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Consulting & Strategizing
What The Festival Key can do for you:
Film Festival strategies for Filmmakers
Consulting for Film Festivals
Curating culture events, speaking engagements, panels, Q&A's and more.
The Festival Key is a consulting business created by Sandra Lipski; filmmaker and founder & director of the Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival. Sandra and her team have perfected the art and business of running a successful international film festival. EMIFF is:
"100 Best Reviewed Film Festival" on FilmFreeway"
"Top 50 Film Festivals Worth The Entry Fee" by MovieMaker Magazin
"Festivals For Europe" Official seal from Festivalfinder.eu
Sandra is a graduate from the DYFF Develop Your Film Festival training course by the ICO Independent Cinema Office UK.
"We're lucky to have a festival such as Mallorca - it's a passion play, a labor of love a real celebration for filmmaker's often Sisyhpean endeavors. Embrace it. Savor it. Love it. You've earned it. It's fan-dabby-dozy-tastic."
- Brian O'Hare, MovieMaker Magazin
Film Festival Strategy
After a complimentary analysis of your film and any materials you have, I present you with a custom proposal to fit your film's needs. I offer short term and long term support to achieve your film festival goals for Feature Films, Short Films, Documentaries and student films.
Your Film is finished (picture locked) and you have all your materials ready; Poster, screenshots, synopsis, directors bio etc. It's time to evaluate and make the best Film Festival strategy for your film.
Your film is in post production You need guidance to create the best materials to represent your film and create a premium Festival Strategy to reach your desired festival goal.
Your film is in pre production You think about; Where will I find my audience?" "Best marketing startegies?" I am here to guide you through the entire process from post production to your first Film Festival premier.
Services offered consulting & strategizing for:
Materials: poster, screenshots, synopsis, director's bio etc.
Your best Filmfreeway profile
Online presense: Vimeo, Youtube etc.
Film festival list
Best submission practices
Budget for film festival submissions
Budget for travel to Film Festivals
How to best communicate with film festival staff
Your social media strategy
Networking tips for film festivals
Important film festival prep: How to best promote your screening before and during film festival dates
Film Festival Consulting
For Film Festivals
Are you starting a Film Festival from scratch and need consulting in all areas? Hire The Festival Key and I will help you strategize and help guide you through the entire process with ease.
Are you a young Film Festival in the process of establishing your brand and image? Hire me to help you find your niche, key audience and create a game plan to achieve your goals.
Are you an established Film Festival running for many years and it's time to update, revitalize, or modernize certain areas of your brand? I will help you enhance specific areas to give the festival a fresh new vibe while maintaining the integrity and image you have worked so hard to create.
Festival Business plan
Building new audiences
Festival Mission Statement & Team Culture
Guest services travel and hospitality
Social Media Strategy and growth
VIP Guests & Special Awards
Workshop, Panel, Masterclass & Pitch Forum Production (Moderation & Participation available)
Talks & Events
Film Festivals, film premiers, Talks, Q&A's & more
As founder & director of the annual Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival, I know how important it is to make your guests feel appreciated and your audience entertained.
My favorite part of running a film festival is the interaction with filmmakers at talks, panels, Q&A's and gala presentations.
My goal is to create transformative conversations that will inspire and satisfy the filmmakers and the audience.
Events hosted & moderated
Opening and Closing Night Galas
Industry panels & round tables
Radio and TV interviews
All in English, German and/or Spanish
Successfull collaborations with
Los Angeles Film School
SoHo House Los Angeles
Mammoth Lakes Film Festival
Los Angeles Music Video Festival
South Eastern European Film Fest
El Festival de Cinema de Menorca
SCL (Society of Composers and Lyricists)
Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival
Cinema Without Borders Festival in Hollywood
Read about us here
An interview explaining how she got inspired to share her insights.
Interview with Sandra Lipski by ProductionHUB.com
Article by MovieMaker Magazin
Interview with Sandra Lipski by the Hollywood Reporter
Article by the Daily Bulletin, Palma de Mallorca
Founder & CEO The Festival Key
I created The Festival key because I simply cannot contain my passion for filmmakers, their films and the film festivals that screen them.
My expertise stems from founding the Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival (EMIFF) in 2012. I now lead an international festival team, together we produce a high quality Film Festival with excellent films, panels, workshops, spotlight, honoree screenings and powerful
networking events. Previous guests include Academy Award WinnersDanny Devito, Paul Haggis, Melissa Leo,Asif Kapadia and international renowned actors such as Mads Mikkelsen and Ana de Armas.
I get a kick out of connecting people and creating amazing experiences for filmmakers, their films and film festivals.
What people say;
"You made a movie? Great! Now make yourself and your film a favor and talk to Sandra, a professional festival programmer, to take your work to the next level. I wish we had talked to her before I wasted time and money going down dead ends."
Ben Eckstein writer/director Zero Fucks
"The advice and guidance I got from The Festival Key was priceless! The insight was not just incredibly knowledgeable with years of experience behind it, it was up to date. I feel really prepared for the upcoming year of festivals for my film Pant Hoot after her evaluation and review of the project. The Festival Key took a deep dive into all the promotional materials and the social media, with great advice for those areas. Key continues to check in on my progress long after the notes and advice was received, and all my questions were answered. I have no idea how I would have done this without them.
Richard Reens director/dp Pant Hoot
"Yeah! We are stoked. This was an eye opening consultation."
Batia Parnass producer Zero Fucks
"A most wonderful festival! Networking made celebratory, sophisticated and with personal touch of generosity and loving films and artists alike! A most fulfilling experience! Thank you EMIFF19!" - Birgitta Bernhard - Screenwriter Alumni EMIFF 2019
"It's a wonderful film festival! Great communication, panels and top quality care for the filmmakers. - Dimitri de Clercq- Filmmaker, Alumni EMIFF 2018
"Very warm and beautiful experience on this gorgeous island with Evolution! True film lovers and wonderful hosts" -
Eva Dolezalova, Filmmaker,
Alumni EMIFF 2019