Need to buy some presents for that picky filmmaker or cinephile in your life? Our annual Holiday Gift Guide will give you all the ideas you could ever need.
So, 2020 has been...a year. But guess what, gang—there's still plenty to celebrate! So, bust out your ugliest holiday sweater and your freshest credit card, because it's time to show your cinephilic dear ones just how much they mean to you...with gifts and things.
Not sure what to get or where to look? Don't sweat it. Our annual Holiday Gift Guide will give you tons of ideas for great filmmaking gifts for the screenwriter, indie filmmaker, or straight-up movie snob in your life regardless of how big or small your budget is.
Let's get giftin'!
Table of Contents
- Streaming Services
- Online Courses
- DVDs and Blu-rays
- Tools and Accessories
- Apparel and Fun Stuff
If you're gonna give a gift, why not give one that lasts all year long? Subscriptions to streaming services, film magazines, and online filmmaking courses will definitely keep your loved one busy throughout 2021.
[Technically, some of these are over $100, but...just roll with it.]
- MUBI: $10.99/mo. or $95.88/yr.
- Shudder: $5.99/mo. or $56.99/yr.
- The Criterion Channel: $10.99/mo. or $99.99/yr.
- IFC Films Unlimited: $5.99/mo (must have Amazon Prime)
- Sundance Now: $6.99/mo (must have Amazon Prime)
- BFI's Sight & Sound Magazine: $95/yr. for print or $45/yr. for digital (international rates)
- ASC's American Cinematographer: $30/yr. or $60 for 2-yr.
- DGA Quarterly: $32 (4 issues/one year) or $64 (8 issues/two years)
- Little White Lies: $60 (5 issues/one year) or $106 (10 issues/two years)
- Fangoria: $6.66/mo. or $79.99/yr. (4 issues)
- Cinema Scope: $20 (one year) or $40 (two years)
- Masterclass: $180/yr.
- MZed Pro: $299/yr.
- Moment Lessons
DVDs and Blu-rays
Okay, surely there are people out there that still collect DVDs and Blu-rays. If so, Barnes & Noble is offering a 50% discount on nearly a thousand Criterion Collection titles, including films by film legends Kurosawa, Fellini, Hitchcock, Bergman, and so many more. Here's just a handful of the amazing movies on the list.
- Parasite: $14.99 (DVD), $19.99 (Blu-ray), $28.96 (4K Ultra HD)
- The Irishman: $14.99 (DVD), $19.99 (Blu-ray)
- Seven Samurai: $24.99 (DVD, Blu-ray)
- Do the Right Thing: $14.99 (DVD), $19.99 (Blu-ray)
- 8 1/2: $19.99 (DVD, Blu-ray)
- Ghost World: $14.99 (DVD), $19.99 (Blu-ray)
- Scanners: $14.99 (DVD), $19.99 (Blu-ray)
Tools and Accessories
Gadgets and tools are the lifeblood of every filmmaker. Do they need them? Probably not. Do they want them? Heck yeah! Here are a bunch of neat stocking stuffers that'll get your director, cinematographer, and screenwriter friends excited.
- Plot Devices Shotlist Notepad: $7
- Filmtools Gaff Tape Lanyard: $14
- Peak Design Mobile Mounts: $32
- Moondog Labs Multi-Smartphone Camera Filter Mount: $35
- SmallRig Pro Mobile Cage for iPhone 11: $40
- Storyclock x Storyboard Pro Kit: $40
- Lensbaby OMNI Flare Expansion Pack: $56
- Tiffen 6-Filter ND & ND/Polarizer Kit for DJI Mavic Mini: $59
- Manfrotto Pro Rugged 64GB Memory Card: $85
- Deity Microphones V-Mic D4 DUO Microphone: $89
- Rotolight Ultimate Vlogging Kit: $89
- Joby Beamo LED Light: $90
- Moment CineBloom Filter Set: $90
- Frii Designs Conda Strap: $97
- Zhiyun Smooth 4 Handheld Gimbal: $99
Apparel and Fun Stuff
If your film lover loves movies, let 'em show the world by wearing a totally cool T-shirt, hat, or not-nerdy-at-all pin that says, "Hey, I'm serious about cinema." If they're not too keen on clothes, we've got some other goodies, too.
- Adorama Gift Card: If you're not sure what a "film gear" is...
- Production Apparel
- Camera Head Man Sticker: $4
- Cat Stops Sticker: $4
- Aspect Ratios T-Shirt: $23
- C47 Patent T-Shirt: $23
- Designated Charging Station (DIT) T-Shirt: $23
- Director Evolution T-Shirt: $23
- DTF (Down to Film) T-Shirt: $23
- Fix It On Set T-Shirt: $23
- Mayonaise T-Shirt: $23
- More Room Tone T-Shirt: $23
- Steadicam Patent T-Shirt: $24
- Steadicam Silhouette T-Shirt: $24
- A24 Shop
Want to go all out on your gift-giving this year? These tools might be a little more spendy, but they will definitely make filmmaking a whole lot easier for your friend or family member who makes movies...even if that friend or family member is actually you buying stuff for yourself.
- Sony GP-VPT2BT Shooting Grip: $138
- Joby Mobile Vlogging Kit: $200
- SanDisk Extreme 2TB Portable SSD: $230
- RØDE VideoMic NTG on Camera Mic: $249
- Kessler Mag Max 3A Battery Adapter: $249
- Samsung T5 2TB External SSD: $280
- Rotolight NEO 2 LED Light: $299
- Megadap Leica M – Nikon Z Autofocus Adapter: $349
- Smartta SliderMini 2: $359
- GoPro HERO9 Black: $399
- Lensbaby Velvet 56 56mm f/1.6 Lens for Canon RF: $440
- DJI Mini 2 Drone: $449
- Insta360 ONE R 360 Camera Twin Edition: $480
- Fathom Camera Cage One: $495
- DJI RSC 2 Gimbal: $499
Okay, Mr. or Mrs. Moneybags...looking to burn a hole in your pocket for some sweet filmmaking gear? These items will definitely do it, but you know what else they'll do? Make your (or your friend's) filmmaking life easier and more exciting.
- Tilta BMPCC 4K/6K Display Mod Kit: $528 - $548
- Zhiyun Crane-2S Handheld Gimbal: $539
- Sirui 50mm 1.33X f/1.8 Anamorphic Lens: $700
- SmallHD Indie 7 Touchscreen Monitor: $899
- edelkrone JibONE Mini Jib: $909
- Apple iPhone 12: $999 - $1099
$1000 and Up (basically, cameras)
First of all, who do you think you are buying someone a new camera or whatever for the holidays? Second, have I ever told you how cute you are?
Listen, even if this stuff is strictly looky-no-touchy, we at least wanted to show you all of the gear that caught our eye this year.
- Nikon Z5 Mirrorless Camera: $1297
- Nikon Z6 Mirrorless Camera: $1797
- Panasonic LUMIX S5 Mirrorless Camera: $1998
- Sony a7S III Mirrorless Camera: $3498
- Rotolight Titan X2 RGBWW LED Light: $3524
- RED Komodo 6K Camera: $5995
- Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 12K Camera: $9995
What are some other gift ideas for filmmakers? Let us know what you'd like to receive as a gift down in the comments!