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Attention, Filmmakers: Here’s the Best Advice from Film Independent Forum

Attention, Filmmakers: Here's the Best Advice from Film Independent Forum

Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Film Independent
Spirit Awards, the Los Angeles Film Festival and Film Independent at LACMA,
brought its 10th annual Film Independent Forum for 2014 to a close this past
weekend. In addition to providing aspiring filmmakers with a wide array of networking opportunities, the Forum continued its tradition of
delivering informational panels and memorable keynote addresses.   

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Below are some of the best tips for filmmakers from the weekend’s panels and keynotes:

“Just make a movie. It’s not
to make a ton of money or make your money back. Just make a movie to prove that
you can.” – Asher Goldstein, producer (“Short Term 12”)

“I highly recommend doing
test screenings for your indie movie…you’re trying to make a movie that’s going
to play at Sundance or South by. ” 
– Ron Najor, producer (“Short Term 12”)

“We’re in a culture of abundance. The barriers to entry have dropped so we can create more for less which creates some other problems. Just because
you can say something doesn’t mean that you should. For all of us here, for
everyone here that’s a creator or maker, it raises the bar. We have to do
better. We have to make better movies now than we ever have before because
we’re competing with the past and all the movies that were ever made.” – Ted Hope, CEO, Fandor

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“You have to get drunk with your
director. You have to be slurring a little bit during that process. You have
to feel that comfortable and that vulnerable and show that, but at the same
time introduce boundaries, you know ‘safe words.'” – Lisa Cortés, executive producer (“Precious,” “The Woodsman”)

“Any director-producer
relationship to me is like a marriage, [development] is where you begin
your journey as a couple. That’s where you start to get to know who that other
person is…you get to figure out what’s important to them and they get to figure
out what’s important to you. The relationship with any director, success comes
down to me coming down to how they work as a person and what their strengths
are and what their weaknesses are so I can help them with the process….You want
to establish a close relationship with that person where they understand that
you’re their ally and you’re on their side.” – Lynette Howell, producer (“Half Nelson,” “Levitated Mass,” “The Place Beyond the Pines”)

“If you don’t have a sales agent and try to negotiate your own deal, odds are you will experience violation.” – Tim League, Founder/CEO, Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Drafthouse Films, Fantastic Fest

“Every project is a race between your enthusiasm and your ability to get it done. Go fast. Don’t slow down. A year from now new things will interest you.” – writer/director Jill Soloway (“Transparent,” “Afternoon Delight”)

“It’s not a bad thing to be the dumbest person in the room.” – writer/producer Kenya Barris, (“Black-ish”)

“Never underestimate the power of a good publicist.” – producer Gita Pullapilly (“Beneath the Harvest Sky”)

READ MORE: Tim League Reveals “Mega-Awesome Distribution Strategies” at Film Independent Forum

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