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Indie Film Financing and Movie Distribution - Dancing Nude

By Sid Kali

Indie film financing and movie distribution reminds of what it would feel like dancing nude on stage (much respect for exotic dancers at Larry Flynt's Hustler Club!). You show up to pitch your movie project and need to be able to dance to a film investor's music. It's their stage and not yours as an indie filmmaker seeking film funding. They want you to make a sellable movie which appeals to movie distributors so the production can make money. more


Film Financing - Can Film Graduates Take the Challenge?

By John Gaskin

Graduates from a Film Studies program have a new opportunity in film & video production. Of course, with all opportunity comes a challenge - and in this case, the challenge is to locate financing for your, or your employer's, projects.

With the advent of digital equipment the scope of film & video production has widened. The usual Hollywood styled film production is no longer the only route to a career for film graduates.  more


True Independent Film - The Iconographer Goes Back to Indie Film Roots With Film Maker Andy Mingo

 By Lidia Yuknavitch

Remember when Indie Meant Indie?

Remember the first days of independent film? Those were the days of "Eraserhead" and "Mala Noche" and "Crumb" and "Pi" and "El Mariachi" and "Clerks" and even "Roger and Me." Remember how exciting it was to watch the dominant mode of production of our time, film making, be put into the hands of a regular person who might live next to you? Or might even be you?

Remember when ten grand, maybe twenty if you cleaned out your bank account and maxed out your credit cards and asked all your friends and neighbors and relatives and even people you barely knew but bought drinks for? And it was worth it?

Portland independent filmmaker Andy Mingo wants you to know two things about independent film: more


Piracy and the Future of the Film Industry

By Elliot B. Grove

I recently came across this tweet from Duncan Jones, the director of the little film that could, 'Moon':

"Dear BitTorrenters... so pleased Moon is popular with u; 40,000 active seeds cant be wrong! One thing. Will you please buy the DVD as well?" more

Essential Film Marketing - How to Generate Massive Interest and PR For Your Film on No Budget!

By Susie Tullett

In this film marketing guide What do you do if you have little or no budget to promote the film? Some case studies I'll be using: The Blair Witch Project; Desperado (Robert Rodriguez -Sin City/Spy Kids) which are worth mentioning, and I'll discuss how you can use casting as a PR opportunity. I hope some of these tips will help, both up and coming, established filmmakers, as well as those at film schools. Remember one golden rule, don't be afraid to be pushy and persistent on the self-promotion front!

Rule 1 - You can't PR if the story isn't worth telling

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It Takes an Iron Resolve to Make an Independent Film Production Happen

By Michael Connelly

Commitment is an independent filmmaker's most valuable resource. Without a lot of money to grease the wheels of production, a low budget film producer must rely on creativity and determination to get their films made. If a person wants to get their film made badly enough, there is not much in this world that can stop it from happening. more

Independent Film Investment

By Ted Shikaley

Indie Film Investments
 

Independent films present an alternative investment opportunity. The Blair Witch Project or Clerks to The Passion of the Christ all have one thing in common: 

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Top 12 Black Film Festivals

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Film festival directors create fair and balanced programs for their festivals. Notwithstanding the quality of the films, a festival with all Black films is not necessarily
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Essential Film Marketing -
How to Generate Massive Interest
and PR For Your Film on No Budget!

By Susie Tullett

In this film marketing guide What do you do if you have little
or no budget to promote the film?
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It Takes an Iron Resolve to Make
an Independent Film Production Happen

By Michael Connelly

Commitment is an independent filmmaker's most valuable resource.

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