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We are also very proud to offer ResourcePlace, a new addition to distripedia™, our suite of online educational services for filmmakers.
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Keeping up with the changing trends in independent film is hard work. Here is a reading list to help
The Angry Filmmaker Survival Guide
Part indie film war story, part instructional manual for true independents, and part furious rant.
Behind The Screens
What's the deal with film festival programmers? What do they really think about your film? How do they make their decisions?
A Creator's Guide to Transmedia Storytelling
What is transmedia storytelling and what can it do for you?
Filmmakers and Financing: Business Plans for Independents
Each chapter concentrates on a different section of the business plan, including the industry, marketing, financing, and distribution.
The Future of Content
What is the media consumer/user looking for? How will the future internet operate? What will be the future business model?
Guerilla Filmmakers Pocketbook
Veterans of the indie film scene, the authors have produced numerous low budget feature films
The Hollywood Economist: The Hidden Financial Reality Behind the Movies
Veteran investigative reporter Edward Jay Epstein goes undercover to explore Hollywood’s “invisible money machine,” How do the studios make their money?
Insider's Guide To Independent Film Distribution
This comprehensive manual for filmmakers and producers dedicated to film distribution and the marketplace.
The Producer's Guide to Transmedia
The Producer's Guide to Transmedia offers advice on how to fund, develop, produce and distribute content across multiple platforms.
Selling Your Film Outside the US
Our follow up to Selling Your Film Without Selling Your Soul. This book looks at distribution in Europe primarily, with case studies from films that have released there.
Selling Your Film Without Selling Your Soul
Case studies of mainly low budget indie films that forged their own paths to distribution.
Documents to help you plan for budgeting of not only production, but marketing, distribution, transmedia, crowdfunding etc.
Screen Australia budget templates
Though these are mainly for Australian producers, much of these templates can be used by anyone
lots of forms and guidelines available predominantly for Canadian productions, but anyone can use the templates
Film Title Clearance Searches, Film Title Reports, Script Clearance Reports and Licensing of Footage, Stills, and Music
A leading global consultancy providing corporate, advertising, and media clients access to iconic music, film, celebrities, and entertainment content.
Motion Picture Clearance Lab
Provides comprehensive, accurate, and affordable Film Title Clearance Searches, Film Title Reports, Attorney Opinion Letters, Script Clearance Reports and Licensing of Footage, Stills, and Music
Specialize in script clearances, title clearance reports, and permissions placements for product, artwork, and props. Vancouver based.
The Rights Company
Focused information to alert producers of possible legal exposure on all elements intellectual property for the entertainment business.
Consultants and membership sites for guidance on your film's marketing and distribution options
Distributor Report Card (The Film Collaborative)
Distributor ReportCard™ gives filmmakers and producers a chance to SCHOOL THE DISTRIBUTORS. Write reviews, share your experiences and learn from other filmmakers' successes or mistakes.
Make, market and sell your film without the middleman. Filmmaking Stuff offers resources for independent filmmakers.
Sheri Candler Marketing and Publicity
Social network marketing guru/strategist. Committed to direct distribution to the audience by the filmmaker
Author of Think Outside the Box Office and Distribution and Marketing Strategist. Helps filmmakers connect films with audiences.
BFI Case Studies
Insight Reports for the transparent sharing of the results, outcomes and data on films awarded money from the BFI Distribution Fund.
Swedish based crowdfunding. Funding is provided through a combination of crowd-funding and public grants. Crowd Culture does not take a percentage of contributions - all the money goes to the projects!
The Crowdfunding Bible shows you how to launch, market and successfully operate a high-tech fundraising campaign, regardless of your chosen industry, scope or budget.
DVD replication,packaging, short run duplication, DVD authoring
For almost a decade, COPYCATS has helped clients produce professional DVD & CD Duplication and Replication projects.
It is important when doing digital distribution to mainstream platforms that one knows the terms that one’s aggregator has with the platforms and also if the aggregator goes through a middleman or two. This is especially important with regard to Cable VOD, but also in terms of negotiating an SVOD license/deal. Of course one wants to also compare fees and marketing support.
Devolver’s partnership with Cable VOD leader Lightning Entertainment will combine the prowess of Lightning’s longstanding partnerships in home entertainment with Devolver Digital’s expertise in reaching new audiences via media devices and digital outlets primarily regarded as gaming platforms.
Purchase bandwidth in either 20 or 240 GB chunks, paid in advance and filmmaker receives roughly 77% of revenue.
Video-on-demand distribution is the foundation of their business. iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Netflix, XBox, Vudu, CinemaNow, Hulu etc. as well as cable VOD.
KinoNation makes it fast and simple for independent films — from anywhere on the planet — to get paid digital distribution on iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Vudu — and dozens of other digital outlets around the world.
They work with Lionsgate (though just 1 fee), very selective leaning toward commercial.
US based, exclusive digital distribution service, offers placement on all major digital outlets, including internationally when able.
TFC’s motto is “be everywhere.” Your film should be in every digital store that is viable and reaching audiences/consumers. And you are your own brand and hopefully engaging audiences directly, so backend your own site(s) and social networking pages too. These services will help you do that. And for more broad digital distribution in terms of mainstream platforms (such as iTunes, Netflix and Hulu) please see the Digital Distribution—Aggregation to Mainstream Platforms section below.
Sold to Digi Worldwide in May 2014 with new plans to include partnerships with Redbox, Redbox Instant, Walmart, VuDu, Google Play etc.
Download worldwide off your site. Geo-filtering possible. Perhaps they are regrouping, as site is down.
Aggregator (though not always direct) and platform. Handles shorts and has a "festival-in-a-box" initiative.
A digital platform for pedigree art house film. Worldwide but mostly in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.
A legal distribution platform for German and international films. Films of all genres can be distributed online and marketed cost effectively.
It is possible to go direct with them for any platform which they also have an accounting deal with. TFC Direct (Flat Fee) and Distribber use them.
Simplifies delivery video (including Trailers) for maximizing branding and advertising. Will need the Pro level service for commercial content.
Turn your site into a store for worldwide distribution of all media. Implementation is work-intensive.
Digital licensing for the educational setting
UK based company providing content to schools, hotels, ferries, trains, film societies and community film groups. It operates in over 75 international countries and territories including most of the major hotel chains.
For a reasonable fee, Arena Cinema can assist you in ensuring that your feature film gets an engagement run in Los Angeles.
Double Exposure has been distributing both documentary and narrative films theatrically for almost a decade.
Future Artists is an independent media and film Production, Sales, Distribution and Boutique Exhibition company based in Solford, UK
M Tuckman Media
Theatrical booking services for indie films Upstream Color, Detropia, & American Promise as well as booker for distributors Tribeca Film, Paladin and Drafthouse Films.
Services by Steven Raphael and MJ Peckos. Handle theatrical, tastemaker and award qualifying booking.
Service companies dedicated to working with rights holders who want to plot theatrical demand based on where the audience is.
Eventful offers a variety of online advertising packages from free event calendar inclusion to competitions for demand a screening campaigns. Ad budgets between $5K-$30K needed.
Small towns now can get first-run films--for a night--with the help of Gathr, a new "theatrical on demand" service.
A platform for movie goers that will allow reserving tickets for screenings & bringing movies to their towns.
Companies that specialize in red carpet premieres, festival after parties, industry events
Along Came Mary
Founded in 1975 by Mary Micucci, Along Came Mary is now in its fourth decade of producing and catering events. Based in Los Angeles, CA
Movie premieres are a great way to honor and motivate the actors, producers, and everyone else involved in creating a film. LA Caterer can make it memorable.
Liz King Events
Westchester NY based event planner who utilizes innovative event technology and finds the perfect tools to make your events even more successful.
Test screenings serve as a great exercise for gauging audience reaction, building up early word of mouth, and determining marketing strategies
Momentous Insurance Brokerage, Inc.
TFC members receive a discount but prices vary and are based pending the budget and other variables.
Free to low cost email service providers
Behind the Screens: Programmers Reveal How Film Festivals Really Work
Insights by programmers from some of the world's leading festivals
Helpful apps for the filmmaker
Free social video app for iPhone & Android. Share videos to Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Email, SMS
Short term/weekend programs dedicated to educating filmmakers on the latest trends and developments in the independent film industry
Binger Filmlab is an Amsterdam based international feature-film and documentary development centre.
FREE to participants and organized by volunteers—DIY Days is about the accessibility of ideas, resources and networking that can enable creators to fund, create, distribute and sustain.
DOK.Incubator is a new training initiative providing support to European documentaries in a rough cut stage. It is open to teams—producer, director and film editor—working on a strong and creative documentary with promising international potential.
The Film Independent Forum is a weekend packed with unbridled truth, inspirational success stories and a chance to connect one on one with working artists who are thriving in changing times.
A unique year-long mentorship program for first-time feature directors focusing exclusively on low-budget features (<$1million).
Living Spirit Pictures
Training courses for directors, screenwriters, producers and documentary filmmakers based in London.
London Film Academy
LFA runs professional-standard practical training in all the key areas of filmmaking. All tutors are working professionals.
Our filmmaking program is known around the world for its hands-on style, top-tier equipment, and award-winning faculty. Learn from the best on the best equipment while enjoying the unparalleled beauty of coastal Maine.
Met Film School
London based, weekend course designed to provide a fun, hands-on introduction to the basics of direction, sound and editing and will equip you with basic technical knowledge in each of these areas.
National Screen Institute
Based in Winnipeg Canada. After more than 25 years of training and with over 720 alumni, NSI continues to develop and deliver courses to meet the industry’s needs.
These sites all provide guidance, tips, best practices, case studies and a place for fellow indie artists to congregate.
The Film Collaborative's "Facebook-for-Filmmakers". You can also access it via TFC's website on the Distripedia page,
Associated Producers Worldwide, Film and Television Professionals, Producers Network, Indie Film Producers and Directors
The Stage 32 community is strictly for people working in or with a desire to work in film or theater. It’s a place to gather, to discuss and develop projects.
A professional online service that advances actors based solely on the merit of superior talent. StarCast employs top casting directors to evaluate aspiring and up-and-coming actors and posts the very best performances as a resource for industry professionals.
Box office analyst
The Box Office Analyst™ Report is a data-centric publication that provides unique, relevant and actionable information to film professionals and others interested in the performance of movies at the box office.
Most of these grants support outreach and audience engagement strategies. We have not included funding bodies that support the development or production of films.
Bertha BritDoc Connect Fund
The first European-based outreach and engagement fund. Open to filmmakers from around the world. The fund is looking to support smart, strategic outreach campaigns for ambitious independent documentary films with a social issue at their core.
Bloody Disgusting Finishing Fund
Bloody Disgusting (in association with The Collective) is looking for feature-length (70-110 minute) horror, sci-fi/thriller or other films in this genre from around the world. Up to $100K in finishing funds.
Ford Foundation JustFilms
JustFilms focuses on film, video and digital works that show courageous people confronting difficult issues and actively pursuing a more just, secure and sustainable world. Investing $10 million a year over five years in documentary projects.
Media Arts Grants
Grant awards assist artists in making recently completed works available to public audiences. Assists artists in meeting expenses such as: duplication of preview, screening, and exhibition copies; promotional materials including documentation and schematics of media-installation and new-media works.
SANAD is the Development and Post-Production Fund of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival (ADFF). Provides talented filmmakers from the Arab world with meaningful support from within the region towards the development or completion of their narrative and documentary feature-length films. Post-production: Up to 60,000 USD per project
San Francisco Film Society KRF Grant
The SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grants support feature narrative films that through plot, character, theme or setting explore human and civil rights, antidiscrimination, gender and sexual identity and other social issues of our time. This is NOT a documentary grant.
Women in Film Finishing Fund
Women In Film Foundation’s Film Finishing Fund (WIFF FFF) supports films by, for or about women by providing cash grants of up to $15,000 and in-kind services.
Designers who create the artwork of movie marketing campaigns for print and online,including movie posters, one-sheets, websites, postcards, physical media (ie. DVD, thumb drive), outdoor and internet advertising.
This category is just for services related to online/digital ads. Some are self service, some are agencies and ad networks
Choose where your ads are seen online and next to what content. Ad stays in place for 30 days. Self serve advertising.
Companies who buy ads, sell media placement, or create advertising spots, such as traditional print ads.
Award winning creative agency specializing in integrated advertising and social media ad campaigns.
Marketing gurus, futurists, resources for the latest tips, tools and trends.
Analytics gathered for free or low cost
Cyfe has developed a cloud based service that allows you to easily monitor and share all of your vital business data like Google Analytics, AdSense, MailChimp, Facebook, WordPress and more from one single location in real-time.
Utilize the reach of your cast and crew as well as fans to help spread your message in social media, while they have complete control in deciding exactly which messages they would like to share on which of their platforms and how frequently.
Influitive (formerly Engagio) is a Gmail-like productivity tool to manage your conversations in social networks and commenting systems like Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter, G+, Youtube etc
Keyhole is an easy-to-use and affordable social tracker that presents your results in a beautiful, real-time dashboard.
Tools to build your own social community instead of relying on Facebook, Ning etc.
We will consult with you before a campaign on what exactly you are hoping to achieve, and create a bespoke strategy for your video.
Whether it is an app or a complete website package, these services work directly with artists to gather and maintain their audience.
Attract more Facebook fans to your page and engage them with fully customizable viral applications. Quiz, Photo Contest, Sweepstakes, Fan Vote, and many more.
Groupees are 24- and 48-hour exclusive flash sales on new releases from hot indie artists, award-winning video games and other entertainment products.
These are service providers for grassroots marketing outreach to communities, organizations, schools, churches etc
Film Sprout handles both community / event theatrical and also grassroots marketing/outreach.
Picture Motion is a boutique marketing firm specializing in grassroots campaigns, social action, and online engagement.
Tools for managing a Facebook business page
Tools for managing your Instagram presence
Followgram gives you a public interface with a vanity URL (a dedicated web address) you can share with others to show off your Instagram photos.
This new social site has rocketed into the top 10 of all social sites on the web. If you are more inclined to use images rather than text to communicate with an audience, try Pinterest with these tools.
An expert marketing team and advanced developers have created internal tools that help brands on social pinning sites grow a highly targeted large (1000+) network of followers in just 30 days.
Pinpuff is a free-to-use tool, aiming to accurately measure Pinterest user's influence, reach and virality on Pinterest, assign a Pinfluence score and monetary values of their pins.
Tools to use for managing a Twitter account
Commun.it analyzes your Twitter relationships and helps to focus & engage with the right people to help you.
Fake Follower Check
Before you get excited that your lead actor has 1 million Twitter followers, run the account through this tool. Every account will have some kind of fake follower percentage.
Check any public Twitter account to see its ratio of real to fake followers. Every account will have some kind of fake percentage. Keep it low.
Dig deeper into Twitter analytics: Who are your followers? Where are they located? When do they tweet? Find and connect with new influencers in your niche. Use super-actionable visualizations to compare your social graph to others.
Sopularity helps you to add the most appropriate hashtags to your tweets.This leads to a significant increase of the searchability and popularity of your tweets.
Tools for using Vine, 6 second videos
Tools and services to aid in using Youtube for marketing
Tools for grading the effectiveness of a website or video
These companies are either ecommerce plug ins or all in one solutions for selling physical merchandise from your own site.Also great for fulfillment on crowdfunding campaign perks.
While ecommerce sites help you sell and collect payment, fulfillment companies actually ship the products and deal with returns/customer service. Good for crowdfunding fulfillment too!
Track your own online properties and how they are perceived by the public.
By using online monitoring tools, published material is delivered daily to your inbox allowing you to monitor topics/keywords easily.
for use as music beds for trailers, video clips, podcasts etc
Find the perfect soundtrack for your multimedia project among more than 130,000 quality tracks by original up and coming artists and for attractive rates.
The entire process from searching for songs to creating and paying for binding legal licenses has been automated.
Hiring an experienced music supervisor let's you access their ongoing relationships with the major and indie labels and publishers to ensure getting the maximum out of your music budget. Skillful negotiation of the most favorable licensing fees, terms and conditions for the music you want, and accurate "no-holes" delivery of your Music Rights Package to distributors.
Create the right musical tone for the project and assist with rights clearances and negotiations
These tools help you build a database of bloggers for publicity outreach. Blogger outreach is mainly about building relationships. It’s reaching out to bloggers to find out how you can help each other.
There are 2 parts to the product, an influencer outreach package and a link building package.
Discovery engine which consists of 13 million blogs and can be used to automate research and track engagement.
These are publicity firms that handle traditional PR (festival and theatrical release). Some may also handle digital PR.
Bond Strategy and Influence
Bond Strategy works to gather clear insights on who the target audience is and then develop custom digital and offline strategies that drive success in both box office and digital sales.
Jeremy Walker and Associates
Jeremy Walker is veteran movie publicist with twenty years of experience who has created memorable campaigns for all kinds of movies.
An early adopter of cutting edge media tools for women's safety and dynamic storytelling, Nancy is a sought-after speaker and consultant working with college campuses, military populations, independent filmmakers, and international organizations.
Widespread Press Release Distribution to more than 750 Premium Media Outlets. Get Found on Major Search Engines
(Note: They apparently cannot produce .cap or .scc files). The most powerful and flexible subtitling platform in the world. Works with YouTube, Vimeo, HTML5, and more. Embed the video anywhere. Add subtitles yourself or ask viewers to help.
Global Video Services
Some filmmakers have indicated that they are the cheapest (other than Zen Captions)
MacCaption and CapionMaker
$1100 might seem like a lot for a closed captioning software package (there's one for Mac, one for Windows...and that's only the entry level version), but DIY CC instead of going through a lab (or having your distributor do it for you and recoup) might save you money in the long run.
Services that book films with organizations and work in a more grassroots and event oriented manner. Also includes airline, correctional facilities and museum public performance licensing
Entertainment in Motion
EIM provide high quality entertainment to over 130 airlines around the world. In order to supply our airline customers with the variety of entertainment they demand, we offer first run theatrical films from Hollywood as well as first run Chinese films and the latest in theatrical releases from France.
Hope for Film
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title sequences, DVD menus, in-film graphic design
David Rowley specializes in motion graphics for film and non-profits; he recently did all the graphics and the titles for 2013 Sundance award-winning doc Dirty Wars.
Designer/filmmaker Evan Mather is an an independent filmmaker and landscape architect based in Los Angeles known for his short films spanning multiple genres—including animation, documentary, essay, music video, and film title design.
Los Angeles based freelance designer whose films include Hunger Games (DVD menu), Kick-ass (DVD menu), Locked in a Garage Band (opening title)
Smith Lee Design
Pride themselves on offering directors, producers and post supervisors a personal and collaborative experience. They take on very few projects, so each project gets full attention. Films include: Jeff, Who Lives at Home; John Carpenter’s The Ward; Up in the Air, and Juno
These are companies who buy ads, traditional print ads and of course now also online too. We're starting with just a couple companies but will add more soon.
List of experienced trailer editors/companies. Some are creative agencies that handle all aspects of an advertising campaign.
Trailers made for films such as Jeff Who Lives at Home, The Adventures of TinTin, and Lawless. Based in Los Angeles, CA
AV SQUAD is a creative advertising agency that focuses on entertainment marketing including theatrical motion pictures, television programming, and video games.
Domino Effect Productions
Domino Effect Productions can create an eye-catching feature film or short film trailer.
Golden Trailer Organization
The Golden Trailer Awards recognize the creative people who make movie trailers, and the best examples of their unique art, in a gala award show. This is their directory of trailer editors and trailer houses.
At Goodspot, the definition of an artist is someone who can tell a story through any medium be it editing, writing, designing, or filming. Everyone who works here is a storyteller in his or her own way.
JumpCut (formerly Kinetic) is a movie advertising firm that has worked on campaigns for the finest in independent, foreign-language and documentary films.
A boutique trailer house, also creates sizzle reels, promos and TV spots. Reasonable rates.
While we began as a movie trailer company, we're constantly adding new divisions, new skill sets, new toys, new technologies and new ways of thinking.
Dark Soup Films (Ross Evison)
For 13+ years Ross Evison has been editing in the film advertising/marketing arena. Creating trailers, promos and TV commercials for major blockbusters to independent features all around the globe.
We create all forms of audio-visual marketing materials: trailers, TV spots, special shoots, sizzle reels, motion graphics and web content from concept through finished product for theatrical film, television and home entertainment titles.
At The Hive, we believe in talent and creativity. We have the correct film editor for your project. The http://www.hivedoes.com/editing/film-editor-los-angeles/ site appears to have some malware issues, so we've disabled linking
All the capabilities are here….the trailers, TV spots, and print campaigns. The websites, widgets, and mobile applications. The featurettes, commentaries, and EPKs.
72 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute, these services help your videos get views
Simplifies delivery video (including Trailers) for maximizing branding and advertising. Will need the Pro level service for commercial content.
We can expose your content to hundreds of millions of unique users across our hand-picked portfolio of blogs, social media applications and cult websites. You only pay when people are actively watching and engaging with your content.
Video seeding services include video marketing, promotion, YouTube advertising and reporting.
Viral Ad Network
We can seed your viral to millions The Viral Ad Network can help your film or game campaign go viral.
The Viral Factory
Our ability and experience in generating social engagements adds up to over 1 billion video views globally for our clients.
Virool is world’s first viral video ad network that allows companies to distribute video content through a series of online publishers.
Yellow Thunder Media
YTM syndicates your videos to maximize organic views and help your content go viral. Advertises your video across 3,500+ premium publisher sites to help it find its audience.
Companies the help structure transmedia stories/campaigns and resources to find out about transmedia
Mike Monello (Blair Witch Project) is the Chief Creative Officer, works on major brand campaigns
Starlight Runner Entertainment
Company founded by Jeff Gomez, handles Hollywood and big brand campaigns
Based in New York City, StoryCode is a community hub, lab and creative consultancy for emerging and established cross-platform and immersive storytellers.
Extra tools to add to a website
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A simple way to manage 10,000+ videos, no matter where they are hosted. You get a branded video portal that: is tailored to you, drives SEO directly to your site, and integrates with your existing web strategy. Excellent for video contest management.