Submitting a film to a festival isn’t just: “Go online, send your movie and money in.” There is more to it. Come find out from festival directors and runners what makes a successful submission.
Jason Ryan is a cinematographer and director based in Phoenix and is the co-founder and managing director of the Jerome Indie Film & Music Festival. He has directed photography on short and feature films, music videos, commercials, pieces for television, promos and documentaries. Films featuring his cinematography have screened in over 45 film festivals internationally, and he was nominated for a Best Cinematography award from the International Academy of Web Television in 2013 for his work on the web series “Western X”. The main goal in Jason Ryan’s cinematography is to collaborate with the director to develop a look, compose shots and move the camera in a way that will best inform the subject material. “While the technical aspect of cinematography is very important, the artistic aspect is even more important,” says Jason. “The mark of a true professional is consistency, and my work is consistently artistic and high quality.” He combines his knowledge of art history, life experience, observance of light in nature, many thousands of hours of shooting film, HD video and stills, study of the work and methods of the world’s best cinematographers and his emotional response to what he’s shooting to produce a strong, original visual voice. In 2009, Jason’s music video for Sarah Darling’s “Whenever It Rains” reached #2 on CMT’s Hot 20 Music Video Countdown. In 2011, his short BMX film, Solo won Best Short Film at the world’s largest action sports film festival, X-Dance.