The most essential piece of advice you can give your aspiring filmmaker is to make sure they have the resources they need.
“The one thing I’d always tell filmmakers, when they’re pitching them to me, is to just keep the budget down,” said Ryan Lister, the film and TV producer behind the upcoming midwestern feature film The Midwestern Horror.
“If you don’t have the budget, you have no shot.”
While Lister’s production company, Blue Sky Pictures, has put together a budget for The Midwest Horror, it’s not quite enough to make the film without the help of a large pool of financing.
“We’re not looking for a $100 million budget,” Lister said.
“Instead, we’re looking for $20 million or less.
We’re not in the business of making a movie that is going to make millions of dollars.
We want to make a movie you can actually see.”
Here are some resources that will help your film become a reality.
Get in touch with the midwest, the midlands, and the midwesterners: The Midwestern Comedy Tour: A comedy tour through midwestern cities and towns is in the works.
A limited number of tickets will go on sale later this year, so make sure you’re among the first to get your tickets.
Lister hopes to host a special screening of the film in mid-October.
The Midwest Film Festival: The Midwest Film Film Festival is a monthly film festival that’s run for six years.
This year’s event will feature a variety of films, including American Sniper, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and The Boss Baby.
Midwest Film Festivals and Filmmaking: Lister has partnered with The Midland Film Society to launch a series of film festivals in Midland.
The Midwest Filmmakers Conference and Filmic Summit are taking place in early October.
American Movie Theater: The American Movie Theater is a premier, four-day film festival in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with over 120 films to see.
WESTFEST 2017: Westfest is the annual festival that runs from November 9-13 in Grand Junction, Colorado.
WestFest 2017 will be held on Saturday, November 13, and Saturday, December 5, 2019.
Film Festivals in the Midwestern States: There are several festivals happening throughout the Midwest that are open to the public, including the Midland Cinematic Arts Festival (also known as the Mid-America Film Festival), the Midstate Film Festival, and New Mexico’s Mid-American Film Festival.
These festivals showcase some of the best films and television that are coming out of the Midcontinent.
Festival Weekend in Midstate: This annual festival features over 30 films that will be screened at local theaters starting in January.
“It’s been amazing to see this growth in our film industry,” said Matt Heimbach, president and CEO of the Midwest Film Association.
“I hope to see more Midwesterners making films.”
Lister’s film festival is part of a larger Midwestern film festival series.
Dedicated to creating films that are accessible to people of all ages and interests, the Midwest film festivals are run by the MidContinent Film and Television Festival.