As an aspiring filmmaker, it is critically important to screen your work for others and gain feedback. In film school, your instructors will provide thoughtful, constructive feedback on the work you submit. At a film festival, you will be able to get feedback from the audience (did they laugh, did they cry, etc.) as well as from conversations you have after your screening. Additionally, there are many festivals geared for students or with categories specifically for student work. By submitting your own films and scripts, you could receive feedback directly from industry professionals.