NALSAR To Transport 209 Migrants Belonging To UP & Chhattisgarh Via Bus & Air Travel

first_imgNews UpdatesNALSAR To Transport 209 Migrants Belonging To UP & Chhattisgarh Via Bus & Air Travel LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK2 Jun 2020 4:49 AMShare This – xThe alumni network of the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, Hyderabad (NALSAR) has taken up the task of transporting about 209 migrant workers, including children, back to their homes. Recently, the alumni network of the National Law School of India University, Bangalore facilitated the travel of 174 migrants from Mumbai to Rannchi, via a chartered Air…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe alumni network of the National Academy of Legal Studies and Research, Hyderabad (NALSAR) has taken up the task of transporting about 209 migrant workers, including children, back to their homes. Recently, the alumni network of the National Law School of India University, Bangalore facilitated the travel of 174 migrants from Mumbai to Rannchi, via a chartered Air Asia flight.174 Migrants In Mumbai Return To Their Homes In Jharkhand Via Chartered Flight Sponsored By NLSIU Alumni So far as the project initiated by the alumni of NALSAR is concerned, they are presently undertaking two projects: (1) Funding for transport by air from Bengaluru, Karnataka to Raipur, Chattisgarh; (2) Funding for transport by bus from Asind, Rajasthan to Chitrakoot, UP. Bengaluru to Raipur Under this project, 174 workers and their children, including several infants, will be transported from Bengaluru to Raipur, via an Indigo flight. This will be done in collaboration with Loving Migrant Workers Network (LMWN) and Samerth Charitable Trust (Samerth) who will arrange for air travel on this route, and further with the Azim Premji University that will arrange for ration kits and food for these people when they land in Chhatisgarh. The total cost for this project is estimated at Rs. 16 lakhs, including funds for documentation, health screening and food during travel. Asind to Chitrakoot Under this project, the alumni will facilitate bus-travel of 9 migrant worker families, comprising of 20 adults and 25 children, from Bhilwara district in Rajasthan to Chitrakoot in Uttar Pradesh. They are brick-kiln workers who were stranded in the state of Rajasthan during the lockdown. These families were stranded on the road with little money and no shelter, water, and basic amenities, forcing them to undertake a long journey to their homes, on foot. The alumni group has resolved to facilitate their travel, in collaboration with Jai Bhim Vikas Seva Sanstha. The total cost for this project is estimated at Rs. 1.2 lakhs, including funds for travel, food and ration to sustain the workers when they get home. Further, as an immediate assistance to meet basic needs, they will provide cash support of Rs. 1000 to each of such migrants.Other details The network has ensured that apart from travel, the workers will be provided will all logistical support including end point pick up/ drop off, food, water, protective gear, ration kits and cash transfers to help sustain upon arrival at home. The entire project is being coordinated in association with an NGO run by an alumnus of the NALSAR itself, and they are presently under the process of raising the total funds to the tune of Rs. 18,00,000/-. Donations for the same may be made at: “With more funds being raised in the coming days, we believe that we can together create a much greater impact, potentially save lives, and certainly alleviate much suffering. Given that the COVID-19 crisis is not even close to abating, let alone past its peak, it is crucial that you continue to contribute generously to help those whose livelihoods and homes have suddenly been snatched away. We are in the process of evaluating further priorities and making arrangements for further routes for transport, as well as food, medical supplies, and sanitary supplies. With your continued support, we can make a difference in the lives of many,” one of the alumni said. Next Storylast_img read more

Senior HR execs discover board still out of reach

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Of the 80 delegates surveyed, just half had made it to themain board, while 45 per cent were on the operational board. Some of the challenges they face include: HR still beingseen as ‘soft and cuddly’ rather than hard and business-focused; the professionbeing obsessed with its perceived status; HR’s inability to decide what to callitself; and finance, sales and marketing staff regarding HR professionals as‘jobsworths’, adding additional work to their already busy days throughreviews, appraisals and other functions. Senior HR execs discover board still out of reachOn 11 May 2004 in Personnel Todaycenter_img For a full investigation on what senior HR executives think,see Personnel Today on 18 May. Comments are closed. TEXT: An exclusive survey of senior HR executives on boardthe Aurora reveals that while 75 per cent believe HR should automatically havea place on their organisation’s main board, 82 per cent admit the professionstill has an image problem. last_img read more

As The Crow Flies Delivers The Goods At Capitol Theatre Tour Opener [Review/Photos]

first_imgAs The Crow Flies | Capitol Theatre | Port Chester, NY | 4/17/2018 | Photos: Bob Forte Photo: Robert Forte Following the acrimonious dissolution of the Black Crowes in 2015 it seemed all but a certainty that fans would forever be resigned to enjoying the band’s music via only blurred memories and or iTunes. Seemingly out of nowhere, 2017 served as the launching point for what has now become a full on rebirth of the Black Crowes, albeit in rather unthorodoxed and unexpected forms.The Magpie Salute, featuring former Black Crowes members Rich Robinson, Marc Ford and Sven Pipien, were the first outfit to dip their toes back into the Crowe’s universe. Based on comments Black Crowes front man Chris Robinson made regarding the band reuniting, as well as the the Magpie Salute specifically, it sure seemed that the elder of the Robinson brothers was not all that interested in bringing the Black Crowes back to life in any iteration.However, late in 2017 rumors began to surface that Robinson was piecing together a Black Crowes touring outfit of his own, that would also include former band members. Whispers of a Robinson fronted Black Crowes project were confirmed as being true this past January when the inaugural tour of As The Crow Flies was official announced. Former Black Crowes players Audley Freed, bassist Andy Hess and keyboardist Adam MacDougall were quickly brought in the As the Crow Flies fold. Robinson also tapped current Chris Robinson Brotherhood drummer Tony Leone, as well as rising guitar phenom Marcus King, to round out the As the Crowes lineup.This past Tuesday April 17th, As the Crow Flies took off for their initial flight within the confines of the renowned Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. A combination of nervous energy and excitement permeated throughout the entirety of the sold out Capitol Theatre audience prior to the band taking to the venue’s lighted stage. Perhaps the biggest question mark regarding the As the Crow line up was the inclusion of southern fried guitar hero Marcus King. The concerns were likely tied to the fact that many of the Black Crowes die hard fans simply weren’t all that familiar with King himself or his music. King fronts and plays lead guitar for Greenville, South Carolina based juggernaut The Marcus King Band. The Marcus King Band itself is rooted in improvisation, pscyhedelia and southern inspired licks and harmonies. Subsequently King’s own musical DNA aligns quite well with the Black Crowes sonic palette, making it quite apparent as to why Robinson was eager to bring King into the As the Crow Flies fold.Fans did not have to wait long to see if King was capable of brining the type of guitar based bombast that were a trademarks of past Crowes guitarists such as Marc Ford and Luther Dickinson. Early on the in set King unleashed an electrifying solo to close out “By Your Side” that actually turned out to be the first “wow” moment of the evening. Not to be out done, former full time Black Crowes guitarist Audley Freed more than proved to the Capitol Theatre faithful there were ample reasons as to why Robinson brought him along to be a part of the As the Crow Flies tour. Any detractors regarding that particularly sentiment surely must have been swayed following Freed’s first foray into the guitar spotlight on the evening with the combustible solo he served up to wind down a resplendent take on “Non Fiction.”Robinson himself was in good spirits throughout the night’s performance.  The front man treated the audience to ample doses of smiles, effulgent vocals and of course some of his renowned dance moves. Robinson and the band as a whole seemed to shine and find their groove more as the performance moved into the second half of the set. Highlights included blistering takes on “Thorn in My Pride and “My Morning Song” as well as main set closer “Hard to Handle,” which included an extended and majestic jam of Deep Purple’s “Hush.”Was everything perfect on the first night of the As the Crow Flies tour?  The answer to that question is probably “no” but with a strong asterisk next to it. The quintet only live rehearsed together for a few days in Brooklyn, NY prior to the tour kicking off. More importantly bands like the Black Crowes were in large part, driven to greater heights by the technical acumen that existed within the band, as well as with their intrinsic familiarity with another musically.Rest assured As the Crow Flies has the first of the two aforementioned traits in spades. As the tour progress and these musicians become more familiar with another both on and off the stage, thousands of fans are going to be lining up to share the ride with Robinson and his flock of fellow As the Crow Flies brethren.Setlist: Remedy, Sting Me, Twice as Hard, By Your Side, Non Fiction, Good Frida, Almost Cut My Hair, Wiser Time, She Talks to Angels, Thorn in My Pride, My Morning Song, Jealous Again, Hard to Handle > Hushcenter_img Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Delusory Parasitosis

first_imgBugs do sting, crawl and infest people. But for people who suffer Delusory Parasitosis, or Ekbom Syndrome, there are no bugs involved, just the irritating sensation that they are. Collecting data from sufferers “No one is studying this condition,” said Nancy Hinkle, an entomologist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “The logical groups — psychologists and psychiatrists — never see these people because they don’t consider themselves to have a mental illness. Since we were receiving calls from so many Ekbom Syndrome sufferers, we decided that it was up to us to pose some testable hypotheses and attempt to develop a valid research approach to investigate the condition.”Hinkle and graduate student Jennifer Applegate are getting to know more about sufferers of the syndrome. “So little is known about the condition, we are attempting to establish a foundation for investigating it by developing background information on sufferers’ demographics, experiences, descriptions of the pest, control strategies employed and ancillary conditions,” Hinkle said. “As with most epidemiological studies, because the cause is not known, a broad survey is undertaken, and then we look for trends and connections.”Females in their 60sTheir survey results show that the average sufferer is 64 and female. Other common characteristics are those who are self-employed or unemployed and somewhat socially isolated. Hinkle has gotten calls from sufferers representing a full range of socioeconomic backgrounds and professions, including doctors, nurses, professors and even a pest control operator.As part of the research, they surveyed 15 U.S. entomologists who regularly deal with Ekbom Syndrome sufferers. From this, they estimate more than 250,000 people have the condition at any given time in the U.S.As common as MS“We have found that Ekbom Syndrome is more common than the medical literature had led us to believe,” Hinkle said. “Its incidence is comparable to multiple sclerosis.”Results from Hinkle’s research are published in the April edition of Annual Reviews. Hinkle’s lab gets pest samples every week from people who believe they are infested by bugs. The samples contain skin cells, hair, dirt and dust, but no bugs. “Many people think they are infested by an unknown bug or one so small or elusive it is impossible to capture for a sample,” Applegate said. Applegate calls the sufferers to discuss their results. “Callers are frustrated when we do not find insects in their samples,” Applegate said. “As entomologists, we can only determine whether insects or mites are involved; we cannot make medical diagnoses.” Don’t criticize or ridiculeIt is important to remember that these people are not crazy, Applegate said. Their symptoms and suffering are real and disrupt their lives.Know someone infested? Applegate says not to criticize the condition or person. This may push the sufferer further into the belief or isolate them. Take them to the doctor to be examined for scabies and lice, the only two common human parasites. There are no human-skin parasites that are invisible, Hinkle said, and even microscopic ones are rare.“If there is a valid insect or mite causing the infestation, the individual should be able to collect samples and provide them for identification; we can then make recommendations for their effective suppression,” Hinkle said. Medications can cause symptomsThere are some explanations for the crawling sensations described by sufferers. Common over-the-counter and prescription medications can cause pruritus and the perception of being infested with parasites. Depression, anxiety, stress and other psychological conditions are known to initiate the “itch-scratch” cycle, Hinkle said. “As our population ages, the incidence of Ekbom Syndrome is increasing,” Hinkle said. “Dealing with a loved one suffering from this condition can be frustrating and draining. Family members should be assured that the condition can be successfully treated with medication. But it is difficult to persuade the sufferer to seek treatment because they are convinced that they are infested with bugs. Sufferers often protest that it can’t be a delusion, because they feel and see the bugs; of course, the point is that if one realizes that he is delusional, then he is not.”last_img read more

Before sharing feedback, ensure that others feel safe

first_imgHow is negative feedback given and/or received in your organization? Have you given the practice any thought? I read an interesting article in the Harvard Business Review about how to give and receive negative feedback.The story centered around a manager named Rich, who, before asking his employees to fill out a feedback survey, predicted that he might get “dinged” for being “a control freak.” But when he got back feedback that said just that, he was devastated.HBR concluded that it wasn’t so much the comments – which were expected – as whether or not everyone involved felt “safe.” continue reading » 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

China silent on detention of Australian journalist

first_imgTopics : There are fears Cheng could face a prolonged period of detention after reports in Australian media said she was being held under “residential surveillance”.”Our concerns for Ms Cheng are genuine and real,” Simon Birmingham, Australian minister for trade, tourism and investment told ABC News on Tuesday.Free media advocates also called for full information on her case.Chinese authorities should “disclose their reasons for holding” her or “release her immediately”, the Committee to Protect Journalists said, calling China the “world’s leading jailer of journalists”. Cheng has not been seen in public since being held, although Australian envoys in Beijing were able to speak to her on August 27.A foreign ministry spokesperson in Beijing batted away questions over the fate of the China-born journalist, who enjoyed a high profile as a business news presenter on CGTN.”I can’t give you any specifics,” Hua Chunying told reporters.”But you know China is a country governed by law… we will handle things according to the law.” Big beef The detention of Cheng, who conducted interviews with international CEOs for CGTN’s Global Business and BizTalk shows, has also sent shockwaves through China’s foreign journalist community.While the cause of her detention remains a mystery, she has written a number of Facebook posts critical of Chinese President Xi Jinping and the Chinese government’s approach to the COVID-19 outbreak.One post poked fun at Xi’s visit in March to Wuhan, the coronavirus ground zero: “The big story today, Dear Leader’s visit, triggered titters in the newsroom — waving to a big TV screen showing the coronavirus hospital in Wuhan apparently equals a visit.””In China… ‘serve the people’ goes the slogans [sic]… [the] reality is the opposite,” she wrote.Cheng also praised on Facebook a censored interview with doctor Ai Fen, who sounded an early alarm about the new virus in Wuhan.She has also spoken openly about domestic violence including at a UN Women China event in Beijing last year.China has ramped up its rhetoric against Australia since Canberra called for a probe into the outbreak.A senior Beijing envoy last week equated the push for a global inquiry to the betrayal of Julius Ceasar by Brutus, registering the “indignation, anger and frustration” felt by China at Australia.China has also bristled at Australia’s invocation of national security as a reason for investigations into foreign interference at its universities.It has been accused of retaliating with a litany of trade measures including probes into alleged dumping of Australian wines, suspending beef imports, and warnings to its citizens against travelling to Australia.Such acts fit a pattern of “coercive diplomacy”, according to a report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI).Cheng is the second high-profile Australian citizen to be detained in Beijing after writer Yang Hengjun was arrested in January 2019 on suspicion of espionage.Earlier this year, Australia warned its citizens they faced the risk of arbitrary detention if they travelled to China.AFP attempted to contact Cheng through WeChat and did not get any response.Her bio page has been pulled from the website of CGTN.But she is known to have two young children, both believed to currently be in Melbourne.”She’s really warm, very bright… very generous,” a friend of Cheng’s told AFP, requesting anonymity. China refused Tuesday to disclose why an Australian journalist working as an anchor for state TV has been detained for at least two weeks without charge.Cheng Lei, an anchor for CGTN, China’s English-language state broadcaster, has been held since at least August 14 but Australian diplomats say Beijing has given no reason for her detention.Her case is the latest to fray relations between the two countries which have withered over trade, security concerns about Chinese tech and Canberra’s push for a probe into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

Nelson Home Building Centre Leafs Player Profile of the Week — Tyler Moffat

first_imgFacebook or Twitter: TwitterOther interests: Fly-fishingHockey History:2012-13 Kindersley Klippers, SJHL, Creston Thunder Cats2011-12 Lloydminster Bobcats, SJHL, Creston Thunder Cats2010-11 Calgary Midget AA2009-10 Calgary Midget AA2008-09 Calgary Minor Midget AAAThe Nelson Daily: What brought you to the Leafs?Tyler Moffat: A trade. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go back to Creston and when I found out you could attend post secondary school with Nelson, and obviously they’re a good team I asked my coach if it would be possible to get a trade worked out with Nelson.TND: What type of a goalie are you?TM: I’m a more athletic goalie. I can’t really rely on my size so I have to rely on reactions and agility.TND: What strengths do you bring to the Leafs?TM: I think I can give the team a chance to win in every game we play. I consider myself a bit of a leader in the room. I’m pretty easy-going guy but I can definitely give the rookies advice if they need it.TND: Your former team is having a pretty good season. Any regrets leaving? Why?TM: No. I enjoyed my time in Creston but it just wasn’t the best place for me to go back to for my final year considering I do want to start post-secondary education and Nelson’s really the only team that offers that opportunity.TND: The recent success of Brad Rebagliati, do we have the makings of a Luongo/Schnieder Canuck goalie controversy with the Leafs?TM: Not really. I think it’s really good we have two goalies that can win us games every night. This isn’t just like any other year in Nelson because the team is hosting the Cyclone (Taylor Cup). So to be in tournament like that and have the pressure of being a championship team you need two goalies that can steal a game on any give night. . .. It’s only going to help us win more games and just going to make everybody look better. . .. It gives me motivation to play well as well because otherwise I won’t be able to get in the nets.TND: What are your individual goals this season and beyond?TM: Win league this year because this is my last year of junior. So definitely win the league and if we win the Cyclone, that would be a huge bonus. And individually, it’s a goal of mine to get a scholarship in hockey for a post-secondary education in either Canada or the USA.TM: Bachelor of Commerce degree specializing in petroleum land management. Being from Alberta obviously oil huge for us. So to get into that industry would be great.TND: Where do you hope to be next year?TM: At a post-secondary institute in Canada or the USA getting an education.TND: In 5 years?TM: Definitely be graduated and looking for a job somewhere.TND: In 10 years?TM: Married, for sure, settled down somewhere in Alberta. It’s been said that a change is as good as a rest.For Tyler Moffat, a change in scenery has definitely made an impact on his save percentage, wins and almost everything else with the Nelson Leafs Hockey Club.In 11 games, the Calgary native has backstopped Nelson to 10 wins — the lone loss coming in overtime.Moffat is second behind teammate Brad Rebagliati in both goal average (2.13) and save percentage (.921).“Moffs” as he’s known to his teammates no doubt will get the call this weekend — even against his former Creston club — when the Green and White take to the ice for a three-game Kootenay International Junior Hockey League weekend.First up is Friday against Princeton Posse before Murdoch rival Spokane makes its first appearance at the NDCC Arena.Both games have a 7 p.m. puck drop.Sunday is that Kootenay Conference showdown in the East Kootenay against the Thunder Cats.Here’s a quick look at Moffat in the Nelson Home Building Centre Leafs Player Profile of the Week.Nelson Home Building Centre Leafs Player Profile of the WeekTyler MoffatAge: 20Place of birth: Calgary, Alta.Hometown: Calgary, Alta.Height: 5-foot, 9 inchesWeight: 175 poundsYears in Hockey: 17Years playing goal: 14Favorite NHL Player: Jonathan BernierFavorite NHL Team: Calgary FlamesFavorite Music: Hip HopPre-Game Meal: Chicken/PastaBiggest accomplishment in hockey: Stopping 70 shots during a KIJHL playoff game against Kimberley Dynamiters.School: Selkirk College, Castlegar, Economics/EnglishNickname: Moffslast_img read more

Video: Soldado and Adebayor help Spurs beat Schalke

first_imgAfter a disappointing campaign last season things appear to be looking up at Tottenham as they finished pre-season with a 2-1 victory over Schalke.The win means Spurs made it through their preparations without tasting a single defeat, which will no doubt please new boss Mauricio Pochettino, who appears to have got his charges playing with plenty of gusto.On Saturday it was Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado who did the business for the Lilywhites against their German counterparts, while former Tottenham midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng got the consolation goal.To see all three strikes check out the video above…last_img read more

Zach Stone back in his comfort zone with the Humboldt Crabs following injury-riddled spring

first_imgARCATA >> The cruel reality for pitchers is that sometimes their body won’t cooperate with them 100 percent of the time. Zach Stone can tell you about that, both in recent and past history.He’s had to miss starts because of a cranky shoulder at the end of his high school career at Eureka High. He had to watch as his teammates at UC Davis struggled through a tough 2016 season where the Aggies lost far more than they won.But Stone, a former Big 5 MVP, is back in his Humboldt County comfort …last_img read more

How To Develop A Festival Strategy For Your Film That Doesn’t Waste Time Or Money

first_imgI’ve submitted my films to dozens of festivals over the years and have screened at quite a few – although in the early days if I knew what I do now I could have saved a lot of time and money. Follow these tips for finding the right festivals (and having a higher acceptance rate).Getting your film into the right festival is an art of it’s own. Not only do you need to be careful about the content that you submit and how it’s submitted, but just as importantly you need to make sure that the festivals you submit to are worth your time and effort.In order to develop a festival strategy for yourself, it’s important to first identify the different types of festivals to see where your film fits in. After all, the average festival submission can be anywhere from $20 – $100, so even just applying to 10 – 15 festivals can start costing you thousands of dollars. Let’s take a look at the different types of festivals….Top Tier FestivalsImage from FlickrIf you’re just starting out, you may have your sights set on some of the larger festivals – Sundance, Cannes, Toronto, etc. These festivals are of course amongst the largest and most prestigious in the industry, but they should be approached with caution as their acceptance rates are extremely low. For instance this year Sundance alone received nearly 13,000 short film submissions, and they will only be screening 150 or so. It’s important to keep that kind of statistic in mind when applying to these festivals as the chances of getting in are pretty slim.That said, if you feel your film is strong enough to compete then by all means submit it – just don’t get too discouraged if it gets rejected as that is not necessarily a reflection of the quality of your work. If you do get into one of these festivals however, it can truly launch your career – especially if your film is a feature. So to re-iterate – don’t rule out these large scale festivals, but also don’t put all your eggs in one basket.Mid-Range FestivalsI consider festivals like Slamdance, Palm Springs, and South By Southwest to be mid-range festivals. They are large enough that they get lots of media exposure and celebrity appearances, but smaller than the top tier festivals (meaning your film may have a better shot of actually getting in).Personally, I feel that these festivals are the sweet spot for up and coming filmmakers. Not just because your chances of getting in are higher, but also because when you do get in your film may get more attention than it would have at a larger festival where it is competing with huge films that can overshadow yours. Many filmmakers that have had films in large festivals and mid-range festivals have actually seen more success with their film as far as exposure and sales from the mid-sized festivals, so keep that in mind.Niche FestivalsRight now there are an abundance of niche festivals and they are growing rapidly every year. Niche can mean anything from a genre festival (like Fantasia International Film Festival) to themed festivals (women’s rights, African American, etc.) to small regional festivals that now exist in just about every town in North America.Some of these festivals can be particularly good options as they have a higher acceptance rate of films (giving you a better shot at getting in), but they also can connect you with an audience that is more likely to respond well to your film given they are attending a niche festival in the first place.Another benefit of these festivals is that they are usually relatively inexpensive to submit to, so it can’t hurt to submit to quite a few of them. The only real downside to these festivals is that it can be difficult to assess the quality level of them before you’ve actually seen them in person. Be sure to check out their website and do some homework before submitting so you don’t end up wasting your time.So Where Do You Submit Your Film?I truly believe in a multi-faceted approach to this. You don’t want to only submit to a handful of top-tier festivals and risk not getting in anywhere, but similarly you don’t want to only submit to the really small festivals either as you may not get the exposure you’re looking for. Your strategy is going to differ based on the genre of your film and the length as well. For instance if you have a Grindhouse slasher flick, you’re probably going to do better at the niche level, which is great as you may end up screening at a couple dozen niche festivals and cleaning up with awards and prize money.Even so – it’s worth submitting to a number of mid-sized festivals and top-tier festivals because genre films can of course screen anywhere. Conversely, if you have a slightly larger scale film that might have some recognizable names or faces in it, than go for the gold and submit to mainly top tier and mid-range festivals. Having a name actor in your film doesn’t guarantee acceptance by any stretch, but it certainly helps.If you think your film has a realistic shot at a big festival than go for it. Just pace yourself so that you don’t blow your festival submission budget just on a few festivals.If you have a feature film (as opposed to a short) you also need to be cognizant of the ‘premiere status’. Many large festivals want to have a world premiere for all of their features, so you want to make sure to time out your submissions carefully. You might apply to Cannes at the same time as a small regional festival, and if you were to screen at the regional festival first, there is a good chance that Cannes would disqualify your film even if they wanted to accept it otherwise.This doesn’t apply as much to smaller or even middle of the road festivals, but if you are going after the big guys, be aware of this and make sure you wait to hear from them first before premiering anywhere else. As for short films – there is a lot more leniency. Festivals still generally do prefer a premiere, but it’s very unlikely that your film will get cut out of the running for screening somewhere else. Actually in many cases the opposite can be true. Once your film gets some momentum on the festival circuit, other festivals will start to approach you and request that your film is included in their festival – effectively bypassing the submission process. This is most common with large/top-tier festivals but can happen with any festival that gets a decent amount of exposure.How To Plan It OutOne of the biggest keys to your festival run success is simple preparation. Know before you even write your script which festivals you want to target. Write your script with that in mind and be realistic about your goals. Once you have crafted a product that is really strong but also focused and targeted toward a specific type of festival then you’ll be in a really good starting place.Make sure you time out your production/post schedule carefully as well to ensure you’re meeting the right deadlines and getting your packages out in time. This is especially relevant for features that are going after major film festivals. Most importantly, diversify your submissions – send out a few to the major players regardless of your genre/length, but also send out a number to the mid-sized festivals and niche festivals. Every film will need it’s own unique strategy, but speaking for myself – my strategy going forward on my next feature will be:Submit 30% to major festivalsSubmit 50% to mid-range festivalsSubmit 20% to niche festivalsThis is generally a good ratio for many indie films, but could be off the mark if you’re doing something very specific or heavily genre based.Another point to make is that you don’t need to go at this alone. There are some really great festival consultants out there that can help guide you through this process. If you’re unsure about which path to take, meet with a consultant and see what they have to say. Even if you end up spending $500 on the consultation fee, you may actually save money in the long run as they can tell you pretty realistically which festivals you have a better shot at getting into. So rather than submitting to 30 festivals blindly, and getting into 2 or 3, you might end up submitting to 10 and getting into 7 or 8.And finally, make sure not to get discouraged when you don’t get accepted to a festival – big or small. It doesn’t necessarily mean they didn’t like your film, it just means it didn’t fit with their program. Many amazing films have been rejected from major festivals and have gone on to get theatrical distribution, and many films that were accepted to festivals like Cannes or Sundance never saw the light of day. Festivals aren’t the be all end all, but they are a great launching pad for your film when approached strategically.last_img read more