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The Filmmaker's Book of the Dead by Danny Draven

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CHAPTER 17HORROR FILM FESTIVALS

“Cinema should make you forget you are sitting in a theater.”

—ROMAN POLANSKI

Now that your film is completed, it’s time to hit the horror genre festival circuit. After all, this is why we make films to begin with, so people can see our work. These fiendish fests are the most popular in October. The audiences and filmmakers who attend these events usually know their genre well and are voracious for a great horror flick. You need to get exposure and create a buzz around your film to ignite the interest of a distributor or sales agent. It is also a great way to get genre press coverage, both online and print.

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