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25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee: 2010

25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee: 2010

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During the year the MovieMaker office gets peppered with calls and e-mails from readers who ask us some variation of the following question: Which film festivals have the most to offer me?

We know that in today’s tight economy, with hundreds of festivals of various sizes, reputations and genres demanding entry fees between $25 and $50 each, and with a majority of moviemakers still believing that their festival strategy can make or break their indie film’s commercial prospects, readers can really use a little help from their friends at MovieMaker.

Thus, for the last several years we’ve taken it upon ourselves to compile an annual list that highlights only a fraction of the events we believe are worth our readers’ hard-earned money. Of course, a festival game plan is still essential. Think about which fests have the most to offer, which feel right and which can deliver the kind of rewards—financial or otherwise—that can seed one’s career.

While every moviemaker’s priorities vary, what follows is a list of festivals that offer something a little out of the ordinary. Sometimes it’s money, sometimes it’s a distribution opportunity and sometimes it’s the chance to be a part of an event regardless of whether your submission is even accepted.

To keep things fresh, we’ve made sure not to repeat any festivals included in last year’s list (you can read that piece here). So here are our 2010 picks; for the full text of why we chose this lot of more than two dozen fests, pick up a copy of the Spring 2010 edition, on newsstands now.

New York, NY –

Babelgum Online Film Festival
Online –

Bare Bones International Independent Film Festival
Muskogee, OK –

Big Bear Lake International Film Festival
Big Bear, CA –

Big Island Film Festival
Big Island, HI –

BIGSTAR Online Film Festival
Online – bigstar-online-film-festival

Black Maria Film & Video Festival
Various –

Brooklyn International Film Festival
Brooklyn, NY –

Chicago International Children’s Film Festival
Chicago, IL –

Dallas International Film Festival
Dallas, TX –

Fantastic Fest
Austin, TX –

FirstGlance Film Festivals
Philadelphia, PA & Hollywood, CA –

Kansas International Film Festival
Overland Park, KS –

Little Rock Film Festival
Little Rock, AR –

Los Angeles Film Festival
Los Angeles, CA –

Various Locations –

Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival
Martha’s Vineyard, MA –

Newport Beach International Film Festival
Newport Beach, CA –

San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival
San Antonio, TX –

San Francisco International Film Festival
San Francisco, CA –

Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Santa Barbara, CA –

Los Angeles, CA –

Starz Denver
Denver, CO –

Stony Brook Film Festival
Stony Brook, NY –

United Nations Association Film Festival
Palo Alto, CA; Various Locations –

Don’t see your favorite film festival listed? Readers play a large part in creating this annual list, so tell us who you’d pick and why at {encode=”” title=””}.

Want to read the full story? Pick up a copy of the Spring 2010 edition, on newsstands now, or sign up for a one-year subscription at the discounted rate of just $9.95 for one year:

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