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Attention, First-Time Filmmakers: Here’s All the Advice You’ll Ever Need

Attention, First-Time Filmmakers: Here's All the Advice You'll Ever Need

Jill Soloway’s 7 Tips for First-Time Directors: In a rousing keynote address at the recent Film Independent Forum, Jill Soloway chronicled her journey after she’d already written for “Six Feet Under” and served as showrunner for “United States of Tara” and “How to Make It In America,” but before she’d directed “Afternoon Delight” and created “Transparent.”

13 Great Tips for First-Time Directors from LAFF: Making your first film can be a daunting process, to say the least. Advice from filmmakers who have managed to make a film — and actually get into a film festival — can be instructive. Indiewire asked filmmakers with films screening at LAFF 2014 to share their advice for first-time filmmakers. Here’s the best of what they had to say.

Hot Docs Tips on Making Your First Documentary: Not sure how to get started with your first documentary? At Hot Docs 2014, Academy-Award nominated documentary director Marshall Curry led a panel of documentary directors discussing how they got their start.

“Rosewater” Director Jon Stewart’s 5 Tips for First-Time Directors: Following the TIFF premiere of  his first film, “Rosewater,” Stewart gave Indiewire his advice for first-time filmmakers.

Read More 15 Tips on Making Your First Micro-Budget Feature: Read how this first-time director without any connections got his first micro-budget film made and into theaters.

12 Invaluable Tips for First-Time Directors: Director E.L. Katz shares 12 lessons from the experience of making “Cheap Thrills.”

Attention, Documentary Filmmakers: Here’s What You Need to Know Before You Start Production: Thinking of making your first documentary film? Then you must read these essential tips for first-time documentary filmmakers from DOC NYC 2014.

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