chapter  7
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The downside of festival culture

WithDaniel Harlow

I love the film festival culture and the whole festival eco-system that has come up over the last 25 years. It brings a growing and enthusiastic audience to films that may not be reached otherwise. It brings a support system and a sense of community to a very international and fragmented group of professionals that often are neglected. Film festivals bring hope and encouragement to featured filmmakers around the world when financial returns are not there yet. But (as a rule) they don’t bring money back to the investors. Matter of fact, film festivals are usually a money-making venture by the organizers and fees for applications are often one of the primary revenue streams. Critics would say that some festivals are making money from filmmakers rather than for filmmakers.