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A List of Film Production Job Sites 2022

List of links to find work in the film industry worldwide

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Film Distribution Survival Guide (How To Actually Make Money)

Most filmmakers have no idea what to do when they get into distribution of their film. For this reason I put together this Film Distribution Survival Guide to help guide you through these uncharted waters.

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2 or 3 Things About The (Future of) Cinema that I learned from Godard

Thoughts on the great Jean-Luc Godard and his lasting influence on filmmaking

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COVID-19 Insurance Battles Could Help Hollywood Bolster Production Policies

As we move through COVID-19 and focus on other risks like geopolitical instability and extreme weather, policyholders should consider the issues raised during COVID-19 claims and review their policies in planning for how to maximize coverage in the future.

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How to Create a Shooting Schedule (Template Included)

A film schedule is the single most important document used for a production, as it provides the foundation for what is needed to be accomplished on each shooting day and who is required to accomplish those needs.

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Women in Media Parity in Action

Women in Media encourages and acknowledges productions that reach parity (at least 40% – 60% women). Any production that signs the #ParityInAction pledge and submits documentation proving they reached parity across all departments, above and below the line (and in post) will receive this recognition in the form of the Women in Media #ParityInAction Badge.

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Rules of Shot Composition in Film: A Definitive Guide

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How to Identify Your Filmmaking Voice and Expand Beyond It

Filmmaker, actor, and writer Cherien Dabis shares how navigating clashing cultures and embracing multiple perspectives expanded her voice and helped grow her career.

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The Art of the Emmy Submission

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Digital Distribution Guide

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Script Lab Podcast: Weiko Lin, author of Crazy Screenwriting Secrets - How to Capture a Global Audience

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The Hollywood Commission

The Hollywood Commission resources for producers were created to provide all productions with access to state-of-the-art practices, resources, and guidance, including a sample policy to promote safe, equitable, and harassment-free workplaces. Additional resources include minimum system requirements and employer checklists, and template policies and procedures for managing high-risk situations.

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IDFA Industry Session: Co-Productions and Film Financing in the US and EU (Part 1)

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Decentralized Pictures: Democratic Film Financing and Production Support

decentralized pictures (DCP) is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization based on an idea that artistic talent may be discovered in innovative ways. Through user consensus we have set up a democratic film fund, online community of creatives, film-fans, and industry professionals who will decide who is most deserving of our support. Submit your idea, and if the world agrees with you, we’ll help you make it. We’ll help finance it, and introduce you to the people who will help you execute it in a professional way. We love to discover great talent and curate content.

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Dear Producer, DISTRIBUTORS FACT SHEET: 2022 Edition

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5 Ways to Calculate and Track Your Artistic Progress

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Game On: How Tech Companies Are Betting On The Metaverse

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Protecting Your Intellectual Property

IFTA’s Practical Guide to Copyright Protection provides a road map to better understand how to protect your works and enforce your rights.

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You Are Going to Fail at Filmmaking More Than You Succeed—How to Deal with It

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Entertainment Partners: U.S. State Production Incentive Guide

Finding the right production incentives can be overwhelming but, it can also mean a big savings in production budgets. Tax benefits can make the difference in whether a project gets made, but it’s important to understand which ones best suit the production’s needs. Entertainment Partners' team of experts has done the research for filmmakers and put together a free state-by-state guide to production incentives.

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California Lawyers for the Arts

California Lawyers for the Arts helps artists find qualified legal counsel to assist with the legal matters they may encounter as artists.

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Creative Capital: A Cheat Sheet on Financial Literacy for Artists

A critical understanding of artist finances is key to building a sustainable creative career. From Creative Capital, this cheat sheet helps artists navigate the financial landscape and considerations of freelancing and consulting.

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The Whole Picture Toolkit: A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Mentally Healthy Production

From The Film and TV Charity, this step-by-step guide helps filmmakers create mentally healthy productions.

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