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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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We Make Movies: Mental Health Tips For Filmmakers

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Head Above Water: A Filmmaking & Mental Health Podcast

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NFT Financing: How to Use NFTs to Fund and Distribute Your Projects

The Writers Guild Foundation with The Business of Creating bring this dynamic panel and Q&A with seasoned entertainment professionals on how filmmakers can raise money for their projects with NFTS.

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VC Workshop: Grant Writing to Get Noticed

From Video Consortium, this workshop "Doc Grant Writing: Writing to Stand Out," features filmmakers and funding gurus Gabriella Garcia-Pardo (TIME, 2020 Sundance Creative Producing Lab Fellow), Heidi Reinberg (93QUEEN, HOT ZONW), and Shaleece Haas (REAL BOY, THE GENIUS OF MARIAN) as they share strategies to get your independent documentary funded with VC Education Committee member Julia Pontecorvo.

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Filmmaker Joshua Sanchez (FOUR) On How To Stay Sane and Healthy While Making a Film

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VOD Streaming: What Is It and How Does It Work? (Vimeo Blog)

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YEA! Mental Health Toolkit for Filmmakers

From Young Entertainment Activists, this toolkit is an actionable, community sourced compilation of resources and information. Find everything from therapeutic services to storytelling techniques that address mental health through an accessible and inclusive approach.

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"The Future of Independent Film in the Age of the Corporate Streamers" Interviews with Filmmakers, Programmers, Distributors, Exhibitors & More

From The Film Collaborative, a video interview series of informal 20-minute chats with filmmakers, programmers, distributors, exhibitors, distribution experts, and other industry professionals on pressing film-distribution-related topics in this these tumultuous and unpredictable times.

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Black Film Space Podcast: Tiffanie Young On Running A Production Company

The Black Film Space Podcast is a resource for emerging filmmakers to learn the ins and outs of production from the world’s top Black TV & Film industry professionals. In this episode, Tiffanie Young, Senior Vice President at Rock Shrimp Productions, is interviewed about her experience starting and running a production company, navigating the industry as a black woman, taking responsibility as a leader, and much more.

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Women Make Movies: List of Film Groups for Women Filmmakers

From Women Make Movies, a comprehensive list of women centered film groups for female identified filmmakers.

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Musician Otura Mun On Being Unafraid to Try New Things

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Black Film Space Podcast: Dreux Dougall on Being A Writer's Assistant and Screenwriter

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Determining Your Artist Fee

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AFM: Why Indie Filmmakers Are Betting on NFTs

This article looks at projects from Kevin Smith, Jennifer Esposito and Anthony Hopkins and their innovating approach to using the technology of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) as an alternative to traditional film financing.

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A Guide to Creating and Maintaining Email Newsletters for Artists

Email newsletters are by no means a new concept, but in the last year, it seems like everyone has one. In this article, Creative Capital talks to four artists about what goes into making email newsletters, what to know about managing them, and some tips about how to be successful with limited time.

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Everything to Know About Intimacy Coordinators in Film + TV from BackstageFest

In the ever-growing call for on-set safety and consent in the groundswell of the #MeToo movement, intimacy coordinators have become an invaluable asset to performers while filming. This panel pulls back the curtain on the growing field and provides all the answers actors need to know, featuring professional ICs Amanda Blumenthal, Teniece Divya, Sasha Smith, and Claire Warden.

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Film Festivals and Filmmaker Sustainability Survey Report

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Dear Producer: Producers Roundtable at Sundance 2022

Dear Producer brings together six producers who had films premiere at 2022 Sundance Film Festival. In this panel, producers Kara Durrett (HONK FOR JESUS, SAVE YOUR SOUL, Premieres), Ina Fichman (FIRE OF LOVE, US Documentary Competition), Amanda Marshall (GOD’S COUNTRY, Premieres), Nikkia Moulterie (NANNY, US Dramatic Competition), Sabrina Schmidt Gordon (TO THE END, Premieres), and Keith Wilson (I DIDN’T SEE YOU THERE, US Documentary Competition) discuss their experience with the festival's last minute move to fully virtual, the role festivals play in the independent landscape, how festivals can improve to better serve filmmakers and the current sales market for independent films.

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How Do I Get My Film Into The Sundance Film Festival?

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5 Tips to Perfect Your Grant Proposal

From the International Documentary Association (IDA), this panel provides valuable insight into crafting a successful grant proposal through a case study of TESTAMENT (an IDA Enterprise Document Fund grantee film). IDA Program Officer Dana Merwin sat down with Meena Nanji and Zippy Kimundu, the directors of TESTAMENT, to discuss how their film successfully secured IDA support and other funding through a strong application.

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