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Veronica MarsKickstarter is slowly becoming a mainstay of independent filmmaking. Since its launch in 2009, the crowdfunding platform has generated over $1 billion in pledges, funding everything from food to gaming projects, big names in filmmaking, like Spike Lee, Kristen Bell, and Zach Braff, have brought crowdfunding into the mainstream — somewhat. Kickstarter has created their very own iTunes channel that showcases films financed using the site, giving filmmakers’ movies more access to an audience and vice versa, and hopefully giving crowdfunding more mainstream exposure. More »

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WipsterKeeping up to date with what’s currently happening in the cinematic world is certainly an important part of being a filmmaker, as is being able to recognize and anticipate changes. We’ve heard many thoughts on where the future of cinema and filmmaking is headed, from the transmediatic, multi-celled film to the end of TV as we know it. Adding to the discourse through their new series of (very) short SXSW video interviews is Wipster, who asked industry professionals, like reps from Blackmagic, Adobe, and Vimeo, what they saw in the future of video. Continue on to find out what they said. More »

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Veronica Mars movie Rob Thomas OnStory Austin Film FestivalExactly one year and a day since launching the Kickstarter campaign that raised $2 million in twelve hours and ultimately raised over $5.7 million in 30 days, the Veronica Mars movie hits the big screen day-and-date with its VOD digital distribution. While Veronica Mars changed who uses Kickstarter to fund films and introduced many new people to the crowdfunding platform, series creator and film writer/director Rob Thomas explains that this movie simply would not have happened without the crowdfunding support of its ardent fans. Now with the film’s release, OnStory TV from Austin Film Festival provides an in-depth interview with Thomas to learn how he, Kristen Bell, and their collaborators solved the mystery of how to make the Veronica Mars movie. More »

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Vimeo on DemandFollowing the announcement of their plan to invest $10M to help support filmmakers utilizing Vimeo on Demand for direct distribution, Vimeo has unveiled their newly redesigned VOD platform at SXSW. The new design is aimed at creating a more organized way to discover and browse films using both genre categories and their new “film collections” feature. What does this mean for indie filmmakers? Well, a more user-friendly experience will help audiences navigate the site and bring more potential viewers to your film. Continue on to find out more about Vimeo’s new changes, as well as how you could potentially get your hands on a piece of that $10M. More »

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VHXVHX has a pretty simple mission: to allow users the ability to sell their content directly to their audience through their online distribution platform. It has spent the last two years in private beta testing, working with the likes of Kevin Spacey, Ira Glass, and Aziz Ansari, and distributing films like Upstream Color and Oscar-nominated The Act of KillingWell, VHX made the announcement yesterday that they are finally out of beta and ready to offer their services to the public at a price they’ve lowered to commemorate the launch. To find out more about this direct-to-fan distribution platform, continue on. More »

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Blue Film Reels

As is customary at the beginning of every new year, we ask ourselves, “How will this year be different? What will change? What will stay the same?” As filmmakers, I’m sure most of us are asking these questions about the film industry, perhaps even making assertions and predictions about what we’ll be seeing in cinema in 2014, and founder of Sub-Genre Media, Brian Newman does the same. Here are his 10 predictions about the 2014 film industry. This is a guest post by Brian Newman. More »

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netflix main iconLast week, Ted Sarandos, the Chief Content Officer of Netflix, ruffled a few feathers with NATO (um National Association of Theatre Owners, that is) when he gave a keynote address at the Film Independent Forum about how theater owners are strangling the lifeblood of the movies. On top of the pretty interesting points, he broke down just how filmmakers can join the Netflix revolution and make your own show into the next Orange is the New Black. More »

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piratingIt looks as though media pirating information is becoming more and more relevant to distribution and content rights holders. We’ve talked before about how Netflix monitors torrent activity to find out what’s popular amongst moviegoers, and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings had some interesting things to say about how the allure of free movies might be overshadowed by ease of use. An article from The Verge explores yet another dimension of the piracy discourse: availability of content. How does the availability of certain films affect illegal downloading, and how will this change the future of distribution? More »

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projectorIn many ways, making your film is the easy part. There are innumerable resources out there for budding filmmakers, including websites (ahem), books, and audio commentary tracks, that will help a novice become a seasoned vet in no time (well, not no time. Probably a long time. But it’s a journey, no? Yes.) But one thing a lot of indie filmmakers are unfamiliar with, especially those just starting out, are the ins and outs of distribution. Well, have no fear. Sheri Candler and Chris Holland offer some great insight into indie film distribution. Click below to learn the answers to 3 questions every filmmaker should ask themselves as they contemplate distributing their film! More »

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New Day Films

With all the recent talk about new forms of distribution, producers sometimes forget the tried and true alternative distributors that have been making money for independent filmmakers (and collecting data, no less) for decades. New Day Films is a veteran distribution company that has been operating as a filmmaker-run collective since 1971. With decades of results to showcase their success, New Day is less of a gamble for producers whose projects are selected to join the elite roster of social issue films. “Member-owners” put more time into personally marketing their films through New Day, but their efforts are more effective than some third-party distributors because of that personalization. Steering committee chair Ellen Frankenstein gave NFS the lowdown on member-owner marketing, the benefits of a collective knowledge-base and the differences between New Day and traditional distribution. 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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Iron Man 3 Chinese PosterFor the past several years, we’ve been noticing the ramped up production of big budget films based on comics, graphic novels, and books. The American Society of Cinematographers offers an analysis as to why that is, and what role the international market, namely the fast growing Chinese market, plays in how American films are made and marketed. Highly marketable under the lucrative umbrella of a franchise, American films are heavily influenced and favored by the international box office, indicating that self-distribution through platforms like VOD is more important for independent filmmakers than ever. More »

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Emily Louise Best Seed and Spark

Seed&Spark Founder Emily Best was fundraising for a feature film when she had a moment to which most producers can relate. In an industry with over 15,000 independent films made each year, where only 1% of US releases get picked up for traditional distribution and only a fraction of those actually make any money — where do we draw the line between independent and idiotic? Even after successfully green-lighting a film, getting a full house to watch it can be like extracting teeth if it doesn’t feature zombies or Ryan Gosling. Best decided to put two problems together to create a solution for all filmmakers in the form of Seed&Spark, a new crowdfunding and digital distribution model that puts audiences center-stage in the filmmaking process, rallying supporters to engage beyond the usual credit card transaction. Read on for Seed&Spark 101. More »

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Tim RothNow that the most recent murmurings regarding our industry indicate that, despite some of our big screen dreams, VOD is slowly becoming the future of film distribution. With VOD gaining popularity among low-budget filmmakers and being sold as a “good alternative” to a theatrical release, let’s be honest — VOD is kind of considered, quite literally, the “poor man’s theater.” But Oscar-Nominated actor Tim Roth says that this platform is something to be embraced, and actors that are reluctant to take roles in films that go straight to VOD are “dumb.” Hit the jump for more. More »

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Coffee Town PosterOpportunities for indie filmmakers to get their work out through non-traditional channels are amassing more and more every day. VOD platforms are especially growing more popular, with films like Some Girl(s) being released on Vimeo On Demand day-and-date with its theatrical released. CollegeHumor, popular for its comedic shorts and articles, has become the latest in a number of feature films to opt for the VOD option. Today they release their first ever feature film, Coffee Town, direct-to-digital. To find out where you can watch it, hit the jump. More »

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Some Girl(s)There has been a considerable amount of buzz about the play-turned-feature film Some Girl(s), both because of its unusual narrative structure (long scenes complete with conflict/resolution catharsis), narcissistic (but darkly funny) content regarding the sexes, and its nascent distribution strategy. It also doesn’t hurt that the project has Hollywood big-hitters like Adam Brody and Kristen Bell. Now that Some Girl(s) has released exclusively on Vimeo On Demand today, what can we draw from the involvement of successful A-list actors in terms of the future of film distribution and exhibition? More »

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Spielberg and LucasBy now, most of you have heard about Steven Spielberg and George Lucas predicting the “implosion” of the major studios and theatrical releases of films. With the growing popularity of VOD and self-distribution, the two veteran filmmakers explained that the old model is slowly but surely falling apart at the same time that a new one is being built in its place. The question is — will independent film become a casualty to the change, or will it naturally fit into the framework of the new paradigm? More »

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Vimeo’s latest advancements come in the form of an optimization of what already exists: their mobile website and On Demand platforms. Boasting that over 1/3 of their monthly traffic can be accredited to their mobile site, the new redesign aims to make it easier for users to find and view content, as well as connect with the community. By the same token, they have also updated the interface for the Vimeo On Demand homepage, making it look and feel a little bit more like platforms we’re used to. Click through to see the new improvements. More »

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DynamoPlayer, one of the first the to market in terms of the ‘direct-to-consumer‘ paradigm, has officially bit the dust. They will spend the next few months closing out accounts and letting users collect their remaining balances before they shut down existing video players in mid-June. By the end of June, the platform will be shut down completely. Read on for the press release from Dynamo. More »

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If you can’t make it out to the Tribeca Film Festival this year, you still have a chance to catch the show. They have announced that they will be offering programming for the Tribeca Online Festival as well as video-on-demand options in order to engage new audiences. Not only that, but they are also holding their very first #6SECFILMS Vine competition which they hope will expand their desired extra-festival participation. This will be the fourth year of the Tribeca Online Festival, “a digital platform that offers front row access to exclusive Festival content and new storytelling opportunities.” Essentially, you can go to the TFF, but you don’t have to get on a plane or change out of your pajamas. Also, with the addition of the Vine competition, the communities of both film-lovers and filmmakers, either participating in house or online, will all come together under one roof. More »