If you are a local film maker, working on your independent film here in Utah, you are probably already aware of the Utah Film Commission and the work they do to help make productions filmed in Utah great. They are available to consult and answer questions for film makers, and they do a lot of work to let people know that Utah is a wonderful place to make films.
The Utah Film Commission has just announced that they will be holding a contest early in 2015. They will be looking for 30 second commercial spots for their “spot on” contest. Full rules and award will be announced soon, but you can get a jump on the contest by keeping it in mind while you are filming your project. If you are doing some unique or beautiful filming in Utah, take a moment out of your shoot to film your crew in action. That footage may be just what you need to win the “spot on” contest.
The Spot On Commercial Contest lists its objective as:
“To produce and direct a 30 second commercial that promotes Utah as a viable place to make motion pictures. Your spots should be written and shot to communicate a message that will be seen as important by the target audience by using different advertising techniques. Always remember to keep in mind that your goal is to attract attention, hold interest, arouse desire and motivate action.”
The Utah Film Commission website has a link where you can sign up to receive updates on the contest. If you aren’t already working on your own film project, what’s holding you back? If you’re just waiting for funding, please contact us, we can help you get the funding you need through our crowd funding solutions.
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International Film Festivals are an incredible way to be exposed to new films, or to get exposure for your independent film. Every October, the London Film Festival is a massive event. This October, the London Film Festival stretches over 11 days and will take place October 8th through the 19th.
The Line-Up of films was just announced on September 3rd and since they will screen 248 films on screens all over the city of London, there are too many films to list here, but people are excited about “Rosewater” which is Jon Stewart’s directorial debut that will be showing at the London Film Festival. The winner of the Sundance Film Festival “Whiplash” will also show at the London Film Festival and is expected to be received well there also.
The London Film Festival will award their Grierson award to a documentary film “with integrity, originality and social or cultural significance.” There are 12 documentary films being considered for the award this year. LFF also awards the Sutherland award to a feature film that is a directorial debut. This First Feature Film category also has twelve nominated films.
The LFF offers many master classes. This year there are master classes on documentary film making, production design, technical animation and many other subjects. This emphasis on teaching the craft of film making makes the London Film Festival a great destination for aspiring film makers.
If you would like to see your film screened at the London Film Festival, you will have to create something incredible. Your first step is funding, contact us to find out how crowd funding can get your independent film project off the ground.
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Proof that indie film is blossoming stronger than ever will again be ably demonstrated at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival this month. The lineup of films there are probably going to be award contenders in some form or another, but it’s sometimes hard to tell until there’s a complete audience verdict.
You can break down some of the interesting things these indie films might do for the industry in a couple of different categories:
Traditionally the film industry has been focused in California and New York because those were the states that offered the best tax breaks for film makers, but in the last fourteen years many states have increased their incentives for film makers to set up shop in their state.
Female directors in indie (and mainstream) film are still too rare of a breed that many women in the industry are saying is deliberate bias. Some of those more vocal about it have been director Lexi Alexander who wrote a scathing editorial about the lack of women in filmmaking. It was an editorial that’s still resonating now after it was published earlier this year. Regardless, the indie film world has made some inroads for women where doors are more open instead of being an 80-year male elite club in mainstream Hollywood.
After completing an indie film, the attempt at distribution is arguably going to be your greatest challenge so you can get your film seen by the right audience. With so many new opportunities both online and offline now, the whole process is becoming slightly easier. But submitting your indie film to film festivals is another method of getting a potentially bigger audience, even if you have the risk of the film not being accepted. However, submitting to many festivals can increase your chances your film may be picked for a screening.
Being an indie film producer today is becoming a much more exciting opportunity than it was a number of years ago. With more attention being placed on indie film and the crowd funding process rooted in the mainstream, the chances of an indie film being seen are becoming greater. That means more money made for a producer and the chances of keeping a production company in the black.
The Sundance Film Festival was on of the first film festivals to showcase films in the midwest instead of New York or Hollywood. Films that debut in Utah at the Sundance Film Festival often go on to receive critical acclaim and receive prestigious awards. It makes perfect sense that Park City, Utah, famous for its incredible film festival, would also become a hotspot for creating films.