Film Festival Tips From Festival Directors

Christian Worldview Film Festival

For most indie filmmakers, festivals are a key step in marketing and promoting the movie. Having a film screen at festivals can provide new audiences, press opportunities, and even distribution. Winning awards provides validation that the movie is worth checking out. But what does it take to impress festival programmers and judges? That's what I…

How to Add Authenticity to Your Period Film

Summer of '67 behind the scenes filming, actors Cameron Gilliam, Rachel Schrey

I love period films! They take us back in time, reminding us of our personal past or introducing us to worlds we've never experienced. Period films can connect with audiences in a way that contemporary movies can't. As a filmmaker, I love the challenge of trying to recreate the past in such a way that…

So You Want To Be An Actor

how to be an actor, film acting advice, talent agents,

I'm excited to launch my all new Faith Flix site with an article just for actors. Talent agents Misty Pyburn, Jean Selig Wenger, and Cheryl Mann offer advice for anyone wanting to break into the film industry.  What one should do if bitten by the acting bug? "One of the first things one should do…

Filmmaking Advice From a Film Critic

Tyler Smith Film podcast

Rarely do I hear filmmakers talking positively about film critics, and yet, if we're serious about improving our craft, critics can be our best advisors. We should be studying what the critics have to say not just about our movies, but other movies as well. It's not enough to hear what our friends and family…

Worth Watching – A Review of Reviews

Tyler Smith at International Christian Film Festival

It's not often you have opportunity to write a review of someone else's reviews, but that's exactly what I'm doing. Los Angeles film critic Tyler Smith has gathered his favorite movie reviews, organized them by genre, and then added in studies of brilliant filmmakers and what makes them great. He also examines Christian Social Drama…

Film Festival Secrets – Do’s and Don’ts

As we get ready for GloryReelz Christian Film Festival this weekend, I can't help but think back to the GloryReelz festival two years ago.  It was the first festival that we attended and won. What a special moment that was, to be recognized as "Best Female Director" and then "Best Film". Since then, we've won…

How Well Meaning Christians are Hurting Christian Filmmakers

I must admit, just a few months ago I never gave much thought to illegal downloads of music or movies. Then PROVIDENCE hit Fandango and AMC and the rest of the world discovered us. A quick online search showed up literally hundreds of listings to watch PROVIDENCE for free. We didn't take it too seriously since…

Always be Writing – By John Montana

Today's guest blog is by John Montana, an L.A. actor who has recently started making short films. His most recent film "Hungry" has been accepted into twenty four film festivals around the world. Many times I hear writers say they are stuck or are in a writers slump, because no ideas are coming or they…

Telling Stories That Matter -By Bob Valleau

Today I'm excited to share a guest column by author Bob Valleau. Bob interviewed Rebekah Cook to glean from her wisdom on telling stories that matter. Rebekah has an interesting perspective as she has worked both behind the scenes as well as in front of the camera on a multitude of film projects.    Rebekah…

Award Winning Screenwriters Share The Best Advice They Ever Received

I'm excited to introduce a new series of articles where I share advice from award winning writers, directors, producers, editors, cinematographers, and other filmmaking individuals. We kick off with four screenwriters offering the best advice they ever received. Here's what Doc Benson, Keith Perna, Anthony Hackett, and Sean Paul Murphy had to say. Early on,…