Festival & Distribution: General Strategy Sessions

February 22, 2018 - May 1, 2018, Varies

School of Cinematic Arts, SCA 255

School of Cinematic Arts Industry Relations presents monthly


Learn how the first steps in preparing to submit to film festivals, strategic ways to apply to festivals, and get your general festival questions answered. 
Thursday, February 22

2:00 –3:00 PM

Monday, March 19

2:00 - 3:00 PM

Friday, April 20

11:00 - 12:00 PM

Tuesday, May 1

12:00 –1:00 PM

Location: School of Cinematic Arts, SCA 255


Can't make it in person?

Watch a recording of June 15 event at the USC Industry Relations SPOTLIGHT Facebook Group

*Only USC Students and Alumni will be accepted into this Facebook Group.

How to Prepare for Session?
  • Review Festival & Distribution resource packets on SCA Community under My Resources, Industry Relations section. Resources available: Festival Information Packet, List of Recommended Festival, and Short Film Distribution Packet.
  • Clear films for festivals. Submit your production book, screener (DVD or link), and master copy of film (Apple ProRes 422 or DNxHD) to Archives located in basement of Norris Theater. Contact Amanda Smith at asmith@cinema.usc.edu for additional questions. 582 films and independent projects are excluded from this requirement.
  • Film review by department. Please email cassidy@cinema.usc.edu: contact name, non-USC email, film title, link and password, running time, synopsis, and production number/independent. 
Questions regarding clearance and rights for SCA Projects
  • Review SCA Projects - Rights and Clearances section on SCA Community under My Resources. (Click "Add More Resources" on top).  Documents available include: Music Policy, Production Book Check List, What to do to show my USC Project, Why go to USC and Copyright at USC, Intellectual Property Policy, Cinema agreement and copyright explanation.
Contact Information

Name: Eileen Chiao
Email: echiao@cinema.usc.edu