Get your film made in a weekend by taking part in one of these short film competitions or challenges.April 29th, 2014 | Paulina Villarroel Cruz
Tired of all of the talk about making a movie? Take action today by signing up for one of more than a dozen short film challenges where you write, shoot, edit, and screen your film sometimes in 48 hours or less.
Whether you are new to filmmaking or have been at it for a while, making the commitment to produce a film can be a challenging undertaking. Coming up with an idea, writing a script, finding your subjects, coming up with the finances, and finding a good crew are just a few factors that can get in the way.
Senior producer Maddy Kadish reports on the cutting edge programs during Tribeca's Innovation Week.April 29th, 2014 | Maddy Kadish
From playing the giant piano inspired by Big to starting to fan stalk other media fans, Tribeca's cutting edge Innovation Week brought all things transmedia (and more) to the forefront of the conversation, and better yet, to the hands-on Interactive Playground. Senior producer Maddy Kadish was on the scene.
Michele Meek talks with director Keva Rosenfeld about his decision to re-master his 1987 original.February 12th, 2014 | Michele Meek
Is our nostalgia for the 80s replacing our nostalgia for the 50s? Michele Meek suggests so, using a resurgence of interest in Keva Rosenfeld's 1987 documentary, All American High, as her primary example. It screens March 9th and 12th at SXSW.
The 1980s are the new 1950s. We have entered an era where big hair, landlines, and nightly news feel as remote and charming as poodle skirts and soda shops did in Back to the Future.
LJ Kessels returns to the virtual world of Canadian oil fields as a player of "Fort McMoney."February 7th, 2014 | LJ Kessels
Fort McMurrey's oil production represents 20 percent of Canada's GDP says the trailer to the interactive reality doc, Fort McMoney. As a result, everything there is larger than life. The real-time game, divided in episodes, is back on and anyone can dip their toe in the oil through February 16th.
David Dufresne’s interactive documentary game is back for a second round.
From creepy to awesome, women made their mark on and off screen at Sundance 2014. The moments were many but we've opted to share 10 of our favorites with you. Enjoy!
Park City, UTAH -- Sundance inspires—it is full of creative and passionate people. This year the amount of outstanding and exciting work by female filmmakers brought a distinctly different tone to the festival, certainly more representational, and even more cutting edge than in past years.
Catherine Epstein tracks the ups and downs of Danny Powell's first feature film.December 8th, 2013 | Catherine Epstein
Hang in there with Danny Powell, as his journey into making his first feature, Homer and Penelope (which streams free December 11-15), will ring true to anyone who has been crazy enough to try likewise. Notice that with Odysseus as a guide, one can find joy long after all that has been "wrought and endured."
Partway through Homer’s The Odyssey, the hero Odysseus is advised, in the midst of epic challenges, “Even his griefs are a joy long after to one that remembers all that he wrought and endured.” The line is grandiose and majestic, but it somehow feels relevant to young filmmaker Danny Powell, whose first feature, Homer and Penelope, endur
The who, what, when of film markets and why you may want to integrate one into your distribution plan.October 24th, 2013 | Minhae Shim
From AFM to IFP to TIFFCOM... here are the top 14 film markets where industry representatives find crucial pieces of their filmmaking puzzle, including the ever-evasive topic of distribution. Thanks to readers, we've added two markets, bumping the list from 12 to 14, since originally publishing the list.
In addition to attending film festivals to screen or network on behalf of an independent film, a diverse array of industry professionals attend film markets. At film markets, the focus is on commerce. The goal of attending can be to make production and distribution deals, learn about new products or segments of the industry, or to meet experts within the field.
Patrick Pearce asks Canadian filmmakers about what's happening in its regional cinema and why.October 22nd, 2013 | Patrick Pearce
The Independent’s Patrick Pearce gets the inside scoop on Festival du Nouveau Cinéma's Canadian line-up from directors featured at the fest: Raphaëlle Bilodeau (Épicentres), Ashley McKenzie (Stray), Frédérick Pelletier (Diego Star), and Elza Kephart (Go Into The Wilderness).
Montréal’s Festival du Nouveau Cinéma (FNC) just wrapped up its 42nd edition.
Patrick Pearce offers up an evening in the life of FNC Temps 0 section programmer Julien Fonfrède.October 14th, 2013 | Patrick Pearce
Montréal's Festival du Nouveau Cinéma is running on all cylinders through October 20, 2013. Mid-festival, Patrick Pearce caught up with programmer Julien Fonfrède to find out just exactly he was looking for when selecting films for the edgy Temps 0 section.
Godfrey Reggio debuted "Visitors" as a film experience that may prove difficult to recreate.September 19th, 2013 | Katherine Brodsky
The spectacle of Godfrey Reggio's experimental film, Visitors, wowed TIFF audiences with live orchestral accompaniment of a Philip Glass score and a flood of meditative images. But will this film "experience" travel?
Although it certainly offers some degree of diversity, over the years the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has become known for its glitzy premieres of star-studded films that vie for Oscars.