Distributor FAQ: Porchlight Entertainment

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What is PorchLight Entertainment? PorchLight is an independent distributor of films and television. We focus solely on programs that promote positive values and/or are family-friendly. PorchLight also produces and co-produces films and series, and currently produces two animated series that air on PBS: Jay Jay the Jetplane and Adventures From the Book of Virtues. Best… Read more »

Funder FAQ: Flintridge Foundation

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What is the Flintridge Foundation? Flintridge Foundation is a family foundation based in Pasadena, California. The foundation awarded its first grants in 1986 and established the Awards for Visual Artists in 1997. Our grantmaking (nearly $1.7 million annually) is concentrated in four areas: Visual Arts (through the Awards for Visual Artists program), Theater, Conservation, and… Read more »

Film Festivals: The Los Angeles Film Festival

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Attend the Los Angeles Film Festival and you never quite forget that you’re in, well, Los Angeles. The nine-day event, which this year took place during the last week of April, is held at the DGA offices on Sunset Boulevard and Fairfax, mere blocks from the Paramount and CBS studios. Down the road is the… Read more »

Funder FAQ: NewMarket Capital

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What is NewMarket Capital? We are an independent film financing company. When and why did NewMarket come into being? The company was started several years ago by partners William Tyrer and Chris Ball. While the company started off cash-flowing pre-sales and working in more of a straight financing capacity, we’ve since evolved into actual film… Read more »

Funder FAQ: Echo Lake Productions, LLC

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What is Echo Lake Productions? Echo Lake is a film fund for independent features. At the moment, Echo Lake only finances and produces narrative films, as opposed to documentaries. There are two sides to the company: the financing side, which acts like an aggressive entertainment bank, serving the needs of producers who lack some or… Read more »

Distributor FAQ: Canyon Cinema

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What is Canyon Cinema? Canyon Cinema is a film distribution organization of living filmmakers that distributes, supports, promotes, and preserves independent cinematic works of art. Who is Canyon Cinema? Dominic Angerame, executive director; Mark Toscano, assistant director & film traffic controller; Pamela Harris, bookkeeper; and Klara Grunning, part-time assistant. Current Board of Directors: Susanne Cockrell,… Read more »

Funder FAQ: Pacific Pioner Fund

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What is the Pacific Pioneer Fund? We’re a private foundation, and our exclusive mission is to support “emerging” West Coast documentary film- and videomakers. How, when and why did the fund come into being? We began making grants in 1980. One of the fund’s benefactors, Nancy Sloss, was herself a documentary filmmaker. She realized that… Read more »

Distributor FAQ: Strand Releasing

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What is Strand Releasing? Strand is an independent entertainment company specializing in the distribution of quality, review-, and festival-driven motion pictures. Who is Strand? Jon Gerrans and Marcus Hu, co-presidents; Gail Blumenthal, V.P. distribution; Rajeev Malhotra, manager, sales and booking; Giovana Driussi, director of acquisitions; and Victor Syrmis, co-president, Strand/New Oz Productions. Total number of… Read more »

Funder FAQ: IFFCON

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What is IFFCON? IFFCON is an annual conference in San Francisco with a dual purpose: to educate filmmakers about financing independent films in today’s global marketplace, and to facilitate direct contact between independent filmmakers and international financiers, commissioning editors, co-producers, and distributors. When and why did it come into being? Michael Ehrenzweig and I [Wendy… Read more »

Film Festivals: iFilm Network

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“If the consumer thinks ‘films’, we want them to come to iFilm as their first point of entry,” says iFilm founder Rodger Raderman. “We see ourselves as the portal, the first stop on the web for all things film-related.” With that goal in mind, Raderman is taking the industry by storm. This summer he poached… Read more »