Resources for Filmmakers


New Strategies for Distribution Webinar Presented by DOCNYC

Peter Broderick offers advice on how to "seize the virtual future" of film festivals, film markets, academic conferences, and other film events. Also reps from FilmPlatform (educational market) and Endeavor Content (consumer market).

Filmmaker's Guide to Fed Funds for Corona Relief

Firelight, IDA and ITVS collaborated to bring you info on unemployment and the SBA Payroll protection loan (forgiven, so like a grant)

Digital Impact Screenings Resource Guide

Webinars hosted by Together Film with advice on virtual screenings.

Sundance Collab

For a limited time, all Sundance Collab archived seminars are available for free.

List of Resources by Creative Capital

A list of resources for artists working in all disciplines, as well as arts philanthropists, and arts professionals.

New York State Council on the Arts Resource List

NYSCA is compiling and daily updating resources to support New York State's artists and arts organizations as we navigate the challenges of COVID-19 together.

The Doc Industry & COVID-19 - How do we adapt?

The D-Word hosts discussions about the art, craft, business, and social impact of documentary film. Our Public Topics are open to all. Documentary professionals can apply for free access to a wide range of industry discussions in our Business, Creative, Social, and Technical Topics.

Virtual Screening & Webinar Platforms To Facilitate Digital Screening Events prepared by Picture Motion

Picture Motion created this document to help better understand the streaming platforms and web based software that are available today that can help you still host a screening and/or event.

Artist Relief Fund

Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19; serve as an ongoing informational resource; and co-launch the COVID-19 Impact Survey for Artists and Creative Workers. Only till April 23.

Rauschenberg Emergency Grants Rauschenberg Emergency Grants Rauschenberg Emergency Grants

One-time grants of up to $5,000 for unexpected medical emergencies. The grants are available to visual and media artists and choreographers who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents in the United States.

Independent Documentary Filming in the Time of Corona

Put together by Field of Vision, Doc Society and the Sundance Institute, this is a google doc collection of protocols to help guide documentary filmmakers’ assessment processes to decide whether to film and how to do so safely.

COVID 19 Production Guidelines World Wide

Links to protocols and guidelines for various countires and links to other organizatons, and unions and guilds.

Subtitle Edit

A free, open-source editor for video subtitles.

GoTranscript

Free subtitle converter

Guide to Closed Captioning

Learn more about why it is critical to add closed captions to your film.

Cadet

A free, downloadable caption-authoring software.

Video Caption Corporation

In-House Captioning & Subtitling Solutions.

Amara

Amara is a web-based non-profit project created by the Participatory Culture Foundation that hosts and allows user-subtitled video to be accessed and created.

3play Media

Closed captioning, transcription, audio description, & subtitling solutions that make your videos accessible, searchable, SEO-friendly, and more engaging.

Rev

Rev is a closed captioning, subtitles, and transcription service.

Temi Audio Description

Temi is an automatic transcription service, which means it relies on automatic speech recognition (ASR) to process your files.

The Fine Print: How To Understand and Negotiate a Film Distribution Contract

This article looks at the most important clauses in distribution contracts and points out where you may want to negotiate improvements to your contract including changes related to new media.

Sproutflix Distribution

Sproutflix ever-growing list of carefully selected films of artistry and intellect from around the world specifically related to the lives, performances and accomplishments of people with developmental disabilities are available for purchase.

Women Make Movies

Established in 1972 to address the under representation and misrepresentation of women in the media industry, Women Make Movies is a multicultural, multiracial, non-profit media arts organization which facilitates the production, promotion, distribution and exhibition of independent films and videotapes by and about women.

Frameline

Since 1977, a distributor of LGBT media.

Icarus Films

Distributing innovative and provocative documentary films from independent producers around the world.

Bullfrog Films

Bullfrog Films distributes independently-produced, environmental DVDs & videos, that point the way to living healthily, happily, and with greater concern for the other inhabitants of this planet, and for our descendants.

New Day Films

New Day Films is a filmmaker-run distribution company providing award-winning films to educators since 1971. Democratically run by more than 100 filmmaker members, New Day delivers over 150 titles that illuminate, challenge and inspire.

California Newsreel

California Newsreel produces and distributes cutting edge, social justice films that inspire, educate and engage audiences.

Outcast Films

Outcast Films is a film distribution company dedicated to fostering critical discussions around social justice and environmental issues. We are educators and activists and want to be a vehicle for voices that may not otherwise be heard.

Quiver Digital (iTunes Aggregator)

Delivering titles to leading online retailers like iTunes, Google Play, and Netflix. Quiver is both an encoding house and aggregator, so all the work we do stays in-house.

ArtMattan

ArtMattan distributes films that focus on the human experience of black people in Africa, the Caribbean, North and South America and Europe. All their films were shown during ArtMattan's annual African Diaspora Film Festival in New York.

Vimeo on Demand

Easily distribute your standard and 360 videos, series, and films worldwide through Vimeo On Demand.

Grasshopper Media

Grasshopper Film is a distribution company dedicated to the release of independent, foreign and documentary film. It was founded in December 2015 by Ryan Krivoshey.

PRAGDA

PRAGDA is a film distribution company specialized in the educational market, selling and renting Ibero American films to universities as well as organizing public exhibitions in cinematheques, museums and local theaters. We are created to promote, disseminate, and maintain the legacy of Spanish and Latin American cinema.

The Independent's Guide to Film Distribution

The Independent's Guide to Film Distribution, Second Edition is the definitive guide to North American independent film and media distributors and a crucial tool for filmmakers who want to find their audience.

The Film Collaborative

Helping filmmakers with all aspects of distribution, without taking rights.

Think Outside the Box Office book

Think Outside the Box Office is the first to address the new distribution and marketing landscape facing filmmakers. Throughout the book, Reiss redefines the process from a filmmaker's point of view empowering the reader to create unique strategies for their individual films.

Brown Girls Doc Mafia

BGDM is an organization advocating for women and non-binary people of color in the documentary industry. We divert and direct opportunities to address the unique needs of our community and challenge the antiquated norms within our field. Our multifaceted, member-focused approach includes: deconstructing dominant film spaces, creating blueprints for professional sustainability, and nourishing creative brilliance.

Asian American Documentary Network (A-Doc)

A-Doc is a national network that works to increase the visibility and support of Asian Americans in the documentary field.

New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT)

This organization advocates for equality in the moving image industry and supports women in every stage of their careers. As the preeminent entertainment industry association for women in New York, NYWIFT energizes women by illuminating their achievements, presenting training and professional development programs, awarding scholarships and grants, and providing access to a supportive community of peers.

Diverse Filmmakers Alliance

DFA is a NYC based group of filmmakers from diverse backgrounds who meet weekly to workshop our media projects. Our goal is to provide and receive feedback designed to make our media projects more fundable, more watchable, more entertaining, more educational, and ready to meet their audience.

The Black Documentary Collective

Founded by documentarian St. Clair Bourne, The Black Documentary Collective (BDC) provides filmmakers, video producers and media professionals of African descent, with the opportunity to network and promote each others’ work.

Independent Filmmaker Project

IFP programs help filmmakers navigate the industry, develop new audiences, and encourage close interaction between all participants.

National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP)

The National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) is a national membership organization that addresses the professional needs of Latino/Latina independent producers.

DocuClub

DocuClub is Arts Engine´s monthly film screening series of works-in-progress documentaries. Every month at DocuClub a filmmaker presents a rough cut of her film to DocuClub members and the public. A facilitated discussion follows each screening.

Nancy Malone Directing Award

The Nancy Malone Directing Award provides $1,000 to a New York area-based woman director for a narrative short or feature film.

Pacific Islanders in Communications Media Fund

The goal of Pacific Islanders in Communications is to support the development of national public broadcast programming that enhances public recognition of and appreciation for Pacific Islander history, culture, and society. PIC accomplishes this by nurturing and supporting filmmakers through its Research & Development (R&D), Production, and Completion funds.

Vision Maker Media (previously NAPT)

Vision Maker Media invites proposals for programs intended for Public Television that represent the experiences, values and cultures of American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant

The Garrett Scott Documentary Development Grant was founded in 2007 to support singular new voices in documentary film. Its emphasis is on first-time filmmakers with unconventional training, those making formally challenging work, and those grappling with difficult subjects. Welcoming any background, training or subject, the overriding mission is to support unique filmmaking talents at this crucial moment in their careers.

ITVS Open Call

Open Call provides completion funds for single nonfiction public television programs on any subject, and from any viewpoint. Projects must have begun production as evidenced by a work-in-progress video. Open Call funding is only available to independent producers who are citizens or legal residents of the U.S. and its external territories.

BAVC Mediamaker Fellowship

BAVC develops the highest quality preservation standards and practices while working with individuals and cultural, academic, and media organizations to meet a range of needs for preserving historically and artistically important video and audio materials.

New York Foundation for the Arts

Artists' Fellowships are $7,000 cash awards made to individual originating artists living and working in the state of New York for unrestricted use.

Ford Foundation JustFilms

Ford's Social Issue Film Funding Initiative will provide approximately $16 million through an open-application process to filmmakers and media makers around the world who are creating documentaries that address urgent social issues.

POV's Annual Call for Entries

POV, public television's premier showcase for independent, nonfiction film seeks programs from all perspectives to showcase in its annual national PBS series. All subjects, aesthetic approaches and lengths are welcome.

Jerome Foundation

Grants of up to $30,000 will be awarded to individual film and video artists living in New York City who work in the genres of experimental, narrative, animation, and documentary production

The Princess Grace JustFilms Documentary Awards

These funds will be awarded to help support social justice documentary thesis projects of students in undergraduate/graduate programs and final projects of individuals participating in production programs at media arts centers. In this inaugural year of the grant, an emphasis is placed on filmmakers and films that focus on South Asian and Southeast Asian communities.

Center for Asian American Media

The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) is a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible.

Black Public Media (previously NBPC)

NBPC has a legacy of proudly supporting producers and digital media storytellers who represent the global Black experience.

Loreen Arbus Disability Awareness Grant

Through the generosity of Loreen Arbus, New York Women in Film and Television has established the Loreen Arbus Disability Awareness Grant. The film completion grant for $7,500 will be awarded to a woman filmmaker for a film on physical or developmental disability issues. Directors and producers are eligible to apply.

Roy W. Dean NYC Y LA Film Grants

Funding shorts, docs and independent features that are unique and make a contribution to society.

Women in Film Foundation Film Finishing Fund

The Women In Film Foundation's Film Finishing Fund (FFF) annually provides cash and in-kind production services to deserving filmmakers needing help to complete their film projects. In order to apply for a FFF grant, a filmmaker must have completed principal photography and a rough cut at the time of application. The program funds filmmakers working in both short and long formats in all genres-narrative, documentary, educational, animated and experimental.

Latino Public Broadcasting

Open Call Open Call is an open invitation to independent producers to submit proposals for a public television program or series on any subject that relates to or is representative of Latino Americans. LPB funding will average between $5,000 and $100,000 for programs of most genres, including drama, comedy, animation, documentary, or mixed genre. LPB will consider funding projects at any production stage.

NEA Arts in Media Grant

Grants are available to support the development, production, and national distribution of innovative media projects about the arts and media projects that can be considered works of art. Grants generally range from $10,000 to $200,000.

San Francisco Film Society Documentary Film Fund

The SFFS Documentary Film Fund will support riveting documentaries in postproduction distinguished by compelling stories, intriguing characters and an innovative visual approach. A total of $100,000 will be disbursed annually between 2011 and 2013 to documentary filmmakers nationwide.

The Manhattan Community Arts Fund

The Manhattan Community Arts Fund (MCAF) grant provides up to $5,000 for arts projects by individual artists and small nonprofit organizations in Manhattan.

Chicken & Egg Pictures' Open Call

Chicken & Egg Pictures supports female or female/male partnerships directors of non-fiction feature, non-fiction short, hybrid, new media/multiple platforms, and other film genres.

Cinereach

Cinereach supports feature-length nonfiction and fiction films that are at the intersection of engaging storytelling, visual artistry, and vital subject matter. Grant amounts can range from $5,000 - $50,000 per project and can be awarded to support any stage of production, including research and development, production and post-production.

LEF Moving Image Fund

LEF is a private family foundation that funds creative endeavors in California and the New England region. LEF values strong aesthetics, entrepreneurial thinking, and a spirit of adventure in all of the projects it supports.

NEH's Bridging Cultures through Film: International Topics

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) supports projects that examine international and transnational themes in the humanities through documentary films. These projects are meant to spark Americans' engagement with the broader world by exploring one or more countries and cultures outside of the United States.

Resist Funding for Social Change

Resist funds organizations that are actively part of a movement for social change and demonstrate an understanding of the connections among oppressions.

MeetMarket at Sheffield Doc/Fest

A unique pitching initiative which uses online systems to match-make documentary and interactive media makers' most innovative project ideas with UK and international decision makers for one-to-one meetings in a fully supportive environment.

International Documentary Association Awards

The IDA Documentary Awards is the world's most significant recognition of the best nonfiction films and programs of the year.

Shooting People: Independent Filmmakers Network

Shooting People connects you with thousands of filmmakers, actors, crew, technologists and industry to get films made and seen.

D-Word

The D-Word hosts discussions about the art, craft, business, and social impact of documentary film. Our Public Topics are open to all. Documentary professionals can apply for free access to a wide range of industry discussions in our Business, Creative, Social, and Technical Topics. Founded in 1999, The D-Word has become the leading documentary community with more than 10,000 members, including over 4,700 documentary professionals from around the world.

BVAC Preservation

As one of the nation’s longest-standing non-profit video and audio preservation organizations, BAVC remains a leader in the field, developing the highest quality preservation standards and practices while working with individuals and cultural, academic, and media organizations to meet a range of needs for preserving historically and artistically important video and audio materials.

DuArt

DuArt provides creative, technology and logistical support to meet the needs of program producers, distributors, and corporate media communications groups.

The Standby Program

Standby is an innovative non-profit media arts service organization providing artists and independent makers access to state-of-the-art media services at affordable rates.

Rainbow Video NYC

We convert your home movies (8mm, 16mm, super 8, VHS, VHS-C, Video 8, Hi8, Mini-DV, HDV, and virtually any other format) to DVD or digital file.

DIY Preservation Tips from Film Foundation

A quick media preservation guide for independent filmmakers.

The Indie Film Clinic

The Indie Film Clinic provides free legal services to qualifying New York filmmakers producing independent, documentary, and student films. All clients of the Clinic are represented free of charge on a range of legal issues critical to any production, including: copyright research, registrations, and assignments; guild registrations; drafting and negotiating writer's agreements, employment agreements, and intellectual property licenses; location agreements and permits; depiction releases; and more.

U.S. Copyright Office Fair Use Index

The Fair Use Index tracks a variety of judicial decisions to help both lawyers and non-lawyers better understand the types of uses courts have previously determined to be fair—or not fair.

The Law Offices of Mark Litwak and Associates

The Law Offices of Mark Litwak and Associates has offered its clients high quality legal and business solutions for more than thirty years.

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

Established in 1969, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts is the pioneer in arts-related legal aid and educational programs about the legal and business issues that affect artist and arts organizations.

Law Office of Fernando Ramirez

The Law Office of Fernando Ramirez provides transactional legal services for individual talent and business clients in the entertainment industry. The firm represents a range of industry professionals including film producers, writers, directors, media personalities, executive producers, composers, musicians, songwriters, managers, music producers, indie labels, and book authors. Firm clients, and represented projects, have garnered Emmy, Oscar, Peabody, MacArthur, Sundance, and Grammy nominations and awards.

Documentary Filmmakers' Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use

This Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use makes clear what documentary filmmakers currently regard as reasonable application of the copyright “fair use” doctrine.

BLACK LIVES MATTER: Actions + Filmmaker Resources from DCTV

Useful guide to filming protests safely, knowing your rights and more.

DPA Inclusion & Structural Equality Resource Guide

This guide can 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.

DPA Guide to Documentary Crediting

Aims to facilitate greater transparency and inclusion, and benefit the documentary industry as a whole; and, that as the field continues to evolve, the documentary industry keeps a vigilant eye on crediting standards, adjusting as needed.

International Movie Database

Online encyclopedia of the entertainment industry, including databases of commercial and independent films, actors, directors, crew, and more.

RottenTomatoes

A site of primarily reviews of films, including their own "Tomatometer" ratings system.

Corporation for Public Broadcasting

A supplier of programming to several hundred public broadcasting outlets in the U.S.

IDA's Introduction to Documentary Budgeting

Read Robert Bahar's article on documentary budget with links to samples and more.

Camera Guides for Beginners: Understanding Video Capture

Thank you to teacher Rachel Martin and students, Jamie and Jennifer, for recommending this informative link.

Mandy's Film and TV Production Directory

The World's Largest Community of Cast, Crew and Creative Professionals

Freelance Video Collective

We're a Free Film & TV Network, a UK equivalent to Mandy. We have lots of school/university graduates and first-time filmmakers who apply for jobs or post CVs on our website. We also have a blog which provides the latest film industry news, career guides, advice and filming tips.


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