These days it doesn't take much to create your very own film festival. In fact, it feels as if every other day Cinematical receives a press release announcing (insert festival name) to take place in (insert random town, city, country). Two years ago, a good friend of mine proved that starting your own film fest was as easy as making a few phone calls and creating a website. In its third year, The Big Apple Film Festival (held every November) has already received over one hundred submissions. And it's April. And he does this by himself.
Recently, the Sundance Institute announced that they will bring a handful of films from this year's Sundance Film Festival, along with some of its filmmakers, to Brooklyn's Academy of Music for a week-long screening series. This is great stuff... if you're from New York. Oh, and the Tribeca Film Festival is just about to kick off, followed by Cannes in May. All of it fantastic ... if you're from New York, France or have enough money and time to travel to either place. However, once you arrive, in order to attend some of the big events, you're going to need to work in the industry or know someone with an exclusive hook-up. You do know someone with an exclusive hook-up, right?
While there are hundreds of film festivals out there that are fairly easy to attend, it's the Sundances, Tribecas, Torontos and Cannes that get the most press. Subsequently, the better films screen there and, for the average schmo, it's very hard to gain access. Can something be done to make this whole process easier? I'd love to go to Sundance and Cannes, but I have no money, no time and very little pull. What if the larger festivals found a way to screen some of their more popular films over the internet for a small fee? What if, like the Superbowl, every year the festival's travel to a different city?
So, I ask you: What's your idea of the perfect film festival? And, is there anything these larger film festivals can do to help pull in those small town folks who just want to see a good flick?