Now that “Zombies Take The Schoolyard” is in the can, it’s time to embark on a new leg of the adventure– getting the film screened at festivals. I’ve never been through this process before so I’m no expert, but I will pass on anything I learn along the way. I’m planning to submit “Zombies” to about 50 festivals scheduled over the next year, so my hopes that we’ll get into a few are high. Over the next few months I’ll post how I prepare for the festivals and hopefully I’ll have additional information from other directors who are developing other projects I’ve written. It’s going to be quite an adventure!
The first step in getting involved in film festivals is to go to www.withoutabox.com and sign up for a free account. Withoutabox is the industry-standard online festival entry system and most of the “important” festivals offer entry through Withoutabox. You can post details on your project and they even offer the option of submitting screeners online. You’ll still have to send out some DVDs as not all the festivals accept the online screeners yet, but it will significantly reduce the number of DVDs you have to send out. Additionally, Withoutabox allows you to keep track of your submissions which is essential when you’re going for multiple festivals.