While You Wait for the Pandemic to End and Go Shoot, Do these 10 Things


What are you as a filmmaker to do with all this free time during a pandemic like COVID-19 when you can’t actually shoot? 

For you, life during coronavirus means sheltering in place at home, unless you are also an essential worker. This is agony for sure, since filmmaking is a passion that can only be fulfilled by actually working on a film. But this pandemic is temporary and, sooner or later (most likely, later), things will get “normal” again... to a degree.

So, what are some things you can do besides editing your movie or tweaking your script? Here’s a list of 10 things:    

  1. Hone your pitching skills.
  2. Prepare for your shoot in a post-coronavirus world by updating your contracts and developing on-set policies in keeping with health guidelines. And be sure to implement them when you shoot!
  3. Draft a psychological profile of your film’s audience.
  4. Read The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Indiewire, Mubi Notebook, and any other sources of news and analysis about the culture, art and business of filmmaking.
  5. Use social media to find potential collaborators. Your next producer, writer, editor, line producer, costume designer, etc. could be a few keyboard clicks away.
  6. Research all the different ways you can self-distribute your film and build your business plan around that approach.
  7. Create concept art, storyboards, or any other piece of visualization that can help your film get funding or attention.
  8. Host a table read of your script on Zoom, Whatsapp, Google chat or whatever other webcam source you trust.
  9. Send screeners of your film, even if it’s rough, to your peers for feedback.
  10. Watch as many webinars, how-to’s, interviews and behind-the-scenes videos on YouTube, Vimeo, Sundance Collab, Criterion, etc. as possible. And take notes!

FINAL NOTE: These are stressful times and many of you have second jobs to go to, a family to take care of, or overwhelming problems to deal with, so it is also ok to just take a break from working on your film. It really is ok to just do nothing and catch up on sleep or maybe curl up with a favorite movie, book, song or TV show. The whole point of this exercise is for the moment when you feel reenergized and ready, you can tackle some of the things in the list above.

Stay safe and looking forward to all the art that is to be born from this experience!



PRODUCTION TIPS: Your January & February 2018 Calendar for Film Festivals, Screenplay Contests, Fellowships, Labs and Awards

The good people at Script Reader Pro have just made your life easier. 

Why is that you say? 

Because they've made your filmmaking life easier to manage this year with their calendar of all the major upcoming screenwriting contests (orange), awards (blue), festivals (green), fellowships and labs (yellow) in 2018.

Like Yogi Berra says, “If you don't know where you are going, you'll end up someplace else.” 




Tuesday, January 2
 Palm Springs International Film Festival
 Hamptons Screenwriting Lab Late Deadline
Wednesday, January 3
 Palm Springs International Film Festival
Thursday, January 4
 Palm Springs International Film Festival
Friday, January 5
 Palm Springs International Film Festival
Saturday, January 6
 Palm Springs International Film Festival
 Chicago Independent Film Festival Regular Deadline
Sunday, January 7
 Palm Springs International Film Festival
 Golden Globe Awards
Monday, January 8
 Palm Springs International Film Festival
Tuesday, January 9
 Palm Springs International Film Festival
Wednesday, January 10
 Palm Springs International Film Festival
Thursday, January 11
 Palm Springs International Film Festival
Friday, January 12
 Palm Springs International Film Festival
 Nashville Film Festival Screenwriting Extended Competition Deadline
Saturday, January 13
 Palm Springs International Film Festival
Sunday, January 14
 Palm Springs International Film Festival
 Los Angeles FEEDBACK Film Festival Extended Deadline
Monday, January 15
 Palm Springs International Film Festival
 Writers Guild Awards
 Beverly Hills Film Festival Late Deadline
 Nantucket Film Festival Screenplay Competition Late Deadline
Thursday, January 18
 Sundance Film Festival
 Slamdance Film Festival
Friday, January 19
 Sundance Film Festival
 Slamdance Film Festival
Saturday, January 20
 Sundance Film Festival
 Slamdance Film Festival
 Producers Guild Awards
Sunday, January 21
 Sundance Film Festival
 Slamdance Film Festival
Monday, January 22
 Sundance Film Festival
 Slamdance Film Festival
Tuesday, January 23
 Sundance Film Festival
 Slamdance Film Festival
 Blow Up International Arthouse Film Fest Winter Deadline
 Women's Independent Film Festival Late Extended Deadline
Wednesday, January 24
 Sundance Film Festival
 Slamdance Film Festival
 International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR)
Thursday, January 25
 Sundance Film Festival
 Slamdance Film Festival
 International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR)
Friday, January 26
 Sundance Film Festival
 International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR)
Saturday, January 27
 Sundance Film Festival
 International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR)
Sunday, January 28
 Sundance Film Festival
 International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR)
Monday, January 29
 International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR)
 Outfest Screenwriting Lab Competition Late Deadline
Tuesday, January 30
 International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR)
Wednesday, January 31
 International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR)
 Canada International Film Festival Extended Deadline
 Write Brothers Screenplay Competition Extended Deadline
 Nickelodeon TV Writing Program Deadline
 Screencraft Screenwriting Fellowship Regular Deadline
WhenWednesday, Jan 31, 2018
Thursday, February 1
 International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR)
 BlueCat Screenplay Competition Regular Deadline
 Scriptapalooza Screenplay Competition Regular Deadline
 Stowe Story Lab Open for Applications
Friday, February 2
 International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR)
 London Independent Film Festival Regular Deadline
Saturday, February 3
 International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR)
Sunday, February 4
 International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR)
Monday, February 5
 CineStory Feature Retreat Regular Deadline
Tuesday, February 6
 Sundance Feature Film Creative Producing Lab & Fellowship Deadline
Saturday, February 10
 USC Libraries Scripter Award
Thursday, February 15
 Berlinale Film Festival (Germany)
 Brooklyn Film Festival Regular Deadline
 Creative World Awards Contest Late Deadline
 New York International Screenplay Awards - Late Deadline
Friday, February 16
 Berlinale Film Festival (Germany)
Saturday, February 17
 Berlinale Film Festival (Germany)
Sunday, February 18
 Berlinale Film Festival (Germany)
Monday, February 19
 Berlinale Film Festival (Germany)
Tuesday, February 20
 Berlinale Film Festival (Germany)
Wednesday, February 21
 Berlinale Film Festival (Germany)
Thursday, February 22
 Berlinale Film Festival (Germany)
Friday, February 23
 Berlinale Film Festival (Germany)
Saturday, February 24
 Berlinale Film Festival (Germany)
Sunday, February 25
 Berlinale Film Festival (Germany)

The COVID-19 “Get Back to Filmmaking” Checklist

The COVID-19 “Get Back to Filmmaking” Checklist A 40-point checklist from development to post-production   by Danny Jiminian www.djimlaw.com...