I've always had a life goal of starting a Film Festival - who hasn't? My concern is missing some major steps and having it tank. PLEASE help and share your thoughts on starting a Film Festival! I'll thank you ahead of time for reading this. Thank you, very much for your time and knowledge! My vision is to begin by appealing to indie filmmakers who may not otherwise be able to afford or get accepted into larger Festivals. Here are my concerns: LEGAL REQUIREMENTS: What needs to be in place for a festival to get off the ground? - Are there tax requirements, or red tape, that a film festival faces? I'm assuming there is something that hinders a person from simply gathering filmmakers and spending a good time together, watching movies, networking, and learning. ... There MUST be something legal standing in the way, or else more festivals would happen. - What kind of release form do you suggest, in order to show a film? - If there is a cash reward, how is that handled - as far as taxation is concerned? BUDGETING: What does the budget platform of a Film Festival look like, large or small? - Do submitting films pay for the consideration of their film? - What’s a reasonable/professional cost of submitting a low-budget film for consideration, when there isn’t a promise for acceptance? - I am currently looking to local business for support, in return they will receive heavy advertisement in everything - printed or digital - involved with the festival. What other methods do you suggest? - I am not seeking personal profit, but the more profit this makes, the more a second year would have to start off with. INCENTIVES FOR FILMMAKERS & AUDIENCES: What do they expect to receive in return? - Awards for different film aspects (best film, best actor, actress, costume, cinematography, direction, genre related awards, etc..) are something I want to implement. What have you seen as awards? Cash? Free submission next year? etc.. - Winning Hierarchy: Would you suggest awards beyond 1st place? - I’m working on a discount for filmmakers/crews, with a local hotel. Is that a normal perk? WORKSHOPS: Is it expected for workshops for accompany a Film Festival? - Every festival I have been to have accompanying workshops. How do you pay for those professionals? How much do they expect? - Refer to Budgeting (above) for my other questions on financing. ANY Other Thoughts: This initial post is brief, but I hope it gets some thoughts bubbling. Please, please, share any input you have. I am not in any hurry to get a festival up next month, or anything. I am patient and know that a lot more planning needs to be done. Right now I am seeking experienced knowledge, so my groundwork can be better laid and things in place before even seeking submissions. Thank you! Also, if you don’t want to post directly under this post, feel free to connect with me and send a direct message.