Attention Filmmakers: 2017 Open Call for CID/CineSLAM Film Festival & Workshop Applications

Call for short film Submission and Application to CineSLAM, Vermont’s Short Film Festival (Vermont, June 2017) and CineSLAM Film Slam Workshops (takes place on Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas®, Fort Lauderdale to Eastern Caribbean, March 4-12, 2017).

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(left to right) LETTER TO ANITA Producer Kelly Watson, Subject Ronni Sanlo, Film Director Andrea Meyerson, and Festival Director John Scagliotti at the Pride of the Ocean Film Festival

Application deadline is October 15, 2016

To be accepted to the CineSLAM workshop a short film must be submitted and accepted by the CineSLAM Film Festival (click here for details)

This will be our 10th CineSLAM Workshop for emerging filmmakers of LGBT films that takes place during Pride of the Ocean’s LGBT Film festival on the High Seas (March 4-12, 2017).

We accept 8 filmmakers who are awarded a merit scholarship, which covers cabin and board on the Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas® and partial travel grant to embarkation city, Fort Lauderdale.

For full application details and submission of a film for the CineSLAM Workshops on board the Norwegian Epicand Film Festival in Vermont, visit
for more information about Pride of the Ocean Film Festival on the High Seas visit

The CineSLAM Workshops are facilitated and sponsored by the Kopkind Colony ( the Center for Independent Documentary (
Our Programmer is John Scagliotti, Administrator of the Kopkind Colony, and Facilitator Susi Walsh, Executive Director of the  Center for Independent Documentary.

Merit scholarships are provided in part by a grant from the Center for Independent Documentary and the Chessie Foundation.

Application Fee for Workshop which also includes submission fee for Film Festival is  $25

While there is a desire for diversity for our program there is no requirement that the filmmaker be LGBT.

Short films are eclectic and can be documentary, narrative, animation or web series. A short film for submission needs to be 15 minutes or less.  (Feature length or television documentaries in production or even finished can submit a short version of 10 minutes or less).  We prefer workshop material for our Film Slams to be material in production, but finished material may also be accepted.

Apply the Best Marketing Strategies in the World of Cinema

In the competitive world of cinema, a captivating storyline and exceptional filmmaking are not always enough to guarantee success. To truly make a mark in the industry, it’s crucial to apply effective marketing strategies that engage audiences and generate buzz. In this article, we will explore some of the best marketing strategies that can help your film reach new heights.

1. Create Compelling Trailers

Trailers serve as a sneak peek into the world of your film, enticing audiences to go to the theaters. Craft a compelling trailer that encapsulates the essence of your movie, leaving viewers eager for more. Make use of visually stunning shots, intriguing dialogue, and an engaging soundtrack to create a memorable trailer that hooks potential moviegoers.

2. Leverage Social Media

Social media platforms are powerful tools for promoting films. Establish a strong online presence by creating official pages and accounts for your movie. Regularly post engaging content such as behind-the-scenes photos, teasers, and exclusive interviews with the cast and crew. Encourage fans to share and interact with your content to generate buzz and build a dedicated online community around your film.

3. Collaborate with Influencers

Influencers have a strong impact on their followers and can significantly contribute to your film’s success. Identify influencers whose audience aligns with your target demographic and collaborate with them to promote your movie. Whether it’s through sponsored posts, giveaways, or special events, partnering with influencers can help you reach a wider audience and create a buzz around your film.

4. Engage in Experiential Marketing

Think outside the box and create unique experiences related to your movie. Organize special screenings, pop-up events, or interactive installations that immerse viewers in the world of your film. This not only generates excitement but also creates a lasting impression on potential audiences. By offering an unforgettable experience, you increase the likelihood of people recommending your film to others.

5. Optimize Search Engine Presence

Ensure that your film is easily discoverable by optimizing your search engine presence. Use relevant keywords in your website content, metadata, and blog posts. Build high-quality backlinks from reputable websites and engage in online discussions about your film. By improving your search engine ranking, you increase the chances of attracting organic traffic and potential viewers.

6. Partner with Local Businesses

Collaborating with local businesses can help you reach a broader audience and generate additional marketing opportunities. Seek partnerships with theaters, restaurants, and other relevant businesses to cross-promote your film. Offer exclusive discounts, special screenings, or merchandise collaborations to incentivize audiences to engage with both your film and the partnering businesses.


When it comes to marketing films, creativity and strategic thinking are paramount. By employing these best marketing strategies, you can effectively promote your movie and captivate audiences. Remember, it’s not enough to create a masterpiece; you must also ensure that your target audience knows about it. So, go the extra mile, embrace these tactics, harness the power of social media, collaborate with influencers, and apply the best marketing strategies to elevate your film to new heights!

And if you want to achieve marketing success beyond your wildest dreams, why not go directly to Marketing Heaven?

We look forward to reviewing your submissions,
John Scagliotti
Program Director
CineSLAM Film Festival

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