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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

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

How to Save Indie Distribution in 5 Easy Steps

Straith Schreder is the Director of Content Strategy, BitTorrent, Inc., which has worked with Drafthouse Films on its BitTorrent Bundle. Below Schreder outlines the ways in which Drafthouse Films is an indicator of where independent distribution is headed. Schreder highlights five ways that Drafthouse Films gets the new distribution model right. Alamo Drafthouse started out Read MoreRead More

Examining Kevin Smith’s Red State Self-Distribution Gamble

Jeremiah Karpowicz examines the Kevin Smith’s self distribution strategy for his 2011 film, Red State. In January of 2011, Kevin Smith premiered Red State at the Sundance Film Festival. As with practically every film that’s screened at Sundance, filmmakers were there to show off their work in the hopes that one of the assembled distributors would Read MoreRead More

The Golden Age of Creative Distribution Is Upon Us, Use These 5 Tips to Stay Ahead

PJ Raval offers 5 tips to keep in mind the independent distribution game. It’s true. Distribution is a hard road for any independent film and perhaps more so for a documentary – and even more so for one about gay seniors and the aging community. Despite these odds, we’ve been feeling good about our distribution Read MoreRead More

Advice for Filmmakers from Someone who Ran a Festival.

Here’s some festival tips from folks that have been on the other side of the submission form. You see, from 2008, through till 2013, working with some incredible people, we headed up the Bootleg Film Festival?—?a traveling event that played at a variety of cities on both sides of the Atlantic. I retired the festival Read MoreRead More

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