Indie Filmmaker Resources from S.A.G. Indie

Your friends at the Screen Actors Guild (“SAG”) have created an “indie” version at SAGIndie ( An interesting concept, but it’s up to you, the filmmaker, to decide if it’s helpful.

There are a number of administrative forms to keep your set and crew on-track –your investors will love that. No more little pieces of paper, random receipts, and indiscriminate scheduling.

You can even put a call out for casting, and add your business to their directory.

More info:

5 Indispensable Websites for Filmmakers

If you’re a 21st century movie-maker, then youcan’t pass up the following sites to help promote your film! Most of your audience will hear about your film through an online presence, not your uncle at church. Make sure you have an email account to sign up for any of these sites!

5. Bullet Film

For free you can upload your film, and setup a film presence for your audience. If you have a trailer, that’s even better!

4. IndieGoGo

IndieGoGo is new on the scene, but is already impacting filmmaking and filmmakers! Get people to donate to your film, communicate with your fans, and network with other filmmakers! (And don’t forget to “friend” IBWFF when you get there!!)

3. Film

Where else can you find the ultimate, international film festival guide? Better site for the larger film festivals, like the Berlin Film Festival or the San Francisco Film Festival.


Convert almost any digital media to another format, including adjustments for sound, frames, size, etc. …and it’s all for FREE!

1. YouTube

YouTube is the film-/video-/movie-maker’s crack. The cons, is that your film is available …to everyone. If you have some old film school clips just sitting around, upload them and create a buzz and discussion around your work!

Call for Submissions: Vail Film Festival

SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW OPEN for the 7th Annual Vail Film Festival!

Categories include:

* Features
* Documentaries
* Shorts
* Student Films
* Adventure Films

New Categories:

* Family Films
* Activism Films

You invent it, they fund it; Knight Foundation News Challenge

(From the Foundation Center’s PND)

The Knight News Challenge, an initiative of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, seeks innovations that use new or available technology to distribute content in local communities.

This international contest awards up to $5 million per year for innovative platforms, tools, and services with the potential to inform and transform community news, conversations, and information distribution and visualization.

Anyone may nominate a project from anywhere in the world. To be eligible, projects must use open-source digital technology, must distribute news in the public interest, and must be tested in a local community.

Visit the News Challenge Web site for complete program information.


Make Common’s Day

(from CurrentTV)

Current is teaming up with hip-hop icon Common to give you the opportunity to direct your own music video with his track ‘Make My Day.’

On September 14th, go to to get the song and some video assets you can use. Then, get creative and make a music video that really stands out. Use our assets or make your own but be sure you’re using footage that you own or that we provided you. Then upload your final work by September 28th at midnight PDT.

Common will hand pick his favorite video and we will feature it on and on Common’s website: If Current decides to air your submission on TV, we’ll pay you a cool $2,500 to acquire the rights to do so.

A helluva bullet point for your resume, dontcha think?

Check out for more information and details.

Email with any questions. See you on the 14th!

Indie Go Go for the indie filmmaker on the go

Are you a filmmaker looking for a home for your film? Do you want to make it easier for anyone to send you money? There is a service we’ve featured before, but it deserves another look!

IndieGoGo has expanded it’s services to include such things as social networking sharing, widgets for your film page, announcements, calendar of events, and more! Best of all? It’s FREE.

Granted, like with any good idea they may start charging, but, who knows, right? For now, get your film out and to your public.

With their user-friendly interface, you can build a useful web-page for your film and get the word out!

Attention Filmmakers: Discounted studio rental rates in July – just $59/hr!

Come to Silicon Valley Studios in July and receive special discounted rates all month for your film, photography, or creative project! With two production stages, office facilities, dressing room, lounge area, and more, Silicon Valley Studios is your premiere production destination! And now with our new green screen backdrop and a variety of lighting equipment on hand, Silicon Valley Studios offers the highest quality of studio service!

Hourly- $59/hr
Half Day – $199
Full Day – JUST $399!

Also, our space is perfect for meetup groups, networking events, or customized presentations! Check out our site at for more information or give us a direct call at 650.210.3632 today to see how Silicon Valley Studios can bring your next production to life with this limited month offer!

LATEST SVS NEWS: Apple Computers shoots a commercial at Silicon Valley Studios for their i-Movie demo!

The Netflix Find Your Voice Film Competition

The Netflix FIND Your Voice Film Competition

$150,000 Feature Film Cash Production Grant + $250,000 worth
of resources including film stock, processing, camera rental, Film Independent
mentorship, exposure to a Blue Ribbon judging panel, Screening at The
Los Angeles Film Festival + Netflix Distribution to 8 million member audience.

Deadline: February 9, 2009 – No Entry Fee Open to first time feature
filmmakers residing in the U.S.

Netflix and Film Independent have joined efforts to create the Netflix FIND
YOUR VOICE Film Competition in order to discover the next great film talent.
In addition to the cash production grant, 35,000 feet of Kodak Color Film,
film processing, camera rental, and post production services, the contest
winner will receive mentorship and resources from Film Independent, a
non-profit organization dedicated to helping independent filmmakers get
their films made, building the audience for independent film, and increasing
diversity in the film industry.

The competition will be judged by a panel of major independent filmmakers,
producers and actors, including Josh Brolin (No Country for Old Men, Milk,
W), Dustin Lance Black (Big Love, Milk), and Bruce Cohen & Dan Jinks
(American Beauty, The Forgotten, Big Fish, Milk)

First-time filmmakers who are legal residents of the U.S. who have not yet
created and publicly screened a full-length narrative feature film of 70
minutes or more are eligible to enter the competition. There is no fee to
apply but a maximum of only 2,000 submissions will be accepted between
January 9th and February 9th, 2009.


(sent by Leau Fille — Thank you!)
WHAT – This grant funds first time documentary makers for travel and accommodations at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, April 2-5, 2009. For four days, grant recipients will be given access to films, participate in master classes and be mentored by experienced filmmakers. TWO filmmakers will be chosen for the grant in its third year.

DEADLINE – Applications must be RECEIVED BY February 6, 2009. Applicants will be notified by email in early March.

ABOUT THE GRANT – Garrett Scott made a distinctive mark in documentary during his short career. Without any formal training in film, he directed Cul De Sac: A Suburban War Story, examining the case of a methamphetamine addict who stole a tank from an armory and went on a rampage through the San Diego suburbs. The film prompted Filmmaker Magazine to cite Scott as one of 25 New Faces of Independent Film. He went on to make Occupation: Dreamland, co-directed with Ian Olds, about U.S. soldiers in Falluja, Iraq. It won prizes at Full Frame and the Independent Spirit Awards. Both films were broadcast by the Sundance Channel. In 2006, Scott died of a heart attack at age 37.

Scott’s work examined how the forces of state power and economics impact individuals. Stylistically, his films broke convention, giving audiences new perspectives on familiar milieus like suburbia or war torn Iraq. He was a beloved member of film communities in San Francisco and New York City and several points in between.

His friends, family and colleagues established this development grant to help other emerging filmmakers reach their potential. The grants selection committee looks especially for filmmakers who somehow fulfill Scott’s example, by bringing a unique vision to the content and style of contemporary documentary making.

Previous grant recipients include Rebecca Richman Cohen, Nathan Fisher and Mai Iskander in 2008 and Robin Hessman and Lee Lynch in 2007.

CRITERIA – Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or green card holder and live in the continental United States; any age 18 or older. By “first time filmmaker,” we mean someone who is in the early stage of their documentary career and has not yet received significant recognition (such as major festival play or broadcast). All applicants should anticipate finishing their first project by March 2010. You still qualify as a “first time filmmaker” if you’ve made shorts or student projects, worked professionally as a crew member on other people’s films, or if you’ve recently completed a documentary that hasn’t been released yet. The grant is open to students and non-students alike.

HOW – Applicants should send a 2 page letter addressing these areas:

1) Project summary: Describe the documentary you’re working on. It doesn’t matter whether the film is a short or a feature, though the judging tends to favor more ambitious projects. Describe the characters, structure, visual approach and what stage you’re at.

2) Director’s statement: Describe how you came to filmmaking and how you’ve trained as a filmmaker. It doesn’t matter whether you went to film school or are self-taught. Describe what you want audiences to take from your film.

Work sample: Applicants must send a 5-10 minute DVD sample of a work-in-progress or a past work. You may send a longer work sample, but judges may only review the opening minutes.

Submit TWO COPIES of both the letter and DVD along with your…


Send to:
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
ATTN: Garrett Scott Documentary Grant
324 Blackwell Street. Suite 500
Washington Building, Bay 5
Durham, NC 27701

Question or comment? e-mail us

Screenwriter Seeking Executive Producers

I’m a black, female screenwriter looking for executive producers that are
interested in changing the “slanted face” of filmmaking by putting dark-skinned
black women in LEAD roles. A great foray into that endeavor would be my
project below:

Title: “Bla’ Volt” (Short for “Black Girls’ Revolt”)
Genre: Crime/Caper/Action/Satire
Logline: A secret society of innovative, ebony-toned bombshells mastermind
a plan to rob from a corrupt government agency to save downtrodden residents
at a local homeless shelter.

(Think “Ocean’s Eleven” meets “Cleopatra Jones”.)

Marjorie J. Frazier
_mjfwrites2u@nullaol.com_ (

Marcia Sinclair – Lemon Tea (movie)

My name is Marcia Sinclair and I am an award-winning writer who is looking to get my screenplay, *Lemon Tea,* made into a movie.

*I am asking for your support for more quality African-American films by joining the grassroots efforts at*

But first, let me to tell you more about this project and why I need your support.

The script has the backing of some Hollywood notables; however I have found that some movie industry investors need more convincing. They need to hear that the general public is not only interested in African-American movies that involve slap-stick, action, gangs or disingenuous characters, but would also support more quality films about friendship, community, role models and conquering life’s adversaries.

The *Lemon Tea* script has received much acclaim for its funny, sometimes sad, heartwarming family story, with a message that transcends age, race or gender. In brief, the story surrounds the main character, Libby who is ashamed of her dark skin, but soon discovers that beauty comes in a myriad of shades, and furthermore, the beauty that lasts forever comes from the heart. (A full synopsis of the story can be found at

Actors who have been attached to the script in the past include Irma P. Hall, Harry Lennix, T’Keyah Crystal Kemah, Ben Guillory, Ella Joyce and Wandachristine. In 2005 a new scene was written and filmed starring Irma P. Hall and Harry J. Lennix in an effort to attract investors

Find more photos like this on Supporters for Making the Movie Lemon Tea

*Again, please take a couple minutes to join the grassroots efforts to convince investors that the public would be interested in stories like Lemon Tea *

*But, don’t stop here.* Will you also share this with your colleagues and constituents and encourage them to join the efforts?