SEMINAR: Navigating the Film Festival World, March 24 & 31




Thursday, March 24th @ 7:30pm – 10:30pm
Thursday, March 31st @ 7:30pm – 10:30pm


Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood
6712 Hollywood Boulevard


Two Opportunities To Figure Out A Festival Strategy That Is Right For Your Film!!

Thomas Ethan Harris - American Cinematheque Seminar SeriesFor most emerging filmmakers, the goal of launching a film on the film festival circuit begins with one singular dream:  SUNDANCE! But what lies beyond Sundance for you and your film?  In this informative seminar, veteran film festival programmer & film consultant Thomas Ethan Harris (former Director Of Programming Los Angeles Film Festival and Palm Springs International Festival Of Short Films) offers filmmakers practical skills to navigating the world of film festivals to maximum effect.


What are the most significant film festivals and showcases you should be considering right now before that ultimate Sundance dream fades and you are left with a very good film with no place to show it?


Topics to be discussed include:
  • A survey of the most important film festivals in both the United States and the international community.
  • A breakdown and discussion of what particular film festivals are looking for and what individual film festivals respond to as they build their yearly slate of selected films.
  • How to strategize the best festival release for your film.
  • The growing importance of community and genre film festivals.
  • Why establishing a good “perception” for your film in the film festival world may be the most valuable strategy of all.
  • What do I do with my “work-in-process” film with festival deadlines quickly approaching?  Is it worth submitting a WIP to Sundance or South By Southwest?
  • Film Festival Diagnosis For Your Film:  Do I have a “festival” movie?  Before you spend all that money on submission fees, what is the primary definition of today’s “film festival” content?


  • Secret “insider tips” on submitting your film that will improve your chances of getting selected!!
  • A list of film festivals to AVOID and why!
Whether you are currently submitting your film to festivals or whether you are in production on your film or even if you are just prepping or writing your first film, EVERYONE is encourage to check out this insightful, stimulating and empowering discussion of film festivals and film festival release strategy.




The American Cinematheque’s Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA  90028


Thursday, March 24, 2011 @ 7:30pm – 10:30pm
Thursday, March 31, 2011 @ 7:30pm – 10:30pm (Repeat Engagement)


ADVANCED TICKETS: $12 Cinematheque Members, $15 Students/Seniors, $20 General.  Order tickets online at or buy them in person at the Egyptian Box Office.  The Egyptian Box Office is open 1.5 hours before the first program of the day or evening.  In addition to in person and, CINEMATHEQUE MEMBERS may be purchased tickets in advance by phone: 323.692.3431



Hollywood Shorts Friend & Filmmakers will be offered a special $15 ticket to our NAVIGATING THE FILM FESTIVAL WORLD seminars when purchasing SAME DAY (March 24 or March 31) tickets only.  Inquire about these details, in person, at the Egyptian Box Office.


Cheap Parking! The American Cinematheque’s Egyptian and Spielberg Theatres validate only for HOLLYWOOD AND HIGHLAND, $2 for 4 hours (each additional 20 minutes is $1.)   LA Film School Lot, 6363 West Sunset Boulevard (enter on east side of Ivar, north of Sunset).  $5  Lot closes at 1am.


COMING April 2011



Making the most of your film’s debut on the festival circuit takes both time and creativity.  How can you substantially drive more business attention/press exposure to your short/feature film?  When do you need a producer rep, a publicist, a marketing consultant to help your film?  How can you expand your film’s run on the festival circuit?  What are the primary elements of a professional press kit? Why is establishing a good “perception” of your film the most important thing you can do for your film?  Get all the digs with this, our FESTIVAL PREP KIT.
Film Consultant Thomas Ethan Harris provides direction to the best way to help your film achieve its potential in the big bad festival world!


The Reprisal of our SOLD OUT SMASH:

The shower scene in PSYCHO.  Two glamorous bank robber’s final end in BONNIE AND CLYDE.  A runaway baby carriage in BATTLE SHIP POTEMKIN.  Lack of continuity in BREATHLESS.  Chances are you first remember these master works of cinema for their film editing.  When do you employ the jump cut, cross cut, elliptically cut and what is their actual effect?  What is “dialectical montage”, “suturing” and how does “cutting to a character’s POV” enhance a film?  Thomas Ethan Harris instructs this clip-based seminar where everything’s in the cut.


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Please direct inquiries on the American Cinematheque Film Seminar Series to Seminar Producer/Instructor:  Thomas Ethan Harris





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