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November 11 at 8:15am

Simple Fix: Tell Us Where Your Film Elements Are

Film preservation is a difficult thing. And it has gotten more difficult. But it could be made easier.  Like many things, although there is not yet an app for that, there is a simple fix.

If you are reading this now, I am going to assume you know about the “digital dilemma” and recognize that we probably are going to lose a great deal of the films that have been created over the last decade.   [...]


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May 6 at 8:15am

Simple Fixes: Music Playlists

Either Filmmakers should give Film Festivals the playlists from music from their film (or that inspired them) or Film Festivals should request them from the filmmakers.

Music playlists are [...]


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April 29 at 8:30am

SimpleFixes: Choose Your Own Keywords

If filmmakers selected the “KeyWords” for their films (and did it without overhyping their films in the process), they could be embedded in the film’s metadata from the earliest online post.  

Keywords are important when [...]


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April 22 at 8:15am

Simple Fixes: Lock Your Hashtag Early

Filmmakers should supply Film Festivals with their film’s hashtag at the time of application to the festival and then stick with it.  Which of course means filmmakers should select a hashtag early and not deviate from that hashtag.

Which brings up the question of [...]


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November 6 at 9:45am

The Audience Award Of Audience Awards

VOTE BEFORE SUNDAY AT 11:59PM FOR THE NOMINEES OF THE 1st EVER FESTIVAL GENIUS AUDIENCE AWARD AS A PART OF THE GOTHAM AWARDS

This weekend, voting is well underway for IFP and Slated’s Festival Genius Audience Award for the 20th Anniversary Gotham Independent Film Awards. This first-ever award gives audiences from all across the country the chance to pick five of their favorite films that took home an audience award at one of the Top 50 US and Canadian film festivals in the past year. After you, the people, have spoken, your voices will be heard on November 10th when the five finalists, the first-ever Festival Genius Audience Award nominees, will be announced on both IFP’s and Slated’s websites. This award is a fantastic, unique opportunity for you to give your favorites of this past year one last round of applause, whether you’re just a casual festival-goer or die-hard movie buff. And also, when you vote, you’re also automatically entered to win a one night’s stay at the Andaz Wall Street in New York City and two tickets to the 20th Anniversary Gotham Independent Film Awards on November 29th at Wall Street Cipriani. So go vote THIS WEEKEND at http://gothamawards.slated.com … and then run to tell your friends to vote, too. Awards season starts here…and it starts with you.


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May 27 at 8:20am

Festivals Should Reveal Original & Projecting Formats

Manohla Dargis’ recent thoughts from the Cannes Film Festival pointed out this hole in film festival information. Particularly in this day and age of a plethora of choices and easy access & distribution of information, why aren’t festivals telling the audience these details?

Fests, please take note. Filmmakers, please make this request when you apply. Without A Box and Festival Genius, please allow and supply this information.

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May 14 at 6:32am

Do Film Festivals Matter?

Dave ponders at The Hot Blog.
Eugene wonders at Indiewire.
I happily sit at home.

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