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    David Fine on "More Thoughts On Crowdfunding Campaigns"

    This past week, we've had a lot of input from filmmakers who have used the IndieGoGo crowdfunding platform. Filmmakers have been sharing techniques and best practices on what made their campaigns a success. It's a practice we hope will continue for all filmmakers, across all platforms, utilizing a...

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    K Lorrel Manning & Michael Cuomo on "Riding The CrowdFunding Train To SXSW"

    We all one know how to do more with the very little we have. This is the year the indie film world turned to each other for help. And people responded. It is so exciting that we are working together to get the work done. Indie / Truly Free Film has never been more of a community!In just the firs...

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    Adam Chapnick on "IndieGoGo Films Showcased at World-Class Festivals in 2011"

    Google became a verb several years ago. In the Indie / Truly Free Film space we are close to verb-izing another company. But just like all tissues are not Kleenex, there are many crowdfunding platforms out there, and it is worth not forgetting that. Find the platform that works best for your film...

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    John T Trigonis on "The Tao of Crowdfunding: Twitter Tips for Crowdfunders"

    I think you know how enthusiastic I am about all the tools and services out there to get our work done and share it with the community. We have moved from the Era of How to one of How To Do It Well. It is time to truly develop best practices.Luckily this blog has become a bit of a platform for the...

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    Michael Collins on "Utilizing Your First Ever Film Festival"

    Toronto International Film Festival begins tomorrow. Getting you film to a festival is a dream come true for most filmmakers. But it is so easy to overlook the great opportunities that are right before you when you attend a festival. Today, doc filmmaker Michael Collins, shares some of the lesson...

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    Lynette Howell on "Producing Is Supporting New Talent Through More Than Just Production"

    If you are a regular reader of this blog, or follower of mine on Twitter, I think you know that for me a Producer only deserves that credit when they truly commit to support the project from beginning to end. You also probably know how challenging I find the calling of producing these days, when we...

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    Jon Reiss on "What Are A Producer of Marketing And Distribution's Responsibilities?" Part 2 of 2

    Yesterday, Jon Reiss explained why indie films need a "PMD" -- and if words don't work for you -- just look at Tuesday's list of all the new tools and services available that we can't afford to miss. Today, Jon takes it further, and tries to lay out the job description for both experienced and aspi...

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    Jon Reiss on "Why A Producer of Marketing And Distribution?" Part 1

    Yesterday's HFF post on the plethora of new platforms & options for truly free filmmakers should have made you leap for joy and run for the cliff simultaneously. It is wonderful that filmmakers have SO many great tools and services at their disposal. But how does anyone take advantage of this situ...

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    David Geertz on "How To Extract The Value Of Your Film When You Need It Most"

    Metaphors reveal truths. Analogies help us have deeper understanding. Perhaps we have been looking at our business in the wrong way. Today Brave Thinker David Geertz offerrs up a fun new vision on how to see what we all are doing.

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    Nayan Padrai on "Why We Call It DIRECT DISTRIBUTION Instead Of DIY"

    Semantics and symbols carry a lot of weight. I think it matters to get the terms & images right, but it is not easy. The importance is precision is easy to see though. People don't recognize their desire until they can name it. That desire then won't spread, unless it is widely appealing. I thin...

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