

      Also for a good free resource for filmmaking try
      http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Movie_Making_Manual

      Hope this helps

  19. QUESTION:
    Where can I find the short film "Sudden Death!" by Adam Hall online?
    The film is about a disease that causes you to sing and dance before suddenly dropping dead. I saw it at a film festival and I want to show it to my friends via the internet.

    • ANSWER:
      I'm so sorry that Sudden Death! isn't online at the moment! If we added the film to any online venue it would negate us from several film festivals. You can purchase the DVD of Sudden Death! on the website for if that helps at all. We promise to get whatever you order in the mail ASAP!
      http://suddendeaththemovie.com/Sudden_Death/Buy%21.html

      So glad you enjoyed the film. Thanks for checking us out!
      Melanie Hall
      Producer - Sudden Death!

  20. QUESTION:
    Does Anyone Now How to Enter a Film in a Film Festival?
    I have some friends in the NYC area who are making some independent short films and that they hope to enter into film festivals. Since this is their first time they need help knowing where to look, which festivals to enter and how to get their film in. It is an American short film in English language. Is there anyone who can offer some advice? Thank you!
    I have some friends in the NYC area who are making some independent short films and that they hope to enter into film festivals. Since this is their first time they need help knowing where to look, which festivals to enter and how to get their film in. It is an American short film in English language. Is there anyone who can offer some advice? Thank you!
    Thank you so much for your time and your great reply. It is really appreciated!

    • ANSWER:
      The best way to enter your film into festivals is to use the website www.withoutabox.com

      Withoutabox lists all the film festivals not just in the United States but also around the world. You will need to fill in a long application about your film and you can search for festivals that match the criteria of your film. You can also search for festivals that are either really cheap to enter or free. After you apply to the festival through without a box it will give you instructions on how to send your reel to the festival. Some accept online submissions but most ask for you to mail it in.

      The other great thing about it is that there are certain festivals that if you apply to, even if you don't get in, they will give you an imdb.com page for your film and crew and this is a great thing for a filmmaker.

      It's the number one website for filmmakers.

  21. QUESTION:
    Where to find open casting calls online? For indie films to get experience?
    I need a website or a way to keep updated on open casting calls. I know large production companies rarely have them, like true grit, but i need some for indie movies or short films. Please provide a LEGIT website.

    - I also know you do not need experience for some open casting calls
    - Have NO experience, need to start up my resume
    - Looking for work in LA
    - Am young, my parents will help me, I just need information

    • ANSWER:
      Even for indie films they'll expect you to have experience in something - at least a wide variety of stage plays - and to have been to drama school or a good stage school for several years.

      What you say about not needing experience for open calls is technically correct - but as hundreds usually turn up, they check resumes at the door, and turn away anyone who hasn't had many years of training and experience.

      Most actors start out by getting involved in community theatre or putting on plays at festivals and so on, with other drama students in the same situation.
      Good luck!

  22. QUESTION:
    Is my film published or unpublished according to copyright law?
    I'm submitting my short documentary to the U.S. copyright office and they have different requirements for a published and unpublished film. Under copyright law, the word published is defined as “the distribution of copies of a work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending. Offering to distribute copies to people or businesses for purposes of further distribution, public performance, or public display constitutes publication.”

    I have submitted my film to several large film festivals this month with the intent to display them to a large audience and therefore publish my film. My film has not been accepted yet to any of the festivals. My film may also be distributed for profit online via a distributor (not me). Do I submit my work for copyright protection as a published or unpublished work? Does the intent to screen and distribute constitute a published work or do I have to submit as unpublished and than resubmit to the copyright office as a published work at a later time?
    Why I'm getting a copyright:
    There's a distributor on board to possibly sell the work as part of a DVD set. The copyright protects both me and the subject of the documentary from anyone altering the work (this is a very real worry due to the subject matter), plus it's a formality in terms of the contract when it comes to royalties (we cannot register the music with ASCAP, long story...). You can't bring a matter to court without copyright papers.
    It was submitted online, so it was only . I'm getting ready to submit best copy of the work, but saw that a published work requires a synopsis while an unpublished work requires a full outline of what you want the copyright to cover. I just want to make it less of a hassle for the gov workers by sending in the correct papers.
    Robert G, that really doesn't answer my question. My acceptance to a film festival is not relevant, the question is about filling out a copyright form correctly in terms of "intent".

    • ANSWER:
      You wrote:

      "I have submitted my film to several large film festivals this month..."

      So YES your work was "published" as defined by the copyright office.

  23. QUESTION:
    What's the best way to become a good screenwriter?
    Screenwriting is the career I would like to pursue, but I have very little knowledge of how to become a good one.

    • ANSWER:
      Watch lots of films of all types. Figure out the style and genre you'd like to write in. Read lots of screenplays both good and bad. Watch films with the screenplays open in front of you and follow along. This will give you a good idea of what made it into the film and what didn't.

      Write, write and write some more and then rewrite until everything is as polished as it can be.

      On average it takes ten screenplays written before you make your first sale.

      Attend as many film festivals as you can. Hang out for the Q&A sessions. Meet the the film makers in the bar and buy them beers. Ask more questions.

      Write short films and get at least a couple of them produced. Enter festivals yourself. This is how you forge relationships. Relationships are what push you ahead.

      Be open to proper criticism of your work. If more than two people comment on something, it's got to go.

      Kill your little darlings. You might think that line is great but that change you made three pages previous make it no longer work, so it's got to go.

      stay away from online critique groups, they'll only make you want to quit writing. Find other writers you can meet face to face if you want to belong to a writer's group.

      I'm a produced screenwriter with feature film and TV credits.

  24. QUESTION:
    How do I get a screenplay picked up???????
    So I'm learning online how to write a screenplay and I have this really good idea for one and have started the process. What are the odds it gets picked up and how do I go about getting it out there??? I live in a small town in Canada

    • ANSWER:
      Your best chance is to find some people making short movies and work with them to make the movie. Check out colleges for film programs in your province. Or find a friend with a camera. There are screenplay contests and film festivals were you can send your script too.

  25. QUESTION:
    How do I get into the music they play in the movies?
    I play alto sax and i think the movie music is the coolest music there is, but I have no idea how I can get into the "movie music" business. Please help

    • ANSWER:
      I am going to give you a practical straight-forward answer:

      I am a film music composer. Right now there is a film on Berlinale festival which I made music for and it is receiving very good comments.
      I work with various musicians and sometimes I work online with people in different countries. You can contact me at paco.irala at yahoo so I can hear some of your stuff and you might end up working for music scores sooner than you think.

      If you want to compose the music yourself, Well, the best thing is to study hard, see a lot of films and study their music, and then getting in touch with film students to make music for short films and getting experience. That worked for me.

      Best luck to you !

  26. QUESTION:
    As a teen interested in film, who could I sell my film to?
    I am very interested in film making. I want to become a director. I want to make a really good documentary to get my name out there. If I were to make one, who would I sell it to or how would I distribute it?

    • ANSWER:
      You have a few options. Film Festivals are a really good idea. The site https://withoutabox.com/ is a Film festival entry site. It is actually really good.

      Most directors will try to get a distributor after the film festival circuit. But since you're young, there's probably no chance. Selling your film online and/or self-distribution is a great idea. https://www.createspace.com/ is another great site for that. If you make the DVD they will sell it on Amazon (their parent company) and you get a percentage.

      Now I wouldn't sell your first attempt at making a movie. Try just making some short youtube stuff. You don't even have to upload it. Just get the feel of everything. Try interviewing your friends to get some idea's about interviews. And get some books on the subject. My favourite is Film School by Michael W. Dean. It's on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/30-Film-School-Michael-Dean/dp/1598631896/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1247455539&sr=8-1

      Another thought would be to put it on iTunes for sale. Maybe make a video podcast about the making of the documentary and put THAT up to get some attention. Put an ad in your local paper. Heck, even spamming people can help. (I didn't say that 😉 )

      Also what is your intended audience? That may give you an idea of where to put your film.

      If you have any more questions e-mail me (from my profile). Please do.

  27. QUESTION:
    How can I visit Chicago on a semi-limited budget?
    Do you have tips for a traveler on a budget? I'm going to be going to Chicago in July, and want to know some ways to save some money. We are spending most of money on a nice hotel downtown, so are looking to save on our entertainment and food, but still be comfortable and have a nice time.

    • ANSWER:
      Chicago in July is the place to be. You are going to be dizzy from all of the free or inexpensive options.

      First, take all of Manonthestreet1's advice. Then read this:

      Be prepared to walk! For example, walking from the Magnificent Mile on North Michigan Avenue or Navy Pier down to the Museum Campus (basically, one end of downtown to another) will log a few miles on your sneakers. Get a CTA visitor pass before you go (but allow 2 weeks for delivery) to get unlimited rides on buses and 'L' trains while you're in town. A 5-day pass is only .

      For a breathtaking view, head to the Signature Room at the 95th in the John Hancock Building. It's only one floor below the observation deck, but it's much less crowded and you can relax up there at a private table for the cost of just one drink.

      Also, the city has a tremendous number of outdoor festivals, the most famous and largest of which is the Taste of Chicago (June 29-July 8 in Grant Park). Most locals (like me) avoid this because of the crowds and the expensive food tickets. Admission is free, however, and crowds are lighter on week days during lunch time.

      A better bet would be the neighborhood festivals which have great live music. My favorite is the Chicago Folk and Roots Festival (July 14-15) at Welles Park which is just a few blocks from the Western stop on the Brown Line 'L'. The neighborhood festivals charge suggested donations of about , but they can't legally force you to pay to walk on a public street.

      Chicago's world class museums are another good option, but they can be expensive. The Art Institute of Chicago is free on Thursday and Friday evenings in the summer from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. As someone else mentioned, the Lincoln Park Zoo is always free as well. Unfortunately, all the museums on the Museum Campus (the Field Museum of Natural History, the Adler Planetarium and the Shedd Aquarium) have no free or discounted days in July. If you are a true museum buff and plan to cram several museums into your visit (I would be exhausted), consider the CityPass, which gets you admission to the Adler, the Shedd, the Field, the Museum of Science and Industry and the Hancock Observatory. It's about and lasts 9 days from first use. Keep in mind that special exhibits and attractions may cost extra.

      Beaches in the City of Chicago are always free and a great way to spend a summer day. If you do make it to the Museum Campus, 12th Street Beach (just a short walk south of the Adler Planetarium) is relatively secluded and not crowded for a Chicago beach. Pack a picnic lunch and a book or a Frisbee, and you're set.

      You absolutely cannot miss Millennium Park, which has free outdoor concerts and performances all summer long. (Check their website for details in a month or two.) Make sure to take pictures with the "Bean" or Cloud Gate sculpture, and get your feet wet in the whimsical Crown Fountain.

      Another great free downtown experience is Summer Dance, a free dance lesson and concert series right in Grant Park downtown. Learn the dance for an hour, then dance what you've learned to a great live band. Each night offers a different style of dance and music. Their schedule is also not yet online.

      Starting at the end of July, the city presents the Outdoor Film Festival, which shows free movies in Grant Park on Tuesday nights at dusk. Another great picnic opportunity, people start staking out their spots as early as 4 p.m. The 2007 schedule has not been announced, but check the city of Chicago website soon for details.

      In addition the Chicago Park District hosts free Movies and Concerts in the Parks all summer long in neighborhoods all over town. Check their website for details as your visit approaches.

      If you have a laptop with wireless capabilities, bring it with you and take advantage of the free Wi-Fi at all 79 Chicago Public Library locations. You don't even need a library card! That way you can look things up on the fly while on your visit.

      For cheap food, I highly recommend the book "The Streets and San Man's Guide to Chicago Eats". This book offers up a bunch of great places with real character where you can grab a hearty lunch for real cheap. You can get it used on Amazon for .50 plus shipping.

      Enjoy your visit to what I think is the greatest city in the summer time!

  28. QUESTION:
    Can anyone suggest me any website to learn to speak tamil easily?
    Kindly also suggest me any books which i can order online?

    • ANSWER:
      Tamil Electronic library pages moved to tamilelibrary.org !!!

      Tamil Electronic Library offers information on the following topics:

      # Ref. Sheets on Tamil people, Language, Literature, Culture, . . .
      A Brief Introduction to Tamils' History, Culture and Literature (Prof. Velupillai)
      Tamil Language -History and Features (Prof. M. Varadarajan)
      Tamilnadu's Contribution to Carnatic Music (B.M.Sundaram)
      Kural verses in early Tamil script forms
      thirukural: internet resources & translations in languagues of the world
      Thamizh thaai vaazhthu - Official Prayer Hymn of Tamilnadu
      Symbolic forms of Tamil numerals and fractions
      Kolam - simple ones for beginnersNEW !
      A collection of Tamil names for new born babies (Bala Swaminathan)
      A collection of small Tamil verses for Children
      A List of 64 kinds of arts (aayakalaikal 64)
      archana in Tamil (thamizhil archanaigaL)
      A chronological listing of Rulers of Tamilnadu
      Great Anthologies of Tamil Literature
      Chrono. Listing of Tamil Literature - Part I (....BC - 17th C. AD)
      Chrono. Listing of Tamil Literature - Part II 18th C - 20th C. AD)
      authors of akanaanooru and puranaanooru (compiled by M. Karunanidhi)
      List of Tamil Saints: Alwars and Nayanmars
      A short collection of popular tamil proverbs (in tamil & translit. scripts)
      A short collection of popular tamil folk/country songs (in mylai font format)
      A collection of Tamil Marriage songs
      A glossary of computer-related words in Tamil
      List of Hindu/Tamil Festivals -2001
      A List of Hindu Temples in the USA and Canada
      A List of Hindu Temples in Australia, Singapore & Africa
      A List of Hindu Temples in Europe
      Temples of Tamilnadu - part I
      Temples of Tamilnadu - part II
      Resources for Learning Tamil (books, cassettes, websites)
      List of Tamil Magazines
      A List of Tamil Films of Thirties and Forties
      Chronology of Events related to Tamils in Sri Lanka (1500 -1948)

      http://www.geocities.com/Athens/5180/index.html

  29. QUESTION:
    How can i find Fear(s) of the Dark (french horror animation film)?
    Peur(s) du Noir is the french name and i cant find a torrent of it anywhere. Nor can i find a place to buy it, rent it, watch it, or anything. English subtitles are what i am looking for. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      You can't find it anywhere online because it's a series of animated shorts by different directors and has so far only been screening at animation and film festivals. It hasn't been released onto DVD, thus there's no digitized version of the film to rip and upload to the internet yet.

  30. QUESTION:
    I want to be a director/ mabye screen writer, how do i start?

    • ANSWER:
      It first depends on your age level, and what your experience is. But regardless of whether you've graduated with a bachelor in English or Film or whether you only have a high school degree, it's really important to read, read, read. I started out wanting to be a screenwriter and actor. Now, I'm getting better at it, and I actually write short stories, too.

      But step #1: Read. Why? to find out what you really think about important issues that people make films about, to narrow down your style, to know what's been done before so you can be the one to make something new and original, that people will want to see.

      I started about five years ago, and I heard the same thing: read, read, read. It was sort of unsettling, because I've always loved watching movies, but I didn't want to read that much fiction, because I thought it was boring. Still, it's important: get passionately in love with reading books, somehow. You might be able to get by without that love, but it's important to be a reader, if you want to be a writer. You can't put OUT and create unless a lot of information and creativity is coming IN.

      I'd say the second thing would be to watch a lot of films, as well, while you're reading.

      Step 2: watch lots of films.

      Obviously the art of filmmaking is subjective, but these below are some of the filmmakers who are most well respected, who do the art form the most justice. If you only want to make money as a screenwriter/director and if you're not overly concerned with making "good" films, good luck, it's really a crapshoot. However, if you are interested in the art form itself, you should study from the best.

      Great filmmakers who they show at film schools:

      Fellini, Bergman, Hitchcock, Chaplin, Sidney Lumet, Scorcese, Kirosawa, Ozu.

      Filmmakers who would be best to study if you're not that "well-versed" in the filmmaking process yet:

      Scorcese, Woody Allen "Annie Hall," "Manhattan," (for comedic structure, dialogue), Sidney Lumet, and certainly, something that I did was to always watch the Oscar's (although the award shows are a bit cheesy), and watch the films that were nominated for oscars and won Oscar's each year. For instance, this year: Milk, Vicky Christina Barcelona, Slumdog Millionaire, Frost/Nixon, Benjamin Button.

      Watch these films, ask yourself what you think of them. If you don't like them because 1. they're boring 2. they're depressing.....then maybe you should try to ask yourself if you're thinking outside the box enough.

      I would read movie reviews online as well, too. If a movie critic I respected loved something I wasn't sure about, sometimes I would withold my criticism of the film, merely because I knew that this particular movie critic was more experienced and knowledgable about films than me.

      So that is step 2, the best way to getting yourself acquainted with what you like: Watch movies, watch movies, so you know what's been done.

      Something that is a combination of step one and 2 is not only reading about those films, but also reading about HOW to write the films in the way successful screenwriters/directors do it. I've posted a link below that is a good source/book to learn from. I have learned quite a bit from Christian Blake's advice.

      Third step: I would make as many contacts as you can. If you like the theatre community, if you can act, then that can often be a good way first.
      Or: find a group of friends and make a short film first, with them, and then submit that short film to local festivals in your area.

      The advice I'd give (from experience) on making films with friends: make sure they are dedicated. It's pretty frustrating to have partners that aren't committed to the project, and that is the most upsetting thing about independent films.

      Taking screenwriting classes is also a good way to make contacts, and better your skills. But I'll see if I can link you to Christian Blake's page, he knows what he's talking about in terms of structure.

      I think that'd be a good way to start, after you go with 1. read. 2. watch lots of movies 3. make contacts.

  31. QUESTION:
    Im looking for a short, Spanish film I have seen online. Help?
    I think it may have won an award at Cannes film festival. It is quite inspirational. It is Spanish I believe, and features a blind beggar who is not making any money, when a business man comes and changes his sign to say something like "It's a beautiful day, but I can't see it" I have tried searching but no luck! Where/how can I find this??

    • ANSWER:

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  32. QUESTION:
    Where Are some acting audition for a 13 year old in Michigan?
    I'm an actress an I'm trying to find theater groups and or acting auditions. no scams only legit places please. I'm not very experienced outside of school performances but i have been in theater all my life.PLEASE HELP!

    • ANSWER:
      There are many sites that allow you to search casting in your area and apply for acting jobs.

      Most of the the projects that actors can apply to themselves are non paying, because they are student or independent films, but not always. There are some paying projects and there are some larger projects on these sites like shorts for festivals, and independent features. (There are many sites with blockbuster feature casting and casting for TV and commercials, but they are usual only open to submissions from agents.)

      Some are free, and some charge an annual fee, below are a few popular ones.

      Mandy.com is free and has casting worldwide.
      http://www.mandy.com/1/cast.cfm?jt=zzz

      Actors Access (of Breakdown Services) is free and has casting in the United States and Canada.
      http://www.actorsaccess.com/projects/

      Casting Workbook costs – per year. It has casting in the United States and Canada.
      https://www.castingworkbook.com/

      While you continue your search, if you need any tips or information on acting in the industry, both what to do and what to expect, visit us at acting advice online. We have articles on

      How to Get Started
      Acting for TV and Film
      Actor's Ediquatte,
      Stage Fright,
      Acting Warm Ups,

      Headshots, Acting Resumes, Handling Acting Rejection and more, so visit http://www.actingadviceonline.com, we are dedicated to your professional development. We have industry professionals waiting to answer your questions. Contact us with your personal questions, and we will respond quickly.

      If there is any information that you are looking for that is not on the site, tell us and we will update to your needs!

  33. QUESTION:
    how to send in films and scripts?
    I am an aspiring movie director, i have short films and some scripts written out, how do i get known? do i send them in somewhere? and if so who? it has to all be online, i cant be moving to LA or NY anytime soon.

    • ANSWER:
      We live in the digital age. You do not need to live in NY or LA. First off, make the best movie you can -- try to involve your school, local businesses and as many artistic friends that you can gather, Make sure you DO NOT use any props with corporate names on it (like a coke can). Always use original music (or get permission to use music), use trained actors (or at least audition them) and make the best movie you can. Remember, filmmaking is a cooperative art-form and any film you have made yourself about yourself will be ignored. Get involved with other filmmakers and get experience in every facet of production that you can...the more you know about the process of filmmaking the better a Director you will become.

      When you have made the best film you can, screen it for your family, then your school and any local festivals in your town. You can even make up posters, pop popcorn and screen it at your church or library. If you get a good response I have added a list of film festivals you can send it to. Make DVD copies of your films and try to place it in as many festivals as you can.

  34. QUESTION:
    Is downloading media from utorrent legal?
    Is downloading music, films, tv shows, books and games leagal to download free from utorrent or anywhere else for that matter.

    • ANSWER:
      torrents a way of distributing items over the internet in a easy,automatic and normally fast way.
      it is not illegal to download FREE software and free media via torrents eg. open source software, free games eg. Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory.
      but if you download ... say ..... COD BLACK OPS then THAT would be piracy and illegal.
      so if you dont want to do any thing illegal stay away from sites like pirate bay

      some free AND LEGAL (not against the law)
      Legaltorrents.com distributed 90 terabytes of Creative Commons-licensed content in the last seven months alone. The site features lots of music downloads, but also has some good video content like the South African TV show Go Open and the Firefly-Documentary Done The Impossible. All the files are centrally seeded, so your downloads will always have a happy ending.

      Public Domain Torrents features hundreds of Torrents from out-of-copyright films in numerous formats. Unfortunately there is no central seeding, so you better stick to the recently posted items.

      Legit Torrents is a new site that aggregates freely available Torrents, including video, games and Linux distributions.

      Bittorrent has taken a beating for its recently launched download store, but the site still offers lots of freely downloadable content as well. Unfortunately the free stuff gets buried under the rentals and sales, which are for some reason deemed more “relevant.”

      SXSW.com features music and video downloads to promote the South by Southwest festival. This year’s film trailers aren’t up yet, but there’s 3 gigabytes of MP3 music to get an idea of what’s gonna go down in Austin this March.

      Speaking of music: Etree is hosting live recordings of bootleg-friendly artists in the lossless FLAC audio format.

      The soon-to-be-relaunched Azureus home base Zudeo offers a mix of music videos, user-generated content, professionally produced movies and short films. Worth a look because of its extensive list of fan films and HD content. All downloads are centrally seeded.

      Torrentfreak is known for its up-to-date coverage of the BitTorrent scene, but the site also operates an own tracker and regularly features legal downloads like the official Bittorrent release of the movie The Corporation.

      Revision3.com is technically not a Torrent site, but the online video network utilizes BitTorrent like few others. Every episode page features a multitude of Torrent links, and you can subscribe to each show with an RSS-Feed including proper Torrent enclosures.

      Finally, no list of legal Torrent platforms would be complete without a Linux ISO site like Linuxtracker.com. Advocates of the free operating system have been using BitTorrent for a long time to spread the latest releases of their preferred distribution. Linuxtracker lists all major flavors of Linux, including video-specific releases like the open source DVR system KnoppMyth and the multimedia production platform 64 Studio.

  35. QUESTION:
    how do you have to look ilke and how tall to be a model?
    Im im turning 14 in a week, and am 5 foot 4 , have dark brown eyes, white skin, black wavy hair and a mole on my right cheek. And is not a humongus gross mole ( people say i look cute with my mole.(sorry didnt add picture). Am i too short or something? Tank you :)

    • ANSWER:
      Modeling is not just the pretty face, or cute or the height. Back in the 90s, models looked like women and not 12 year old boys, and this is now 2013 . . . . fashion industry can be difficult for young women to deal with, today, this is 2013.

      Everyone can be a model. Look @ Coco now, (Coco married Ice T), she was 5'2" and 100lbs. Brooke Burke Charvet is only 5'7". Mila Kunis is the newest face for Christian Dior she's 5'4"

      Look like one, dress like one, walk like one. An example for a Nike model: 5'7-5'9" height, waist 29-30", bust 35"-36 1/2", hip 38"-39", B or C cup, trim, athletic, & lean. Ages must be between 18-28. Pay? .hr.
      Check out America's Next Top Model, or SCOUTED so you can understand what goes on behind the modeling business. They own you top to bottom. Meaning, no if's, and's or but's. It's a very demanding career, and if you can handle stress and ready to give them 120% then you're IN. As any model candidate, would you be willing to give up your long beautiful hair, to look like Emma or Ashlee Simpson? Yes, that means, you'll be willing to give up ANYTHING to your image, to get to the top! Cindy Crawford's daughter, who was 10, asked by the Versace people for her to do advertisement in January, but she was not their priority, she actually had to wait for 4 hours for her photo shoot - like everyone else!

      There were 10,000 hopeful models for Victoria's Secret in Dec. fashion show also. Out of those, 5 were chosen as finalists, and only one was chosen as the winner. Check it out. It's not just a pretty face. It takes a certain walk, attitude, confidence & can stand the stress. Some models were discovered walking home from a vacation at the airport, sitting in restaurants with their family, or walking in the malls. Natalie Portman was discovered by a modeling agent at a pizza parlor, but she'd rather be an actress. Height 5' 3"

      In Vogue UK, now hires 13-14 year old models. But there's a documentary "Girl Model" too young, too thin on Vogue models, shown at SXSW and the Toronto International Film festival, highlights the search and scouting of young girls in the modeling industry. Teen models have no clue what they're getting themselves into. They're naive. They get free food, free alcohol, they are forced into prostitution, too many abuses, sexual, physical, emotional you just can't believe.
      http://theminaretonline.com/2012/04/06/article21987
      Watch "Girl Model" https://ovee.itvs.org/screenings/yqg8b
      If you're a model, and are shipped to Japan, would you be able to understand Japanese, to sign the contract? One model in Japan, gained 2", was sent home. "the modeling business is corrupt.'
      They also took a bunch of her photos, and she never got paid, nor did she ever saw them! She had to borrow money to support herself, pay rent, food, to survive!
      Google: Models are eating tissues to stay thin - ex-Vogue Editor - a good read. http://www.ibtimes.com/former-vogue-editor-reveals-models-are-eating-tissues-stay-thin-tell-all-book-1165223

      I went to a Charm & Poise school, when I was in HS in hopes to land a modeling job someday . . . and that's something I carried with me all my life. Some agencies don't give you jobs!

      The best way to deal with modeling agencies is by contacting your area that is local and have a good record through the Better Business Bureau, not online. I went to a poise & charm school, back in the 70's, and wasted my money because they didn't promise they'll give me a job, but I learned something from it. I learned how to be poise, presentable, and walk like a model, and that is not something you won't ever forget, to look like a model. They are now one of the biggest talent agencies in my town for children.

  36. QUESTION:
    does anyone know how to find out about auditions without an agent?
    right now I don't have an agent, and I would love to know when auditions in my area pop up for tv pilots or extras and such. And another question related to this; when is "pilot season"? like auditions for pilots and things in california? thanks so much!

    • ANSWER:
      Pilot Season is between January and March.

      There are many sites that allow you to search casting in your area and apply for acting jobs.

      Most of the the projects that actors can apply to themselves are non paying, because they are student or independent films, but not always. There are some paying projects and there are some larger projects on these sites like shorts for festivals, and independent features. (There are many sites with blockbuster feature casting and casting for TV and commercials, but they are usual only open to submissions from agents.)

      Some are free, and some charge an annual fee, below are a few popular ones.

      Mandy.com is free and has casting worldwide. (Online Auditions depending on Director)
      Actors Access (of Breakdown Services) is free and has casting in the United States and Canada. (Online Auditions through website)
      Casting Workbook costs – per year. It has casting in the United States and Canada. (Online Auditions through website)

      While you continue your search, if you need any tips or information on acting in the industry, both what to do and what to expect, visit us at acting advice online. We have articles on

      How to Get Started
      http://www.actingadviceonline.com/?page_id=557

      Acting for TV and Film
      http://www.actingadviceonline.com/?page_id=166

      Actor's Ediquatte,
      http://www.actingadviceonline.com/?page_id=182

      Stage Fright,
      http://www.actingadviceonline.com/?page_id=178

      Acting Warm Ups,
      http://www.actingadviceonline.com/?page_id=193

      Headshots, Acting Resumes, Handling Acting Rejection and more, so visit actingadviceonline.com, we are dedicated to your professional development. We have industry professionals waiting to answer your questions. Contact us with your personal questions, and we will respond quickly.

  37. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of any short spanish films?
    No subtitles would be great but if there are some that's fine too. Maybe you might have seen something in a film festival, or saw it online. I just need a short film in spanish, that's about 5 minutes long. Animated, documentary, drama, anything helps. thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Check these:

      http://www.youtube.com/group/cortometrajes#p/a/0/2R-r9dD2nN0

      http://www.youtube.com/group/cortometrajes#p/a/1/-CfTb9auFLY

      Hope they help!!

  38. QUESTION:
    How to get into comedy at 14/15 and fast?
    We have our stuff, we have videos, scripts everything we just want to know how to get ther we live in a place where nothing happens because it's so small so the chances of talent shows etc are minimal...we just want to know how to get into comedy from here thanks :)

    • ANSWER:
      YouTube. That's how Bieber was discovered. Start sending your videos to Hollywood talent agencies. Go online and search for opportunities in the closest big city to where you live. Get an agent or a manager. They know the business and can help you make it big. Save up enough money to be able to move to LA or New York City. Make a short film and send it to the Sundance Film Festival people in Utah or the Cannes people in France. Join community theatre. You never know who may be at a performance. Join the drama class at your school if there is one. Join an Improv troupe. You could even try auditioning for America's Got Talent as an improv group. Do whatever it takes and never give up on your dreams. :)

  39. QUESTION:
    Do Torrent Sites require paid membership to join or download?
    Do Torrent Sites require paid membership to join or download? Please guide me.

    Thanks & Regards,

    Anita.

    • ANSWER:
      Most Torrent sites do not require any membership or any registration, but some of them require a pad membership.
      A freeware software like Bit Torrent or Free Download Manager is required to download torrents.

      Ten Sites for Free and Legal Torrents
      Bittorrent downloads are either illegal or DRM-infected, right? Wrong. There are plenty of websites out there that offer free and legal Torrent downloads to save bandwidth and make file sharers happy at the same time.

      Granted, sites like The Pirate Bay are still the major source for Bittorrent traffic. But legitimate platforms offer enough video goodies to clog your tubes for days. Here are 10 great places to get started:

      Legaltorrents.com distributed 90 terabytes of Creative Commons-licensed content in the last seven months alone. The site features lots of music downloads, but also has some good video content like the South African TV show Go Open and the Firefly-Documentary Done The Impossible. All the files are centrally seeded, so your downloads will always have a happy ending.

      Public Domain Torrents features hundreds of Torrents from out-of-copyright films in numerous formats. Unfortunately there is no central seeding, so you better stick to the recently posted items.

      Legit Torrents is a new site that aggregates freely available Torrents, including video, games and Linux distributions.

      Bittorrent has taken a beating for its recently launched download store, but the site still offers lots of freely downloadable content as well. Unfortunately the free stuff gets buried under the rentals and sales, which are for some reason deemed more “relevant.”

      SXSW.com features music and video downloads to promote the South by Southwest festival. This year’s film trailers aren’t up yet, but there’s 3 gigabytes of MP3 music to get an idea of what’s gonna go down in Austin this March.

      Speaking of music: Etree is hosting live recordings of bootleg-friendly artists in the lossless FLAC audio format.

      The soon-to-be-relaunched Azureus home base Zudeo offers a mix of music videos, user-generated content, professionally produced movies and short films. Worth a look because of its extensive list of fan films and HD content. All downloads are centrally seeded.

      Torrentfreak is known for its up-to-date coverage of the BitTorrent scene, but the site also operates an own tracker and regularly features legal downloads like the official Bittorrent release of the movie The Corporation.

      Revision3.com is technically not a Torrent site, but the online video network utilizes BitTorrent like few others. Every episode page features a multitude of Torrent links, and you can subscribe to each show with an RSS-Feed including proper Torrent enclosures.

      Finally, no list of legal Torrent platforms would be complete without a Linux ISO site like Linuxtracker.com. Advocates of the free operating system have been using BitTorrent for a long time to spread the latest releases of their preferred distribution. Linuxtracker lists all major flavors of Linux, including video-specific releases like the open source DVR system KnoppMyth and the multimedia production platform 64 Studio.

  40. QUESTION:
    Does Paranormal Activity has 2 different endings?
    i went to see paranormal activity tonight. loved it. went home and wanted to watch the end again online .So i found a website with it on it. however the ending was completely different. WTF?

    • ANSWER:
      It was originally shown at film festivals in 2007/08, and it was re-edited for the current cinema release, now it's about 10 minutes shorter.
      There's an article about it here, I didn't want to type it out as there's spoilers!
      http://www.cinematical.com/2009/10/11/the-breakdown-on-paranormal-activitys-different-versions/

  41. QUESTION:
    Entering film festival in another country/location?
    I just wanted to know about entering multiple entries to different film festivals around the world. I have seen people send films to many major countries where they have film festivals.

    Well, if you submit a film in another country, is it that if your film makes it you should be there for the screening or anything?

    Can anyone also give any advice on entering film festivals around the world, and in general?
    (Short films preferred)

    • ANSWER:
      You don't have to be there, but going to a film festival that you have a film in is great for networking with other filmmakers and there may be opportunities to meet distributors etc. Plus they will usually invite you to introduce your film or do a Q&A afterwards. When entering multiple film festivals around the world, pay close attention to the formats they will accept your film in. For example, if they will accept a videotape and it needs to be PAL instead of NTSC, are you prepared to pay the cost for converting and dubbing? Most film festivals will not pay to ship your film, so you need to consider that cost also.

      The best clearing house for film festivals is withoutabox.com. You can see what festivals are taking entries, fill out entry forms and even pay your fees all online. Literally hundreds of festivals use withoutabox.com.

  42. QUESTION:
    What is it like to live in Los Angeles?
    I am an aspiring filmmaker and may consider living near LA at some point in my life to pursue my career, but I have never been west, and have lived on the east coast forever. What would moving to California be like?

    • ANSWER:
      I love LA, had my home here all my life, also traveled all over the world, including a year in Paris, which I loved. But LA is the best. I'm lucky in that we're fine financially and have professions we enjoy, and that can make a huge difference in how you experience LA life. If you don't have money, and you're not finding employment in your field, it can be very stressful, LA is very expensive. (Right now even entry level jobs are extremely hard to find.) If you make the best of your time in LA, it can be really fun. Great weather, cultural events / museums, outdoor activities, lots of activities for filmmakers, good nightlife, people of all kinds.

      Filmmaking is extremely competitive, (as I'm sure you know), it's very hard to find employment, even if you are extremely talented and have great connections who believe in you. It's a very high pressure field. We have great local film programs you've heard of like USC and UCLA, and some great programs you may not have, including CalState LA, Pasadena City College, LACC, Chapman/Dodge and others.

      Even if you have employment in the industry, often you have to go through really low income times or no income due to layoffs. I have a friend who after graduating from a top film program was making a very nice living filming popular commercials, but wanted to do features, so did a few with well known actors, but the movies weren't that well received, made much less yearly than doing commercials. It was very hard not to go back to commercials as they have a family, kids in private school, etc. Eventually they went on to be a top filmmaker, but they were the lucky one in a zillion out of a very talented pool. The best thing may be to get some great film, win festivals, get noticed, and then move out here. Even with wining big festivals, there is no guarantee you'll get a job or a career, but it's a good start.

      Be sure to keep up on what the competition is doing. A few of the many good websites, in case you haven't seen them:

      TriggerStreet http://www.triggerstreet.com
      Short Film Central http://www.shortfilmcentral.com/
      The Smalls http://www.thesmalls.com/
      LA Shorts Fest http://lashortsfest.com/
      Film Independent http://www.FilmIndependent.org/
      New Filmmakers http://www.newfilmmakersla.com/
      Filmmakers Alliance http://www.filmmakersalliance.org
      Filmmaking.net http://www.filmmaking.net/
      Harvard-Westlake Film Festival http://www.hw.com/Default.aspx?alias=www.hw.com/filmfestival You can find some of the films online. Good to see what the younger, extremely talented, competition is up to.

      (Hey, we're twins....... ok, so I'm the older twin....)

      Good luck!

  43. QUESTION:
    Whats the best way to market my online film festival to film students?
    I'm looking to start my own online film festival for Jaman.com and wanted some insight as to how best market to and bring in film students. Where do film students go online? What makes them tick?

    • ANSWER:
      try ovi.com? it's the same site that the young students from around the world are posting their short films from the young lions film festival in cannes france....pretty cool stuff....at the moment they're putting together the best 60-second viral video for MTV Switch, a climate change initiative created by MTV...check it out here: http://www.nseries.com/index.html#l=campaigns,cannes

      it might help for some inspiration and give you insight into what makes them tick....hope it helps....

  44. QUESTION:
    I have made a decent Movie Script and was wonderingg.?
    How would i send it to a director, like a really good one. OR a couple of them?

    Also i wanted to send it to Warner Bros, Paramount Pictures, and Overture Films. And all the other movie company's.

    • ANSWER:
      Look at the credits to movies in your genre, find out which producers make movies that are in your movies genre, so you know who to send your screenplay to. You have to give a short 1 or 2 sentence description of your movie that sums up the film quickly. Then you must write a 5-10 page summery of your film that includes everything about your film. Go to film festivals, you may find someone there to pitch your ideas to. Enter Screenwriting contests, often times producers will look at these contest winning scripts for production. Make sure your script is well-formatted. Also if your not planning on directing the film, try not to put very many camera directions in the script. Finally getting your script to a producer: The best way this is done is by hiring an agent to help you find the right producer and sending in a script. Getting an agent: you can find agents around your area by looking in the yellow pages. As well you can find many agents online. Good luck with your film.

      -~TD~-

  45. QUESTION:
    Film animation jobs in Minnesota?
    I'm currently planning on attending college to receive a degree in multimedia/film animation, and possibly also media interaction. I'm trying to see what sort of companies/jobs there are in Minnesota that I would have a chance of being hired into; with these future requirements mentioned. Any help would be appreciated, thanks!
    My far fetched future goal is to eventually work for Dreamworks. Anybody know of a good company that would look good on my resume as a starting job that Dreamworks may see as a good thing? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Minnesota is not the place for you if you want to work in animation.

      Los Angeles is the biggest place for budding young animators, and that's where you need to be if you want to work for Dreamworks, Disney, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, and a million other places. Vancouver (canada) is also a booming animation center. New York is not a bad place to be, either (it's where Blue Sky studios is, the place that brought you Horton and Ice Age). I've also heard tell that Seattle is growing its game-and-animation industry, and might soon be joining the big cities on the map.

      If you want to work from Minnesota, you will probably be stuck doing freelance from afar, never being able to meet your clients face to face. This could cause problems in securing clients (who wants to hire someone they've never met) and if you do secure clients, this could cause problems getting them to pay you. Elance is a good website for animators looking for cheap work. Craigslist is a little shady, but you can find jobs for animators there. Browse Craigslist LA and San Francisco.

      One more option for you might be to get your degree in Minnesota, take a regular desk job to pay your bills, and on nights and weekends, make your own animated shorts. If you spend a year doing a three-minute animated short that looks awesome, you can submit it to film festivals and put it online. If you have a winning entry (or even an entry, period) at a film festival, studios will notice you a lot more.

      Good luck!

  46. QUESTION:
    Where can I submit my short film?
    I am planning on making a short film this summer and I was wondering where in the uk can a amateur film maker put there short film? I am currently 16 years of age and am going to make my first short film... any suggestion of how to submit it to a short film festival?

    • ANSWER:
      i dont know about the UK but see if you can find online Film Festivals,
      chances are one will be around London

  47. QUESTION:
    I know that Cannes film festival has a short film competetion also, and both are open to submissons...?
    If I have film which is 30 minutes in length, is that too long for the short film contest and too short for the main festival?

    • ANSWER:
      Check their online submissions guidelines for what category it's appropriate, and if you meet the actual criteria for submission.

  48. QUESTION:
    Is there any way you can use your acting talent on the internet?

    I guess the answer is "no", but strange things can happen on this medium!

    • ANSWER:
      yes, make a short film and post it on youtube and to online film festivals/comeptitions.

  49. QUESTION:
    I Have A Short Film I Have Created, But I Need A Contest To Put It In.. Any Idea where i can do that?
    ^ Everything above explains my question. i just need a Competition to put my Short Movie in with a prize. ^

    • ANSWER:
      The best place to get info about film festivals that accept short film is www.withoutabox.com. Registration is free and they are the clearing house for many film festival all around the world. They keep you alerted to upcoming deadlines and you can submit your film online in some cases.

  50. QUESTION:
    List of short film festivals area?
    List of short film festivals area?
    Where is short film festival running area.. in 2011 and procedure, and Short film rule's .............

    • ANSWER:
      The best place to get info about film festivals that accept short film is www.withoutabox.com. Registration is free and they are the clearing house for many film festival all around the world. They keep you alerted to upcoming deadlines and you can submit your film online in some cases.


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