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The New “Soft” Money

Forget the fairy tale of Kickstarter enabling Zach Braff the freedom to have director’s cut. The real success story is not how that money can be put into use in production but what it means in the eyes of producers and money men. They may not have realized this but more than forty-six thousand individuals Read MoreRead More

Drive-Ins Soon Face Hollywood’s Digital Switch

The Drive-In Theater, an heirloom from a bygone era, will face another challenge as Hollywood moves away from 35mm film to digital distribution. Pull into the Bourbon Drive-In just off U.S. Highway 68 near Paris, Ky., and it’s like stepping back in time. Patricia and Lanny Earlywine own the 7-acre drive-in. It’s been connected to the family Read MoreRead More

Movie Marketing Advice from Harvey Weinstein

Harvey Weinstein sent this quick memo to Errol Morris on his appearance on NPR to promote the film “The Thin Blue Line”: Dear Errol: Heard your NPR interview and you were boring. You couldn’t have dragged me to see THE THIN BLUE LINE if my life depended on it. It’s time you start being a Read MoreRead More

YouTube is Becoming Like Traditional TV – Is it Worth Paying For?

The wild west was conquered with barbed wire. Will the internet be conquered by pay walls? ONE of the most popular videos this month on YouTube, an online video site, is a commercial by a bottled-water firm, Evian. In it, adults walking by a shop window see their baby lookalikes reflected, and start dancing with Read MoreRead More

How Long Should a Short Film Be for Submission for Film Festival?

HollyShorts Film Festival Daniel Sol answers the question of how length of film affects it’s chance of getting into festivals. From personal experience – I’ve run a couple 20+ minute shorts through the process. It was tough as I only got accepted into about 1 out of 5 festivals – even though the film ended Read MoreRead More

Introducing Vimeo On-Demand – A DIY distribution platform

Vimeo On Demand is direct-to-fan distribution done the Vimeo way — with all the power of Vimeo’s best-in-class video player, easy-to-use tools, and passionate audience. Creators of all types can distribute their work online, find and connect with audiences, and make more money with a 90/10 revenue split. Vimeo On Demand gives creators unparalleled flexibility Read MoreRead More

TROPFEST NY 2013: The Worlds Largest Short Film Festival

There are a lot of film festivals all vying for your attention, but here’s a rare one Filmmaker IQ can support – a unique shorts festival with a long established history and strong industry connections: Tropfest. Born 21 years ago in a cafe (‘The Tropicana’) in Sydney, Australia, Tropfest is now the world’s largest short Read MoreRead More

Four Tips for Festival Rejectees

You didn’t get the acceptance notice you wanted? Now what? Sheri Candler offers four tips for the rejectee though some of these may be good to think about while you’re in development. Your film didn’t get into the A-level fests so far? With Sundance, Berlin and SXSW having already been announced — or come and Read MoreRead More

How To Make Indie Filmmaking Profitable In The Age of Tentpole Franchises

Kathryn Arnold sits down with Cindy Nelson-Mullen, Co-CEO of MonteCristo International, an international sales agent/production company, and discussed with her the elements it takes to make a profitable film in this changing economic landscape Kathryn Arnold:  Does a certain director make a difference in making the decision to finance a film? Cindy Nelson Mullen:  Directors Read MoreRead More

Dear Aspiring Filmmaker, Here’s How To Get Our Attention

You’ve made a great movie – but how do you get the word out. One of the writers of Film School Rejects, Scott Beggs offers some advice on how to tap into movie discussion sites (including this one) without pissing off the people that run them. If you’re an aspiring filmmaker, I’m one of the Read MoreRead More

Vimeo Introduces Rating System

Vimeo has never been a place that censored content, now they’re offering filmmakers a chance to let their audiences know what’s in store. As the home for exceptional original videos and the people who make them, we have an unflinching belief in the integrity of visual storytelling, including — in some cases — material that Read MoreRead More

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