Author: Vanessa Willoughby

Vaness Willoughby is an undergraduate at Emerson College currently working as an Editorial Intern for The Independent.


Articles Written by Vanessa Willoughby:

No-Fee Film Festivals

Note: additions were made to this story on February 10, 2010 October 12, 2011, and August 3, 2012. Whether you’re a new or a seasoned filmmaker, festivals provide a supportive and constructive atmosphere to show your work. Established festivals such as Cannes, Tribeca and Sundance are not only respected venues, but they can give otherwise… Read more »

Production Insurance for Filmmakers: Understanding the Basics

Production insurance is probably one of the most important things a filmmaker needs to take into consideration before shooting the project. Why get insurance for your project? Essentially, there are three reasons: Legal, Contractual and Asset Protection. As for legal reasons, nearly every state requires that a production company/filmmaker carry some form of insurance. A… Read more »

Grant Guidance: Government, State, and Private Funds for Filmmakers

Although arts funding is not exactly at its peak, grants remain an essential source of financing for many independent filmmakers. Learning to navigate the grant research and application process, of course, can be quite a challenge. Some filmmakers jest that they spend more time fundraising than making their films. In an effort to combat that,… Read more »

The View From the Other Side

It takes guts for a critic to venture into the medium they analyze, but acclaimed film critic and blogger, Matt Zoller Seitz did just that, releasing his first feature-length film Home in 2006. Since 1995, he has been a film critic for NYPress and a TV critic and columnist for both the The Newark Star-Ledger… Read more »

Health Insurance for Artists

As freelancers, many members of the creative community — writers, artists, and filmmakers — often struggle to find the best health insurance for themselves and their families. Since artists typically do not work as employees, they are not eligible for insurance through a company. And it’s not always an option to tag onto a partner’s… Read more »