Whilst submitting our own films to film festivals, what we discovered is that our films were up against films with much higher production budgets than our films typically enjoy.
Sometimes the production budgets for short films can be £15,000+. This means we are competing on an uneven playing field. After some research, I discovered that this is a fairly recent phenomenon.
In the past, it was too expensive and took too much effort for films with big budgets to enter “low level” festivals.
Nowadays, the can do it with it is very easy with a click of a button, which means that small indie filmmakers don’t get much of a look in.
So we now run a quarterly film festival that levels the playing field – we only accept films in the following categories:
- production value of under £500/$600
- production value of under £1,500/$1800.
- production value of under £5,000/$6000.
We celebrate great stories where the filmmakers have had to make something out of nothing – which is kind of what we have to do at WeMakeFilms in our own shoots!
Our festival is open to submissions from members and non-members alike, but members get up to 50% discount on the submission fees.
The next WeMakeFilms Festival will be held on the 3rd October 2020.