Check out this interesting post by filmmaking blog Sub-Genre discussing how YouTube is making film festivals obsolete. Personally, while I think many film festivals have indeed become pretentious and elitist, there are still a lot out there that offer that communal, nurturing experience for genuine indie filmmakers. I've found that a lot of the people who've contacted me to say how much they enjoy our work are a combination of people who's seen it at film festivals and people who stumbled upon it on Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, etc. So basically, it only makes sense to utilize online channels and traditional film festival methods to get your work in front of as many people as possible.
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