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Big Plans vs. Small Details

Big Plans vs. Small Details

A major film festival is an end, a middle, and a beginning all at the same time. It’s an end in that the results of your long, maybe years in the making, slog to make a film will finally be revealed to audiences. It’s a middle in that although the making-of stage in a film’s life is over, the long drawn out distribution stage now begins (whether you’re selling after the first screening, finding a distributor in a couple of months or self-releasing the work of delivery and distribution is on par with that of production). And it’s beginning in that the festival is the perfect place to position yourself and kickstart your next project. Unfortunately ends, middles and beginnings are divided for a reason. Try to reconcile the big picture career stuff with the nightmarish amount of logistics and coordination. You end up being terrified of your To-Do list and jolting awake in the middle night with ideas on how to change the second sentence of your press kit synopsis. So here’s my advice – stop right now. Turn off your phone for a couple of hours. Don’t answer your emails. Disconnect from the internet. Figure out your immediate goals. When Feb 1st rolls around where do you want to be? What do you want to have accomplished? Be realistic but keep your eye on the prize. Once you know that, the small details will fall into place. Some will matter. Some won’t. And in the end your festival experience will be the better because of it.

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