Links: interesting happenings in indie filmmaking

July 6, 2008

As competition for audiences, especially for indie films, becomes fiercer than ever,  the exploration of alternative methods for finding audiences and attaining distribution is increasingly becoming the focus of discussion, and in some cases, the deciding factor in actions, for independent filmmakers.  Here are just a few recent samples:

  • An award-winning indie filmmaker pulls out of his distribution deal with IFC Films and opts for self-distribution. [via Cinematical]
  • The discovery and distribution film festival, From Here To Awesome, announces DIY Days, a series of workshops and panels focused on film funding, creation, distribution and sustainability.  FHTA will also soon announce which films have won a spot in the festival showcase.
  • An indie filmmaker (full disclosure: he’s my client), having already bought into the idea of joining the conversation with film audiences, takes it one step further by opening his own blog and recruiting actors whom he has directed to blog with him.
  • A group of filmmakers, investors, entrepreneurs, journalists and consultants is putting together “a two-day conversation” to talk about how new technology is changing the business of making film.

Vote now for your fave From Here To Awesome film

May 30, 2008

Just one more week to decide which 10 features and 10 shorts make it to the Top 20 festival showcase.


Indie Films Direct Profiles From Here to Awesome Festival Participants

May 10, 2008

Kent Victor Schuelke informed us he’s taken on the rather daunting task of writing feature articles, profiling each of the 94 films  participating in From Here to Awesome – a discovery and distribution film festival, including interviews with the films’ artists. The first two articles are up, an in-depth profile of Abel Raises Cain, and an interview with Raffi Asdourian, director of Ai.

Vote for your favorite AWESOME film

April 18, 2008

Audience voting has begun in  From Here To Awesome – a Discovery and Distribution Film Festival . Over 70 films from around the globe are participating in the fest, including shorts, features, and documentaries. Some films are making their world premiere at FHTA. At least one film is also an entry in the Tribeca Film Festival. All the films have embraced the “embed-and-spread” philosophy of reaching out on the Web to find and build an audience.

Check out the film’s FHTA submission videos to discover why the filmmakers think their film is awesome. Rate their videos, favorite, subscribe to their various on-line presence points and help determine which films get a variety of distribution opportunities.

From Here To Awesome – Deadline extended to April 14th

April 3, 2008

If you were on the fence about submitting your film to this discovery and distribution film festival, and then missed the March 31st deadline and thought “oh well, maybe next year,” you now have the chance to get in on the ground floor with a submission this year.  Due to overwhelming demand, filmmakers now have until April 14th to submit their films.

March 31 deadline for From Here To Awesome film submissions

March 27, 2008

Filmmakers, you’ve got until next Tuesday to submit your film to

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 If you’ve been struggling to find and build an audience for your film, if you’ve been unsure or unsuccessful with distribution alternatives, if you’re seeking new methods for building buzz about your film, then this festival is for you.  There’s no entry fee!

‘From Here To Awesome’ update: how festivals fail; and an awesome solution

February 21, 2008

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