Film Festival Secrets Podcast



Podcast by Christopher Holland


  • #38 - "Lean Startup" Filmmaking Excerpt w/Kristjan Knigge

    24/04/2017 Duração: 13min

    Bonus episode - Kristjan Knigge talks about his experiences with his first feature film

  • #37 - Seattle Film Festival Programmer J. Brad Wilke

    05/05/2016 Duração: 01h29min

    Brad Wilke (@jbwilke) is an award-winning filmmaker, produced feature-length screenwriter, and film programmer for the Seattle International Film Festival. At his company Smarthouse Creative, Brad designs and executes digital and social media strategies for films and filmmakers, as well as film festivals and brands. In this episode I talk with Brad about about his passion for discovering new talent and we answer some burning filmmaker questions about the film selection process at the Seattle International Film Festival. Find the show notes at

  • #36 - No Budget Film School Creator Mark Stolaroff’s Crowdfunding Strategy

    29/03/2016 Duração: 53min

    Veteran filmmaker, teacher, and fundraiser Mark Stolaroff takes a pause in the middle of the Kickstarter campaign for his new film “DriverX” to reflect on his filmmaking career and the psychology of asking friends and strangers for money. Mark is the creator of the "No Budget Film School” seminars and a role model to many indie filmmakers. See the show notes here:

  • #35 - “Festival Rights” - What You Should Know About The Music In Your Film

    22/03/2016 Duração: 06min

    Are you being offered the "festival rights" to the music in your film at a discount? It's a trap! Find out why the deal you're being offered might not be the best option for you.

  • #34 - Career Crowdfunding for Filmmakers

    05/02/2016 Duração: 38min

    Jen West and James Martin are partners in life, partners in filmmaking (they alternate between directing and producing on each film), and partners in a string of successful crowdfunding projects. Now they face a new challenge -- distributing their most recent completed film (a doc short about a famous New Orleans cocktail) online and on the festival circuit while raising funds for the next film. The new project is their first feature, a musical fantasy called “Electric Bleau.” Listen in as they reveal their secrets to keeping all these balls in the air at once.

  • #33 - Filmmaker Career Building at Film Festivals

    02/02/2016 Duração: 09min

    Excerpted from their online course “Film Festival Hacks,” Alex Ferrari (Indie Film Hustle) and host Chris Holland talk about the career building and networking opportunities to be found at film festivals.

  • #32 - What Should I Look For on a Film Festival’s Web Site?

    26/01/2016 Duração: 11min

    In this episode: Chris Holland talks about the legwork of creating a festival strategy, in particular the research you should be doing about the festivals you think you want to submit to. Things like: * What things can tell me if the festival I'm looking at is legit or not? * How can I tell if this festival is appropriate for my film? * How can I make the most of my time on the web? * What are the red flags that might make me think about spending my money elsewhere? If you find this podcast useful please review the show on iTunes, your ratings and reviews really do help. Also be on the lookout for my new online course, Film Festival Hacks - learn more at

  • #31: A Hustler’s Guide to Film Festivals with Alex Ferrari

    22/01/2016 Duração: 30min

    After several hours of recording lectures for our new online course (more details in the show), filmmaker Alex Ferrari and I had a more casual conversation about his personal experience with festivals around the country and in industry towns like Los Angeles.

  • #30 - Negotiating with film festivals

    20/12/2015 Duração: 09min

    Sometimes filmmakers face the classic "bird in the hand" problem. Case in point: my friend Amy's short film "Pickle" was accepted by one festival, but her "dream date" festival is still on the fence. That's a problem, because showing at the first festival to extend an offer might lessen the dream festival's interest. Should she go ahead with the sure thing, or wait for her dream festival to make up its mind? See for show notes.

  • #29 - Richard Gale, creator of GINOSAJI, the Horribly Slow Murderer

    10/12/2015 Duração: 53min

    This episode I'm joined by Richard Gale, creator of the short film "The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon," which is on its way to becoming a feature film thanks to a healthy festival run and a rabid YouTube fan base. Learn how Gale turned festival success into a cottage industry and a budget for a feature-length horror comedy. For show notes see

  • #28 - How can I pick the right festivals from the thousands of possible choices?

    23/10/2015 Duração: 10min

    Some quick tips on narrowing the field of possible festival choices down to the film fests that are right for your film. See for more on this topic.

  • #27 - A Little Light Housekeeping

    12/10/2015 Duração: 08min

    As the new season of the podcast gets started, Chris explains what’s been going on since the crowdfunding campaign ended and what happens next.

  • #26 - Bodine and Alexis Boling, Movement and Location Filmmakers

    22/09/2015 Duração: 58min

    Chris Holland sits down with Bodine and Alexis Boling, creators of "Movement and Location."

  • #25 - Jarod Neece, Festival Producer & Senior Programmer @ SXSW Film

    27/07/2015 Duração: 01h50s

    Ever wonder about the selection process at South by Southwest? Programmer Jarod Neece gives us a peek behind the curtain.

  • #24 - Kenny Blank & Shellie Schmals of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival

    07/07/2015 Duração: 50min

    The second episode of the new season of the Film Festival Secrets podcast! See to learn how you can listen in on future recordings. Many thanks to Seed&Spark and FilmFreeway for their early support of the podcast's new season. Joining me this week are Kenny Blank, Executive Director of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival and Shellie Schmals, AJFF's Program Manager. We explore the special challenges faced by Jewish and other niche festivals, the adventurous side of the Festival's programming tastes, and why filmmakers with "non-Jewish" films should care about events like AJFF. Things mentioned in today's show: The Film Festival Secrets crowdfunding campaign (ends July 11) Filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki Jewish themes in Mad Men More on Jewish themes in Mad Men Mad About You The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival site AJFF on Twitter | AJFF on Facebook

  • #23 - Jon Gann, founder of the DC Shorts film festival

    24/06/2015 Duração: 01h01min

    The first episode of the new season of the Film Festival Secrets podcast! See to learn how you can listen in on future recordings.Jon Gann is the founder of the DC Film Alliance, a non-profit organization supporting Washington, DC's film and video community, and the creator of the DC Shorts Film Festival - one of the country's premier short film showcases. Jon is also a filmmaker and the author of "Behind the Screens: Programmers Reveal How Film Festivals Really Work." In this episode we talk with Jon about festival programming, how film schools fail their students, and his upcoming book about how film festivals get started.

  • #22 - Emily Best, founder of Seed & Spark

    19/03/2015 Duração: 27min

    Since meeting filmmaker and startup founder Emily Best in November I've wanted to get her on the podcast to talk about her company Seed and Spark, which reimagines crowdfunding from the perspective of an indie filmmaker and takes the experience way past fundraising into audience building and distribution. In this episode you'll hear Emily tell the story of how the company got started and her vision for making it a touchstone of the indie filmmaker experience. We'll even talk about how to use your crowdfunding platform during your festival run.

  • #21 - Biagio Messina on Comedy and Kickstarter

    12/02/2015 Duração: 01h17min

    Biagio Messina, co-producer and director of "Dying to Do Letterman" and the Producing Unscripted podcast, joins Chris Holland and guest co-host Charles Judson (former creative director of the Atlanta Film Festival) for a conversation about Kickstarter, marketing, and the funny side of cancer. This episode has some of the best crowdfunding and film marketing advice I've ever encountered — I'm just sorry it took this long to release it. (Recorded in November 2013.)

  • #20 - Kickstarter From the Inside with Elisabeth Holm

    10/12/2014 Duração: 45min

    This episode is a bit of a blast from the past -- it's one of several interviews about crowdfunding I recorded about this time last year during the Atlanta Film Festival's first Kickstarter campaign. (The second campaign is happening as I write this, please do [check it out]( The episode didn't get edited and published in time for the end of that campaign, so now you get to travel to the past to join me and the festival's then-Artistic Director Charles Judson as we talk with Elisabeth Holm, the Film Program Director at Kickstarter. Holm also co-produced the film Obvious Child, which played Sundance and ATLFF in 2014.

  • #19 - Social Media Charm School with King is a Fink

    19/11/2014 Duração: 42min

    Guests: When Julie Keck & Jessica King (collectively known as "King is a Fink") tell you that they are social media experts, they can do so with straight faces. These filmmakers and writers just released a new book, Social Media Charm School (now available at Chris asks them to speak in sentences with fewer than 140 characters as they talk about the interplay of social media with audience building, crowdfunding, and celebrity encounters on Twitter. (File updated on Nov 21 2014 to correct editing error.)

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