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The mission of the Artists Rights Foundation is to educate the public
about the importance of protecting and preserving film art; to defend
an artist's work threatened with modification or distortion; and
to promote public debate about these issues to help safeguard our
intellectual and cultural heritage.
is dedicated to linking media professionals (print, radio, film
and video) and activists at work on social and environmental justice
issues in the U.S. The site features three new resources: a database
of social issue documentaries produced since 1980, a listing of
activist organizations in all 50 states, and bulletin boards organized
by issue to foster dialogue between activists and media makers
York Women in Film & Television is a non-profit membership organization
dedicated to helping women reach the highest levels of achievement
in film, television and other moving-image media industries, and
to promoting equity for women in these industries.
in Film is an Los Angeles-based professional organization that
aims to "recognize, develop, and actively promote the unique visions
of women" in the industry. Its web site features articles, interviews,
and an event calendar.
Make Movies, the largest distributor of women's media in North
America, is a national non-profit feminist media arts organization
whose multicultural programs provide resources for both users and
producers of media by women. WMM was established in 1972 to address
the under representation and misrepresentation of women in the media.
American Film Institute
is one of the largest film associations based in Los Angeles that
hosts the AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival, as well as
AFI Conservatory, the AFI National Film Theater, and many other
events and educational programs.
Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers (AIVF) was established
by a group of independent filmmakers to offer support and resources
to independent artists. Today, with nearly 5,000 members internationally,
AIVF has not only been in the forefront of many media advocacy efforts,
but it has been serving individuals and the field at large through
its commitment to supporting artists throughout their entire career.
Filmmakers Alliance is a collective of filmmakers - film and
video artists, technicians and craftspeople - dedicated to empowering,
educating and supporting fellow filmmakers and aspirants who share
a common desire to express themselves creatively through the artistry,
language and grammar of the moving picture and who might otherwise
experience exclusion from this culturally important medium of expression.
It provides, through workshops, internships, and membership productions,
the human, material, educational, technological and inspirational
resources to produce professional-quality narrative, documentary
and experimental films benefiting the arts, while nurturing and
honoring individual artistic expression.
Independent Feature Project is a not-for-profit service organization
dedicated to providing resources, information and avenues of communication
for its members: independent filmmakers, industry professionals
and independent film enthusiasts. It is committed to the idea that
independent film is an important art form and a powerful voice in
our society. The IFP provides services to independent filmmakers
of varying levels of experience which assist them in expressing
their unique points of view. It facilitates a connection between
the creative and business communities. Other goals of the organization
are to expand and educate the audience for independent film, and
to encourage the diversity and quality of independent production.
The IFP has regional representation in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami,
Minneapolis and New York, and the organization recognizes that American
independent filmmaking has no one address and speaks to people everywhere.
National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC) is a nonprofit
association composed of diverse member organizations who are dedicated
to encouraging film, video, audio and online/multimedia arts, and
to promoting the cultural contributions of individual media artists.
Screenwriters Guild of America (SGA) is a proactive confederation
of industry professionals united for the mutual aid and promotion
of common interest. Our experience and expertise is derived from
the cooperative, collective wisdom of the industry's most sought
after Screenwriters, Directors, Producers, Literary Agents, Managers,
Educators, Authors, and Studio Executives.
Guild of America (East and West). The WGA is a labor union representing
professional writers in motion pictures, television, and radio.
is a member-run, nonprofit organization of women in the film, television,
and related arts and industries, whose purpose is supporting the
advancement of women, their goals, and their visions in a non-competitive
environment. It is dedicated to providing a secure forum, to developing
the number and range of opportunities available in these industries,
and to fostering a strong, independent, creative spirit.
D-Word Community is a private, online discussion forum for documentary
professionals comprised of a few hundred folks from all over the
world who share hard-won wisdom and take part in passionate, thoughtful,
fun conversations. The community is structured around a wide-ranging
list of documentary discussion topics that are easily navigated
and permanently archived. Some are information-oriented (DV Production,
Documentary Festivals and Distribution, for example), some inspire
lively debate (Documentary Ethics, Three-Act Structure) and some
are for shooting the breeze and howling at the universe (the ever-popular
Doc Bar & Grill).
provides a searchable online library of documentary films free of
charge and on-demand.
is an online resource and community where filmmakers can exchange
information about film production and distribution through chat,
threaded discussion, and links to other film resources on the Web.
Virtual Studio is a submission destination and collaboration
tool for filmmakers—a community where artists can submit and workshop
original work and where producers can make movies using built-in
Internet Movie Database (IMDB) is the most comprehensive and
regularly-updated,searchable database replete with features, full
credits for films, and detailed filmographies beginning with early
cinema and continuing through films still in production.
is a reference tool and database of movie reviews and recommendations.
It uses Firefly personalization software that suggests films based
on your preferences and lets you meet other members who share your
taste. www.mandy.com Mandy's International Film and TV Production
Directory details information about technicians, facilities, producers
and job listings worldwide. Also features an industry homepage service,
where filmmakers can list their credentials and projects.
AdmitOne.org Film School
was made possible with the help and support of the Artists Rights
Foundation Vice President George Lucas. We want to thank Mr. Lucas
for his extraordinary vision as a film artist and his dedication
to promoting inspired learning and teaching --where students are
challenged and engaged, have access to interactive technologies,
and are supported by inspired teachers and involved parents and
AFI Conservatory is world-renowned for its dedication to the
moving image arts and as a place where advanced professional training
nurtures the talents and enhances the skills of the men and women
who will become the leading storytellers in the motion picture and
television arts. Its faculty includes exceptional professionals
who act as mentors and guides to Conservatory Fellows as they master
their chosen disciplines of Cinematography, Directing, Editing,
Producing, Production Design or Screenwriting. The AFI Conservatory
relies on hands-on collaboration as its primary teaching tool, thereby
mirroring the professional world of filmmaking.
Internet Film Group Inc.’s Cyber Film School offers a one-stop
resource for individuals interested in all areas of the craft of
Los Angeles Film School offers a year long hands-on training
course in filmmaking.
New York Film Academy was founded ten years ago on a belief
that a top quality education in filmmaking should be accessible
to anyone with the drive and ambition to make films. The New York
film Academy occupies a building, formerly known as Tammany Hall,
as well as a complete school facility at Universal Studios in Los
Angeles, California and locations in numerous countries.
NYU Department of Film and Television
offers BFA and MFA Programs to provide a variety of creative experiences
in the conceptual and production phases. Intensive course work is
offered in directing, producing, writing and acting, as well as
in the craft and technical skills of film editing, video post-production
and sound mixing.
Department of Film, Television and Digital Media offers programs
of study in the history and theory as well as the creative and technical
aspects of the moving image. The department provides a scholarly,
creative and professional approach to the study of both media and
seeks to help each student discover his or her powers as an independent
artist and communicator.
School of Cinema - Television at USC is an unique and dynamic
place where students and faculty from a variety of backgrounds gather
to create and analyze the moving image. Within the school are six
main areas of study: Division of Critical Studies; Division of Film
and Television Production; Division of Screen and Television Writing;
Division of Animation and Digital Arts; The Peter Stark Producing
Program; Division of Interactive Media.
Film Digital Film Festival
D.FILM Digital Film Festival presents The New Venue, an online showcase
for movies made specifically for the Internet. Go to the Online
Festival section of their website.
is a comprehensive film festival site and has a weekly newsletter,
which announces and reviews film festivals.
National Black Programming Consortium
is a non-profit media service organization devoted to the production,
distribution, promotion and preservation of diverse films and videos
about African Americans and African diaspora experiences. Founded
in 1979, NBPC is one of five ethnic minority consortia funded by
the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). NBPC aims to increase
the quantity and quality of Black films and videos on the national
schedule of the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) where many of NBPC-supported
programs have aired nationally.
Arts Foundation (FAF)
is a non-profit leader in the media arts field, providing comprehensive
training, equipment, information, consultations, and exhibition
opportunities to independent filmmakers. Now in its twenty-fifth
year, Film Arts has more than 3,400 members working in film, video,
and multimedia, and is the largest regional organization of independent
producers in the country.
1956, the Foundation Center
has offered an information clearinghouse for grantseekers and grantmakers.
The Center has libraries in five U.S. focusing on materials relating
to philanthropy. The website provides an electronic reference desk,
information on seminars, and hours and locations of the libraries.
In the Arts is a nonprofit membership organization comprised
of private foundations, family foundations, community foundations,
corporate foundations, corporate giving programs, and nonprofit
organizations that make arts grants. GIA aims to Strengthen the
field of private sector arts grantmaking by improving communication,
information exchange, and peer learning within the field as a whole;
Increase the presence of arts philanthropy within the broader foundation
and policy making communities, thereby promoting more meaningful
support of arts and culture; and support individual arts grantmakers
in increasing their effectiveness and their capacity to meet their
Television Service ITVS funds innovative proposals by independent
producers and provides production, promotion, marketing, and distribution
support. www.macfdn.org John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
The MacArthur Foundation has recently revised most of its programs
and guidelines. "The Foundation is dedicated to helping groups and
individuals foster lasting improvement in the human condition. The
Foundation seeks the development of healthy individuals and effective
communities; peace within and among nations; responsible choices
about human reproduction; and a global ecosystem capable of supporting
healthy human societies. The Foundation pursues this mission by
supporting research, policy development, dissemination, education
and training, and practice."
mission is to present stories that convey the richness and diversity
of the Asian Pacific American experience to the broadest audience
possible. NAATA does this by funding, producing, distributing and
exhibiting films, videos and new media.
National Endowment for the Arts portal offers four channels
of information: Arts.community, a monthly on-line journal with articles
and news on artists, resources, and information on nonprofit arts
in America; a hypertext Guide to the NEA which includes an up to
date staff directory; Arts Resource Center, a listing of publications;
Arts.community Archive, back issues of the on-line journal.
New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)is a nonprofit arts service
organization, one of the largest providers of grants and services
to individual artists and arts-related organizations in all artistic
disciplines in the United States. Through its fellowships, residencies,
sponsorships, loans, telecommunications, information and advocacy
services, the Foundation works with and for artists and arts organizations
throughout New York State and other parts of the country to bring
the work of contemporary artists to the public.
Sundance Institute’s International Program is proud to announce
the creation of The Sundance Documentary Fund, formerly the Soros
Documentary Fund of the Open Society Institute. The Sundance Documentary
Fund is dedicated to supporting international documentary films
and videos focused on current and significant issues and movements
in contemporary human rights, freedom of expression, social justice,
and civil liberties. In supporting such works, the Sundance Documentary
Fund hopes to give voice to the diverse exchange of ideas crucial
to developing an open society, raise public consciousness about
human rights abuses and restrictions of civil liberties, and engage
citizens in a lively, ongoing debate about these issues.
is an independent production and finance company devoted to creating
innovative and engaging entertainment.
is a leading entertainment provider for businesses and consumers
in emerging media channels. It distributes entertainment properties
across the Internet, broadband services, and mobile devices, as
well as traditional outlets such as television, theaters, and airlines.
is a community to buy and sell movies on VHS, DVD, 16mm film, etc.
BuyIndies.com offers buyers a wide selection of over 45,000 independent,
educational and hard-to-find titles in a central location and sellers
the opportunity to promote and sell their films to a national audience.
MEDIA CORP. (Nasdaq: HOLL) is a leading provider of news, information
and ticketing covering the entertainment and media industries. On
the strength of its history in developing comprehensive entertainment
industry databases, as well as its major strategic partners and
unique content, the Company has launched a network of consumer and
is a comprehensive guide to finding and watching feature and short
films online. With over 80,000 films, IFILM offers news, reviews,
trailers and movie showcases, as well as robust user communities
and a comparison DVD and video shopping guide.
mission is to enhance the marketing, sales and distribution of entertainment
media by creating innovative service applications around industry-specific
core business processes and interactions. Launched in October 1999,
Reelplay is the leading B2B digital marketplace and global trading
platform centered around the buying and selling of feature films
and television programming
Online is a professional Screenwriter's subscription site offering
screenplay analysis, chats, seminars, and a magazine.
Magazine is a bimonthly publication dedicated to craft and business
Script Network helps screenwriters to promote their screenplays
to Hollywood, London, Canadian and New York movie producers, agents,
managers and established directors and actors.
Writers Store, based in Los Angeles, offers one of the most
comprehensive selection of software, books, tapes, supplies, and
seminars for creative/screenwriters and filmmakers.
is an online global magazine of politics and culture dedicated to opening up a democratic space - free thinking for the world.
The Magazine of Independent Film
is a joint publication of the www.ifp.org Independent Feature Project
(IFP) and the IFP/West that highlights independent film.
Threat is one of the best known film review sites on the Internet,
founded by Chris Gore, a man unafraid to offer the “gorey” and inspiring
details of the independent world.
Hollywood Reporter is one of the industry’s most complete entertainment
news and information network.
offers the most comprehensive coverage of independent film on the
Internet. indieWIRE’s web site features articles culled from indieWIRE
Express, their daily email news service, as well as bulletin boards
and an online directory of filmmakers, producers, and industry professionals.
Independent is a magazine published by the www.aivf.org Association
of Independent Video and Filmmakers (AIVF) featuring articles and
interviews with independent filmmakers, highlighting their journeys,
challenges, and triumphs.
Magazine offers excellent stories on the personalities that
shape film with special emphasis on independent filmmakers.
The Magazine of Digital Filmmaking is devoted to digital filmmaking,
and brought to you by the folks who produce the Res Fest. www.variety.com
Variety is one of the entertainment industry’s leading new sources
in the world.
offers a comprehensive box office database and over 12,000 archival