It's that time of year again when we all collectively slip into a stress-induced panic over what to get our loved ones for the holidays. If you've got a filmmaker on your list, though, that's one box that's pretty easy to check off, but to make it even easier, we've put together a gift guide that is sure to make any filmmaker happy, regardless of your budget.

One evergreen win-win suggestion is to scan film projects on crowdfunding sites like IndieGoGoKickstarter, and Seed&Spark to see if there are any with cool perks that your person will love. That way, you can support a filmmaker and get your gift shopping done at the same time!

Under $100


Yeah, we all have Netflix and Hulu, but there are so many awesome streaming services out there that cater to cinephiles, like Filmstruck, Fandor, and MUBI. Also, Moviepass is a great option for those who still like to go to the theater and consume copious amounts of buttery popcorn!

  • FilmStruck: $99 for 12-month passes that includes a free Roku Express) or $10.99/mo. subscription that includes the Criterion Channel
  • Fandor: $25-$90 for 3, 6, 12 month subscriptions
  • Moviepass: $29.85-$119.40 for 3, 6, and 12-month passes
  • MUBI: $47.88 for 12-month passes


Tools and accessories

Be you (or your friend) a screenwriter, director, or cinematographer, there are plenty of cool gadgets and tools out there that are not only super handy, but also super cheap.

  • Storyclock Notebook is a great resource for screenwriters trying to work out their ideas: $15
  • These Wolf Cub memory card holder keychains from Fangs are cute and useful: $23
  • Tenikle's camera mount is the weirdest gift you'll ever give, but it works: $30
  • 300-episode Scriptnotes USB Flash Drive is a must for any John August fan: $30
  • Platypod Ultra tripod base/mount looks like a bottle opener, but it's a super versatile camera tool: $60
  • Aputure Messenger Bags are fashionable and waterproof: $70


Apparel and film fashion

  • Filmmaker Pins from Plot Devices, because who doesn't like pins?: $7
  • Cinema Camera Enamel Pin from Digital Bolex, because, again, who doesn't like 'em?: $10
  • Girls on Tops T-shirts let you rep your favorite female filmmakers: $20
  • Or celebrate the films of indie faves like Gus Van Sant or Godard with these stylish totes: $20
  • Apparel from Film Leader is my new favorite clothing store! Here are some favs.
    • Film Leader Mug: $18
    • 35mm Heads & Tails Bandana: $29
    • CineStripe Crew Neck: $45
    • IMAX 15/70mm Countdown Sweatshirt: $48
    • B&W 35mm Countdown Backpack: $65



  • TriLens lens holster lets you carry three lenses at once right on your hip: $117
  • Steadicam Volt smartphone stabilizer is a great, low-cost option: $139
  • MasterClass offers online courses from some of the best directors, actors, and screenwriters in the business: $180 for all-access 12-month passes
  • olloclip Filmer's Kit comes its quality smartphone lenses and its Pivot stabilizer: $200
  • RØDE VideoMic Pro+ is great for recording high-quality audio on a budget: $300
  • GNARBOX lets you backup, edit, and share your media without a computer: $300 (128GB), $400 (256GB)
  • Timelapse+ VIEW intervalometer, for time-lapse lovers: $400
  • edelkrone Wing rail-less slider is as useful as it is adorable: $400



  • GoPro HERO6 black action cam because of course: $500
  • Rylo 360-degree camera provides 4K VR without breaking the bank: $500
  • SmallHD FOCUS touchscreen monitor is a great, affordable option: $500
  • Spekular Light kit lets you make any shape you want...with lights: $650
  • Ikan DS2-A gimbal, for those not hopping on the Osmo train: $700
  • DJI's Mavic Pro is a drone with a 4K camera that folds into the size of a soda can: $899

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$1000 and Up (basically, cameras)

Okay, we know you're not likely to buy your filmmaking pals a brand new URSA Mini, but damn, we can all dream that someone, somewhere loves us that much. Here are just a few relatively affordable cameras and cinematic tools that have garnered a lot of attention over the last year. Except you, URSA Mini Pro, you're still expensive AF, but we love you, so you're in.

Projects-xlDave: Hey, buddy! Thanks for my brand new URSA Mini Pro! John: You're welcome, friend. I love you so much. Dave: I love you so much, too.

What are some other gift ideas for filmmakers? Let us know what you'd like to receive as a gift down in the comments!

Additional reporting by Liz Nord.