Film Review Guidelines

It is incredibly hard to make a film.

 

You put your heart and soul into it.

Now, it is finished.

The next step is to get it to your audience. You want them to want to see it! Part of building that audience sometimes includes providing an honest review so that they will be more inclined to purchase a ticket to see your baby!

It can be very hard to get meaningful feedback on it.

For a small fee, Indie Spotlight Network will review your film and publish it here on our site.  Part of the review includes a link to your film’s website or production company website.  Here is the legal part that you have to agree as part of our TERMS OF USE.

Make sure to fill out our SUBMISSION FORM, filling in ALL REQUIRED FIELDS.

Below are some common FAQ:

I HAVE TO PAY TO SUBMIT A FILM FOR REVIEW?

Yes, keep reading…

PAYING FOR A SUBMISSION MEANS I GET A GOOD REVIEW, RIGHT?

No. You’re paying to use the service of the review, which is getting your film in front of a dedicated reviewer so they can review your unsolicited project. You’re not paying for the editorial content, you’re paying to get the film in front of the reviewer. What happens after that happens, but PAYING TO SUBMIT FOR REVIEW DOES NOT MEAN YOU WILL AUTOMATICALLY GET A POSITIVE REVIEW. Be sure to read the legal version of this statement can be found in the Film Submission for Review Terms of Use.

WHY CHARGE TO SUBMIT A FILM FOR REVIEW AT ALL THEN?

It costs money to review films. Since films submitted to us are unsolicited, they were not budgeted for, thus the costs needs to be covered somehow.

Additionally,

  • The reduction of Non-Serious Submissions: By charging a price for submissions, there will be fewer films submitted. Therefore, our reviewers can provide the quality time that it takes to properly review a film.
  • Faster Turnaround: With fewer submissions, reviewers can review your film quicker. Our Standard Review turnaround is 4 weeks. Our Accelerated Review and Short/Student Review turnaround is 1 week.
  • Reviewers Get Paid: It takes time for a dedicated professional to properly review your film. They deserve to be compensated for their time.

DOES SUBMITTING MULTIPLE TIMES FOR A SINGLE FILM SPEED UP THE REVIEW PROCESS?

No, that will actually slow things down. A film is assigned to a reviewer in the order that it is submitted. Once the reviewer begins their process, they are on a timeline. If a film is submitted multiple times it can present the opportunity of chaos which may cause the reviewer to miss the deadline. No one wants that to happen.

AS LONG AS I PAY, YOU HAVE TO REVIEW THE FILM, RIGHT?

No. We reserve the right not to review a film submitted to us. It is up to our discretion (example- pornographic, hate propaganda films, etc..). If we decide not to review a film submitted via this system, we will refund the submission fee. It is very rare, however, where we would decide not to review a film submitted through this system, but it could happen.

ONCE THE FILM IS REVIEWED, IT WILL EXIST ONLINE FOREVER, RIGHT?

Probably Yes. Obviously, it is our intention to have indiespotlightnetwork.com up and running as a viable website until the end of time. Unfortunately, we cannot predict the future and anything can happen. So we strongly suggest, rather than simply linking to the review after the fact, that if you truly like what has been written, take a screenshot or copy quotes for your own records. We’re not liable if the site goes offline and people cannot access the review.

IF MY FILM GETS A NEGATIVE REVIEW, CAN I REQUEST THAT YOU REMOVE THE REVIEW FROM THE SITE?

Respectfully – No; that’s part of the risk you take when you ask someone to review your film. The possibility may exist that they may not like it. However, if you don’t want to take that risk, don’t submit your film for review. One of our goals is to be trusted by our members and readers. That being said, we are tasked with providing reviews of the highest quality. We utilize a measurable matrix to ensure integrity, honesty and quality. We truly hope that by providing meaningful feedback, you will have the additional knowledge to help you make a better film in the future. We will NEVER bash a film for the sole reason of entertainment.  We understand how hard it is to make film. We are totally on your side. But, we must maintain integrity at all times.

WILL THE ENTIRE FILM BE WATCHED OR JUST A PORTION TO REVIEW IT?

We stated earlier, we MUST maintain integrity at all times. PERIOD! We feel that there is no possible way to provide an honest review of your film unless we have seen it in its entirety (yes, including the credits!).

CAN I USE ONE FORM TO SUBMIT MULTIPLE FILMS?

Unfortunately, No. It may be annoying, but we are on a time table. Therefore, we must do what we can to ensure that we have done all we can to expedite the process. We must have one form, one transaction, per film.

I KNOW INDIE SPOTLIGHT NETWORKS’ MAILING ADDRESS, SO CAN I JUST SEND IN A FILM?

No, please don’t. We only look for films that have been submitted to us through the Film Review Submission page. If we do not know that a film is coming, then it will not be reviewed. We absolutely want to review your film. Hopefully, it will be a great review. But, we need your help in ensuring that it is sent through proper channels so that we can track it.

CAN I TRACK MY SUBMISSION?

YES. When we receive your DVD and payment, we will send you a confirmation e-mail to the email address that you have provided us. (So, please use a dependable email address when you submit). We will let you know that your payment and your film have been received for review. We will also include the last possible date that we must complete the review of your film depending on the review option that you chose. Once the review is finalized you will receive an email copy of the review sent to you at the same time that we add it to our website.

CAN I KNOW THE NAME OF MY REVIEWER?

No. As part of their agreement with us they must adhere to a strict process to review a film. We, in return, offer the reviewer anonymity. The reason is simple; our reviewers are probably in the same industry circles that you are in. (We told you, they are professionals). We want a high quality review, without the potential of awkwardness.

DO YOU MAIL THE FILMS BACK WHEN YOU’RE DONE?

No. We do not return the films or submission materials so DO NOT send us the originals.