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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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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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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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SUSTAIN is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts

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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

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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: Issue 001 by BlackStar Fest (Preview)

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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 Prodcast

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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Dear Producer's Indie Film Town Hall

In this town hall, Dear Producer brought together a group of 20 independent producers with 40 of their favorite creative collaborators, such as cinematographers, production designers, costume designers, make-up arts, and first assistant directors, to discuss what the independent film world is up against during the COVID-19 pandemic and the ways in which independent filmmakers can continue to create and thrive.

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Distribution Advocates: A Distribution Cheat Sheet for Independent Filmmakers

In the world of acquisition and distribution, knowledge on how to navigate the process is not reaching independent filmmakers. To better arm independent filmmakers through this process, Distribution Advocates created a cheat sheet on distribution - a working document intended as a tool for independent filmmakers to parse distribution offers and negotiate licenses from a position of power.

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Beyond Inclusion: The Critical Role of POC in the US Documentary Ecosystem

"Beyond Inclusion: The Critical Role of POC in the US Documentary Ecosystem" is researched and written by Sahar Driver, PhD. It outlines the relationship between documentary and social change, provides a critical overview of nonfiction film organizations led by and serving communities of color in the US, their impact in shaping a more equitable documentary sector, and how they advance non-fiction social justice filmmaking. Finally, it makes recommendations to funders and stakeholders on why and how these efforts should be resourced at this time.

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Film Collaborative's: Digital Distribution Guide

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Privilege and Pandemic: How COVID-19 Reveals the Documentary Sustainability Crisis

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Latinx Directors Database

Featured in honor of Latinx Heritage Month, the Latinx Directors Database, an initiative created by Latinx directors Alberto Belli, Aurora Guerrero, Joel Novoa, and Diego Velasco, is a resource dedicated to showcasing a community of talented Latinx directors with the experience to direct film, TV and commercial content. Studios, networks, producers and showrunners can use this database to find and hire Latinx directors. All Latinx directors with 1 episode of streaming or TV, a distributed feature, or a short that has participated in a top tier film festival, can sign up for free to be included in the database.

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Alternative Models for Artist Sustainability in a COVID Economy and Beyond

Creative Capital hosted an online conversation about the impact of the pandemic on the creative economy and alternative models to maintain financial sustainability for artists, with artists Daniel Park, Caroline Woolard, and Kristina Wong. This article synthesizes that conversation.

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DPA's Guidelines For The Documentary Waterfall

The lack of adequate compensation for documentary filmmakers is one of the greatest threats to filmmaker sustainability. To address this issue, the Documentary Producers Alliance (DPA) published new landmark guidelines for financing in documentary film, following more than three years of research and collaboration with industry stakeholders.

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

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Moms-in-Film: Advocating for Parents in the Film & TV Industry

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Working Artists for a Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.)

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Storytelling with a Purpose

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Virtual Reality: A funder’s perspective

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Empathy, Neurochemistry and the Dramatic Arc

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IDA Grant Directory

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Sundance CDI: Unrest case study

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South Summit Report 2018

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Making a Career out of Filmmaking

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