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Swimming Upstream: A Lifesaving Guide to Short Film Distribution by Sharon Badal

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Swimming Lesson #4How I Learned to Swim: Filmmaker Survival Stories

Repeat after me:

“Other filmmakers are not my enemy.”

Say it again, louder, and mean it this time.

Many filmmakers look around and see every other filmmaker as their competition, with a “me or them” mentality. I want you to think about it differently because in reality, other filmmakers can be your allies, potential collaborators, or BFFs if you let them.

For example, when your film is in a festival, you really have only one task—to promote your film. Along those lines, you really only have one responsibility—your screening. So what are you going to do the other three, five, or seven days? Why, go to other people’s screenings of course! When you are standing in the middle of ...

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