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vimeoIt has been a big week for independent films — especially for independent, crowdfunded films. Not only is 10% of this year’s Sundance slate made up of Kickstarter-funded films, but Vimeo made an announcement at the festival yesterday that they’re launching a program specifically for films that have raised funds through crowdfunding platforms, offering $500K in support for marketing. Continue on for more info. More »

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last-passenger_1The internet is rife with “making-of” videos for just about every major feature film that gets released these days. Unfortunately, a good portion of these videos don’t really show us anything in regards to the filmmaking process. More often than not they’re just behind the scenes interviews with the actors cut together with some poorly shot b-roll. On occasion, however, a video (or series of videos) comes along that shows us the nitty-gritty of the filmmaking process and provides a realistic sense of how films are really made these days. The making-of videos for the UK thriller Last Passenger provide such an experience. More »

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netflix-originalsIt’s safe to say that Netflix took the world by storm with its first original series, House of Cards. Not only was the show immaculately produced, shot, and acted, but it also may have planted the seeds for an entertainment revolution in that it signaled the beginning of a shift away from traditional media outlets towards online streaming services. Today we got word that original series might just be the tip of the iceberg for Netflix, whose content boss said that original movies could be a reality for the company very soon. If this is the case, and Netflix starts taking on a studio-like role in the film world, what would the implications be for independent filmmakers? Let’s take a look: More »

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Cassian ElwesThe details of independent film financing can be a difficult to wrap your head around, especially if you’re not business savvy. Many of us know how to go about receiving financing through crowdfunding platforms, like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, because the process is relatively simple. But when it comes to getting financing from other sources, you’ll need to have a little knowledge on how the business of film works. Producer Cassian Elwes (Blue ValentineAin’t Them Bodies SaintsLee Daniels’ The Butler,) as well as others, break down the process at a ScreenCraft seminar, giving helpful information on how financing an indie film works and where the money comes from. More »

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1532737_FI_0920_gamechang_03_CMCData surfaced earlier this year that revealed that only 4.4% of the directors across the top 100 box office films were women, which left many in the industry wondering how to get that number closer to 50. Aiming to help balance the gender incongruity, a new film fund, Gamechanger Films, which targets narrative feature films directed by women exclusively, launched yesterday. Founded by a group of independent producers, Gamechanger plans on financing these films in hopes that it will turn the tide of film culture by changing perceptions of women in film, hopefully causing long-term change in the industry. More »

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img-dj-spooky-1_09501789140IFP Film Week wrapped up Thursday with a keynote by DJ Spooky, marking the end to the Filmmaker Conference, Project Forum and Festival Forum for which worldwide creators converged at the Lincoln Center over the past five days. The week brought together industry veterans with first-time filmmakers in a series of panels densely packed back to back. Though some regretted that the conference frequently seemed to skirt issues dealing with the inequities built into the industry, those able to afford or steal a pass found certain key ideas exchanged worth the several-hundred-dollar ticket price. Read on for our top five takeaways. More »

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Arrowhead Signal

On a desolate planet a lone mercenary waits stranded, hoping against hope that rescue will come with only his ship’s computer for company, but he soon discovers that he’s not as alone as he initially thought. That’s the basic outline of Australian director Jesse O’Brien’s well received sci-fi short Arrowhead: Signal, but far from the full story of Jesse’s journey along the independent road to completing his debut feature Arrowhead. We talk to Jesse about working outside the tradition production model and the benefits of using a short to build interest in your future feature. More »

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Money_02According to indie superproducer Ted Hope (now the executive director of the San Francisco Film Society), Staged Financing could act as a solution for a number of issues with film financing, including diversifying the creative class, putting quality over risk mitigation, and incentivizing creators throughout the entire filmmaking process. But what exactly is “staged financing,” and how could it “save indie film?” More »

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Spike Lee KickstarterKickstarter has descended upon the consciousness of established filmmakers and it’s here to stay. Today’s high-profile project is none other than the Newest Hottest Spike Lee Joint. There are a lot of qualms associated with celebrities using the crowd-funding model, and Spike Lee looks like he’s trying to appeal to some kind of middle ground; calling out the studio system for its perils and explaining that he has a “different vision of what Cinema can be.” Read on to get the scoop. More »

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SFFS Grant_FruitvaleThe partnership between The San Francisco Film Society and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation has resulted in films like Beasts of the Southern WildFruitvale Stationand A Fighting Season receiving the funding needed to be completed. If you’re working on a film that explores “human and civil rights, antidiscrimination, gender and sexual identity and other social issues of our time,” then you should seriously think about applying for the SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grant. For details on eligibility and how to apply, hit the jump. More »

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MacFound Doc Front Page Image_v2Boy, I sure could use $50,000 to $200,000 for my next film, how about you? Starting July 15th, the big daddy of documentary grants is opening their application process: the MacArthur Foundation Media Program. But this Documentary Film Open Call is highly competitive and very specific. So specific, that it might just hurt your brain to go over all of said specifics. So to ease the pain, I took the liberty of creating a snappy flow chart that is no less confusing, but hey, it might help you figure out if your project could be the next MacFound superstar. More »

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points north-pitch forumFor all the producers who ever wished that a common application existed for documentary film grants, pitching forums might be as close as we’re gonna get to efficiency in the fundraising process. It’s like an elevator pitch in the best possible elevator a documentarian could hope to get stuck in. There’s only room for 6 pitches at Camden International Film Festival’s Points North Pitch this coming September, but those selected will have a captive audience of representatives from the likes of HBO, ITVS, Participant Media, and ARTE.  Details after the jump. More »

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Running Wild Roy W Dean Grant Winner
Self-described as “a covert underground operation started by a gentle 76-year-old man who just wanted to help give passionate filmmakers an opportunity to be heard,” the Roy W. Dean Film and Video Grant is no ordinary endowment. The large majority of the winner’s reward is not in the form of cash  – but if $30,000 in industry favors means anything to you, like getting your film’s trailer edited by the trailer editor of The Usual Suspects, then read on. More »

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Catapult Film FundHeads up to all of you documentarians: Do yo you have a documentary project in need of funding? Well, Catapult Film Fund provides development funding to documentary filmmakers who have secured access to their story and are ready to shoot and edit a piece for production fundraising purposes. They’re now accepting applications, so for all the details on how to apply, hit the jump. More »

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Slated - Duncan Cork and Stephan Paternot

Film financing is moving online and the new platform Slated might just be the main impetus for ushering in a new generation of film finance, professional social networking, and smart opportunities for investors and filmmakers. Slated launched this last at Sundance and has since ‘aggregated film investors representing hundreds of millions of dollars’ and has forged partnerships with some of the world’s leading financing, sales, and film companies. Aided by precision design, comprehensive user verification, ease of use, and an emphasis on clarity, Slated provides a world-class website experience that really has something to say about the future of our industry. To discuss the platform and its function in the industry is Duncan Cork, CEO and co-founder of Slated and the man responsible for its initial vision. Read on to get the scoop. More »

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Dailymotion is a video sharing service that aims to provide quality services to both its standard users (viewers) and ‘MotionMakers’ — its original content creators. In compliance with this goal, Dailymotion has some rather exciting news if you are one of these MotionMakers. The site has recently announced the Dailymotion MotionMaker Fund — its aim to split $50,000 in funding between 5 to 10 hand-picked recipients — to enter, you must merely send in a submission form, a treatment for the project you’d like to get funded, and a bit more info displaying your creative work. Read on for more details. More »

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Amazon has launched Amazon Studios, a new online film studio with a crowdsourced development process. Amazon has $2.7 million committed to film projects through their first-look deal with Warner Bros.; they will be awarding $140k in prizes for submissions this December. However, rather than just running a standard contest, they have some very interesting ideas for how to “develop” these projects, and they’re more than a bit controversial. More »