Film festivals and graduates – the statistics?

Does anyone know what percentage of short animated films in the festivals actually get distribution deals or an invitation to work on a larger project? Has anyone researched the figures? I can’t find anything.

I’m just curious about what the best route for a new animation graduate might be. Film festival circuit, and lock down the film for a year or more in the hope of a distribution deal / grant to make another film? Or put it out freely on YouTube/Vimeo, and use it as a cow-catcher for a Kickstarter or IndieGoGo crowd-funding call?

2 thoughts on “Film festivals and graduates – the statistics?

  1. If you want to monetize your animated content, the only sure fire way to do it is to create your own Video-On-Demand Content Delivery Network. That will cost you about $20,000 per year in storage and data streaming fees – but you cut out all the middlemen, BS, and film festival costs. Kickstarter and IndieGoGo are only good for collecting money from your family and friends. There’s no such thing as a free lunch.

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