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How long is an indie feature film?


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#1 grahamstanly

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Posted 23 January 2007 - 09:59 PM

Hey all I am plannin on makin a horror film and we basically have no budget like 1000 dollars but we have a good story some acting students and some all of our equipment including lighting, mics, and a camera. but what is considered feature length in a festival? I think our movie will be about 30-45 minutes long, but i always thought a feature was an hour and up. but to be a short 30 minutes seems long...but I could be wrong.
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#2 Chris Keth

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Posted 23 January 2007 - 10:11 PM

I would say 80 minutes o so is the bottom end of the "feature" category. Many festivals may have official regulations regarding running time, so you should research that.

In general, I would keep shorts under 20 minutes and features over 80ish. There is, of course, no hard and fast rule, but this seems to be what marketability thinks is appropriate.
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#3 David Venhaus

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Posted 23 January 2007 - 10:39 PM

Each festival has a different time lenght cutoff for what is considered a short and what is considered a feature. A 30 min film would be considered a short in most festivals.
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#4 Frank Barrera

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Posted 23 January 2007 - 10:41 PM

distributors require atleast 80 minute running time including credits.
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#5 Rod Otaviano

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Posted 23 January 2007 - 11:19 PM

Yeah, I think it depends on the festival. "Following" for example is only 69 minutes long (great film by the way). Won best b&w film at Slamdance.
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#6 Dan Salzmann

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Posted 24 January 2007 - 07:25 AM

One thing to remember is that most festivals especially international ones are really, really selective about their selection of features because one 90 minute feature takes up about as much time as 8 ten minute short films.
So if you are talking about a mega low budget film make sure it's VERY interesting if your intention is having it screened in international festivals.
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#7 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 24 January 2007 - 11:23 AM

Hey all I am plannin on makin a horror film and we basically have no budget like 1000 dollars but we have a good story some acting students and some all of our equipment including lighting, mics, and a camera. but what is considered feature length in a festival? I think our movie will be about 30-45 minutes long, but i always thought a feature was an hour and up. but to be a short 30 minutes seems long...but I could be wrong.


Personally with a $1000, I'd make it a short.

Do a rewrite and make it a tight 20 min short, it'll be much more impressive. Your resources will be much more focused on quality rather than quantity.
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#8 Nicholas Jenkins

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Posted 24 January 2007 - 04:30 PM

Personally with a $1000, I'd make it a short.

Do a rewrite and make it a tight 20 min short, it'll be much more impressive. Your resources will be much more focused on quality rather than quantity.


I don't think this is a bad idea. But I tend to think of 80-90 minutes being the bare minimum for a feature. 20 minutes kind of being the max for a short as allot of festivals get a little irritable at having to watch much longer things.
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#9 Richard Boddington

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Posted 24 January 2007 - 06:07 PM

IMDB says feature length is 45 mins and up. Netflix says 60 mins and up.

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#10 Mark Henderson

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 10:15 PM

I may be wrong but I believe to be considered for an Academy Award nomination for a full-length feature film the film has to be at least 89 minutes long. You'll probably need more than the $1,000.00 to be considered, also. :-)

Good luck,
Mark
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