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Green Production Guide

In honor of Earth Day, check out the Green Production Guide. Developed by film industry leaders with environmental expertise, this guide offers filmmakers the tools, resources, and vendors needed to reduce the environmental impact of production.

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Code of Best Practices for Sustainable Filmmaking

This code provides tools for filmmakers to measure whether their practices are as sustainable as they can be throughout the production process.

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New Climate Narratives: In a World of Racial Injustice and a Global Pandemic

Presented by the Producers Guild of America, this panel, unpacking the relationship between racial justice and climate justice, is the first discussion in the New Climate Narratives Series.

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Beyond Apocalypse: Alternative Climate Futures in Film and TV

NRDC presents a panel on Alternative Climate Futures in Film & TV. This panel premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival.

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TIFF Talks | Going Green: Sustainable Practices in Film & TV

Part of TIFF Talks, this keynote address and subsequent panel discussion identifies what steps can be taken to develop and integrate sustainable practices into film, TV, and media production.

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Co//ab Takeaways: Six Rules for Writing a Compelling TV Episode

In this Co//ab Takeaway, showrunner Glen Mazzara (THE WALKING DEAD, THE SHIELD) outlines six pieces of advice from his Master Class on Episodic Writing on how to write a captivating script that keeps audiences coming back for more.

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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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Co//ab Takeaways: Four Essential Tips for Adapting a Screenplay

Crafting your own engaging story out of someone else's creation or a historical event is daunting, but Oscar-nominated screenwriter Robin Swicord has had plenty of experience with it and in this post outlines her four essential tips for adapting a screenplay.

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2020-21 Screen Series Filmmaker Q&As Video Library

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American Theatre: Offscript Podcast

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Co//ab Takeaways: What Actually Happens in a TV Writer’s Room?

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Productivity for Creatives: Finding Focus and Flow for Any Creative Career

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American Film Market: Sessions Video Library

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The Rules of Worldbuilding in Science Fiction & Fantasy

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

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The Film Fund Blog

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13 Filmmakers Share the Advice You Need to Direct an Indie Feature

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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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Co//ab Takeaways: Five Steps to Finding Your Next Screenplay Idea

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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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IDA's Breaking It Down: The Documentary Interview

Part of IDA's Gettin' Real 2020 Conference, this panel features five talented documentary filmmakers discussing how trust and personal connection between creators and protagonists are keys to expanding the cinematic voice of the documentary interview.

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KSFEF Nonfiction Editors and Assitant Editors Database

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How to Write an Extended Reality (XR) Script: The Future of Film

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NYWIFT Programming Goes Digital: Video Library

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365 Days: How to Become a Screenwriter in One Year

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4 Lessons on Being a First-Time Director from a First-Time Director

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The Ethics of Documentary Production in a Pandemic

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10 Questions Every Filmmaker Should Ask When a Festival Opts to go Online

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Ghetto Film School's Virtual Speaker Series

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Lessons From The Screenplay's Breaking Bad: Crafting a TV Pilot Case Study

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The Writer's Panel Podcast

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How We Shot a 90-Minute Feature in Less Than 24 Hours AND Got Distribution

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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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Producing with Care in the COVID Era: Considerations from the Community

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Why Online Festivals During COVID-19 Are Essential

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10 Exquisite Movies by Indigenous Filmmakers to Stream This Holiday

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The Importance of Screenwriting Competitions

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A Way of Life in Peril: Film Festival Distribution in the Age of COVID-19

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Write Inclusion Fact Sheets

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Walking the Wire: A Conversation on the Director Producer Partnership

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"Decolonize" the Documentary

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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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How to Make a DIY Green Screen E-Book

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How to Use The Black List to Break Into Screenwriting

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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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Double Exposure 2020: Investigative Documentary Investigated

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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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Back to Business: Distribution through COVID-19

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The Future of Theatrical Exhibition is Unknown... And That's A Good Thing!

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How Documentaries Can Shape the Conversation on Racial Violence in America

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Sixty-Two Films That Shaped the Art of Documentary Filmmaking

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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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