The last few days I’ve noticed that the I Filmmaker Int’l Film Festival (@IFIFFest) has been ‘favoriting’ or ‘retweeting’ my posts with links to screenshots from ‘My Big Bad Wolf‘ (2013), a 30-minute, surreal psychodrama I created in 2012/2013. Well, they got my attention – so I took a look at the IFIFF Twitter, and found that they’re open for entry!
I figured – they seem interested in ‘My Big Bad Wolf’ - or, at the least, were trying to capture my interest - so I might as well submit my film to their festival!
I was whisked away to a film submission website called Film Freeway, a website through which you can submit your films to any number of registered film festivals internationally! The look and layout of this site is so user-friendly, it was not only exciting to submit my film into the IFIFF ($5 entry fee for their ‘regular’ deadline date), but I had fun using the Film Freeway website to register and upload my project.
As you can see, it’s pretty simple and straightforward – you create an account, a pop-up suggests that you ‘add a project’ to submit to a film festivals on the site, and you fill-out a form with your project information! I also really like radio buttons, so this form was simply, overall, quite pleasant to use.
And the final look is great! After adding information to my uploaded project 'My Big Bad Wolf,' my project page looks sleek and modern. The page shows relevant information, a limitation of 9 project images, an area for links to reviews or articles – and an area for your trailer!
Even the ‘Browse Festivals’ section of the site is great – it’s well-organized, nice to look at, and the information is presented in an easy manner. You can hover over the top images there, and the submission deadline info. will appear over the image!
I had never gone out looking for another film submission site – in fact, this one just landed in my lap. Back in school I'd been told to use withoutabox.com for submissions to film festivals, and that’s what I always did. However, I knew many people didn’t use withoutabox.com, and I believe it’s because the layout and format is very harsh on the eyes, and the viewer. The information is not well-organized, and it’s hard to figure out where relevant film festival information is located. It’s flat and blocky, and not at all pleasant to sit and stare at for any length of time.
Look at the difference between the above image of the ‘Browse Festivals’ section of the filmfreeway.com site, and at the below image of the ‘browse’ section of withoutabox.com: