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Crowd Funding 101: How to Maximize Your Online Campaign

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The Big Players and What Differentiates Them Though the phrase “crowd funding” technically refers to any method that raises money from a large group of people, often with a stipulation of reaching a proposed goal or budget, for independent filmmakers and artists, the phrase most often refers specifically to two competing websites, Kickstarter.com and IndieGoGo.com…. Read more »

Are Pitch Sessions the New Black?

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Pitch sessions are becoming the go-to attraction at film festivals and conferences. How are filmmakers and expert panelists making the most of these meetings? After attending a few sessions firsthand, The Independent asked film professionals for their input on how to maximize the pitch opportunity. Turns out the answers aren’t so simple. We spoke with:… Read more »

Securing Distribution with Netflix

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By Michelle L. Martin and Katie O’Connell If you want tons of exposure for your film, Netflix—the world’s leading internet subscription service for movies and television—is the place to be. Netflix reaches over 16 million members in the United States and Canada. About a year ago they added 300 on-demand streaming indie films to their… Read more »

Maximizing Film Exhibition Quality at Festivals

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Many filmmakers forget that there are plenty of final touches to be made after the last edit is approved and digital formatting requirements are met for festival submissions. Even after festival acceptances flood your in-box, there are ways to maintain creative control over your film’s exhibition. Doing the proper prep work and building relationships with… Read more »

The Film Must Go Green

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Sustainable Filmmaking Workshop Panelists: Miranda Bailey – Director, Greenlit Lauren Selman – Reel Green Media Eva Radke – Film Biz Recycling World premiering at SXSW 2010, Miranda Bailey’s documentary, Greenlit, portrays the hopes and eventual challenges of making the production of The River Why “green.” There is a moment at the beginning of Bailey’s documentary… Read more »

Production Insurance for Filmmakers: Understanding the Basics

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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 »