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SUSTAIN is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts

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Dear Producer: Producer Rate Sheet

The Producer Rate Sheet has been created as a tool for producers who are striving to build a sustainable career. A producer’s knowledge and time should be adequately valued and compensated by stakeholders who are reliant on our participation and expertise. Whether you lead a non-profit organization, run a film festival, teach at a university, or are a filmmaker trying to get your project off the ground, we ask that you reevaluate your beliefs about sustainability and your policies on compensation using this Producer Rate Sheet as a guiding star.

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Black Film Archive

Black Film Archive is a living register of Black films. In its current iteration, it showcases Black films made from 1915 to 1979 currently streaming.

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AMP Better Futures: Visioning In A Time of Crisis

Writer and activist Walidah Imarisha discusses the work of visionary fiction as a way of imagining a better future, and how organizing in itself is a type of science fiction.

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1in4 Coalition's 10 Ways To Support Disability Representation in Hollywood

1IN4 is an intersectional coalition of disabled creatives currently working in Hollywood focused on long-term institutional shifts to increase employment and authentic representation of disabled people. This resources outlines 10 ways film professionals can start supporting disability representation in Hollywood.

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Film Fatales Directors Database

A directory of directors for Film Fatales.

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Creative Capital's Livestreaming for Artists Online Workshop

This workshop, hosted by Creative Capital, explores how livestreaming can serve as a powerful tool for artists that are currently looking for ways to maintain their artistic practice and livelihood, especially as we continue to reimagine art making in a COVID world.

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The Creative Independent's Applying for Artist Grants Overview

Applying for a grant is not only a chance to share your work and have it be seen—it’s also a great exercise to put into words what it is that you’re seeking to create. Every grant is a chance to open up a relationship with a potential funder, curator, or peer. Use this guide to help you apply to grants.

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Restoring the Future: Building a More Abundant Media Arts System Through Restorative Values Practices

The Restoring the Future reports maps out systemic harm in the arts ecosystem and then, using a worldbuilding practice, creates a framework of provocations for implementing and operationalizing restorative values in the work of artist support and art production. Download the report and learn how to create a restorative arts practice whether you're a creator or cultural worker.

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COVID-19 Resources for Artists and Arts Organizations from The National Endowment for the Arts

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COVID-19 Housing Assitance Resources from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Arts practitioners and artists who have been experiencing housing instability, or are having trouble making rent or mortgage payments as a result of the coronavirus pandemic should know that they are not alone. Federal, state, and local governments are offering help with housing expenses and avoiding eviction. Information is available at the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau's mortgage and housing assistance site on available resources.

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FWD-Doc Engagement Pack Toolkit

The FWD-Doc Engagement Pack Toolkit focuses on the processes of collaboration and audience engagement in documentary filmmaking with a view to social impact. This disabled-led resource offers empowering and practical information and best practice examples, focused on the crucial topic of engagement: engagement with disabled colleagues and expertise, and engagement with audiences.

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Tech As Art: Supporting Artists Who Use Technology as a Creative Medium

From the National Endowment for the Arts, this report is the result of a two-year research initiative exploring the multifaceted creative practices of artists who engage with digital technologies. The research examines the creative infrastructure supporting tech-focused artistic practices and provides insight into the existing challenges and opportunities faced by artists and organizations working at the intersection of arts and technology.

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Explaining Hollywood: How To Get A Job As A Producer

This article outlines Siena Oberman's journey to becoming a producer and navigating Hollywood, providing insight for emerging producers on how they can do the same.

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A Step by Step Guide to NFTs for Creators

From the Creator Economy, this article outlines step by step how creators can use NFTs.

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Social Media Best Practices for Artists

Building a social media following can be a daunting task, especially for those starting out. Many artists have made social media a natural extension of their practice, while others only use it when they have time or when they want to promote their work. Regardless of your experience with social media, communicating across different platforms can take time and some strategic thinking. Creative Capital created a guide of best practices for artists who want to gain a following on the most popular digital platforms.

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NFT 101 for Artists

Check out this panel with industry experts from For Freedom to gain access into how to navigate the rapidly growing NFT marketplace and monetize your art pratice.

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How To Start a Production Company In 2021: The Ultimate Guide

A short guide on how to start a production company and generate income.

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BIPOC Doc Editors Database

The BIPOC Doc Editors Database is a searchable database for producers and companies to find and hire BIPOC documentary editors. The documentary community is overwhelmingly white and this database is an intervention to promote diversity in the documentary editing space.

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AFM Sessions: Blockchain Royalties

Learn from a panel of experts how blockchain can help amplify your revenue streams through rights managements and royalty payments based on decentralized and transparent systems.

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Third Eye Collective: South Asian Talent Directory

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A-DOC Network Crew Database

In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, check out this database of Asian American documentarians from A-DOC Network. If you’re looking to collaborate with an A-Doc member for your project, this is your go-to resource.

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Online Film Festivals: Where to Get Your Film Distributed

In this article, The Film Fund breaks down how COVID-19 has changed the festival landscape and provides tips for filmmakers on how to make the most of online film festivals.

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No Going Back: A COVID-19 Cultural Strategy Activation Guide

This illustrated resource points creators to ways they can make moving narratives that advance policy demands that are now within reach. It lays out frameworks and tools that support social change movements to harness the power of artists and culture makers in painting a picture of a more equitable and just future. It also highlights resources for artists who have been hard hit economically and professionally.

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Artizen Grants

Artizen grants are funded and curated by the community. Membership dues from grant supporters are pooled and awarded to projects selected by fellow fans, creators, and industry leaders providing more sustainable support for the artists. Artizen grants aim to support all types and disciplines of artists including game developers, filmmakers, creative coders, musicians, dancers, composers, choreographers, visual artists, writers, XR creators, illustrators, designers, and more.

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Producer Sustainability Roundtable: What Part Will You Play To Fix This House?

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Resources for Women Filmmakers: A Guide

In honor of Women's History Month, a list of networks, funding sources, and organizations are increasing the number of women in production and filmmaking.

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TIME'S UP: Shining a Light on Women in Production

In collaboration with the Women’s Production Group, Times Up created this Public Service Announcement (PSA) and complimentary resource page to shine a light on women in production, and to help female filmmakers explore some of the many on-set careers available. In it, they've provided job summaries, union requirements, and links to programs and communities that support women who want to build a lasting career in the entertainment industry.

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ARRAY Crew Database

ARRAY CREW is an equal opportunity platform, with a mission to support professionals in the film and television industry from underrepresented populations.Created by Ava DuVernay, ARRAY CREW, in alliance with major studios, streaming platforms and top producers, is a personnel database that seeks to connect productions with crew members from underrepresented communities.

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Resources for Black Filmmakers: A Guide

This guide is a compilation of funding sources, professional organizations, and more to help Black filmmakers succeed.

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Career Sustainability Panel: Beyond the Film Set

The Chicago Film Office, Seed&Spark and the Illinois Film Office present a panel discussion with creative entrepreneurs about creating and sustaining a film career.

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Dear Producer: Producers Sustainability Survey Report

Dear Producer’s new survey provides a realistic look into what film producing is today — and why the producer as an essential part of filmmaking needs to be heard.

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Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists

"Work of Art" is a 12-part workbook series that guides artists of all disciplines through every facet of building a successful and sustainable career – from career planning, time management, marketing, pricing, recordkeeping, funding, and developing a business plan.

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Models of Sustainability for Immersive Media

Sarah Wolozin, Director of MIT's Open Doc Lab, dives into ways emerging media creators are trying to sustain themselves and what still needs to happen to best support them, especially now.

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KSFEF Nonfiction Editors and Assitant Editors Database

An extensive database of nonfiction editors and assistant editors.

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Creating Outside of the Coastal Hubs

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IndieSeats Platform by Avenida Productions

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The Position and Power of the Filmmaker in the Distribution Ecosystem

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Why Online Festivals During COVID-19 Are Essential

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Why I’m Starting A New Film And Visual Culture Journal Made By And For Us

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SEEN Journal by BlackStar Fest

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New Orleans Film Society: South Summit Asset-Mapping

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Fixing Existing Pipelines Isn’t Enough. It’s Time to Make New Ones

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Final Draft's Write On: A Screenwriting Podcast

Designed to help you navigate the screenwriting industry, this podcast interviews working screenwriters, agents, managers, and producers to show you how successful executives and writers make a living writing and working with screenplays, and how you can use their knowledge to break into the industry.

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Behind The Scenes: The State of Inclusion & Equity in TV Writing

This report captures the challenges besetting underrepresented TV writers and provides proven best practices to guide industry professionals.

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A Practical Guide to Distributing Your Film Internationally: Who Else is Out There in the International Digital Space Beyond the “Big Guns”?

In this blog post, Wendy Bernfeld — Founder and Managing Director of Rights Stuff, co-author of "Selling Your Film Outside the U.S." (2014), and digital consultant specializing in Library and Original Content acquisition/distribution and international strategy/deal advice for traditional media, digital media, and web/cross-platform/transmedia programming — creates a practical guide for indie film distribution in the international digital space, outlines the shifts that COVID has brought out in this space, and provides a robust list of platforms to look into.

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On-Screen Protocols & Pathways: A Media Production Guide to Working with First Nations, Métis and Inuit Communities...

Commissioned by imagineNATIVE, this highly-anticipated guide provides cultural principles, key findings from a national consultation process, and best practices for filmmakers, production companies, and funders who are telling Indigenous stories onscreen. Above all, this document highlights the importance of engaging Indigenous artists, and communities, as collaborative partners when telling Indigenous stories.

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