For newcomers to the international film festival circuit, festivals are notoriously difficult places to find your way around. Filmmakers are burdened by a host of practical questions, ranging from how to submit films to festivals and increase chances of selection to using festivals to close distribution deals or find funding. For these “virgin” professionals service guides are published that offer “strategies for survival” or disclose “festival secrets.” For those aiming to set up their own film festival, there are also several guides on the market. Besides giving practical information many of the guidebooks mentioned below include some historical background information. For academics, they are of interest mainly because of the revealing “human interest” look at the real life struggles of filmmakers, only a few of whom will find success.
BFI (2002). At a Cinema Near You: Strategies for Sustainable Local Cinema Development. Baker, Robin, J. Ron Inglis, and Julia Voss. London: BFI. <http://www.bfi.org.uk/filmtvinfo/publications/pub-rep-brief/pdf/acny_all.pdf>. (7 Dec. 2008)
BFI (2001). How to Set Up a Film Festival. Eldridge, Pippa, and Julia Voss. London: BFI. <http://www.bfi.org.uk/filmtvinfo/publications/pub-rep-brief/pdf/how-filmfest.pdf>. (7 Dec. 2008)
Craig, Benjamin (2006). Cannes: A Festival Virgin’s Guide – Attending the Cannes Film Festival for Filmmakers and Film Industry Professionals. 5th ed. London: Cinemagine Media.
Craig, Benjamin (2004). Sundance: A Festival Virgin’s Guide – Surviving and Thriving in Park City at America’s Most Important Film Festival. 1st ed. London: Cinemagine Media.
Falco, Sidney (1988). “Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Film Festivals (But Were Afraid to Ask).” Films & Filming no. 406 (July 1988): 22–23.
Gann, Jon (2012). Behind the Screens: Programmers Reveal How Film Festivals Really Work. Washington, DC: Reel Plan Press.
Gann, Jon (2012). “Why Did My Film Not Get In?!” Behind the Screens: Programmers Reveal How Film Festivals Really Work. Washington, DC: Reel Plan Press. pp. 5–6.
Gann, Jon (2012). “‘Develop Meaningful Relationships’: Joanne Feinberg, Ashland Independent Film Festival.” Behind the Screens: Programmers Reveal How Film Festivals Really Work. Washington, DC: Reel Plan Press. pp. 167–178.
Gann, Jon (2012). “‘Dream Big. Never Settle. Give Everything.’: Roberta Marie Munroe, Producer and Film Consultant.” Behind the Screens: Programmers Reveal How Film Festivals Really Work. Washington, DC: Reel Plan Press. pp. 191–203.
Gaydos, Steven, ed. (1998). The Variety Guide to Film Festivals: The Ultimate Insider’s Guide to Film Festivals around the World. A Variety Book. New York: Berkley Publ. Group.
Gore, Chris (1999). The Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide. Los Angeles, CA: Lone Eagle.
Greuling, Matthias (2004). Cannes, Venedig, Berlin: Die großen Filmfestivals: Ein Servicebuch für Filmer und Medienvertreter. Norderstedt: Books on Demand.
Holland, Christopher (2009). Film Festival Secrets: A Handbook for Independent Filmmakers. Austin, TX: Stomp Tokyo. <http://www.filmfestivalsecrets.com>. (20 Jan. 2010)
Langer, Adam (2000). The Film Festival Guide: For Filmmakers, Film Buffs, and Industry Professionals. Rev. ed. Chicago: Chicago Review Press.
Mirvish, Dan (2017). The Cheerful Subversive’s Guide to Independent Filmmaking: From Preproduction to Festivals and Distribution. New York: Routledge Focal Press.
Nowlan, Robert A., and Gwendolyn Wright Nowlan (1988). An Encyclopedia of Film Festivals. Greenwich, CT: JAI Press.
One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival (2009). Setting Up a Human Rights Film Festival: A Handbook for Festival Organizers Including Case Studies of Prominent Human Rights Events. Ed. Tereza Porybná. Prague: People in Need. <http://www.oneworld.cz/ow/2009/download/pdf/OW-cookbook_web.pdf>. (3 May 2010)
Stolberg, Shael (1998). International Film Festival Guide. Toronto: Festival Products.
Tanner, Laurie Rose (2005). Creating Film Festivals: Everything You Wanted to Know but Didn’t Know Who to Ask. San Francisco: Big Horse Inc.
(Last updated: 26 July 2017)