One of the toughest parts of putting a film festival together is raising the necessary sponsorship funds to make this dream take place the way I envisioned it. In order to ‘go big’ you have to dream big. And that translates to raising a lot of money. It hasn’t been a lot of time since we kicked off the sponsorship phase of the development of the Social Media Film Festival. You have to get many ‘Nos’ until you get one Yes! We did finally acquire sponsorship from Final Draft screenwriting software. And while pitching companies in film, social media and technology, I am also starting to build my team for submissions and everything else. It has been a very daunting task, but I have been through this before with other projects.
Tonight I attended a Vegas Jelly tech meeting at the Usr/Lib Downtown at The Beat Coffee House. Although, I’m not a tech start-up in the usual sense, my festival is still a start-up and has the same needs as any other start-up. I draw a lot of great energy from other would-be start-ups.
‘How to Bootstrap a Startup.’
One of the pitches tonight was more of a lesson to live by for beginning start-ups and the ideas behind it resonated with my own issues. Brenden Soares spoke about ‘How to Bootstrap a Startup.’ Some things he said made sense whether you’re developing a new app or a film festival.
- You can’t do it alone.
- Be the catalyst. Push, motivate, encourage, inspire.
- Exert yourself. Get your energy up physically by working out, playing a sport or going hiking.
- The Team! Know your needs. Every team member should have a purpose.
- Find good people (that know more than you where it counts.)
- Find someone who’s done it. Pick the brain of someone successful at what you’re trying to do. Get someone such as a mentor.
- Goals, milestones.
- Make waves.
There are the nuts and bolts to building a project, but then you have to ask yourself, ‘Why?’ Why am I doing this?
After going home and watching a little TV, I decided to watch one of the film submissions. Not to say what the film was about, but it re-enforced what I am most passionate about…film. Early in the submission process we are receiving some really good films. Watching one film just now brought me back to my love for filmmaking and why I’m so passionate about this idea of a film festival about social media, social change and technology.
Whether I’m making a film or helping out in some small way, it is what makes me tick. And every day I get more and more excited about putting on this film festival. The possibilities are endless.
My name is Ross H. Martin. I’m the Founder of Social Media Film Festival. I’m also the one writing these blogs, vlogs, murmurings, etc.