Advice About Submitting to Festivals
DO position your camera to get a nice view of the stage, with a minimum amount of audience members' heads in the way
DO get high-quality audio, so we can hear what the performers are saying
DO make your video easily accessible, by posting it on a public video-hosting site such as YouTube.
DO have a great, and hi-res, photo of your show available. It can be a shot of a performance, or a posed publicity photo. But, please, if we ask for a publicity photo, do not send a poster, logo, graphic, or anything with text on it.
DO fill out the application form completely! Festival producers don’t want to chase you down for information and they will most likely pass you up.
DON'T have a lot of hullabaloo at the top of the video, Edit out any unnecessary lead-up, warming up, suggestion-getting, etc. We want to see the actual improv as soon as possible after hitting 'play.'
DON'T make the video hard for us to access but putting it behind a password-protected site, or making us download a many-megabyte-sized file.
DON'T be too vague, or too witty, when filling out the form. Actually write a group bio and show description that explains what you do, and how it is unique from other groups.
DON'T submit a show that you're actually not going to bring! If we accept you to the festival, we're hoping to get the whole package! The ensemble, the style, the format.
• FAQ •
What materials do I need to submit?
Other than a great description of you show - we need a great hi-res Press Photo or Performance Photo (NOT a graphic, poster or logo - but actual photo of your cast or select members of your cast - in action on stage, or posed).
We also need a GREAT video of a live performance of your show, posted to YouTube or some such equivalent. (See advice on creating your video below.)
Also, press quotes or reviews (if you have any).
Is there a fee to submit my show?
Yes - $39 (payable by credit card via our secure website)
When will I know if my show has accepted to SFIT?
How many acts are you looking for?
We accept a different number every year. In 2016, we accepted 16 local acts and 12 out-of-town acts.
If accepted, how many performances will I get?
Local (Seattle-based) acts usually will receive one performance. Out-of-town acts are typically scheduled for two performances, or two separate nights during the festival. We will work with performers travel schedules to determine what will be the best slot(s) for the group, and the festival.
If accepted, do we get paid for our performances? And do you help with hotels or flights?
We DO pay our performers! Out-of-town groups get a small travel stipend. We do not cover flights or hotel rooms, but we DO try to find bulk- or group-rates for local hotels.
I have a workshop I'd like to teach at your festival! May I?
Yes! Submitting a workshop to teach at the Festival is open to all that submit a performance.
What else goes on at this festival?
Improv workshops! And a party every night! (Sometimes with free beer!)