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Chris Gore's Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide, 4th edition: The Essential Companion for Filmmakers and Festival-Goers (Chris Gore's Ultimate Flim Festival Survival Guide) 4th Edition

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About the Author

Chris Gore is a writer and filmmaker. He has travelled the world to over 100 film festivals and finally ventured into filmmaking as the writer and producer of My Big Fat Independent Movie.

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  • Series: Chris Gore's Ultimate Flim Festival Survival Guide
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill; 4th edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823099717
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823099719
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #588,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Gore is a writer, comedian, author and television personality who has built a solid reputation as a hilariously outspoken voice in the entertainment world.

As a teenager, Chris founded the brutally honest magazine Film Threat, which began as a fanzine while he was a college student in Detroit. As Film Threat evolved into a respected national magazine, he relocated to Los Angeles. The print magazine was retired in 1997 when it was re-launched as a web site. FilmThreat.com found a huge audience online and was named one of the top five movie web sites by the Wall Street Journal. Chris sold Film Threat at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival to former editor Mark Bell.

Chris has appeared as a film expert on MSNBC, E!, CNN, Travel Channel, and Reelz Channel. Chis has also hosted shows on FX, Starz, and IFC. Chis is currently a host on G4TV's Attack of the Show where he is the show's film expert. His weekly movie review segment DVDuesday is among the most popular on G4. Chris also appears in sketches and comedic segments and occasionally guest co-hosts Attack of the Show.

Chris is also an author, having written The 50 Greatest Movies Never Made (St. Martin's Press) and The Complete DVD Book (Michael Wiese Publications). His book The Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide (Random House) is considered the bible of the industry and is required reading at film school. A 4th edition was recently released along with a companion web site UltimateFilmFest.com. As a writer, his opinionated stories have appeared in magazines, online and in trades such as The New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, Video Business, Total Movie, Spin, Details, Suicide Girls, ChinaShopMag.com and Playboy.com.

Chris is well-respected in the festival world, serving on several festival advisory boards. He was also named one of the 25 most influential people in independent film by Film Festival Today magazine. Chris began his own independent filmmaking career with the cult short Red starring Lawrence Tierney from Reservoir Dogs. Chris wrote and produced the feature comedy My Big Fat Independent Movie.

Though his career spans a diverse spectrum of jobs affiliated with the world of movies, Chris prefers to describe himself as a "Nerdlebrity." He lives in Los Angeles but his home on the web can be found at ChrisGore.com.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Willihnganz on September 11, 2012
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I am a 66-year-old filmmaker who teaches filmmaking at the Delphi Center of the University of Louisville. I work with a group of younger folks who are considering making a short film to enter in film festivals and I read Chris Gore's book to find out how to do this effectively and what to expect. The book was entertaining and highly informative. The interviews with other filmmakers about their experiences on the film festival circuit are invaluable. After reading this book, I feel like I have attended 100 film festivals just like Chris has. The documentary "Official Rejection" available from Netflix, is also a wonderful resource and well worth the hour and 47 minutes it takes to view it--you get to see, hear, and feel what life on the film festival circuit is like.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By KR on November 7, 2011
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Unlike the other editions of this book, this edition's guides to the individual festivals is only available online -- using the serial number printed in the book. If someone else has used your serial number, you will not be able to access the most valuable information the book has to offer. I've owned a previous edition, and was expecting to be able to access the same information, only updated. Now I'm out of luck. I wish the book description had included this caveat.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Scott Eberly on July 8, 2013
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I'm giving one star because I shouldn't have had to buy this version, but I did since the 5th edition put me in a bad spot. I bought the 5th version via my iPad, but the film festival directory switched to a website which would have been fine if the site was still up and running. I got my code, but it's now been a month and the site still isn't up--it's outright fraud--knowing this is a huge reason many by this book. The book is interesting enough and has some good stories, however, it's the reference for the film festival information why many people like myself buy the book. I ended up having to buy a paperback version of the 4th edition and have it overnighted to me.

It's amazing Amazon hasn't stepped up and removed this item from the site until Chris Gore's company get the fundamental basics down of how to deliver the product as advertised.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Irving Diaz on January 16, 2013
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Everything the festival-bound indie filmmaker needs is here. It's realistic, funny and sobering; a valuable resource from an experienced author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Burleigh on July 22, 2012
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Very relevant for filmmakers playing on the festival circuit. Love it! Strongly recommended. a a a a a a a a a a a a
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lana Z. Poulos on January 25, 2015
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The main reason I ordered the book was to get the URL to the film festival listings that supposedly comes with the purchase of the book...however that link provided takes you to an error page...not fun to pay for something only to find out that it no longer exists or the author just doesn't care enough about his readers and is selling them false info...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dean on October 10, 2010
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I really liked this book. It gave a great incite into what it takes to get into a film festival though a marketing perspective. When making a movie this is great for providing information on stuff to keep in mind if you want to make money on your movie. He talks about how to get into parties and what your press kit should have. I find this information really valuable when making movies and writing scripts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By chins01 on February 9, 2015
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The book itself is funny and informative. I'd give it 5 stars for the book itself. However, the main reason for buying this book is for the access it is supposed to give you to the ultimatefilmfest.com website. Unfortunately the website doesn't work.The Ultimate Film Fest Twitter and Facebook pages are also completely inactive and have been for quite some time so I don't have high hopes that the website is going to be up and running anytime soon. If you're buying this for the book itself go for it, but if you're buying it for the festival listings which were moved to the website in this edition of the book them save your money.
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