Why Web Series Matter

by Dan Schoenbrun, IFP.org Last week at IFP we launched the call for entries for our 35th annual Independent Film Week. This year, there’s one important change — for the first time, we’ll be accepting applications for narrative web series at all stages of development, production, and post-production It’s a long time coming, and something … More Why Web Series Matter

Is the Just-Do-It Ethos Bad for the Independent Film Business?

From Film Independent:  Last month Salon posted an article called “America’s next Wal-Mart: The indie film industry.” The premise: “Cheap labor and subsidies have created an unsustainable bubble. We need fewer indie films, not more.” The provocative article by Film Independent Fellow, Beanie Barnes, who went through our Project Involve artist development program in 2003 where … More Is the Just-Do-It Ethos Bad for the Independent Film Business?

The 5 Locations Low-Budget Films Should Avoid In New York

From Scouting NY.  Posted by: Scout Every week, I receive numerous requests from no/low budget filmmakers in search of New York City locations for cheap. Some I can help with; most, I simply don’t know where to begin. While it’s certainly possible to make low-budget films in New York, it often requires a personal connection … More The 5 Locations Low-Budget Films Should Avoid In New York

At Sundance, Vimeo Launches a $500K Program for Crowdfunded Films

Vimeo has launched a $500K program to support crowdfunded films, the digital platform announced at Sundance today. Vimeo will review films which have raised $10,000 or more on crowdfunding platforms such as Indiegogo, Kickstarter and Seed&Spark, and select projects to receive free Vimeo PRO accounts. In exchange for an exclusive digital premiere window on Vimeo … More At Sundance, Vimeo Launches a $500K Program for Crowdfunded Films

7 Surprisingly Low Budget Effects In Big Budget Movies

From Cinematic Listology By David Christopher Bell Sometimes the best solution is also the easiest. When it comes to making movies, however, nothing tends to be easy. Then again, there have been a few instances where the solution – while still not anywhere close to easy – was at least simple. Cheap, even. Check out … More 7 Surprisingly Low Budget Effects In Big Budget Movies

How to design a movie poster – top ten tips to grab the eye of a sales agent, distributor or audience member

From http://www.ChrisJonesBlog.com Given poster pop art is all around us and everyone has access to photo / graphics software, I am often amazed how some filmmakers turn in polished films, will also deliver terrible posters and key artwork. So bad that often sales agents and distributors will throw it away and start from scratch. And … More How to design a movie poster – top ten tips to grab the eye of a sales agent, distributor or audience member

Why Are Female Directors Having (Relative) Success in Independent Film, but Not in Hollywood?

Reblogged from V Renee, NoFilmSchool.com Filmmaking has gone through many great evolutionary events in its over 130 years of existence. It has seen technological advances: from Edison’s Kinetograph, (arguably) the first motion picture camera to the Blackmagic Cinema Camera, from exhibiting films on a Kinetoscope, to exhibiting them on smartphones. However, one change that has … More Why Are Female Directors Having (Relative) Success in Independent Film, but Not in Hollywood?

Three Film Festival Tips for New and Emerging Filmmakers

Every year, filmmakers flock to international film festivals like Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Venice, and SXSW in search for distribution deals that will take their work to screens around the world. For many independent creators, the combined cost of travel, accommodation, meals and festival fees may eat up a large part of your marketing budget or … More Three Film Festival Tips for New and Emerging Filmmakers

Girls on Film: Independent film's shining, female-centric example

Big Hollywood blockbusters treat women as an afterthought. Independent film is a totally different story. By Monika Bartyzel, TheWeek.com “Although for some people cinema means something superficial and glamorous, it is something else. I think it is the mirror of the world.” Jeanne Moreau — of Jules and Jim fame — said that during a … More Girls on Film: Independent film's shining, female-centric example

How to Convince a New Class of Investors They Can Make a Buck Financing an Indie Film

Thanks to technology, it’s now cheaper and easier than ever to make a solid independent film. What remains unclear, however, and should be ever-present on the minds of filmmakers and film lovers, is how to create a system in which the creators and professionals who make those films can enjoy something like a sustainable career. … More How to Convince a New Class of Investors They Can Make a Buck Financing an Indie Film