HOW FILMMAKERS CAN SHOW THEIR FILMS TO HOLLYWOOD'S TOP PRODUCERS
It can be hard for independent filmmakers to get their foot in the door or to get an audience for low-budget movies from directors who are unknown. That doesn't say anything about the quality of these films, but it just means that they need support from inside the industry. Getting the attention of someone with influence in the industry can be hard but not impossible, and that is why we are here.
GETTING DISCOVERED BY INFLUENTIAL HOLLYWOOD PRODUCERS
There are many ways filmmakers can try to get their film in front of producers who will take their work to the next level. They can pitch directly to producers and distributors, gather an audience online, screen their work at local movie screenings, take part in film festivals, and so on. The exposure independent filmmakers can get from these methods is considerable. However, their chances of getting discovered by influential Hollywood producers can be challenging. This is where Producer's Night comes into play.
WHAT IS PRODUCER'S NIGHT?
Producer's Night is an opportunity for independent filmmakers to have their work screened for film industry professionals at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in West Hollywood, California. Influential producers, distributors, directors, and actors will be among the group of attendees at this private invite-only event. Producer's Night takes pride in its astute selection process. It is known for discovering hidden gems that later go on to successfully thrive at A-list festivals, with some films even catching the eye of the Academy Awards®.
BACKED BY 20+ AMERICAN AND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALS
The works screened that night will be selected in association with 20+ American and International partner film festivals. Pieces will include Short Films, Trailers, and Excerpts from Feature Length films. Each clip will receive an introduction by the Host of Ceremonies as well as being listed in the program with the filmmaker’s contact information. This exposure can lead to new relationships and possible partnerships between the independent filmmakers and individuals who work in the mainstream film industry.
EMERGING TALENT AND UNIQUE VOICES
As elusive and inaccessible as Hollywood green-lighters seem to be, they really do need to continually find new content and new creators. We offer Producer’s Night as an opportunity for industry professionals to get a sneak peek at emerging talent and unique voices in a relaxed atmosphere. The work of the directors, screenwriters, cinematographers, editors, designers, and actors from the selected pieces will all be on display that evening. Getting the work looked at is the main objective of this event.
PRODUCER'S NIGHT 'FILM OF THE YEAR' WAS PICKED UP FOR AN ACADEMY AWARD® NOMINATION
Hosted by Dina Morrone, Producer's Night had its inaugural event in 2021. ‘Ala Kachuu’ by Maria Brendle was voted ‘Film of the Year’ by the attendees of the first Producer’s Night. Weeks later, the filmmakers were notified of an official Academy Award® nomination for best film within their category. Hosted by Rachel Bailit, in 2022 the award went to 'Ousmane' by Jorge Camarotti. The delicate Canadian short film was described by the Academy Award® Nominee Fernando Meirelles as 'A beautiful essay treated with elegance and sensibility”. As of 2023, the official selection expands to more carefully curated programs with narrative, experimental and documentary films. Next to the 'Film of the Year' award, Producer's Night will also award films within their specific genre, opening up more exposure for the filmmakers.
ONE NIGHT, DOZENS OF FILMS
Having influential producers in the room watching your work isn't obvious. Time is precious and even if the selection is the result of a year-long search for the best in independent cinema, it's a challenge to keep these professionals seated. The reason why we can capture their attention is the direct result of a well-balanced program including short work and trailers or excerpts of longer work, keeping the duration of the screening within the limits of the time they're willing to spend scouting for new talent. To further assist their convenience, we arrange for secured online screeners making it possible to watch the full duration of the selected films within the comfortable environment of their own workspace.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN PRODUCER'S NIGHT?
Producers attending this event expect the best of rising talent. The selection committee will pick the films based on talent, no matter the genre, length, budget, and appeal. This way, every filmmaker has a chance to get valuable exposure.
Film of the Year
Best Narrative Feature Film
Best Narrative Short Film
Best Documentary Feature Film
Best Documentary Short Film
Best Animated Film
Best Experimental Film
Best Music Video
Best Dance Film
Best Actor (m/f/x)
Best Director (m/f/x)
Best International Feature Film
OFFICIAL SELECTION PERKS
All selected filmmakers will receive the following free perks:
THE TARKOVSKI GRANT
All selected filmmakers will receive The Tarkovski Grant, a film festival submission fee waiver package (20+ festivals) with an average value of about $500. This not only saves you a lot of money, but it also recognizes your work as something to watch for during the selection procedure, making a selection with another partner film festival more likely - but of course, never guaranteed. The Tarkovski Grant supports hundreds of filmmakers each year in their challenging journeys as independent filmmakers, by promoting existing films, no matter the genre, style or length. The Tarkovski Grant is supported by film festivals from all over the world. Find out more here: www.thetarkovskigrant.org.
FREE SUBSCRIPTION TO VIDEOMAKER
In an added effort to support new and emerging filmmakers, our festival will offer a free year of access to Videomaker's digital magazine to all filmmakers submitting their work. More information: www.videomaker.com.
FREE SUBSCRIPTION TO WHUSH.COM
All selected filmmakers will receive a free subscription to Whush.com for 3 months. Whush.com is a streaming service that has teamed up with over 20 film festivals worldwide, exclusively streaming official selections during the festival period. More information: www.whush.com
All selected filmmaker will be invited for an exclusive one-on-one interview on www.iFilmFestival.com. The interview will appear on www.iFilmFestival.com, and will be shared on the festival's Facebook page.
Producer's Night accepts all forms and genres. All non-English language films must be subtitled in English. Entry does not guarantee acceptance into the festival. Submissions WILL NOT be returned. We also accept submissions that have premiered elsewhere and that may have distribution agreements already in place. Rough cuts and incomplete projects are not accepted. Multiple entries are allowed, however a separate entry form must be submitted for each.
EXHIBITION & SCREENING
Screenings are scheduled during the Festival at the discretion of Producer's Night. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, Producer's Night reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. Producer's Night also reserves the right to show trailers or excerpts of the selected film, while making the full length films available through secured screeners upon request. Producer's Night will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling. No film may be withdrawn from the festival program after its selection. If chosen as an official selection, Producer's Night is granted the permission to exhibit the film at the Producer's Night and all associated screenings. Location and timing of any screenings of the film shall be the sole decision of the organizers of Producer's Night. Filmmakers will be solely responsible for all costs resulting from the submission of the film to the Festival including but not limited to postage or insurance of the film, and expenses of your staff or any representatives of the film. Producer will indemnify the organisers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties.
LOSS OR DAMAGE
Although every precaution will be taken to prevent loss or damage to materials while in the possession of the festival, Producer's Night is not responsible should any materials be damaged while in transit to or from, or while in the possession of the festival.
The filmmaker holds Producer's Night, its management, juries, subsidiaries, agents, sponsors, affiliates, and etc. harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from entry. The filmmaker certifies to have full rights. Producer will indemnify the organisers of the Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties.
The festival does not offer screening fees for its films. By submitting through FilmFreeway you are agreeing to NOT request a screening fee as a requirement for your film's participation in the festival, should your film get selected for the program.