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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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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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Collab Takeaways: Six Tips to Prepare for Your Big Pitch

This Collab Takeaway outlines six tips for preparing a successful pitch from Jackie Miller's Master Class, "Own Your Voice - Pitch and Present with Confidence." Jackie Miller is a communication and public speaking coach and the president and founder of Bespoken, which focuses on teaching communication and presentation skills to professionals and teams across many disciplines.

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

Dawn Porter

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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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Collab Takeaways: Film Producing: Leading Your Team Through Post

Simon Taufique

Producer

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

Heather Rae

Producer

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LEDs, Camera, Action—How to Work on Virtual Productions

What is LED virtual production technology, why is it changing Hollywood, and how can filmmakers best shoot on a next-gen LED stage? Read this article to learn more about this cutting edge technology.

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WIF Speaker Series: Black Muslim Women in Media

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

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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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A Toolkit for Inclusion & Accessibility: Changing the Narrative of Disability in Documentary Film

This Toolkit for Inclusion & Accessibility has been created by FWD-Doc in association with Doc Society and supported by Netflix, featuring a case study about Crip Camp (2020) and with a view to best practice, not just compliance.

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Filmmakers: What If You Don’t Need A Movie Theatre (Or Streaming Services) At All?

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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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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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American Film Market: Sessions Video Library

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

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Walking the Wire: A Conversation on the Director Producer Partnership

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How to Make a DIY Green Screen E-Book

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

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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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Back to Business: Distribution through COVID-19

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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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