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A List of Film Production Job Sites 2022

List of links to find work in the film industry worldwide

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Film Distribution Survival Guide (How To Actually Make Money)

Most filmmakers have no idea what to do when they get into distribution of their film. For this reason I put together this Film Distribution Survival Guide to help guide you through these uncharted waters.

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2 or 3 Things About The (Future of) Cinema that I learned from Godard

Thoughts on the great Jean-Luc Godard and his lasting influence on filmmaking

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COVID-19 Insurance Battles Could Help Hollywood Bolster Production Policies

As we move through COVID-19 and focus on other risks like geopolitical instability and extreme weather, policyholders should consider the issues raised during COVID-19 claims and review their policies in planning for how to maximize coverage in the future.

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How to Create a Shooting Schedule (Template Included)

A film schedule is the single most important document used for a production, as it provides the foundation for what is needed to be accomplished on each shooting day and who is required to accomplish those needs.

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12 Best Short Stories to Read for Screenwriting Inspiration

Want to adapt a short story into a screenplay? Here are some fantastic short stories to get your creative wheels turning.

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How to Identify Your Filmmaking Voice and Expand Beyond It

Filmmaker, actor, and writer Cherien Dabis shares how navigating clashing cultures and embracing multiple perspectives expanded her voice and helped grow her career.

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The Ins and Outs of the Cam Agreement

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The Art of the Emmy Submission

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Digital Distribution Guide

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The Hollywood Commission

The Hollywood Commission resources for producers were created to provide all productions with access to state-of-the-art practices, resources, and guidance, including a sample policy to promote safe, equitable, and harassment-free workplaces. Additional resources include minimum system requirements and employer checklists, and template policies and procedures for managing high-risk situations.

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IDFA Industry Session: Co-Productions and Film Financing in the US and EU (Part 1)

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Decentralized Pictures: Democratic Film Financing and Production Support

decentralized pictures (DCP) is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization based on an idea that artistic talent may be discovered in innovative ways. Through user consensus we have set up a democratic film fund, online community of creatives, film-fans, and industry professionals who will decide who is most deserving of our support. Submit your idea, and if the world agrees with you, we’ll help you make it. We’ll help finance it, and introduce you to the people who will help you execute it in a professional way. We love to discover great talent and curate content.

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Dear Producer, DISTRIBUTORS FACT SHEET: 2022 Edition

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Free Safety Training & Legal Services for Your Independent Production

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Protecting Your Intellectual Property

IFTA’s Practical Guide to Copyright Protection provides a road map to better understand how to protect your works and enforce your rights.

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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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The Hollywood Disability Inclusion Toolkit

From RespectAbility, this toolkit is a guide on disability inclusion in the entertainment industry. Storytellers often make glaring, yet easy to avoid, errors when covering the disability community, America's largest minority (one-in-five Americans have a disability) and third largest market (valued at more than $1 trillion). The purpose of this toolkit is to help entertainment professionals ensure their stories are as inclusive of people with disabilities as possible.

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Color Grading 101: Everything You Need to Know from Film Riot

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The Film Collaborative: Distributor ReportCard

From The Film Collaborative, the Distributor ReportCard™ collates real experiences from real filmmakers in an anonymous, “Zagat-type” format, so that filmmakers can make informed decisions about which distributor might be the right fit for their film. Recently launched with 5 distributors listed, The Film Collaborative will be updating the list to include another 35 distributors over the coming year.

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ShotDeck: Largest Collection of Fully Searchable HD Movie Images

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Filmmakers Legal Clinic (Formerly Indie Film Clinic)

The Filmmakers Legal Clinic (FLC), formerly known as the Indie Film Clinic, provides free transactional, intellectual property, and First Amendment legal services to visual advocates, filmmakers and video journalists working to move the social justice needle and diversify the stories that are told through media.

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The Creative Independent: How to Make a Low-Budget Film in the Age of COVID

From The Creative Independent, this guide provides practical advice for producing a low-budget film in the age of COVID.

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