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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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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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How to Balance Full Time Work with Creative Projects

From The Creative Independent, a guide to finding the right day job, protecting your time, and building creative habits. The Creative Independent is a growing resource of emotional and practical guidance for creative people.

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In The Cut: BIPOC TV Show Support Staff Training Course (for writer's PAs, writer's assistants, and showrunner's assistants)

In the Cut is frequently asked to recommend BIPOC support staff for writer’s rooms. But employers typically request that candidates have previous experience. We recognize the reluctance to hire inexperienced people is practical—it can take time to teach others and the entertainment industry is extremely fast-paced. However, it’s impossible to champion diversity without also committing to train those that have lacked access to opportunity. In order to bridge that gap, ITC created a free video course to train people for the following positions: writer’s PA, writer’s assistant, and showrunner’s assistant.

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In The Cut: BIPOC TV Show Support Staff Database (Register Free Account for Access)

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Collab Takeaway: Four Steps to Creating a Winning Film or TV Pitch Deck

A compelling, professional pitch deck is critical to a film's development process. Here, producers Nina Yang Bongiovi (Fruitvale Station, Dope) and Larissa Rhodes (Chasing Coral, The Social Dilemma) break down the most important elements to creating a strong pitch package to attach funding, talent and a creative team to your narrative or documentary film.

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Producer

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NFS: How Much Should You Be Paid for Video Work?

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The Creative Independent Artist Guides Collection

A collection of "how-to" guides for artists on a variety of topics for navigating a creative life and career.

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Producing a First Film with Impact

Rebecca Green, producer and founder of Dear Producer, speaks with Müge Özenthe of the M2 Film Lab about what you should consider when putting together your first film so that you can create a film with impact and launch your career.

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Berlinale's House of Talents Podcast: The Nature of Collaborations

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Filmmakers, Here’s The Top Things Festival Programmers Want You To Know

Film festivals are a vital part of the independent creative ecosystem. The Seed&Spark team has attended hundreds of film festivals — as filmmakers, jurors, programmers, and workshop facilitators — and in doing has compiled this short list of tips for filmmakers navigating the film festival circuit.

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What Is A Script Consultant? A Complete Guide for Aspiring Writers

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What Are Some On-Set Secrets and Advice from Film and TV Professionals?

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Collab Takeaway: Three Tips for Writers and Directors on How to Find Agents, Managers and Lawyers

Writers and directors in the entertainment industry often face a daunting task in finding representation in the form of an agent, manager or lawyer. Here, attorney Elsa Ramo shares a breakdown of the difference in types of representation and offers advice for filmmakers looking to build a team and advance their careers.

Elsa Ramo

Entertainment Attorney

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A Guide to Using Patreon: Artists and Writers on Using Membership Platforms

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How Do You Make a Living Being Creative?

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The Essential Guide to Production Insurance

Production insurance can make all the difference between a catastrophe or a manageable set-back on a shoot. From Vimeo's Video School blog, this guide outlines the essentials to production insurance.

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Collab Takeaways: Four Ways to Prep for Your Movie Pitch to Potential Investors

Finding funding is one of the most difficult aspects of a filmmaker's career. Here, Producers Ryan Zacarias (THE MOUNTAIN, GIVE ME LIBERTY) and Jennifer Dana (IT FOLLOWS, THE ASSISTANT) share tips and advice for filmmakers looking to pitch investors and find the money to bring their movies to life.

Ryan Zacarias

Producer

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Rough Cut Podcast

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Digital Security for Filmmakers

Developed and designed by documentary director and producer Laura Poitras in collaboration with Freedom of the Press Foundation and Field of Vision, these guides are an effort to answer filmmakers' digital security concerns, and address the needs of different risk and skill levels. This guide was built for people working in documentary film who need to overhaul their team’s digital security practice, or pick up advanced skills.

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Collab Takeaway: Let Love Persevere: Five Insights from Marvel’s Victoria Alonso on Creating a Fulfilling Career in Hollywood

Victoria Alonso

Producer

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How to Get Into Film Independent's Artist Development Labs

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DISCLOSURE Toolkits & Discussion Guide

The DISCLOSURE toolkits and discussion guide have been assembled to help folks engage in conversations about trans representation that connect family, friends, classmates, colleagues, and communities. The DISCLOSURE team wants to make sure toolkits are accessible to all, so if you are interested in purchasing a toolkit but cost is a barrier, you can use the discount codes on the website to purchase at a reduced cost or email the team at info@disclosurethemovie.com.

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Wscripted Platform

Wscripted is a talent discovery marketplace for content written by women. Wscripted facilitates the discovery and hiring of women writers by decision-makers in the entertainment and literary industries worldwide. Wscripted aims to bridge the gap between storytellers and industry professionals by offering a secure platform for women writers to showcase their literary works available for option in different languages and to curate excellent content submissions for Film, TV and Publishing worldwide.

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