As an newbie to filmmaking world, the first thing you will do with your film is, sending them to festivals in hope for an award. Your first productions is like your baby – very pretty in your eyes! Your expectations will be slashed down to slices, as you have committed all the newbie mistakes, totally ignoring that fact that every one with a device that has a camera on is now a filmmaker, and they too has submitted their films to the same festival. Your film now ends up on Facebook starving for “likes” or “hits” on Youtube.
I’m gonna reveal a secret place where you might not get “like” or “hits“, but you get “contacts” instead – Film-Clubs. Yes, every town has a few film clubs. This is the place where film enthusiasts gather to watch free films over beer or coffee, socialize, listen to the the creators of the film, shoot questions and get answers from them. This is a fantastic place to network, as people stay behind at the end of the show and meet other people.
I had been screening my films at a club called KLUB KURZ. KLUB KURZ is a frequent film club that gathers and screens some very good short films. The organisers of KLUB KURZ is very good at roping in some industry heavy-weights to show case their previous works. At the club, they often have the director describe the film through and introduction, and later Q&A with the audience. They do have a good mix of Amateur and professional films at their screenings. My film ‘REGULAR JOBS‘ was showcased with KASPER GAARDSØE, an output of the DANISH FILM SCHOOL and now a busy director of primetime danish television series (Director – Lykke – Danish primetime TV series).
I did get to make some good contacts through their club meets. I met KAT HERLO, and actress, at the screenings. She has then worked in a few of my projects and one of them being LIMBO, which i won a best film award.