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The Best Budget Camera Stabilizers and Gimbals for Filmmakers

Posted by Grant Patten on Jun 21, 2021 8:20:42 AM

The Best Budget Stabilizers & Gimbals for Filmmakers & Videographers

The Best Budget Camera Stabilizers and Gimbals for Filmmakers & Videographers

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The truth is that not every filmmaker/videographer can afford a Steadicam, so let’s do a resource round-up of some of the more affordable camera stabilizers and gimbals on the market now.

We’ll discuss, in no particular order:

  1. DJI RS 2
  2. Glidecam HD-PRO
  3. FLYCAM RedKing
  4. Zhiyun Crane 2S
  5. Roxant Pro Video Camera Stabilizer
  6. FeiyuTech AK4000
  7. MOZA Air 2 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal
  8. Ikan Beholder
  9. Manfrotto MVG460FFR
  10. Hohem All in 1 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer

 

DJI RS 2 / best camera gimbalsDJI RS 2 / best camera gimbals

The DJI RS 2 [Amazon Affiliate Link] is an excellent gimbal for dynamic cinematography, created by the respected Chinese drone company DJI. Every element and feature is designed to deliver industry-leading camera stabilization: the 4.5 kg tested payload, the Titan Stabilization Algorithm, the carbon fiber construction, and more.

This gimbal’s Titan Stabilization Algorithm captures smoother than ever footage. The SuperSmooth feature compensates for micro-movements and increases torque, stabilizing even 100mm zoom lenses. This gimbal is lightweight, travels easily and is easy to balance. Taking the camera on and off is simple.

Glidecam HD-PRO | best glidecamsGlidecam HD-PRO | best glidecams

The Glidecam HD-PRO [Amazon Affiliate Link] is a professional handheld camera stabilizer that can handle cameras up to 10 lbs. This gimbal features a “drop-in” dove-tail quick release plate that is compatible with Manfrotto tripod heads.

US-based company Glidecam Industries is known for creating high quality, affordable stabilizers and the HD-PRO is no exception. It is made out of corrosion-proof stainless steel and has knurled, positive locking control knobs.

FLYCAM RedKing Quick Balancing Camera Stabilizer

FLYCAM REDKING QUICK BALANCING VIDEO CAMERA STABILIZERThe FLYCAM RedKing Quick Balancing Video Camera Stabilizer [Amazon Affiliate Link] is a professional camera stabilizer for DSLR video camcorders, engineered to support cameras up to ~15 lbs. This stabilizer is made out of aluminum, so it is lightweight enough to allow videographers to shoot in different angles with comfort and ease.

The RedKing has a dovetail quick release plate (Manfrotto 501 compatible) that allows for quick mounting and dismounting of the camera, and a three-axis gimbal that allows for 360 degree panning and adjusting.

The RedKing’s balancing is smooth and almost effortless and it is easy to configure a proper "drop time" with the friction lock movable gimbals. The construction feels sleek and very sturdy.

Zhiyun Crane 2S | best budget gimbals

ZHIYUN CRANE 2S | BEST BUDGET GIMBALSThe Zhiyun Crane 2S [Amazon Affiliate Link] is a handheld gimbal stabilizer for DSLR cameras, from Chinese company Zhiyun-Tech. The Crane 2S can handle large cameras such as the BMPCC 6K, Panasonic S1H, and EOS 1DX Mark III with ease. More than that, you can also mount multiple accessories on it.

This gimbal’s axis locking mechanism adopts a two-phase locking design that guarantees zero swinging of the gimbal during traveling or storage.

The Crane 2S has six modes (basic to advanced): Pan Following, Locking, Following, Full-Range POV, Vortex and Go mode.

Roxant Pro Video Camera Stabilizer | best camera stabilizersRoxant Pro Video Camera Stabilizer | best camera stabilizers

The Roxant Pro Video Camera Stabilizer [Amazon Affiliate Link] is a stabilizer for GoPro, smartphones, Canon, Nikon or any camera up to 2.1 lbs.

This stabilizer’s design and construction provides "pro style" stabilization with less motion and shake compared to other handheld stabilizers. The lower arm comes with “no slip grip”.

Great for indie filmmakers looking to move their films to the next level! This stabilizer is helpful for smooth motion shots in tight spaces, on stairs, through crowds, in cars, walking/running/skating, etc.

FeiyuTech AK4000 | best gimbals for DSLRFeiyuTech AK4000 | best gimbals for DSLR

The FeiyuTech AK4000 [Amazon Affiliate Link] is a camera stabilizer with a three-axis gimbal, capable of stabilizing DSLR cameras up to 8.8 lbs. The beveled angle design prevents obstruction of the camera screen during shooting, allowing for better framing and monitoring.

The AK4000 is designed with a fixed mounting plate and comes with a quick release plate that is Manfrotto compatible. A 1/4"-20 threaded mounting hole on the bottom of the handle allows extending the length of the gimbal with an extension rod.

This stabilizer is particularly good for “run and gun” type shooting because it is quite lightweight (3.17 pounds) and portable.

MOZA Air 2 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer | best long battery life gimbalsMOZA Air 2 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer | best long battery life gimbals

The MOZA Air 2 [Amazon Affiliate Link] is three-axis DSLR stabilizer from California-based company Gudsen MOZA. This stabilizer can support cameras up to 9.2 lbs.

Each axis of MOZA stabilizer can be controlled independently, and it achieves multiple shooting modes such as Inception Mode, FPV Mode, Sport Gear Mode, Panorama and tracking mode.

This gimbal has a solid battery life of 16 hours. Comes with an OLED display and ergonomic handle. Balancing becomes easy if you just take a few hours to practice using the gimbal. The included follow focus and case are also great additions.

Ikan Beholder | best gimbal for mirrorlessIkan Beholder | best gimbal for mirrorless

The Ikan Beholder [Amazon Affiliate Link] is a three-axis gimbal stabilizer for DSLR and mirrorless cameras up to 4.5 lbs. Designed specifically for professional filmmakers looking for a single handheld stabilizer for a large range of medium and small cameras.

Using this stabilizer, filmmakers/videographers can quickly lock their camera into any position by manually pointing and holding it in any direction. After a few seconds, the camera will lock and hold its position until it is reset back to default.

The stabilizer’s OLED display screen shows various operating modes and the stabilizer is equipped with a 32-Bit controller and a 12-Bit encoder for advanced stabilization.

Manfrotto MVG460FFR | best Manfrotto camera stabilizersManfrotto MVG460FFR | best Manfrotto camera stabilizers

The Manfrotto MVG460FFR [Amazon Affiliate Link] is a three-axis gimbal stabilizer that can hold up to ~10 lbs. of DSLR camera weight. Each axis is equipped with a lock.

The stabilizer offers various modes: TikTok Portrait, Selfie mode, Inception mode and Time-lapse. Follow focus and remote control are included so that you can precisely control your gimbal and the focus for effortless shooting.

This gimbal comes with an LCD touchscreen to switch the operating mode and control rotation and parameters with one hand. Parameters include photo/video capture, focus, zoom, sensitivity adjustment, white balance and exposure value.

Hohem All in 1 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer | best gimbal for GoProHohem All in 1 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer | gimbal for GoPro

The Hohem All in 1 3-Axis Gimbal Stabilizer [Amazon Affiliate Link] is ideal for iPhones, GoPros and smaller recording devices weighing up to 0.88 lbs. This stabilizer weighs only 1.16 lbs, so would be great for travel videography and portability.

The battery’s working time is eight hours. There are six operating modes on the Hohem, including all follow, all lock and panning mode to meet the demands of multi-scene application.

The accompanying Hohem Gimbal app on iOS and Android includes many features, including time-lapse, motion lapse, hyper lapse, slow-motion and “Beauty Mode”.

Get DigiGear Insurance | Film Equipment Insurance | Videographer Insurance

Front Row’s DigiGear insurance policy (Canada) is a good option for insuring your filmmaking gear, including your film and video camera(s). Also available online. Quotes in 2 minutes; policies available in 5 minutes. Shop from your phone. If you are in the US, please complete this form.

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About: Front Row Insurance Brokers Inc. is an independent insurance broker that specializes in the entertainment industry – specifically, the film industry. Front Row works hard to provide insurance protection for a very low cost. Should a claim occur, Front Row works diligently with clients and insurers to expedite the payment. Offices in: Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, NY, Nashville and LA. 

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How is it decided whether a doc will be covered by special rates for E&O?

Posted by Grant Patten on Jun 16, 2021 8:06:38 AM

How is it decided whether a doc will be covered by special, reduced rates for E&O insurance?

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Members of the Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC) have access to an insurance program with special rates designed for Canadian documentary producers. Film producer’s errors & omissions (E&O) coverage is included in this program.

It is important to note that the insurance company (insurer) does not necessarily see each documentary project as one and the same, in terms of risk. Some projects are going to be seen as riskier than others and each insurer has a different “risk appetite” when it comes to the types of projects they are insuring. Therefore, it is useful for producers to keep certain things in mind from the beginning of their project, while they are still finalizing the budget, to make sure there are no (or fewer) surprises re: E&O.

Note: The insurer, not Front Row (we’re the broker), lays out the parameters of the film producer’s E&O insurance program.

Projects that do NOT fall under the DOC E&O program pricing:

  • Controversial and/or mean spirited (g., investigative, intended to “expose” someone; this can be seen as contentious)
  • Docudramas
  • Productions with US counsel
  • Productions depending on fair use/fair dealing as a defense
  • Productions that have previously aired

Note: this does not necessarily mean that Front Row cannot cover the above projects, but that there may be an additional cost above the reduced E&O pricing for DOC or that this business may have to be placed with another insurer.

Fair dealing relates to exemptions under the Copyright Act in Canada; fair use is the US legislation. It is assumed by many producers that fair use provides more leeway in terms of what is allowed. This is not always an accurate assumption. Many lawsuits have arisen over this assumption and there has not been much consistency in these rulings. This can be especially problematic when a producer is relying on fair use arguments, but they have a Canadian lawyer. The Canadian lawyer might not be up to speed on all the fair use-related cases that are developing in the US. We always recommend that producers first talk to their clearance lawyer(s) to gather their feedback before purchasing E&O insurance.

Get Producer’s E&O Insurance | Errors & Omissions Insurance for Producers | DigiGear Insurance | Film Equipment Insurance

If you’re a member of DOC, you can access insurance coverage at a cost that is much lower than an individual documentary producer can normally obtain when purchasing insurance coverage on his/her own. Get a quote here.

If you’re not a member of DOC, you can still request a quote for film producer’s E&O.

Documentary filmmakers/producers may also wish to consider:

  • Short-Term Film Insurance (Canada): provides coverage for up to 15 consecutive days of shooting, with no minimum premium. The coverage is available online 24/7. Covers rented gear, rented locations, rented props, sets, wardrobes, and more. Quotes are free. If you’re in the US, get a quote here.
  • DigiGear Insurance (Canada): custom equipment insurance for owners of: cameras, sound and lighting gear working in the film/TV industry. Also available online. Quotes in 2 minutes. Policy available in 5 minutes. Shop from your phone. If you’re in the US, get a quote here.
  • Legal expense insurance provides you with financial coverage for a variety of potential legal events and provides unlimited access to a general Legal Helpline.

Refer a Friend to Front Row Insurance

Based on customer demand, we’ve setup our referral marketing program and if you refer a friend to Front Row, you could win a $15 Amazon eGift Card OR be entered into a random draw to win a $99 Amazon eGift Card! (depending on your province)

 

About: Front Row Insurance Brokers Inc. is an independent insurance broker that specializes in the entertainment industry – specifically, the film industry. Front Row has 50+ staff in 8 offices that have a combined 530+ years of experience. Front Row is the largest film insurance broker in Canada. Front Row works hard to provide insurance protection at a low cost. Should a claim occur, Front Row works diligently with clients and insurers to expedite the payment of claims. Offices in: Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Halifax, NY, Nashville and LA. https://www.frontrowinsurance.com/

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DISCLAIMER: Informational statements regarding insurance coverage are for general description purposes only. These statements do not amend, modify or supplement any insurance policy. Consult the actual policy or your broker for details regarding terms, conditions, coverage, exclusions, products, services and programs which may be available to you. Your eligibility for particular products and services is subject to the final determination of underwriting qualifications and acceptance by the insurance underwriting company providing such products or services. This website does not make any representations that coverage does or does not exist for any particular claim or loss, or type of claim or loss, under any policy. Whether coverage exists or does not exist for any particular claim or loss under any policy depends on the facts and circumstances involved in the claim or loss and all applicable policy wording.

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Topics: Film Producer's E&O Insurance, Documentary Insurance, Script Clearance reports, docudrama insurance, Fair Use Doctrine, legal expense

The Top 10 LED Lights for Photographers, Videographers and Gaffers

Posted by Grant Patten on May 31, 2021 7:07:25 AM

The Top LED Lights for Photographers, Videographers and Gaffers

The Top 10 LED Lights

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Light-emitting diode (LED) lights are useful to photographers, videographers and gaffers alike; LEDs have a number of advantages compared to traditional bulbs, including:

  • LEDs tend to stay relatively cool
  • LEDs tend to last a long time
  • LEDs use less energy than traditional bulbs (e.g., incandescent, tungsten) and are therefore more environmentally friendly
  • Many LEDs offer continuous lighting (not just short bursts of light)
  • Prices on LEDs have been going down each year; they’re becoming more affordable

So, let’s do a resource round-up of some of the top LED lights for photographers, videographers and gaffers available on the market now:

(in no particular order)

  1. Quasar Science LED Lamp/Light Bar
  2. Neewer LED Ring Light
  3. Aputure Amaran 100d LED Light
  4. RaLeno LED Soft Light Panel
  5. Emart LED Portable Lighting Kit
  6. VILTROX LED Lighting Kit
  7. LED Light Great Video Maker (GVM)
  8. Slow Dolphin LED Ring Light Strip
  9. Fovitec Portable 2-Light LED Kit
  10. Rotolight Continuous Location LED Light

 

Quasar Science LED Lamp/Light Bar | best color spectrum LED light

Quasar Science LED LampQuasar Science, formed in 2013, is a California-based company that has already gained a solid reputation for manufacturing LED lights that are motion picture compatible. These lights have unique form factors and impressive color spectrums. One of their most popular products is the Quasar Science Q-LED T8 120V Dimmable Lamp. [Amazon Affiliate Link]

Created with the professional lighting technician/gaffer in mind, Quasar continues to design advanced lighting instruments for the film, TV and photographic industries.

Neewer LED Ring Light | best LED ring lights

Neewer LED Ring LightThe Neewer Ring Light Kit [Amazon Affiliate Link] has received good reviews on Amazon and consists of an LED ring light, a light stand (made of solid metal), a smartphone holder (compatible with most iPhones and Androids), a power adapter, a hot shoe adapter, a filter and a carrying bag for the ring light. This is a good amount of gear for a relatively low price.

This LED ring light has high color rendering, so it is capable of bringing out the most natural skin tones, which is of course ideal for portrait photography. Color temperature is adjustable from 3200K to 5600K.

Aputure Amaran 100d LED Light | best ultra bright LED light

Aputure Amaran 100d LED LightThe Amaran 100d [Amazon Affiliate Link] is a daylight point-source LED fixture with strong brightness and wireless Bluetooth app control. The 100d is a versatile light suitable for content creation, interviews, portrait photography and video production.

This light has ultra bright output: the Amaran 100d uses its 100W LED output to create an equivalent to a 750W tungsten light. It also offers dimming control from 0% to 100%.

Scoring a 95+ (out of 100) on the Television Lighting Consistency Index, this Amaran light is capable of illuminating beautiful colors on every shoot.

RaLeno LED Soft Light Panel | best soft light LED

RaLeno LED Soft Light PanelThe RaLeno LED Soft Light Panel [Amazon Affiliate Link] is more of a video light; its color temperature is adjustable from 3200K to 5600K. The product has backlight technology that is designed to distribute illumination to make the light softer.

This LED light has a built-in battery yet is still lightweight and portable. This light can be used for various professional shooting occasions, such as wedding, portrait and product photography.

Included in this kit: LED light, hot shoe mount, battery charger, user manual.

Emart LED Portable Lighting Kit | best continuous lighting LED

Emart LED Portable Lighting KitThe Emart LED Continuous Portable Lighting Kit [Amazon Affiliate Link] is an ideal continuous lighting solution for photography, providing multiple shooting solutions.

This Emart LED light is capable of increasing the brightness of light by more than 50% compared to other, USB-powered models.

The light’s color temperature (3300K to 5500K) allows for quick, professional images; the light offers a perfect daylight temperature for professional images. The light’s stereoscopic heat holes, on all four sides, effectively dissipate heat.

VILTROX LED Lighting Kit | best LED light for product photography

VILTROX LED Lighting KitThe VILTROX LED Video Lighting Kit [Amazon Affiliate Link] is great for both video and photography studio work. This LED light has a stable, adjustable color temperature of 3300K to ~5600K and has dual power options: AC/DC adapter (included) or Li-ion battery (not included).

This kit comes with two lights, a light stand, two adapters, two soft diffusion plates, two lamp brackets, a wireless remote control and an equipment bag. The LED light is portable, lightweight and comes with an adjustable stand that is also light yet strong.

This LED light is ideal for providing a lighting supplement when taking close-ups of objects such as products, highlighting the perfect visual effect.

Great Video Maker (GVM) | best bi-color LED lights

Great Video Maker (GVM)This LED Light from GVM Great Video Maker [Amazon Affiliate Link] is a bi-color light (3200K to 5600K and brightness from 10% to 100%) that is capable of providing real and vivid picture effects.

This light has excellent heat dissipation with a built-in silent fan cooling system, so it should hold up well even in complex shooting environments. The light comes with a power cord, tripod, lantern softbox, carrying bag and focus reflector. The included softbox produces a pleasing, uniform soft light.

The light can be controlled remotely using the GVM Easily mobile app (Android).

Slow Dolphin LED Ring Light Strip | best small-scale photography LED light

Slow Dolphin LED Ring Light StripThe Slow Dolphin LED Ring Light Strip [Amazon Affiliate Link] is another LED ring light that has good reviews on Amazon; this one has a color temperature of 3200K warm light to 6500K white light.

The light has dimming controls from 1% to 100%. This ring light is especially suitable for shooting small products such as scaled models, food, jewelry, watches, gadgets and other items.

The light comes with USB cables, a nylon cloth shooting tent, a carrying bag, a manual and six backgrounds (black, white, green, red, orange and blue).

Fovitec Portable 2-Light LED Kit | best LED lights indie filmmaking

Fovitec Portable 2-Light LED KitThe Fovitec Portable 2-Light LED Kit [Amazon Affiliate Link] would also be a good choice for both photographers and videographers. Founded in 2012, California-based Fovitec manufactures their lights specifically with product photography and indie filmmaking in mind.

This kit contains two bi-color panels, two 8'3" stands, two barn doors, four light filters, two AC adapters and two bags. These lights are ideal for large-scale video production: green screens and location sets.

Color temp of lights: 3200-5600K. The dimming control is from 0% to 100%, continuous.

Rotolight Continuous Location LED Light | best lightweight LED lights

The Continuous Location LED Light [Amazon Affiliate Link] from the UK-based manufacturer Rotolight is a powerful, ultra-portable, bi-color LED that brings tremendous versatility to any shoot.

Rotolight Continuous Location LED Light

Designed for portrait and location photographers and videographers on the move, this light has a unique “ultra thin” design and is therefore very lightweight (about three lbs.)

Color temperature: 3150K to 6300K, bi-color. The light’s continuous High Speed Sync Flash (HSS) provides a powerful color temperature adjustable flash, at 250% of the maximum continuous light output for traditional photographic workflows.

Get Photography Insurance | Photography Gear Insurance | Film Equipment Insurance | Video Equipment Insurance | Lighting Equipment Insurance

If you’re researching LED lighting products, chances are that you own some photography and/or videography gear. And if you own valuable camera gear, you might consider protecting that gear with photography insurance and/or DigiGear insurance.

Consider Front Row’s online policies. If a location requires evidence of liability insurance before they will allow you on the property to shoot, Front Row can provide that to you in 5 minutes, 24/7 for 12 months of coverage. Online means lower cost.

Front Row’s insurance for photographers (Canada) is a good option for insuring your photo gear against theft, breakage and/or fire. You can get a quote and purchase a policy online in just a few minutes. (The online photography program provides coverage for still photography with a minimal amount of filming.)

DigiGear Insurance (Canada) is a good option for insuring your filming equipment. DigiGear is custom equipment insurance for owners of: cameras, sound and lighting gear working in the film/TV industry. Available online in Canada. Quotes in 2 minutes. Policy available in 5 minutes. If you’re in the US, get a quote here.

 

About: Front Row Insurance Brokers Inc. is an independent insurance broker that specializes in the entertainment industry – specifically, the film and photography industries. Front Row works hard to provide insurance protection for a very low cost. Should a claim occur, Front Row works diligently with clients and insurers to expedite the payment of claims. Offices in: Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Halifax, NY, Nashville and LA.

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The Top 20 Filmmaking YouTube Channels | Top YouTube Filmmakers

Posted by Grant Patten on May 13, 2021 7:04:59 AM

The Top 20 Filmmaking YouTube Channels | Top YouTube Filmmakers

Need some inspiration, filmmakers? Check out Front Row’s round-up of the top 20 filmmaking-related channels on YouTube that you should consider subscribing to!

The Top 20 Filmmaking YouTube Channels | Top YouTube Filmmakers

In no particular order:

  1. Peter McKinnon
  2. Matti Haapoja
  3. D4Darious
  4. DSLR Video Shooter/Caleb Pike
  5. DSLRguide
  6. Film Courage/Film Courage 2
  7. The Film Look
  8. Filmmaker IQ
  9. Crimson Engine
  10. Learn Online Video
  11. Griffin Hammond
  12. Luke Seerveld/Meet The Gaffer
  13. Grip Tips
  14. Lessons from the Screenplay
  15. DP/30: The Oral History Of Hollywood
  16. This Guy Edits
  17. Javier Mercedes
  18. Brandon Li
  19. Drone Film Guide
  20. Front Row Insurance

 

Peter McKinnon | best filmmaker youtubers

Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/petermckinnon24

Peter McKinnon is a filmmaker from Toronto who teaches cinematography and photography on his YouTube channel. His lighthearted and amusing personality has no doubt helped him amass the millions of YouTube subscribers he now has. Check out one of his most popular videos, embedded below:

Matti Haapoja | best filmmaker youtubers

Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbvIIQc5Jo9-jIXnkPe03oA

Matti Haapoja is another Ontario-based filmmaker who has amassed millions of subscribers to his YouTube. Matti is a director of photography, originally from Finland.

Matti’s YouTube channel is focused on inspiring people through his videos, traveling to new places and sharing what he has learned with other filmmakers. He has collaborated with global brands such as Nike, San Pellegrino and Visit Norway.

D4Darious | best filmmakers on youtube

Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/D4Darious

American filmmaker Darious J. Britt has a very helpful YouTube channel geared toward tips and tricks on cinematography, lighting setups, camera techniques and directing. Britt is a graduate of the University of Arizona’s film school.

Britt has directed short films, including Pandemic (2020), about the COVID-19 pandemic.

DSLR Video Shooter/Caleb Pike | best dslr youtuber

Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/dslrvideoshooter/featured

DSLR Video Shooter is run by Caleb Pike and is a good channel to find the best gear reviews and tutorials for making your videos better.

Pike is an American YouTube creator and filmmaker based in Chicago. Before the channel, Pike was a camera operator and editor working in the corporate and documentary space.

DSLRguide | top youtube filmmakers

Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzQ1L-wzA_1qmLf49ey9iTQ

DSLRguide is a YouTube channel from Simon Cade, a UK-based video creator.

This channel has documented lighting challenges with inexpensive equipment, spoken honestly about career mistakes and insecurities and repeatedly tried to understand what it means to be a storyteller.

Film Courage / Film Courage 2 | best film interviews

Film Courage: https://www.youtube.com/user/filmcourage / Film Courage 2: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiYmiz5t4ZJ__CQMHMYSITA/featured

Film Courage, established in 2009, is certainly one of the best YouTube channels to watch for filmmaking-related interviews. These interviews are with movie business professionals, many quite well known, including director Ted Kotcheff, screenwriters Michael Hauge & John Truby and actor Bill Duke.

Interviews are with filmmakers, actors, screenwriters and authors. Film Courage is run by American filmmakers Karen Worden and David Branin.

The Film Look | best filmmaking youtube channels

Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG8T8xZYuuiSxa5mOHz2Q2g

Filmmakers Robert Carr and Richard Scott drop filmmaking “knowledge bombs” so that you can make your next film something you are proud to share with the world! Carr and Scott are based in England.

Some of their most popular videos include “100 Low Budget Filmmaking Tips”, “How to Record Stabbing Sound Effects”, “DIY Light Diffusion” and “DIY Overhead Shooting Rig”.

Filmmaker IQ | best filmmakers on youtube

Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/FilmmakerIQ/featured

This YouTube channel was created to bring filmmakers together in a creative, positive and fun environment. Whether you work with video, film, photography, illustration, animation, television, music or writing, Filmmaker IQ has information for filmmakers of all skill levels. The channel is hosted by American filmmaker and editor John Hess.

One of their most popular videos is embedded below:

Crimson Engine | technical filmmaking YouTube

Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/Crimsonengine/videos

Rubidium Wu is an Australian producer, director and screenwriter based in the US. He hosts this YouTube channel where he shares his professional knowledge, often focusing on technical-related matters around filmmaking.

Some of his most popular videos include “What does a producer actually do?”, “What does a director actually do?”, “Shooting interviews solo with two cameras” and “4 reasons you need a matte box”.

Learn Online Video | videography education YouTube channel

Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWWq67D7TofEPq_eBiaYCWw/featured

Based out of the UK, this channel has many tips that can be useful to both new and emerging filmmakers/videographers. This channel is dedicated to helping people take their video production skills to the next level.

Some popular videos include “10 smartphone gimbal moves for beginners”, “How to shoot cinematic iPhone footage” and “How to fake a drone shot”.

Griffin Hammond | best doc filmmaker youtuber

Channel: https://www.youtube.com/griffinity/featured

Hammond is a doc filmmaker in New York City, known for producing DIY filmmaking tutorials for indie filmmakers, and his award-winning documentary Sriracha (2013).

Some of his most popular videos include “How to build a DIY projector screen”, “How to shoot a time lapse”, “How to edit a time lapse” and “What is 10-Bit 4:2:2?”

Luke Seerveld/Meet The Gaffer | best gaffer YouTube

Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/SeerveldMedia

The Luke Seerveld/Meet The Gaffer YouTube channel is all about the grip and electric department, which includes aspects of video production that affect other departments. Seerveld is a gaffer who has worked in documentary, educational, corporate, commercials and feature production.

Meet The Gaffer includes walkthroughs of gaffer jobs, discussions of new gear, explanations of gear used a lot by gaffers, interviews with other working professionals and opportunities to talk about lighting concepts and aspects of freelancing.

Grip Tips | best grip YouTube channel

Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6xliqRXcbqk6vU_GxaITQQ

Grip Tips is another YouTube channel focused on the grip and electric department. American gaffer Dave Donaldson provides an in-depth look at all the different tools used to help light a set.

Some of his most popular videos include “C-Stands”, “Walkie Etiquette”, “Grip and electric explained” and “Neutral density windows”.

See also: ON SET HEADSETS: WALKIE-TALKIE HEADSETS AND EARPIECES FOR FILMMAKING

Lessons from the Screenplay | best screenwriting YouTube channel

Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCErSSa3CaP_GJxmFpdjG9Jw

Lessons from the Screenplay is a channel that analyzes movie scripts to examine exactly how and why they are so good at telling stories. Part educational series and part love letter to awesome films, this channel aims to be a fun way to learn more about films and improve your storytelling knowledge.

Examining the techniques used to tell great stories makes your own writing better, so it should be useful for any filmmaker to give this channel a watch.

DP/30 | movie interviews YouTube channel

Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheHotButton

Movie City News and The Hot Blog's David Poland (American producer and director) chats with the people who make movies.

Poland has interviewed many well-known industry players, including Léa Seydoux, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Quentin Tarantino, Charlize Theron, Christian Bale and many others.

This Guy Edits | best editing YouTube channel

Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/svenpape

Sven Pape is an American Cinema Editors (ACE) Award-nominated editor who has cut for James Cameron (‘Ghosts of the Abyss’), James Franco (‘Good Time Max’) and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Emmy-Winning ‘HitRECord on TV’).

Pape hosts this channel, which is dedicated to analyzing film and video editing techniques. Popular videos include analyses of the editing in the movies Dunkirk (2017), Interstellar (2014), Whiplash (2014), L.A. Twister (2004) and Revenge (2017).

Javier Mercedes | best video editor YouTubers

Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/GubeStuff

Mercedes is a professional audio recording engineer based in Atlanta, GA. On his YouTube channel, he creates impressively in-depth and polished video editing tutorials for Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects, video and audio production tips, and video/audio tech reviews.

Some of his most popular videos include “How to compress/downsize video file sizes”, “How to trim and cut video in Premiere Pro”, “How to format an external hard drive for Mac” and “What it takes to film a podcast”.

Brandon Li | top travel filmmaking youtube channel

Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/BrandonLiUnscripted/featured

Brandon Li describes himself as “a nomadic filmmaker on an endless world tour.” He has started his own film school and community called Unscripted Studio.

Li has amassed a significant subscriber base on YouTube for his helpful videos that provide filmmaking advice, information on gear, and travel videography best practices. Some of his most popular videos include “Sony lenses for video: choose the right lens”, “Video frame rates: what you need to know”, “Delete the crowds from your travel video” and “5 fast tips for fast-cut editing”.

Drone Film Guide | best drone cinematography

Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9tnwOsaA7T29VuUCuXvr7g

As the channel name suggests, this YouTube channel is focused primarily on drone photography and videography advice. With the help of the videos in this channel, you can do more with your drones.

Whether you fly a DJI Mavic, Phantom, Inspire or any of the other drone brands out there, this channel helps you make the most of your equipment to produce truly cinematic, professional results.

Front Row Insurance | best film insurance YouTube

Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWyclloMwhnxRimbXEOLe2Q

OK so it’s true, we’re not filmmakers, but we’re passionate about film and the arts, and we have insured many film productions over the years, both large and small. We also have some pretty cool videos on our YouTube channel that illustrate the need for production insurance, including the one below:

Get Film Insurance | Film Production Insurance | Filmmaking Insurance | Film Camera Insurance | Video Camera Insurance

If you’re subscribing to filmmakers and videographers on YouTube, chances are good that you’re a filmmaker and/or videographer yourself. And if that is the case, you’ll want to consider insuring your filmmaking gear and film productions. Consider Front Row:

  • Short-Term Film Insurance (Canada): provides coverage for up to 15 consecutive days of shooting, with no minimum premium. The coverage is available online 24/7. Covers rented gear, rented locations, rented props, sets, wardrobes, and more. Quotes are free. If you’re in the US, get a quote here.
  • DigiGear Insurance (Canada): custom equipment insurance for owners of: cameras, sound and lighting gear working in the film/TV industry. Also available online. Quotes in 2 minutes. Policy available in 5 minutes. Shop from your phone. If you’re in the US, get a quote here.

US-based filmmakers can view Front Row’s US policies here.

 

About: Front Row Insurance Brokers Inc. is an independent insurance broker that specializes in the entertainment industry – specifically, the film industry. Front Row has 51 staff in 8 offices that have a combined 530+ years of experience serving the film industry. Front Row is the largest film insurance broker in Canada. Front Row works hard to provide insurance protection at a low cost. Should a claim occur, Front Row works diligently with clients and insurers to expedite the payment of claims. Offices in: Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Halifax, NY, Nashville and LA.

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Topics: Short Film Insurance, DigiGear, Best of, COVID-19

The 20 Best Photography Podcasts / Top Podcasts for Photographers

Posted by Grant Patten on May 4, 2021 7:23:54 AM

The 20 Best Photography Podcasts / Top Podcasts for Photographers

The best photography podcastsSource: Shutterstock Royalty-free stock photo ID: 1830636470

Let’s review Front Row’s top 20 podcasts for photographers. We’ll discuss:
(in no particular order)

  1. Cameras or Whatever/The Stalman Podcast
  2. The Candid Frame
  3. The TWiP Podcast
  4. Visual Revolutionary
  5. Hit The Streets with Valerie Jardin
  6. Picture This: Photography Podcast
  7. Let’s Talk Photography
  8. Photofocus Podcast
  9. A Small Voice
  10. Magic Hour
  11. Behind the Shot
  12. F-Stop Collaborate and Listen
  13. Wedding Photo Hangover
  14. Photo Biz Xposed
  15. Photography Daily with Neale James
  16. Photo Taco Podcast
  17. The Moe and O Photography Show
  18. The Business of Photography
  19. Making Photos
  20. Embrace the Grain

 

1. Cameras or Whatever/The Stalman Podcast

Link: https://stalman.com/camerasorwhatever 

This podcast by Canadian cinematographer and photographer Tyler Stalman is for “full stack creators who take photos, make videos and love tech”. The podcast was created in 2017.

Stalman has interviewed many notable content creators on his podcast, including Jesse Driftwood, Rene Ritchie, Gerald Undone and Justin Tse. Of particular interest to photographers might be episode #86, “Through the Lens of a Black Photographer, with Simbarashe Cha”.

2. The Candid Frame | best photographer interviews

Link: https://www.ibarionex.net/thecandidframe 

California-based photographer Ibarionex Perello hosts The Candid Frame, a podcast that interviews some of the world's best-established and emerging photographers.

Each week, Perello brings in-depth, intimate and thoughtful conversations with photographers on living a photographic life. This podcast provides insight and inspiration to anyone who has a passion and love for photography.

3. The TWiP Podcast | photography industry podcast

Link: https://thisweekinphoto.com/category/twip-episodes/ 

The “This Week in Photo” (TWiP) Podcast, based out of California, is a weekly podcast that takes deep-dives into various facets of the photography industry. TWiP talks with photographers of all skill levels and covers topics ranging from photographic technique to business, and even some controversial topics facing today's photographers.

This podcast has many interesting interviews with notable photographers (mostly American), including Greg Benz, Evan Tanaka, Kenna Klosterman and Atiba Jefferson.

4. Visual Revolutionary | photographer podcasts

Link: https://www.visualrevolutionary.com/podcast 

This podcast features in-depth conversations with some of the world's leading photographers, filmmakers and other “visual revolutionaries”, bringing you the backstory on how some of your favorite artists got to where they are today.

This podcast, based out of Denver, features many interesting interviews with notable photographers (mostly American), including Jeff Lipsky, Erin Trieb, Pete Souza and Danny Clinch.

5. Hit the Streets | street photography podcast

Link: https://valeriejardinphotography.com/podcast 

“A Photography Podcast for the Urban Photographer”, Hit the Streets with Valerie Jardin (based out of Minnesota) delves into case studies, answers listener questions and gives away cool prizes.

Jardin has had many notable photographers on the show who have shared their ideas, inspiration and techniques. Notable guests have included Bill Carlson (Beatles photographer), Antoine Didienne, Barbara Peacock and Jayme Halbritter.

6. Picture This | best photographer podcasts

Link: https://northrup.photo/podcast/ 

On this podcast, professional photographers Chelsea and Tony Northrup (based in the US) dig deep into the history, technology, and personalities of photography.

Episodes cover a myriad of topics, including gear comparisons (Canon vs. Sony vs. Nikon vs. Panasonic), technology predictions, street photography, photo shoot best practices, how photographers can work from home and more. 

7. Let’s Talk Photography | photography interviewS

Link: https://www.lets-talk.ie/blog/?cat=4 

Hosted by Irish photographer Bart Busschots, Let’s Talk Photography is all about the art and craft of photography. Around the middle of each month, Busschots gets together with fellow photography enthusiasts to discuss a single photography topic in depth.

This podcast includes some discussion of the kinds of tools used to create photographs, but it doesn’t involve comparisons of one brand to another or one model to another. “It's not about the tools, it's about creating images!” Busschots says.

8. Photofocus | top photography podcasts

Link: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/photofocus-podcast/id512223214 

This podcast features innovative ideas that will help you build a stronger photography business. Some of the most respected business owners and artists in photography are guests on the show.

Photographers who have been interviewed on this podcast include Joel Grimes, Roberto Valenzuela, Nicole Begley and Mike Peters. Check out Photofocus.com for help with photography questions, inspiration, how-to’s along with more great podcasts.

9. A Small Voice | good photography podcasts

Link: https://bensmithphoto.com/asmallvoice 

Fortnightly in-depth interviews featuring a diverse range of talented, innovative, excellent photographers from established, award-winning and internationally exhibited stars to young and emerging talents discussing their lives, work and process with London-based photographer, Ben Smith.

Photographers interviewed on this podcast have included Christian Patterson, Tania Franco Klein, Alejandro Cartagena, David Yarrow, among others.

10. Magic Hour | best photo podcasts

Link: https://www.magichourpodcast.org/ 

Magic Hour is a podcast interview series with photographers and people involved in the medium. It was founded in 2016 and is hosted and produced by Jordan Weitzman.

Weitzman sits down with emerging and established photographers, publishers and editors to discuss their work.

11. Behind the Shot | best photography podcasts for beginners

Link: https://behindtheshot.tv/ 

This podcast out of California tries to get inside the mind of a great photographer by taking a closer look behind one of their shots. Hosted by live music photographer Steve Brazill.

Behind the Shot explores the photographic process, from conception to completion, and all the challenges that happen in-between.

12. F-Stop Collaborate and Listen | best landscape photography podcast

Link: https://fstopandlisten.podbean.com/ 

This podcast, started in 2017, focuses on landscape photography. The podcast includes candid, in-depth, and casual conversations with some of the world's best landscape photographers and covers topics of interest in photography including social media, business, motivation, workflow and more.

Hosted by Colorado-based photographer Matt Payne.

13. Wedding Photo Hangover | best wedding photography podcast

Link: https://weddinghangover.com/episodes 

As its name suggests, this podcast focuses on wedding photography in an irreverent manner. The show’s creators (based out of the US) claim that “this podcast, like aspirin, will help you recover from your wedding hangover.”

Less a wedding photography education show and more a comedy show about the pains of running a small business, photographers will likely learn a few things listening to this podcast and probably have a few laughs along the way.

14. Photo Biz Xposed | photo business podcast

Link: https://photobizx.com/ 

This podcast from Australian photographer Andrew Hellmich is described as “The Ultimate Portrait and Wedding Photography Business Podcast”.

Hellmich interviews successful wedding and portrait photographers and industry experts to reveal their business secrets for your success. PhotoBizX is the podcast where you hear answers to the questions that you would love to ask wedding and portrait photographers yourself but perhaps never had the opportunity to ask.

15. Photography Daily | best portrait photography podcast

Link: https://www.photographydaily.show/ 

This podcast hosted by UK-based wedding and portrait photographer Neale James is a Monday-to-Friday show about and for photographers of all styles and abilities. Snapshot editions during the week, with monthly longer Focus editions. Thoughts and inspirations from international photographers.

Episodes have covered a myriad of topics, including commercial photography, sports photography, funding projects using Kickstarter, photo book design and more.

16. Photo Taco | best technical photography podcast

Link: https://phototacopodcast.com/ 

Jeff Harmon, a hobbyist photographer based in Utah, works as an IT professional by day and loves to break down complicated and/or technical photography topics so that the newest of photographers can understand them. No topic is too simple or too complicated for the show. 

If Harmon doesn’t know the answer, then he brings in an expert to help break it down. “Get photography tips in the time it takes to eat a taco, or perhaps a burrito!”

17. Moe and O | photography gadgets podcast

Link: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/the-moe-and-o-photography-show/id1406819986 

Best friends Moe Morales and Omar Gonzalez talk tech, gadgets, photography and life. Episodes have included a discussion of buying and selling used cameras, street photography, bokeh, photography risk assessment, photography as a “side hustle” and many more topics.

Morales and Gonzalez have their own photography businesses and they’re based out of New Jersey.

18. The Business of Photography | Canadian photography podcast

Link: https://getsproutstudio.com/community/business-of-photography-podcast/ 

A podcast focused on the business side of photography from Ontario, Canada-based software company Sprout Studio. Hosted by photographer and Sprout Studio CEO Bryan Caporicci.

The podcast features interviews with the most successful photographers in the world and includes in-depth, actionable conversations that will help you simplify and clarify the business of photography.

19. Making Photos Podcast | photographer podcast Canada

Link: https://www.davidsornberger.com/podcast 

This podcast from Ontario, Canada-based travel and landscape photographer David Sornberger was started in 2019. 

Sornberger has discussed many topics on this podcast that can help you improve your photography skills, including drone photography, photography destinations, flower photography and more.

20. Embrace the Grain | film photography podcast

Link: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/embrace-the-grain-photography-podcast/id1459043812 

This podcast from Canadian photographers Sherry Christensen and Jake Rose covers topics related to both digital and film photography. The show mainly focuses on analog photography, with hints of digital photography included. Located in Alberta and NB.

The show has featured some interesting interviews thus far, including ones with Gary “the Lens Medic”, photographer Roxanna Angles, photographer Merlin Boissonneault and many more.

Get Photography Insurance | Insurance for Photographers | Photography Gear Insurance

If you’re listening to podcasts about photography, chances are that you own some photo gear; perhaps you’re even a photographer yourself. And if you own valuable camera gear, you might consider protecting that gear with photography insurance.

Consider Front Row’s online policies. If a location requires evidence of liability insurance before they will allow you on the property to shoot, Front Row can provide that to you in 5 minutes, 24/7 for 12 months of coverage. Online means lower cost.

Front Row’s insurance for photographers (Canada) is a good option for insuring your photo gear against theft, breakage and/or fire. You can get a quote and purchase a policy online in just a few minutes. Read more about the coverages available on the photography insurance site.

 

About: Front Row Insurance Brokers Inc. is an independent insurance broker that specializes in the entertainment industry – specifically, the film and photography industries. Front Row works hard to provide insurance protection for a very low cost. Should a claim occur, Front Row works diligently with clients and insurers to expedite the payment of claims. Offices in: Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Halifax, NY, Nashville and LA.

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Disclaimer: Informational statements regarding insurance coverage are for general description purposes only. These statements do not amend, modify or supplement any insurance policy. Consult the actual policy or your broker for details regarding terms, conditions, coverage, exclusions, products, services and programs which may be available to you. Your eligibility for particular products and services is subject to the final determination of underwriting qualifications and acceptance by the insurance underwriting company providing such products or services. This website does not make any representations that coverage does or does not exist for any particular claim or loss, or type of claim or loss, under any policy. Whether coverage exists or does not exist for any particular claim or loss under any policy depends on the facts and circumstances involved in the claim or loss and all applicable policy wording.

Topics: photography insurance, Best of

The Top 10 Camera Sling Bags for Photographers and Filmmakers

Posted by Grant Patten on Apr 1, 2021 7:16:30 AM

The Top 10 Camera Sling Bags for Photographers and Filmmakers

First off, what is a camera sling bag? A sling bag refers to bag designed much like a backpack but with a single strap worn over one shoulder and across the upper body instead of a strap for each shoulder.

This camera bag type has been getting more and more popular with photographers and filmmakers in recent years, likely because it provides faster and easier access to gear. Rather than taking off a backpack, you can simply swing a sling bag around to access gear. So, let’s do a resource round-up of 10 well-reviewed camera sling bags on the market now. We’ll discuss, in no particular order:

  1. Think Tank Photo TurnStyle
  2. BPAULL Camera Sling Bag
  3. S-ZONE Canvas Camera Sling Bag
  4. MOSISO Camera Sling Bag
  5. Chrome Niko Camera Sling
  6. Peak Design Everyday Sling
  7. Lowepro Passport Sling Bag
  8. Neewer Professional Camera Sling Bag
  9. Incase DSLR Sling Pack
  10. Timbuk2


Think Tank Photo TurnStyle | best camera sling bag

Think-tank turnstyle bag

The Think Tank bags are much loved by photographers and for good reason; their camera bags are high quality, spacious, rugged and look great. Their Photo TurnStyle [Amazon Affiliate Link] bag is light, body conforming and provides more than enough room for standard DSLR cameras. It looks small, but this sling bag can hold a lot of gear.

The Photo TurnStyle is well padded and comes with some adjustable separating pads, so the internal compartments can be customized. Amazon reviewers have noted the bag as being comfortable.

This bag also has a convenient tuck-away stabilizer strap and a tablet sleeve (zippered).

 

BPAULL Camera Sling | camera sling bag for travel

BPAULL camera sling bagThe BPAULL Camera Sling Bag [Amazon Affiliate Link] is very well reviewed on Amazon. This bag comes with a rain cover and is also made of splash-proof nylon, so it is dustproof and waterproof.

This bag’s triangular design makes it lighter and more convenient than many other bags. The compartment dividers inside the bag are adjustable, lightweight and firm.

The bag is spacious enough to hold a camera body, multiple lenses, batteries and other gear. It is very well padded and can be worn and carried in multiple ways. This is a versatile camera bag that is well suited to traveling.

 

S-ZONE Canvas Sling Bag | camera sling bag canvas

S-ZONE sling bagThe S-ZONE Canvas Camera Sling Bag [Amazon Link] is made of high-density durable canvas with shockproof cotton padded dividers, which can be used as a chest bag or backpack. The bag also has a buckle strap on the bottom that can be used to hold, typically, a tripod or monopod.

The S-ZONE bag is relatively small but can hold a camera body, a few lenses and some accessories such as filters, battery memory cards and cables.

Reviewers on Amazon have noted that the bag is comfortable to wear. The bag is also fairly nondescript and casual looking, so it won’t necessarily stand out as a potential target to thieves.

 

MOSISO Camera Sling Bag | best DSLR sling bag

MOSISO sling bagThe MOSISO Camera Sling Bag [Amazon Affiliate Link] is solid in construction and spacious enough to hold a lot of camera gear. The bag contains several compartments for gear such as a camera body, lenses, accessories and personal belongings.

This bag also has an adjustable buckle strap on the bottom to carry a tripod or monopod. This bag comes with a waterproof polyester rain cover.

The bag’s shoulder strap is padded, adjustable and flexible. The sling design makes it fast to turn from your back to the front for easy, quick access to your camera gear.

 

Chrome Niko Camera Sling | best photo sling bag

Chrome Niko sling bagThe Chrome Niko Camera Sling [Amazon Affiliate Link] from American company Chrome Industries has very good reviews on Amazon and is “made for the streets”, as the company claims. This bag was designed specifically with photographers and filmmakers in mind.

The bag has a sleek black design and its internal compartments can be customized (removable Velcro) to organize your camera gear just as you like it.

The bag is tough, water-resistant and lightweight enough to be used for everyday photography.

Check out this explainer video about the bag from the official Chrome Industries YouTube channel:

 

 

Peak Design Everyday Sling | high quality sling bag

Peak Design sling bag interiorThe Peak Design Everyday Sling [Amazon Affiliate Link] is described by Peak Design as the “ultimate low-profile, quick-access day bag for light carry and gear minimalists.” The bag has a convertible, reversible strap, so it can be used cross-body or as a waist bag.

This bag was designed specifically with photographers in mind. The bag is small yet spacious enough to hold a camera body, some lenses, batteries, a charger and a few accessories. There are many pockets placed throughout the bag to hold smaller accessories. There is also a tablet sleeve.

The bag has a waterproof shell and is made out of premium mixed-cotton materials.

 

Lowepro Passport Sling Bag

Lowepro sling bagThe Lowepro Passport Sling Bag [Amazon Affiliate Link] offers a modern and versatile way to carry camera and personal gear without looking like a typical photo bag. The bag comes with a "camera box" that can be customized and fitted to any DSLR camera, providing added stability while your camera is in the bag.

The bag's compartment is expandable by up to 30%. A water bottle pocket provides a convenient spot to keep hydration at hand. The detachable shoulder pad offers extra comfort; remove it for a more streamlined, stylish look.

 

Neewer Professional Camera Sling Bag

Neewer sling bagThe Professional Camera Sling Bag [Amazon Affiliate Link] from Chinese brand Neewer is a good sling bag at an attractive price.

The bag is spacious and can fit a DSLR with an attached medium zoom lens, 1-2 extra lenses, a water bottle, along with some other accessories.

This sling bag contains removable cushion inserts for custom organization of camera gear and comes with a water-resistant rain cover. The bag has a special strap to firmly fasten a tripod; the quick release strap prevents the bag from sliding and moving.

 

Incase DSLR Sling Pack | best durable sling bag

Incase sling bagThe Incase DSLR Sling Pack [Amazon Affiliate Link] was designed for photographers who are always in motion, according to Incase Designs. The exterior is crafted with refined, durable “Woolenex” material—a lightweight, lasting blend of abrasion-resistant fabric that repels the elements.

On the inside, there are compartments with customizable dividers to fit a full-frame DSLR, lens, MacBook Air, iPad and multiple accessories.

The form of this bag has a cross-body fit that is comfortable and allows the wearer to slide it from their back to front for complete access to all compartments without having to take the bag off.

 

Timbuk2 | best mirrorless camera sling bag

Timbuk2 sling bagThe Timbuk2 sling bag [Amazon Affiliate Link] is a smaller version sling bag that is more geared to mirrorless cameras and lighter accessories. This sling bag is ideal for city shooting and light travel photography with non-DSLR cameras.

The bag has a scratch-resistant modular interior that allows for custom organization of camera bodies and lenses. There is a mesh pocket for holding memory cards and cables. The adjustable padded cross-body strap fits all shapes and sizes. The bag’s grab handle makes for easy lifting.

The company Timbuk2, founded in 1989, manufactures these bags in San Francisco.

Get Photography Insurance | Photographers Insurance | photography equipment insurance

If you end up buying any of these above camera sling bags, chances are that you’re a photographer and/or filmmaker yourself. If that’s the case, you might consider insuring your camera gear.

Front Row’s insurance for photographers (Canada) is a good option for insuring your photo gear against theft, breakage and/or fire. You can get a quote and purchase a policy online in just a few minutes. Read more about the coverages available on the photography insurance site.

The photography insurance online program provides coverage for still photography with a minimal amount of filming.

Get DigiGear Insurance | Film Equipment Insurance | Videographer Insurance | videography insurance

If you’re more of a videographer/filmmaker, DigiGear insurance would make sense for you. Front Row’s DigiGear insurance policy (Canada) is a good option for insuring your filmmaking gear, including your film camera(s). Also available online. Quotes in 2 minutes; policies available in 5 minutes. Shop from your phone. If you are in the US, please complete this form.

About: Front Row Insurance Brokers Inc. is an independent insurance broker that specializes in the entertainment industry – specifically, the film and photography industries. Front Row works hard to provide insurance protection for a very low cost. Should a claim occur, Front Row works diligently with clients and insurers to expedite the payment of claims. Offices in: Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Halifax, NY, Nashville and LA.

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Topics: Short Film Insurance, photography insurance, DigiGear, Best of

Second Edition: Film Insurance 101 & How to Protect Your Film Project

Posted by Grant Patten on Mar 18, 2021 9:44:18 AM

Second edition: FILM INSURANCE 101 & HOW TO PROTECT YOUR FILM PROJECT

Second Edition of Film Insurance 101 book

We at Front Row Insurance are pleased to announce the second edition of our book on Amazon, Film Insurance 101 & How to Protect Your Film Project. Available in both eBook and Paperback formats. Learn how to protect your film project with information on all the different film insurance policies available (E&O, DICE, short shoot, etc.), including advice on how to reduce your project’s overall risk.

This second edition update includes:

  • 20 additional pages (compared to original edition), including new articles about preventing film equipment theft, fair use vs. fair dealing, minimizing the risk of errors & omissions (E&O) claims and more!
  • Coupon codes with discounts on various insurance policies amounting to $250 IN SAVINGS, including $150 in film/photo insurance policy savings. Coupons valid in Canada only, except for QC, ON, SK

The eBook can be purchased on Amazon for just a few dollars! And the paperback is only a few dollars more.

Get the book on Amazon now!

Contents:
FILM PRODUCTION INSURANCE: WHY IT IS NEEDED
PRE-PRODUCTION INSURANCE
FILM PRODUCTION INSURANCE
FILM PRODUCTION INSURANCE: HOW THE PREMIUM IS DETERMINED
FILM PRODUCTION INSURANCE PREMIUMS: ONE WAY TO SAVE MONEY
CALL SHEETS
OBTAINING INSURANCE FOR YOUR SHORT FILM
WHAT DOES DIGIGEAR EQUIPMENT INSURANCE COVER?
PREVENTING FILM EQUIPMENT THEFT – TIPS & TRICKS
PRODUCTION EQUIPMENT AND PROPS/SETS/WARDROBE INSURANCE
PRODUCERS ERRORS AND OMISSIONS INSURANCE
E&O: WHAT FILMMAKERS NEED TO KNOW
DISTRIBUTOR’S E&O INSURANCE
TITLE REPORTS: WHO NEEDS THEM?
SCRIPT INSURANCE CLEARANCE REPORTS
FAIR USE VS. FAIR DEALING
FAIR USE AND E&O INSURANCE FOR FILMMAKERS - PART 1
FAIR USE AND E&O INSURANCE FOR FILMMAKERS - PART 2
INVASION OF PRIVACY AND FALSE LIGHT ACCUSATIONS
MINIMIZING THE RISK OF E&O CLAIMS
WHAT IS A DICE POLICY? - LET FRONT ROW TELL YOU
THIRD PARTY PROPERTY DAMAGE LIABILITY EXPLAINED
AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE FOR FILM PRODUCTIONS
I AM RENTING A CAR (IN CANADA) FOR MY PRODUCTION
FILM PRODUCTION COMPANIES AND CAMERA CARS
RENTING CREW PERSONAL VEHICLES
UMBRELLA VS. EXCESS LIABILITY INSURANCE COVERAGE
WATERCRAFT USE
HELICOPTER FILM INSURANCE
COMMERCIAL GENERAL LIABILITY
NEGATIVE FILM AND FAULTY STOCK / EQUIPMENT INSURANCE
ALWAYS ASK IF YOU ARE COVERED BY WORKERS COMP
CAST INSURANCE
ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS (EE) CAST INSURANCE
WHY YOU NEED EXTRA EXPENSE
IMMINENT PERIL INSURANCE COVERAGE
INGRESS & EGRESS COVERAGE
FOREIGN LOCATIONS EXPLAINED
LEGAL EXPENSE INSURANCE
WORKPLACE OFFICE INSURANCE
POST-PRODUCTION STUDIOS INSURANCE
A SPECIALIZED FILM INSURANCE BROKER
HOW TO CALL A WRAP ON TOP FILM INSURANCE CLAIMS
WHAT TO DO WHEN PRODUCTION STOPS
DISCOUNT/COUPON CODES

Topics: Short Film Insurance, Film Insurance, photography insurance, DigiGear

The Top 11 FREE Music Platforms for Filmmakers | FREE Music for Videos!

Posted by Grant Patten on Mar 8, 2021 8:12:06 AM

The Top 11 FREE Music Platforms for Filmmakers | FREE Music for Videos!

FREE Music Platforms for FilmmakersSource: Royalty-free stock illustration ID: 579124129, Shutterstock

If you’re working on a low-to-no budget film/video project, you’ll probably have to use free music and the good news is, there are some very helpful platforms out there that provide a large variety of free music for download (many just ask for credit). So, let’s do a “resource round-up” of some of the best websites and online platforms where filmmakers can download and use music for FREE.

  1. ccMixter Music
  2. Bensound's Royalty Free Music
  3. Mixkit
  4. Free Music Archive
  5. Audionautix
  6. Incompetech
  7. Jamendo (subscription)
  8. Artlist (subscription)
  9. IMPACT (low cost kits)
  10. Adobe Stock audio (subscription)
  11. YouTube Studio and various YouTube channels

 

ccMixter Music | best free music for videos | free film music

Website: http://dig.ccmixter.org/

ccMixter Music logoLogo Source: The original uploader was Fourstones at English Wikipedia., Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons (no changes made)

ccMixter is a community music site, launched in 2004, that promotes remix culture and makes samples, remixes and tracks that are automatically licensed under Creative Commons (available for download and reuse in creative works).

The music on ccMixter.org is generally licensed to be used in any arena, not just the ccMixter site or a specific contest. The ccMixter site contains over 10,000 samples from a wide range of recording artists.

“You already have permission” is the site’s slogan and filmmakers can choose from a vast library of instrumental music, music for video games and music for commercial projects (all you have to do is give credit to the musicians).

Bensound's Royalty-Free Music | free background music

Website: https://www.bensound.com/

Bensound is a little more restrictive than the aforementioned ccMixter in the sense that filmmakers cannot remix using any of the Bensound audio tracks; however, the tracks can be used independently as long as Bensound.com is credited. Filmmakers can adapt the music for their films/videos by editing the length or adding voice over.

If you cannot or do not want to credit Bensound or need high quality files, there are license subscriptions available (Standard, Extended). French composer Benjamin Tissot created the site.

Mixkit | royalty-free music for filmmakers

Website: https://mixkit.co/

Mixkit is a website for royalty-free music from Australian company Envato. Limited tracks can be downloaded free and a subscription is required for unlimited downloads.

All tracks come with commercial licenses and are ready for any project. Unlike some other platforms, the tracks on Mixkit can be used with no attribution required.

These tracks are great for background music in YouTube videos, podcasts, online advertising and more. Music is categorized by genre, such as hip-hop, lo-fi, cinematic, jazz, acoustic and more.

Free Music Archive | free music for filmmakers and videographers

Website: https://freemusicarchive.org/

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The Free Music Archive (FMA) is an online repository of royalty-free music, established in 2009 by community radio stations based in New Jersey. The music tracks are provided under Creative Commons licenses and can be freely downloaded and used in other works.

FMA launched with an emphasis on curating high-quality works in a manner “designed for the age of the Internet.” Users can tip musicians via donations and there is also a premium content tier available, called Tribe of Noise PRO.

Audionautix | free background music | no copyright music

Website: https://audionautix.com/

On Audionautix, all music is composed and produced by the same musician – Jason Shaw, who is based in Pennsylvania. He plays multiple instruments and also uses sound samples, loops, drum machines and software synths where appropriate.

This music is royalty-free for filmmakers and videographers to download and use (even for commercial purposes), as long as they provide credit. Specifically, the site’s music is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Optional donations can be made via PayPal to support Shaw’s work.

Incompetech | free background music | no copyright music

Website: https://incompetech.com/

On Incompetech, all music is composed and produced by the same musician – Kevin MacLeod, who is based in New York. MacLeod has composed 2,000+ tracks of royalty-free music and made them available under a Creative Commons copyright license. This license allows anyone to use his music free, as long as he receives credit, which has led to his music being used in thousands of projects.

MacLeod is the subject of a documentary film titled Royalty Free: The Music of Kevin MacLeod. See also: the official YouTube channel for Kevin MacLeod.

Jamendo | royalty-free music for commercial use

Website: https://www.jamendo.com

Jamendo Licensing, founded in Luxembourg in 2004, offers royalty-free music for commercial use via a subscription service. Their catalog offers low-priced music licenses for use in audiovisual projects (advertising, film, television, video games, mobile applications, YouTube videos, etc.) They currently offer a 2-week free trial.

Users can listen to MP3 audio files (96 kbit/s) and download in MP3 (192kbit/s) and Ogg Vorbis formats. Jamendo offers musicians the opportunity to publish their music free under Creative Commons. The name “Jamendo” is a portmanteau derived from two musical terms: “jam session” and “crescendo”.

Artlist | royalty-free music subscription service

Website: https://artlist.io/

It is free to signup to Artlist, which offers limited royalty-free music downloads. To get unlimited downloads, you’ll need to purchase a subscription. Filmmakers can use the music on YouTube, Facebook and any platform worldwide; there are no limitations and monetization is allowed.

Licenses do not expire. The music on Artlist is primarily from indie musicians. The website has a nicely designed filtering system that allows you to find the perfect song for your project, quickly.

IMPACT | royalty-free music IN LOW COST KITS

Website: https://www.impacttrailermusiclibrary.com/ 

The IMPACT Trailer Music Library is not totally free but their music bundle kits are reasonably priced; they offer multiple kits to help convey various cinematic moods. All tracks in these kits are royalty-free and fully licensed in perpetuity on any media.  

Made by experienced film industry composers and sound designers, IMPACT delivers high quality soundtracks specially designed for syncing to trailers and produced with the filmmaker in mind.

Adobe Stock audio | free music for video editing

Website: https://stock.adobe.com/ca/audio 
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Adobe currently offers a 1-month free trial to Adobe Stock and that includes 10 free music tracks. Adobe has their music tracks categorized by various genres, including electronica, pop, epic and inspiring; there is even a film category for “bold and evocative music tracks for cinematic projects.”

The music on Adobe Stock is royalty-free and can underscore a mood or add a new energy level to video productions, podcasts and other creative projects.

YouTube Studio | YouTube royalty-free music

Website: https://studio.youtube.com/

YouTube Studio’s music library is constantly expanding and many of the tracks in this library can be used free (under the YouTube Terms of Service). Music from this library is intended solely for use by creators in their YouTube videos and other content that they create for YouTube. Creators may use music files from this library in videos that they monetize on YouTube.

YouTube offers music tracks categorized in various genres, including dance & electronica, hip-hop & rap, ambient, cinematic, classical, holiday and more. Audio tracks are also searchable by mood, such as angry, bright, calm, dark, dramatic, sad, etc.

There are also channels on YouTube that are dedicated to royalty-free music, such as Royalty Free Music - No Copyright Music and Audio Library.

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Front Row’s insurance for musical instruments (Canada) is a good option for insuring your musical instruments, including guitars, violins, drums, etc. You can get a quote and purchase a policy online in just a few minutes, or read more about the coverages available on the instrument insurance site.

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The Best Film Festivals in New York City | Top 10 Film Festivals NYC

Posted by Grant Patten on Feb 9, 2021 7:50:29 AM

The Best Film Festivals in New York City | Top 10 Film Festivals NYC

Best film festivals in New York City

Let’s provide an overview of some of the best film festivals in New York City. Of course, there are other good film festivals in the area and this list isn’t comprehensive; however, the below festivals are certainly among the most notable in NYC.

We’ll discuss (in no particular order):

  1. New York City Independent Film Festival
  2. Tribeca Film Festival
  3. Manhattan Film Festival
  4. Brooklyn Film Festival
  5. DOC NYC
  6. Queens World Film Festival
  7. Asian American International Film Festival
  8. African Film Festival
  9. New York International Children's Film Festival
  10. Havana Film Festival in New York

 

New York City Independent Film Festival

Website: https://nycindieff.com/ 

Founded in 2009, the New York City Independent Film Festival (NYCIndieFF) has screened over 1,800 movies from 81 different countries since it began. The festival aims to discover the auteur filmmaker, showcasing them to the entertainment industry and the NYC public.

NYCIndieFF confers a variety of awards, including Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary, Best Short Documentary and Best Short Narrative. This festival also awards distribution deals for short films to be broadcast on ShortsTV. 

Tribeca Film Festival

Film festival: TribecaSource: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 1896276328, Shutterstock

Website: https://tribecafilm.com/ 

Arguably, New York’s most famous film festival is Tribeca, co-founded by actor Robert De Niro. He co-founded the festival in 2002 to spur economic and cultural revitalization of Lower Manhattan following the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.

Each year, the festival hosts over 600 screenings. Awards conferred at Tribeca include Best U.S. Narrative Feature, Best New Narrative Filmmaker, Best Documentary Feature, Best Documentary Short and the Nora Ephron Prize. 

Manhattan Film Festival

Website: https://manhattanff.com/ 

The Manhattan Film Festival (MFF) is an annual film festival that was founded in 2006 by filmmakers. The goal of the festival is to help independent filmmakers find an audience for their work and connect with likeminded individuals in the indie film community.

Awards conferred at MFF include the Buzz Award, the Film Heals Award and the New York Spotlight Award. In 2012, MFF was named one of “25 Film Festivals worth the Entry Fee” by MovieMaker Magazine.

Brooklyn Film Festival

Website: https://www.brooklynfilmfestival.org/ 

The Brooklyn Film Festival (BFF) is an independent film festival established in 1998. The festival’s mission is to “discover, expose and promote independent filmmakers while drawing worldwide attention to Brooklyn as a center for cinema.”

Roughly, half of films submitted and shown at BFF are by US filmmakers, with the rest coming from Europe and other parts of the globe. The most prestigious award given out at BFF is the Grand Chameleon for best film. Other awards include the Spirit Award, the Audience Award and Certificates of Outstanding Achievement.

BFF also oversees the annual KidsFilmFest for children and families. 

DOC NYC

Website: https://www.docnyc.net/ 

Date: The 2021 DOC NYC will be held from Nov 10 – 18.

DOC NYC is an annual documentary film festival in New York City. This festival is the country's largest documentary film festival with over 300 films screened each year. DOC NYC is also an Academy-qualifying festival for short films. 

Awards conferred at this festival include the Audience Award, the Grand Jury Prize, the Shorts Grand Jury Prize, the Directing Award and the Producing Award. 

Queens World Film Festival

The Queens World Film FestivalSource: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 460940548, Shutterstock

Website: https://queensworldfilmfestival.org/ 

The Queens World Film Festival is “dedicated to screening exciting and innovative films as a means to spark conversation and further understanding of the experiences of others.” The festival’s Youth Initiative, public screenings in alternative spaces, community building and multimedia events all support and develop filmmakers.

Awards conferred at the festival include Best First Feature, Best Animation, Best Experimental Short, Best LGBTQ Short and the Special Jury Prize for Best Student Film. 

Asian American International Film Festival

Website: https://www.aaiff.org/ 

Date: The 2021 AAIFF will be held from Oct 1 – 11.

The Asian American International Film Festival (AAIFF) is an international film festival held annually in New York City to showcase the works of both emerging and experienced Asian and Asian American filmmakers and media artists across a diverse range of genres and styles.

Founded in 1978, this film festival is organized by Asian CineVision (ACV), a non-profit media arts organization. Awards conferred at AAIFF include the Special Jury Prize, the Emerging Director Award, the Excellence in Short Documentary Filmmaking Award and the Excellence in Short Narrative Filmmaking Award.

African Film Festival

Lincoln Center: NYAFFSource: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 60234184, Shutterstock 

Website: https://africanfilmny.org/ 

The annual New York African Film Festival (NYAFF) is curated around a timely theme and presented in collaboration with the Lincoln Center (pictured).

Founded in 1990, this festival is dedicated to promoting greater understanding of African culture through film. Classic and contemporary films are screened here, including rarely seen archival works.

New York International Children's Film Festival

Website: https://nyicff.org/ 

The New York International Children's Film Festival (NYICFF) is an annual Oscar-qualifying film festival founded in 1997 “to support the creation and dissemination of thoughtful, provocative, and intelligent film for children and teens ages 3-18.”

The flagship NYC festival has grown from one weekend of films into the largest film festival for children and teens in North America. Audience members of all ages vote on the films.

Awards conferred at NYICFF include Best Animation, Best Live Action Short Narrative and Best Live Action Short Documentary. 

Havana Film Festival in New York

Website: http://hffny.com/ 

The Havana Film Festival in New York (HFFNY) is an international film festival known as the Cuban and Latin American cinema celebration. The films screened at this festival demonstrate the richness of Cuban culture and its global effects, including NY, US and world premieres of contemporary Cuban cinema.

Awards conferred at HFFNY include Best Director, Best Film, Best Screenplay and Special Jury Mentions. 

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The Best Film Festivals in Alberta | Best Prairie Film Festivals

Posted by Grant Patten on Feb 4, 2021 6:58:40 AM

The Best Film Festivals in Alberta | Best Prairie Film Festivals

Best film festivals in Alberta
Let’s provide a high-level overview of some of the best film festivals in Alberta. Of course, there are other good film festivals in the region and this list isn’t comprehensive; however, the below festivals are certainly among the most notable in Alberta.

We’ll discuss (in no particular order):

  1. Calgary International
  2. Calgary Underground Film Festival
  3. Edmonton International
  4. NorthwestFest
  5. Edmonton Short Film Festival
  6. Banff Mountain Film Festival
  7. Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival
  8. Dreamspeakers International Film Festival


Calgary International Film Fest (CIFF) | best film festivals Calgary

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Website: https://www.ciffcalgary.ca/

Date: The 2021 CIFF will be held from September 23 – October 3.

Probably the biggest, most well known film festival in Alberta is Calgary International Film Festival.

The festival’s mission is “to entertain and engage audiences by curating the most innovative and compelling films, and creating remarkable festival experiences.”

Awards conferred at CIFF include the DGC Best Canadian Documentary Award, Best International Narrative Feature, Best Live Action Short Film and Best Alberta Short Film. The 2020 festival adapted to COVID-19 health & safety protocols with a hybrid of in-cinema screenings and streaming movies.

Calgary Underground Film Festival and CUFF.Docs Documentary Film Festival

Website: https://www.calgaryundergroundfilm.org/

The Calgary Underground Film Festival (CUFF) is a film festival held annually for one week at the Globe Cinema in downtown Calgary.

Founded in 2003, this festival screens primarily contemporary feature, animation and short works; CUFF offers a unique roster of films rarely seen in North American theatres. There is a separate festival for docs called CUFF.Docs Documentary Film Festival.

Festival awards include the Audience Award for Best Film and the Jury Awards for Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature and Best Canadian Short. In 2020, CUFF cancelled all in-cinema events and moved to an online-only festival.

Edmonton International Film Festival

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Website: https://edmontonfilmfest.com/

Date: The 2021 EIFF will be held from October 1 – 10.

The Edmonton International Film Festival (EIFF), founded in 1986, is a nine-day film festival hosted at the Landmark Cinemas in Edmonton City Centre (pic).

The EIFF program consists of hundreds of films in various genres, ranging from short to feature-length, domestic to foreign, studio to independent, and from dramatic work to documentary.

Awards conferred at EIFF include Best Documentary Feature, Best Dramatic Feature, Best Canadian Feature and Best International Feature. In 2020, given the COVID-19 pandemic, a subscriber-based satellite TV channel presented the EIFF.

NorthwestFest | best documentary festivals AB

Website: https://www.northwestfest.ca

NorthwestFest is an annual film festival in Edmonton that programs a lineup of documentary films and also local art, music and media. This is the longest running documentary film festival in Canada, originally launched in 1983.

Awards conferred at the festival include Best Canadian Feature, Best Canadian Short Film, Best International Feature and Best International Short Film. The 2020 NorthwestFest took place online.

Edmonton Short Film Festival | best short film festival Alberta

Website: https://esff.ca/

Date: The 2021 ESFF will be held from October 16 – 17.

The Edmonton Short Film Festival (ESFF) showcases diverse projects such as trailers, music videos, web series, commercials and, of course, short films. This festival is dedicated to the elevation of the Alberta independent filmmaking community.

Awards conferred at ESFF include Best Drama, Best Comedy, Best Suspense/Horror, Best Animation and the People’s Choice Award. During the pandemic, ESFF moved to an online platform to broadcast the festival digitally.

Banff Mountain Film Festival

Banff skylineSource: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 1138051346, Shutterstock

Website: https://www.banffcentre.ca/banff-mountain-film-book-festival

Date: The 2021 Banff Mountain festival will be held from October 31 – November 8.

Founded in 1976, the Banff Mountain Film Festival is an international film competition and annual presentation of short films and documentaries about mountain culture, sports and the environment.

Films screened at this festival tend to feature climbing, skiing, kayaking, mountaineering, biking, adventure and other outdoor-related activities. Awards conferred at this festival include the Grand Prize, the Creative Excellence Award and the Audience Choice Award. The 2020 festival was held virtually.

Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival | best queer film festival Alberta

Website: https://www.fairytalesfilmfest.com/

Founded in 1999, the Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival is the longest running LGBTQ film festival in Alberta. The Calgary Queer Arts Society hosts the festival.

This festival exists to give voice to queer people and their stories. The films screened are generally written, directed, produced and/or starred in by LGBTQ persons from around the world. Awards conferred at this festival include the Programmers Choice for: Feature Film, Short Film, Documentary and Student Film. The 2020 festival was screened in a digital format.

Dreamspeakers International Film Festival | best indigenous film festival Alberta

Website: https://dreamspeakers.org/

Founded in '92, the Dreamspeakers International Film Festival is an annual festival in Edmonton that programs a lineup of films related to First Nations, Métis, Inuit and other indigenous peoples. The films screened tend to be made by indigenous filmmakers.

Awards conferred at the festival include Best Canadian Documentary Feature, Best Canadian Documentary Short, Best International Documentary Feature and Best International Documentary Short. The 2020 Dreamspeakers festival was postponed.

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In addition, film festivals should consider insuring their film screening events; movie theatre insurance can be purchased online in Canada.


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