IDA's Doc U: Managing Your Doc's Debut & Building Your Festival Strategy

You’ve run a fundraising campaign, used every favor, worked long hours, and now you’re ready to get your film out into the world. Film festivals are an important and productive outlet for getting your work seen, building buzz, and hopefully locking distribution — but with more festivals than ever crowding the calendar, how do you decide which one is best for your film? What are festival programmers looking for? What costs should you anticipate if your film gets accepted? In the crowded and often overwhelming schedule at most fests, how do you make the most of the experience, and get your film noticed? What are buyers looking for, and how will they get in touch with you? And how do you determine if the festival circuit is even the right venue to launch your film? Join moderator Kevin Iwashina (IDA Board Member and Managing Partner, Preferred Content) for a candid discussion with panelists John Cooper (Director, Sundance Film Festival), Ryan Werner (Senior VP of Marketing and Publicity, IFC Films), Susan Margolin (Co-President, Cinedigm Entertainment Group) and Stephanie Allain (Director, Los Angeles Film Festival.)