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Chicana Director's Initiative

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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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FICM Mexican Filmmaker Directory

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Film Fatales Directors Database

A directory of directors for Film Fatales.

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Collab Takeaways: The Power of Cinematography: DP Kirsten Johnson Shares Her Filmmaking Philosophy

Kirsten Johnson

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Sundance London: Directors in Conversation

Nikole Beckwith

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How the Year's Biggest Movies Layer in Meaning with Symbolic Composition

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The Future of Horror Is Female: Watch Karyn Kusama, Jennifer Reeder, and Prano Bailey-Bond Talk Genre’s Future

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Collab Takeaways: How Filmmakers Create New Worlds With Music and Sound

Music and sound design are two of the most powerful tools available to film directors. In their Master Class on Building Your Story Soundscape with Music and Sound, Sundance Institute’s Director of Film Music Peter Golub and Glenn Kiser, Director of the Dolby Institute, lead a conversation with award-winning practitioners on how composers and sound designers work with directors to build the world of a film and shape its story and overall message.

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Director, Film Music Program

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Collab Takeaways: Crucial Questions to Ask Yourself When Beginning a Documentary Film

Dawn Porter

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Listen to James Cameron and Steven Spielberg Talk About Their Favorite Moments in Sci-Fi

James Cameron and Steven Spielberg discuss their favorite moments in sci-fi, with insights into writing and directing sci-fi.

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Collab Takeaways: How to Fail at Filmmaking (and Why You Must)

Heather Rae

Producer

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Collab Takeaways: Let Your Career Catch You Off Guard: Chloé Zhao on Navigating the Film Business

Chloé Zhao

Writer / Director / Producer

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WIF Speaker Series: Black Muslim Women in Media

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Yes, You Can Get Film Distribution Without a Producer—Here's How

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2019-2020 DGA Episodic TV Director Inclusion Report

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American Film Market: Sessions Video Library

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

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

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Ghetto Film School's Virtual Speaker Series

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Walking the Wire: A Conversation on the Director Producer Partnership

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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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Checkpoints: Independent Film’s Gatekeeper Problem by Anthony Kaufman

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We Need Black Filmmakers to Tell the Story of 2020 by Stanley Nelson

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Tiger Woods Series Is a Flashpoint for Decolonizing Docs by Tambay Obenson

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Who Is Telling Whose Story, To Whom, and Why? by Lisa Valencia-Svensson (Video)

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A Reckoning by Sonya Childress

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Who Is Telling Whose Story, To Whom, and Why? by Lisa Valencia-Svensson (Article)

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DPA Anti-Racist & Structural Equality Resource Guide

Resource guide to help all producers and content creators better understand the responsibilities we share, internalize the importance of this work, and highlight the reasons, benefits and pathways to creating an inclusive and decolonized documentary ecosystem.

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Here’s How to Shoot a Sci-Fi Film on a Low Budget

Teemu Nikki, the director and co-writer of “Lovemilla,” a Finnish science-fiction-fantasy-comedy-musical, shares how he and his team created a sci-fi film on a shoe string budget.

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Musicbed: Interview with Jim Cummings

Director/Actor/Producer Jim Cummings, talks about the persistence and tenacity it takes to make ambitious, personal films.

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A Complete Guide to Documentary Filmmaking

A step by step guide on what it takes to create a documentary film from start to finish.

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Breaking and Entering, Part One: How to Shoot Down Self-Doubt and Pay the Rent While Making It in the Film Industry

Big picture advice on how to persevere and make it in the indie film industry.

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The 10 Best Filmmaking Books to Read in 2020

Whether you're new to filmmaking or a seasoned pro, here are 10 must-reads for 2020.

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7 Ways to Crack the Code of TV Writing

At Sundance, acclaimed TV and feature film writers, featuring writers of 'Transparent,' 'Six Feet Under,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' and more, share essential tips for episodic writing.

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How the Creators of “The North Pole” Built Audiences Online and In Theaters for Their Oakland Web Series

NORTH POLE Creators Talk About Their Experience Building an Audience Online

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How To Create a Successful Branded Content Campaign

Studiobinder explains the origin of branded content and shares tips on how to create captivating campaigns.

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Christina Choe on What It Takes to Make a Movie

Christina Choe is a versatile filmmaker, traversing the lines between fiction and non-fiction. In this piece by Creative Independent, Christina highlights what it took to make her feature film Nancy.

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126 Lessons On Independent Film Directing, Cinematography, Post-Production, Distribution, And More…

An indie filmmakers list of all of the advice he's learned throughout his career.

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Justin Chon: On the Responsibility Involved with Making Films

Justin Chon on the unexpected responsibilities that come with making movies.

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How They Did It: The Farewell Writer-Director Lulu Wang Shares Secrets to Turning Your Life Story into a Memoir Movie

Lulu Wang reflects on her journey of making a deeply personal narrative film.

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Vox: How a TV Show Gets Made

Check out this start-to-finish breakdown by Vox of how a TV show gets made

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The Opportunity Agenda: Working with Cultural Influencers

A guide for how to work with cultural influencers of all kinds to encourage meaningful dialogue and spark change surrounding social issues.

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Great Visual Storytelling: 100 Movies to Learn From

Mubi shares 100 iconic films that teach the essence of visual storytelling.

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Directing Challenges: How to Communicate Effectively with Actors

Tips for directors on how to collaborate effectively and get the best performances possible out of actors.

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