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10 Common Mistakes People Make When Writing Press Releases

Whether you’re organising a festival or shouting about your show, keep these no-nos in mind before emailing arts editors Press releases are a presentation of facts, written for journalists in the hope it gets published. They are an opportunity for brands, businesses and arts organisations to reach their target audience through the media. They aim Read MoreRead More

5 Tough Love Tips For Getting Your Film Into Film Festivals

To the uninitiated, the film festival circuit can be an intimidating thing. Here are 5 quick tips, maybe obvious ones, that will ease the process of festival submission. As this article we just posted makes clear, it’s just about time for a heavy succession of major film festival submission dates. So we decided to ask Read MoreRead More

Submitting to Sundance: Two Festival Programmers Share Their Insight

Lisa Ogdie and Kim Yutani discuss the selection process at Sundance. Last week, Sundance Film Festival programmers Lisa Ogdie and Kim Yutani stopped by Film Independent to do a Q&A with our members, offering insight into the selection process as well as helpful hints for filmmakers submitting their work. The deadlines for Sundance 2015 are Read MoreRead More

Best/Worst-Marketed Films Of Summer 2014

Scott Mendelson picks the best and worst marketed films of the summer. The Best: Godzilla (Time Warner, Inc.) Warner Bros. tricked the entire entertainment industry into thinking that one of the biggest monsters in cinematic history was a box office underdog. Gareth Edwards’s Godzilla revamp actually sold fewer tickets in America and overseas than the Read MoreRead More

Legally Speaking, It Depends – Film Festival Rules

Entertainment Attorney Christopher Schiller discusses the rules imposed by organizers in regards to film festival submission. A brouhaha discussed among industry pundits was caused by the Toronto International Film Festival‘s director, Cameron Bailey’s gauntlet throw down statements a while ago. He in essence warned distributors and filmmakers that any submission to the TIFF that is Read MoreRead More

Why You Clicked on That Tweet: The Psychology of Twitter Engagement

Lanya Olmsted outlines 4 pscyhological theories behind why people clicked on that tweet. Via Raindance What does the academic field that has brought us Freudian theories have to do with the social network that popularized hashtags and play-by-play updates of Sunday brunches? More than you would think. We want to know what will motivate our followers Read MoreRead More

Here’s How Piracy Hurts Indie Film

Film piracy continues to be a significant and controversial issue in the industry. Below, Ruth Vitale, Executive Director of CreativeFuture, an anti-piracy organization backed by the motion picture and television businesses and Hollywood’s labor unions, and Tim League, founder and CEO of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, Texas, which is a CreativeFuture Coalition Partner, Read MoreRead More

Nine Lessons for Self-Distributing Filmmakers with No Money and No Experience

Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez tell the story of how the made and distributed their documentary Burn through DIY Theatrical distribution. As filmgoers are increasingly flooded with new media options to keep them at home, the prevailing theory is that the days of theatrical releases for independent films are in their last slow throes. We disagree Read MoreRead More

A Useful 75 page Document on How to Market Your Webseries

Making a web series can be serious business. Julie Giles created this document for the Independent Production Fund of Canada to get you started on how to promote and market your web series. While it wasn’t so long ago that a scripted web series was considered a promotional offshoot of a television series, or a Read MoreRead More

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