In regards to film festivals, you may see many many film festivals to submit your film to. Unfortunately, you will see a greater percentage of unofficial film festivals than official. Also most film festivals work with the all the other film festivals and have a clause in their agreement that says if you submit your film to them, they own the exclusive premiere rights to showcase your film and you cannot show to another festival. This isn’t always the case, so check the film festivals’ rules and regulations before you enter and then you can make an informed decision.
The top official film festivals are Tribeca, Sundance, Cannes, Los Angeles, Berlin, Toronto, SXSW and AFI Fest.
Should you send your film to all top film festivals and receive a response, super!
If not, try to send to the intermediate official film festivals – Chicago International, Austin, Hamptons, Cine Vegas, Austin, Santa Barbara and Palm Springs.
This is not a full list, and there are many options, these are the just the most popular film festivals of the top of my head. WithoutaBox has a definitive list of all film festivals.
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