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For Filmmakers

Resources

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Job Boards

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Array Crew

ARRAY CREW provides film and television hiring managers access to crew members with diverse backgrounds. A database founded by Ava DuVernay.

Mandy's Film and TV Production Directory

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

Staff Me Up

The #1 Network for Production Jobs in TV, Film, Digital, Media & Entertainment

Production Hub

With film and video content more popular than ever, we help connect businesses with the creative professionals needed to make content to delight your target audiences. No matter what goals you want to achieve, we'll help you find the qualified professionals and resources you need to make your ideas become a reality – anywhere around the world.

Production Weekly

Production Weekly provides professionals working in the film and television industries with the most comprehensive production breakdown available. Our professional research staff continuously tracks and compiles up-to-date data on projects in various stages of development, both domestically and internationally.

Also, check with your local film commissions (city and state).

Job Boards

IATSE

The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, or IATSE, is a labor union representing over 140,000 technicians, artisans and crafts persons in the entertainment industry, including live theatre, motion picture and television production, and trade shows in the United States and Canada.

Teamsters

Teamsters represent Animal Handlers & Trainers, Casting, Couriers, Dispatchers, Drivers, Locations, Mechanics, Warehousemen, Wranglers in the Motion Picture Industry. Find your local chapter for the Motion Picture and Theatrical Trade Division.

DGA

The Directors Guild of America is a labor organization that represents the creative and economic rights of directors and members of the directorial team working in film, television, commercials, documentaries, news, sports and new media.

WGA

Writers Guild of America is a labor union composed of the thousands of writers who write the content for television shows, movies, news programs, documentaries, animation, and Internet and mobile phones (new media) that keep audiences constantly entertained and informed.

SAG-AFTRA

SAG-AFTRA represents approximately 160,000 actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other media professionals.

PGA

The Producers Guild of America is a non-profit trade organization that represents, protects and promotes the interests of all members of the producing team in film, television and new media.

Unions
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Unions

Backstage

Backstage is the #1 job platform for actors and performers to find work and build their careers in the performing arts.

Breakdown Express

Breakdown Express is how talent representatives submit their talent via the Internet and how casting views submissions of pictures, résumés, and videos. After selecting talent, casting directors can schedule actors as well as upload auditions for producer and directors to review.

Also, check with your local film commissions (city and state).

Casting
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Casting

Crowdfunding

 

Seed and Spark

Seed & Spark's crowdfunding platform empowers some of the most unique creator voices as they build audiences and raise funds. With the highest crowdfunding success rate in the world for movies and shows and loads of free resources, tools and education, we're here to help pioneering storytellers take control of their creative careers.

 

Kickstarter

Kickstarter campaigns make ideas into reality. It’s where creators share new visions for creative work and filmmaking with the communities that will come together to fund them.

 

Indiegogo

Millions of people around the world visit Indiegogo to find clever and unconventional things that solve everyday problems large and small. By giving entrepreneurs everywhere a platform to launch new and groundbreaking products, we help surface innovations in tech, design, film and much more, all before they go mainstream.

Fiscal Sponsorship

 

Fiscal sponsorship is an arrangement between an existing 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and an individual or entity lacking the legal status needed to receive grants from foundations, individual donors and government agencies. So, in a nutshell projects that are fiscally sponsored can incentivize donors by enabling them to contribute as a charitable deduction for income tax purposes.

 

Film Independent

From the Heart Productions

Independent Filmmaker Project

Funding
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Funding

Film Grants by Category

Diverse Voices

Female Filmmakers

Labs and Fellowships

Also, check with your local film and art's societies (city and state).

Grants
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Grants, Labs & Fellowships

Payroll Companies

Cast & Crew

Entertainment Industry Solutions for Payroll & Human Resources | Accounting & Financial | Workflow & Productivity

ABS Payroll

Entertainment payroll and accounting services designed for indie projects and low budget producers.

Insurance

Gallagher
Gallagher entertainment insurance experts have the experience, knowledge and global relationships to consult and cover all entertainment industry.


MFE
With over 20 years of experience in the Entertainment Insurance Industry, our Production Insurance products cover every type of production including movies, web series, theater, and much more. A strong Production Insurance policy will protect your business from any liability related to on-set injuries, accidents involving working vehicles, and loss and damage to equipment.

 

Production Software

 

studiobinder

We provide customizable solutions for photo and video production companies to better manage their productions, all in one place.

Panavision New Filmmaker Program

The New Filmmaker Program loans film or digital camera packages (based on availability) to filmmakers for student thesis films, “low-budget” independent features, showcase reels, Public Service Announcements, or any other type of short not-for-profit project.

Quixote

Production Equipment & Supplies for Los Angeles, Atlanta, and New York

Safe Set Supplies / COVID

The Go-To Source for Production Industry PPE

KN95 Masks | 3-ply Medical Masks | Disposable Nitrile Gloves | Hand Sanitizer | Sanitizing Sprays & Solutions

Acme

Directory for Film and Television production design, décor, props & fashion

Pre-production
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Pre-production

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Production

Epidemic Sound

Royalty Free Music: Epidemic Sound is music licensing made simple.

GoTranscript

Free subtitle converter

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.

Rev

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

MUSICBED
Discover a highly curated roster of label-quality musicians and composers.

Post-production
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Post Production

Film Distribution

The Film Catalogue

The Film Catalogue contains hundreds of producers, distributors and sales companies. Most are present at the major film markets, including American Film Market, European Film Market, Hong Kong Filmart and Cannes Market.

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 Film Collaborative

THE FILM COLLABORATIVE is the first nonprofit focused on distribution-education. TFC educates filmmakers about and helps filmmakers with all aspects of distribution without taking rights. TFC believes in and stands by our three taglines: “filmmakers first.”, “nonprofit, on purpose”, and “we don't own your rights…you do!”

Digital Aggregators/ Self-Distribution

Juice Worldwide

Juice is proud to offer upstream post production solutions for picture and sound through to downstream fulfillment and distribution. Working with studios, networks, OTT platforms, production companies and independent providers, Juice Worldwide can license, process and deliver content to a global distribution network.

Premiere Digital

Premiere Digital’s Quiver platform provides self-service distribution to the world’s largest movie download and streaming retailers including iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and other major platforms.

Visual Data Media

You can rely on Visual Data to deliver your content to the world’s leading VOD platforms. As a Netflix Preferred Vendor, an iTunes-approved supplier and a Google Play technical partner, our standards are among the highest in the industry.

Bitmax

Bitmax is renowned as one of the world’s largest independent digital supply chain providers. We are an AppleTV preferred encoding facility, and we enjoy the same preferred status with Amazon, Google Play, and the VUDU store.

See full list here.

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Distribution

Veterans in Media & Entertainment

VMEConnect is a closed, secure online platform that connects verified veterans to job boards, groups, resources, mentorship opportunities, and classes, all focused on helping veterans reach that next career goal.

Women in Film and Television

Women in Film/TV- (US) Inc. is a nonprofit organization of professionals founded to provide Chapters of Women in Film & Television mutual support. To promote the positive images of women in all media, empowering their members to achieve their highest professional/creative potential, and help create more job opportunities throughout the State of the United States. Find your local chapter for support.

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.

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.

Film Fatales

Film Fatales supports an inclusive community of women feature film and television directors who meet regularly to share resources, collaborate on projects and build an environment in which to make their films.

Alliance of Women Directors

Alliance of Women Directors was founded in 1997 by alumnae of the American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women as a community of peers to share information and support one another’s career advancement.

Film Associations
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Film Associations

International Movie Database

IMDb Pro is an online database owned by Amazon of information related to films, television programs, home videos, video games, and streaming content online – including cast, production crew, agents, managers, production companies, sales agents and distributors.

 

RottenTomatoes

Rotten Tomatoes and the Tomatometer score are the world’s most trusted recommendation resources for quality entertainment. As the leading online aggregator of movie and TV show reviews from critics, we provide fans with a comprehensive guide to what’s Fresh – and what’s Rotten – in theaters and at home.

Box Office Mojo

Box Office Mojo is a website that tracks box office revenue.

The Numbers

The Numbers provides detailed movie financial analysis, including box office, DVD and Blu-ray sales reports, and release schedules.

Film Search Engines
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Film Search Engines

FilmFreeway

FilmFreeway is a website for filmmakers to submit their films to hundreds of film festivals globally.

Imagen Awards

The Imagen Foundation, the premier Latino entertainment awards, invites Latinx content creators and filmmakers from all across the United States and Puerto Rico to submit their films, television series, documentaries, short films and web series to the Imagen Awards Film Competition.

NAACP IMAGE AWARDS

The NAACP Image Awards is recognized as the nation’s preeminent multicultural awards show from an African American point of view. The event celebrates the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts, as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors.

Film Independent Spirit Awards

Each year, the Spirit Awards brings together top talent from throughout the world of independent film. In addition to traditional categories such as Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay, etc., the Spirit Awards ceremony features a number of unique honors. These include Best First Feature, Best First Screenplay, the John Cassavetes Award (best feature under $500,000) and the Robert Altman Award (best ensemble cast).

Film Festivals
Film Awards
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Film Festivals & Contests

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Independent Film Awards

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