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What happens when your short film premieres at a major film festival like Tribeca?

When my short film, The Evolution of a Gen-X Music Purchaser, was invited to premiere at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival I had the same reaction anyone else would: Utter joy and jubilation.



I also had absolutely no fucking idea what a film festival was like. I'd never been to one. Hell, this was the first movie I ever made so I had no idea what to expect.
My film had been rejected by every film festival I applied to until Tribeca selected it. I applied almost exclusively to the majors but I did add in some well known regional festivals which are Oscar Qualifying.  See, a short film is not going to make you any money. It's about showing your talent, or winning awards or finding other filmmakers with better connections than you have (networking).  Playing at a lower tier festival is nice but it likely won't further your career like playing at... Tribeca or another festival where winning an award allows you to submit to the Oscars. Seriously, the fucking Oscars.
So what happen…

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