Film Submissions

Posted by on Feb 19, 2011 | 27 comments

The Difference between a Review vs. a Critique

A few years ago, we began offering the hard hitting Straight Shooter Review service, in addition to the Critique service we’ve offered since we began. The Straight Shooter Review is a targeted and to-the-point review that is aimed at film watchers and is perfect for publicity for your film. The critique services are longer, in-depth overviews of what your film did right and wrong for the sole purpose of helping you and other filmmakers make better films. Both guarantee that films officially submitted will be covered at MFM and both have a reasonable fee associated to compensate the amount of time required by our skilled filmmaker writers.  (Critiques do have a larger fee associated with them because they often take at least twice as long to perform.)

Straight Shooter Reviews

Need to know the reception of your film from the perspective of a film watcher? Want powerful publicity that will get people into festivals to watch your film and requesting it at Netflix? Then the Straight Shooter Review is for you! Our Straight Shooter reviewers are film enthusiasts who enjoy Indie films as much (if not more) than they enjoy Hollywood films. As such, they’ll give your film a fair shake and tell other film viewers what they liked and what didn’t work for them in a short, succinct review that’s great for press kits and getting folks to request your movies the way they did the original Paranormal Activity.

If you made your film competently and well, then they’ll watch the entire film before writing the review and you’ll have a shot at winning the coveted Flanagan-Varava Film Excellence Award. However, if you’ve made some colossal mistakes in filmmaking–your audio’s all messed up, your camerawork gives people migraines, or your actors can’t act–they’ll stop watching and let you know exactly when you lost them. (That alone is powerful information to have to correct serious problems!)

Straight Shooter Restrictions & Provisos:

  1. You will be required to submit a DVD copy of your film unless you contact us ahead of time to see if streaming is acceptable for the reviewer.
  2. Films may not have sexual content or nudity above that which would receive an R rating in the United States. (We do not critique or review pornography.)
  3. Reviewers will be assigned as befits compatibility and open-mindedness with a film’s genre.
  4. All reviews are final and will not be altered or removed once they are posted at MFM, regardless of the final result.
  5. If you make major changes to a film, you may request an additional review for your film, but you will pay the standard submission price and the old review will also be viewable.

Click Here To Submit Your Film For Straight Shooter Review

Film Critiques

Designed for filmmakers to learn to make better films and for a filmmaking audience, critiques are published here at MFM to provide help for both the submitting filmmakers and for our readers. Remember, these are NOT film reviews, which are for general publicity and public interest, but are instead film critiques which are done by trained filmmakers to help you make better films. Most critiques are two to four times longer than a review due to the depth and scope.

Critique Restrictions & Provisos:

  1. Films must be made for $50,000 or less.
  2. Films may not have sexual content or nudity above that which would receive an R rating in the United States. (We do not critique or review pornography.)
  3. All critiques are final and will not be altered or removed once they are posted at MFM, regardless of the final result.*
  4. Waits for critiques will likely be longer than for reviews, since, so that constructive advice can be given, all critiques are performed by other filmmakers.
  5. You must contact us before submitting your payment to make sure an available film critic is free. Fees will not be refunded if you fail to do this.
  6. You will be required to submit a DVD copy of your film unless you contact us ahead of time to see if streaming is acceptable.
  7. If you make major changes to a film, you may request an additional critique for your film, but you will pay the standard submission price at that time and the old critique wil also be viewable.

*Private critiques are available, although the cost is substantially higher than for public critiques, since no costs can be defrayed through the creation of content.

Click Here To Submit Your Film For Critique

 

The director of two feature length films and half a dozen short films, Jeremy Hanke founded MicroFilmmaker Magazine to help all no-budget filmmakers make better films. The second edition of his well-received book on low-budget special effects techniques, GreenScreen Made Easy, (which he co-wrote with Michele Yamazaki) is being released by MWP in fall 2016. He's curently working on the sci-fi collaborative community, World of Depleted, and directed the debut action short in this series, Depleted: Day 419 .

    27 Comments

  1. How much is the film review? You say there is a fee but you only list the fee for a critique. Am I right or confused?

    • Hey Clay,

      Currently the price is the same. It should list those on the pull down menu. If not, just make a note when you submit the film in the Paypal form that you want a Straight Shooter review. Thanks for your patience!

      -Jeremy

  2. How can I submit my film for you to review? I click on the submission page but I see no further directions.

    Sanbodai

    • I’m guessing you meant you didn’t see how to click on to get the form and submit? The headers link to the submission pages, but, as I looked at them, I realized that it wasn’t very obvious. As such, at the bottom of each section is now provided a direct link to submit either your film for review or your film for critique here at the Film Submission Instructions page.

  3. When you will start scripts critique?

    • If your interested in this, contact me via the contact page with some info about your script and I’ll check with our Script Critic. While we haven’t rolled it out across the board, we’re currently allowing people to contact us about it and we’ll see if we can get you into this beta test phase!

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