THE IMPORTANCE OF FILM FESTIVALS TO THE FILMMAKER AND HIS FILM
November 21, 2018
Film has over the years grown to be a popular form of mass media with the capacity to reach a large sum of audience all around the world. While its primary function is to entertain, film could also be a veritable tool towards the resuscitation of a depleting society and the emancipation of its people. Film is an important part of day to day life and its essentiality cannot be overemphasized. However, the purpose of this paper is to discuss the importance of film festivals both to the filmmaker and to his film.
Research has shown that film festivals originated due to the rise of film societies and cine-clubs in the 1920s. Such clubs and societies functioned in different countries of the world and gave impetus to very important impressions in the history of film. These groups encouraged their members -who were practicing or aspiring cinematographers to share their ideas and inspiration without prejudice. Activities of this kind can be considered the antecedences of film festivals.
Drawn from the above statement is the fact that film festivals are a sprout of movie clubs and groups which gave potential filmmakers the avenue to communicate their concepts and creatively express themselves. This invariably means that film festivals play a huge part not just with showcasing a film to an audience who could be outside the filmmakers’ reach, but is also instrumental towards involving people of like minds who share a common goal- that is filmmaking.
When asked what the importance of film festivals are, one of Nigeria’s fast rising filmmaker- Idogho Tejiri – founder of Pixjay Images, replied “film festivals are a good platform for networking, opportunities and the building of a filmmakers’ portfolio”. He also explained that film festivals have helped him learn more about filmmaking through the inclusion and organization of workshops that were part of the festival, the publication of his works and brand on the festivals’ official website; thereby improving his personality as a filmmaker. “My films may not have made it to the big screen yet, but I am certain that’s where we are headed next with PixJay Images”.
While all the above is true, it must be noted that film festivals are both important to filmmakers who seems to have gained a foothold in the act of filmmaking and cinematographers who are still trying to own their spot. The same is applicable to the filmmakers’ artistic creation. There is simply no prejudice when it comes to film festivals.