What Film Festival Directors Are Looking For When Programming Shorts

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Daniel Sol

Webinar hosted by: Daniel Sol

Co-Director, Co-Founder at Hollyshorts Film Festival

Daniel Sol is the co-founder and co-director of the Oscar-qualifying Hollyshorts Film Festival and formerly a theatrical sales executive for Lionsgate. With a passion for film and filmmaking since childhood, Daniel decided to move to California in 2000 with an interest in the film business. After working on commercial productions as a production assistant for Tony Kaye Films and then acting in various films, he gained an understanding of the filmmaking process. After graduating at Cal State Northridge in 2006, he realized that young filmmakers had very little access to industry professionals, and few options for screening their films. And thus, the HollyShorts Film Festival was born. Now in its 13th year, HollyShorts has quickly become the most influential short film festival in Los Angeles, with Daniel guiding it as Festival Director and lead programmer for the festival and the HollyShorts Monthly Screening Series, which takes place each month at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres. Aside from HollyShorts, Sol also battled daily with domestic exhibitors as a theatrical sales executive at Lionsgate from 2008-2014. Mr. Sol is also the co founder of the premium Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Apple TV content channel BITPIX (www.bitpixtv.com). He married Puah Benzicron May 29th 2016. Full Bio »

Webinar Summary

We're excited to take a peak behind the curtain into the mind of a film festival director to talk about what they look for when programming a festival. We've brought in the co-founder and co-director of the Oscar-qualifying Hollyshorts Film Festival, Daniel Sol, to go over the everything you need to know when you are considering submitting your short film to a festival. 

What You'll Learn

About Daniel, Director of Oscar-qualifying Hollyshorts Film Festival

Why do film festivals reject short films? Accept films?

  • Things programmers love and hate
  • Opening credits
  • Editing
  • Acting
  • Cinematography
  • Story
  • VFX
About fee waivers
 
Understanding festival programming
  • Festival style
  • Themes
  • Criteria
How to make your film stand out
 
Casting do's and don'ts
  • Casting Flaws
  • Casting Celebrities
  • Opening Credits
  • Editing Sound issues
Why are you making the film?
  • Storytelling
  • Short
  • Feature
  • Web Series
  • TV Pilot
Runtime discussion
  • Film length - does it matter?
  • Is there a true sweet spot for programmers?
Chances of making festivals ie percentages of films submitted and selected
  • Percentages of films submitted vs. accepted
  • How do you stand out from the pack?
#1 piece of advice from a film festival director
 
Q&A with Daniel

About Your Instructor

Daniel Sol is the co-founder and co-director of the Oscar-qualifying Hollyshorts Film Festival and formerly a theatrical sales executive for Lionsgate.

With a passion for film and filmmaking since childhood, Daniel decided to move to California in 2000 with an interest in the film business. After working on commercial productions as a production assistant for Tony Kaye Films and then acting in various films, he gained an understanding of the filmmaking process. After graduating at Cal State Northridge in 2006, he realized that young filmmakers had very little access to industry professionals, and few options for screening their films. And thus, the HollyShorts Film Festival was born. Now in its 13th year, HollyShorts has quickly become the most influential short film festival in Los Angeles, with Daniel guiding it as Festival Director and lead programmer for the festival and the HollyShorts Monthly Screening Series, which takes place each month at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres. Aside from HollyShorts, Sol also battled daily with domestic exhibitors as a theatrical sales executive at Lionsgate from 2008-2014. Mr. Sol is also the co founder of the premium Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Apple TV content channel BITPIX (www.bitpixtv.com). He married Puah Benzicron May 29th 2016.

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