One of the things I found hardest during my own ill-fated spell as an independent filmmaker, was finding impartial feedback. I know I am not alone in this, and many directors I have met in the years since, running film festivals in England and the Netherlands, is that outside of the industry, finding out what went well, or what could be improved, in a project is nigh on impossible.
Your film will unsurprisingly draw praise from friends and family who have seen the film – no matter how confusing they found the experience – or it will find itself at the mercy of the trolls who patrol the aggregatory arenas of Rotten Tomatoes, IMDB or Metacritic. You are caught between the proverbial rock of unconditional love and the hard place consisting of n00bpwner123 and his army of sock-puppets looking to drag down your average score with aimless one-star reviews.
The only other way a would-be indy auteur can get feedback is via a public screening, and to be accepted by a festival worth its salt and receive a decent examination, your filmmaking practices will likely need to iron out some bugs which only constructive feedback before submitting can really yield.
That’s where Indy Film Library comes in. I founded this platform as a means to providing professional public reviews to independent filmmakers, and something which can help them take their career to the next level. Every film submitted to us will be featured in an article of at least 100 words (most will receive longer, but I once received a 16 second video clip of an ant walking on concrete as a “film”, and really, what can you say to that?) which will include a constructive element.
At the same time as providing the –shall we say – less polished filmmakers received with an insight into how they can rise from the ashes for their next project, this review platform will also provide the next generation of talent with an inroads to making waves in the industry. Alongside the benefits of being able to fix a stellar review to your promotional material, Indy Film Library will also contain a data-base of contact details, through which film festivals and industry figures can reach out and scout content for their organisations.
A word to the wise though; we’re supplying professional feedback here, so your films will be held to a professional standard. It will not be mollycoddled (and really what would the point of that be if you genuinely want to improve enough to be screening in Berlin or LA), so if you take offence to being told you have birthed an ugly baby, maybe you shouldn’t be sharing your films publicly. At the same time, we can teach you to get the most from your unsightly sprog, and take your craft to the next level. If that sounds like it’s an experience for you, then show us what you’ve got!
Indy Film Library Founder