Indie on a budget? Try Film Independent online resources!


I’ve noticed that although there are so many great support networks for new filmmakers of all backgrounds, many are nonprofits and therefore require a steep membership fee. Luckily for those of us on a budget, some film organizations make the same resources for paying members available online to the public. My current favorite freebie goldmine is Film Independent. Their annual membership costs $95, but the “Resources and Advice” page is a mighty fine substitute if you’re not able to commit with your wallet. The homepage covers a vast range of topics to fit all of your indie filmmaker needs. Many posts are recaps from their monthly members-only events. Helpful categories include:

ASK A PRO:

Sound Advice 

Post Production

Film Budgeting

FIND ANSWERS:

Fiscal Sponsorship

Music Licensing 

FILM CASE STUDIES:

BELLFLOWER

THE PUFFY CHAIR

WINTER’S BONE

HALF NELSON

 I especially appreciate the Film Case Studies as they highlight various independent films with a sort of “Behind the Music” breakdown. You get the formal Q&A information like budget, shooting format, festival accolades, etc, but there is also a section that details development, production, distribution and sometimes advice from the profiled filmmaker. Pretty awesome, right? Just because you’re not in film school anymore (or even if you never went), doesn’t mean you can’t still be in the know. Check out Film Independent’s online resources TODAY!
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