Every filmmaker dreams of the day that their film will appear on the big screen in front of a real, live audience that will inevitably vote for it as the best picture in a major film festival. But, before you can get there, you have to put in a lot of work. Maybe you’ve already created a few projects on your own or you’re just beginning to work on your very first short film. Either way, you should have some film festivals in mind if you’re considering entering. It’s usually a good idea to research some film festivals before creating your project because it will help to know which ones you plan to apply to and what types of films they usually show. Of course, you want to use your own creativity to capture the judges’ attention, but it helps to know what types of films have won in the past. To get started, grab your best video equipment and start writing down your script and check out these top film festivals for new filmmakers.