Hey it was great meeting you up there Herman! Let me know if you ever come down here!
It was great to meet you too I’m hoping to make it to NYC soon; it’s been too long and now I know a bunch of web series creators there
A while ago I noticed that filmmakers love to say online to which film festivals their movie has been accepted. So I decided to make a list of film festivals that accept science fiction, fantasy, and horror movies (my raw list). Every time I found out about such a film festival, I would add it to my raw list. Eventually, I ended up with hundreds of film festivals around the world on this list.
I am going though the U.S. film festivals on my raw list alphabetically, vetting each one and putting it on my Genre Film Festivals online directory. (So far, I vetted the film festivals beginning with the letters “A” to “I.”) The things that I look for during vetting are:
Does the event still exist? If it no longer exists, and it seems that it will not return, then I won’t list in in the directory.
Is it genre enough? If the event rarely or never accepts genre movies, then I won’t list it in the directory.
What kind of event is it? I have a column in the directory called “Type of Event.” “Film Festival” means that the event is an actual film festival where the general public can attend in person at a physical venue and see the movies in a screening room. “Online Film Festival” means that movies are shown to the audience over the Internet during the event. “Awards Competition” is a situation where filmmakers submit a movie and, if accepted, receive a laurel and maybe an award.
Many of the film festivals accept web series, but a few do not. I have seen situations where a web series creator will simply submit the first episode of their web series as a short film. Other times, a web series creator will take selected selected scenes from a season of their web series and edit them together into a short film for submission to film festivals.
The Genre Film Festivals online directory is a website that I created that has the list of film festivals in the form of scrollable tables. You can see it here:
This is great! Thank you!