What Makes A Film An Indie Film?

What makes a film an Indie Film? That’s a hard question to answer. Sure it’s easy to define an Independent Film-A film financed and produced independent of the Hollywood Studio system-but is that all that makes an Indie Film? If you go by the “definition” than Star Wars Episode I:The Phantom Menace is an Indie Film. And yet, Phantom Menace is hardly what comes to mind when most people think of Indie Films. So what kind of movies do come to mind?
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Time to Get Over Your Fears and Go For It! Crowd Funding – Mistakes to Avoid

There’s a good chance you have been on a social media site, such as Facebook or Twitter and saw a link to fund someone’s project. Whether it was a collection drive to send a team of rag-tag kids to a championship little league game, or maybe even a live-action web-series about your favorite video game, you might have clicked on the link and well, the rest might have fallen short of your expectations.
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What Do You Do When You’re Short of Extras in Your Indie Film?

Making an indie film can frequently mean having cutbacks on production costs due to limited funding and having to rely instead on ingenuity. But anyone who’s had experience making an independent film knows that working with limited budgets helps you think more creatively. Many low-budget indies have been made that turned into cult favorites as a result of using creativity to enhance mood rather than use expensive special effects.
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Will Indie Film Distribution in Russia Be Affected by Their Anti-Profanity Laws?

Indie film distribution is still a major challenge after dealing with funding, and international markets are just as important as domestic ones. While Russia has had a thriving film industry in the years after Communism fell, much of that may be threatened now with the Putin regime ordering a new ban on profanity. No matter how you feel about profanity in movies, there could be a real threat to independent film there, as well as American indies being distributed in Russia.
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Indie Films Released Through VOD: Has “Snowpiercer” Success Set a New Mark for Obscure Indies?

Indie film is arguably having its greatest renaissance in history right now, and the concept of crowd funding has certainly helped that along. It’s allowed numerous indie films with more obscure ideas to finally be seen by the audiences who want to see similar films in theaters. But it’s arguably jump-started other methods of distribution for indie films, like VOD (Video on Demand).
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Will 2014 Be the Best Year Ever for the Success of Obscure Indie Films?

There isn’t a doubt that indie film is in the middle of a major renaissance right now with greater chances of obscure features gaining sizable audiences. That’s thanks to the power of crowd funding and better distribution outlets to capture niche audiences. But is 2014 going to be remembered as the true banner year when more left-field indie films managed to go from making nothing at the box office to finally pulling in the profits many of them deserve?
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The Sundance Film Festival Expands this Year

The Sundance Film Festival is easily one of the most well known film festivals in the world. Many famous writers, actors and directors got their big break by having their films screened at Sundance. Films that are well received at Sundance often receive wider distribution in theaters and become front runners for major awards like the academy awards.
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Indie Film: Romantic ideal, or Realistic Possibility?

Indie Film is a genre that is coming into its own. With the advent of smart phones revolutionizing video capability, and the presence of YouTube a possibility at every press conference, self-expression has reached new and unexpected levels of exposure.
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