The Top 10 Film Festivals in Quebec | Best Film Festivals in Quebec

Posted by Grant Patten on Jan 20, 2021 7:20:41 AM

The Top 10 Film Festivals in Quebec | Best Film Festivals in Quebec

Best film festivals in Quebec

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

We’ll discuss (in no particular order):

  1. Les Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma
  2. Le Gala Kino
  3. Fantasia Festival
  4. Festival du nouveau cinéma
  5. CINEMANIA Film Festival
  6. Montréal International Black Film Festival
  7. Quebec City Film Festival
  8. Montreal International Documentary Festival
  9. Image+Nation
  10. Les Percéides


Les Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma

Website: https://rendez-vous.quebeccinema.ca/

Les Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma is a film festival affiliated with the Québec Cinéma organization, created in 1982 to celebrate the film production of Quebec. Two editions are offered, one in Montreal and the other in Quebec City. Awards conferred at this festival include Best Documentary, Best Student Film, Best Fiction Short Film and best Franco-Canadian film.

Globalex/Front Row has been a proud sponsor of Québec Cinéma.

Le Gala Kino / best short film festival Montreal

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Website: http://www.kinomontreal.com/

Kino is a filmmaking movement that advocates the production of short films on little to no budget with small crews and non-competitive collaboration. The Kino movement was founded in 1999 in Montreal.

La Gala Kino is a short film festival held annually in Montreal – usually December – and is attended by 400+ people from the Quebec film and TV industry. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 gala was held online.

Globalex/Front Row has been a proud sponsor of La Gala Kino.

Fantasia Festival / best genre film festival Montreal

Website: https://fantasiafestival.com/en/

Fantasia is a genre film festival based in Montreal. Founded in 1996, the festival offers an eclectic lineup of domestic and international films. Horror, sci-fi, fantasy and animation are all staples at this festival.

The organizers present a number of awards at the conclusion of each annual festival, including the Barry Convex Award for best Canadian film premiering at the festival. Convex is a character from David Cronenberg’s movie Videodrome (1983).

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Fantasia 2020 was done as an online festival.

Festival du nouveau cinéma / best independent film festival Montreal

Website: https://nouveaucinema.ca/en/

The Festival du nouveau cinéma (FNC) is an annual independent film festival held in Montreal and features independent films from around the world. The festival is an Academy Award qualifying festival for short films. Established in 1971, this festival is one of the oldest film festivals in Canada.

Awards conferred at this festival include the Louve D’Or for best feature film, the Prix d'interprétation for best actor or actress and the Grand prix for best short film.

CINEMANIA Film Festival / top film festivals Montreal

Website: https://www.festivalcinemania.com/en

CINEMANIA is an annual film festival held in Montreal. This festival is dedicated solely to French-language feature films from France, Belgium, Switzerland, Quebec, Algeria and other French-speaking regions around the world. All films screened must be North American, Canadian or Quebec premieres and all are subtitled in English.

The festival confers a variety of awards, including the Mel Hoppenheim Prix du Public for the most popular film by public ballot, the TFO Audience Award for best first feature film from a francophone director and the Prix Jeunesse for the best film of the “Compétition Visages de la francophonie”.

In response to the pandemic, the 2020 edition of CINEMANIA was held online.

Montréal International Black Film Festival / best film fests Montreal

Website: https://montrealblackfilm.com/en/

The Montreal International Black Film Festival (MIBFF) is an annual film festival based in Montreal. Founded in 2005, this festival programs a selection of African, Caribbean, African American and Black Canadian films.

Festival awards include the MIBFF People’s Choice Award and the Career Achievement Award. The MIBFF screens films and holds activities in both English and French.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 festival was presented entirely online.

Quebec City Film Festival / best film fests QC

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Website: https://www.fcvq.ca/en

The Quebec City Film Festival (QCFF) is a film fest held annually in Sept. in Quebec City. It screens short and feature films and premieres movies from all over the world.

Founded in 2011, this festival presents about 50 international feature films and more than 100 short films. The films represent all cinematographic genres and perspectives from all over the world, attracting an audience of 25,000+ annually.

Awards conferred at QCFF include Best Feature Film, Best Canadian Film, Best First Film, Best Short Film and the Local (Quebec) Talent Award.

Montreal International Documentary Festival / best documentary festival Montreal

Website: https://ridm.ca/en

The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) is – as its title suggests – focused on documentary cinema. Founded in 1998, this festival’s program is usually organized around social, political and environmental themes.

The RIDM is home to "Forum RIDM", Quebec's foremost documentary marketplace, offering professional workshops, lectures and roundtables that focus on training, discussion and sharing of knowledge among various players in the industry.

Awards conferred at RIDM include Best National Feature, Best International Feature, Best Short- or Medium-length Film and the People’s Choice Award. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, RIDM 2020 successfully moved to an online format.

Image+Nation / best LGBTQ film festival Montreal

Website: https://www.image-nation.org/

Image+Nation is an annual eleven-day film festival that takes place in Montreal. Founded in 1987, this festival is dedicated to sharing the stories and experiences of LGBTQ people.

Each year, the festival screens the best of local and international queer cinema at various Montreal venues, focusing on new voices and evolving means of storytelling in contemporary culture.

Awards conferred at this festival include the Jury Prize, the Audience Award, the Feature Film Award and the Documentary Film Award. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Image+Nation went online as well as offered a “Dinner+Movie experience” where the festival teamed up with local queer-owned eateries in Montreal and across Quebec.

Les Percéides Film Festival / best film festivals QC

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Website: https://perceides.ca/

Les Percéides is a film festival, staged annually in Percé, QC. The festival's name blends the town's name with the Perseids meteor shower (perséides in French).

Founded in 2009, this festival aims to promote independent cinema to the public in Gaspésie and to participate in the discovery of promising young talent in contemporary cinema. Awards conferred at the festival include the Jury Grand Prize, Best Canadian Documentary, Best National Short Film and Best Student Short Film.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 festival was staged entirely outdoors, taking place at a drive-in theatre in nearby Petit-Pabos.

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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 Quebec, please use this form.

In addition, film festivals should consider insuring their film screening events; movie theatre insurance can be purchased online in Canada. If you are in Quebec, please use this form.

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 of claims. Offices in: Montreal, Vancouver, Toronto, Halifax, NY, Nashville and LA.

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The Top 10 Film Festivals in Toronto | Best Film Festivals in the GTA

Posted by Grant Patten on Dec 21, 2020 11:02:01 AM

The Top 10 Film Festivals in Toronto | Best Film Festivals in the GTA

Best Film Festivals in GTA

Let’s provide a high-level overview of some of the best film festivals in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). 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 the GTA.

We’ll discuss (in no particular order):

  1. TIFF
  2. Hot Docs
  3. TAAFI
  4. Buffer Festival
  5. imagineNATIVE
  6. ONIFF
  7. Reelworld
  8. Inside Out
  9. Breakthroughs
  10. Regent Park


Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)

Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)
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Website: https://tiff.net/

The most prominent and well-known film festival in Toronto is, of course, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Founded in 1976, many of its movies are screened at the TIFF Bell Lightbox (pictured), a modern venue housing five cinemas of various sizes.

TIFF is one of the largest and most prestigious film festivals in the world, “second only to Cannes in terms of high-profile pics, stars, and market activity,” according to Variety. In 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, TIFF creatively reimagined its festival to include physical screenings at drive-ins, digital screenings and virtual red carpets.

Front Row has been a proud sponsor of TIFF.

Hot Docs Festival

Website: https://www.hotdocs.ca/ 

The Hot Docs Festival is the largest documentary festival in North America. Founded in 1993 by the Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC), Hot Docs is now recognized as a qualifying festival for the Academy Awards® in the Documentary Feature and Documentary Short Subject categories.

Members of DOC are eligible for preferred rates on production insurance through Front Row. The 2020 festival was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada; however, the festival organizers quickly pivoted to the Hot Docs at Home TV show in partnership with the CBC.

Front Row is a proud sponsor of the Hot Docs Festival.

TAAFI – Toronto's Animation Festival

Website: https://taafi.com/

The Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI) is held at the same venue as Hot Docs each year – the Ted Rogers Cinema. TAAFI is a film festival dedicated to presenting cartoons and animation.

TAAFI confers the Kaj Pindal award, which is awarded to an animator who has made a significant contribution to the art form in the past year. TAAFI also offers an industry conference with talks from directors, creators, producers and artists.

Front Row has sponsored TAAFI in the past.

Buffer Festival

Website: https://365.bufferfestival.com/

Buffer Festival is an annual showcase of YouTube video premieres, bringing the most acclaimed digital creators and their audiences together. The festival is, according to the Buffer Foundation, “the world’s largest international digital-first film festival.”

The Buffer Foundation is a not-for-profit supporting Canadian and international digital-first filmmakers through education, celebration, recognition and development opportunities with the entertainment industry. Buffer Festival 2020 was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival

Website: https://imaginenative.org/

Founded in 1998, the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is the world's largest Indigenous film and media arts festival, held annually in Toronto each October. The festival focuses on the film, video, radio and new media work of Indigenous, Aboriginal and First Peoples from around the world.

Many awards are presented at the festival, including the Audience Choice Award, Best Dramatic Feature, Best Short Drama and Best Indigenous Language Production.

Their 21st annual festival in 2020 transitioned to an online format.

Ontario International Film Festival
Ontario International Film Festival

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Website: https://www.oniff.ca/

The Ontario International Film Festival (ONIFF) was founded in 2020 by not-for-profit Canada Multicultural Entertainment (CME). This film festival “gives independent filmmakers from different cultures and backgrounds the opportunity to get known, learn and get acquainted with the industry.”

The festival confers a variety of awards, including Best International Feature Film, Best Canadian Feature Film, Best Screenwriting and Best Canadian Student Film.

Reelworld Film Festival

Website: https://www.reelworld.ca/

The Reelworld Film Festival was founded in 2001 and provides professional development for Canadian racially diverse and Indigenous filmmakers and media artists. The festival's mandate is to showcase diverse work, especially work from Canadians identifying as Black, Indigenous, Asian, South Asian, Middle Eastern and/or Latinx.

In 2020, Reelworld streamed online with a 100% CAD lineup. The festival has a variety of awards, including the Trailblazer Award, Visionary Award and Award of Excellence.

Inside Out Film and Video Festival

Website: https://insideout.ca/

Founded in 1991, the Inside Out Film and Video Festival is an annual film festival that presents a program of LGBTQ-related cinema. The festival is staged in both Toronto and Ottawa.

The festival’s awards include the Audience Award for Best Feature Film, the Audience Award for Best Short Film, Best Documentary and Best Canadian Film. In response to the pandemic, Inside Out created an online exhibition of queer ephemera pulled from their archives.

Breakthroughs Film Festival (BFF)

Website: http://www.breakthroughsfilmfestival.com/

Founded in 2011, the Breakthroughs Film Festival (BFF) is dedicated exclusively to short films made by emerging women and non-binary directors.

BFF takes place annually in downtown Toronto, showcasing Canadian and international short films in all genres from emerging directors of all ages. BFF 2020 was held online.

The festival confers a number of awards, including the Audience Choice Award, the Breakthroughs Film Festival's Jury Award and Best Canadian Film.

Regent Park Film Festival (RPFF)

Regent Park Film Festival

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Website: http://regentparkfilmfestival.com/

The Regent Park Film Festival (RPFF) is a free community film festival dedicated to showcasing local and international independent films that are relevant to the Regent Park neighbourhood.

This festival aims to provide the residents of Regent Park, and beyond, with a forum for dialogue about social issues such as immigration, cultural identity and multicultural relationships.

RPFF was founded in 2003. The 18th annual RPFF in 2020 was held online. The festival also created the Home Made Visible nationwide archival project that “celebrates the everyday joys and lives of Indigenous, Black and People of Colour (IBPoC) communities often absent from Canada’s narrative.”

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Front Row provides production and producer’s E&O insurance for: features, episodic television, docs, shorts and more. The next time you’re working on a film production, consider Front Row’s insurance policies:

Front Row’s Short Shoot insurance policy (Canada) is a good option for insuring your short-term film projects. Coverage for up to 15 consecutive days of filming. The coverage is available online, 24/7. Covers rented gear, rented locations, rented props, sets, wardrobes, and more. You can get a quote in two minutes and purchase a policy 100% online. If you are in the US, please complete this form.

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.

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


About
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The Top 10 Film Festivals in Metro Vancouver / Best Film Fests in BC

Posted by Grant Patten on Dec 14, 2020 8:05:25 AM

The Top 10 Film Festivals in Metro Vancouver / Best Film Fests in BC

Best Film Festivals in Vancouver

Let’s provide a high-level overview of some of the best film festivals in Metro Vancouver. 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 biggest in BC.

We’ll discuss (in no particular order):

  1. VIFF
  2. Italian Film Festival
  3. Whistler
  4. VSFF
  5. Crazy8s
  6. VQFF
  7. VIWFF
  8. Reel 2 Real
  9. VAFF
  10. Iranian Film Festival

 

Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF)

Vancity Theatre | Best film festivals VancouverWebsite: https://viff.org/Online/default.asp

The most prominent and well-known film festival in Vancouver is, of course, the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF). Founded in 1958, VIFF is among the five largest film festivals in North America. The festival screens films annually from approximately 73 countries on 10 screens.

The festival has three main programming platforms: East Asian cinema, Canadian cinema and documentary. During the pandemic in 2020, VIFF nimbly transitioned their festival to an online format with their VIFF Connect platform.

Front Row has been a proud sponsor of VIFF for 28 years (as of 2020).

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Italian Film Festival

Website: https://italianculturalcentre.ca/events/italian-film-festival/

The Italian Film Festival is usually presented in cooperation with the Vancouver International Film Festival and the Consulate General of Italy in Vancouver.

This niche festival’s mandate is to raise awareness and promote all aspects of Italian cinema. The festival is presented to the public every January during a one-week run at the Vancity Theatre – VIFF Centre.

Whistler Film Festival / “Canada's coolest film festival”

Website: https://whistlerfilmfestival.com/

The Whistler Film Festival (WFF) is an annual film festival held in Whistler, BC, established in 2001. A conference for the Canadian film industry, known as the Whistler Summit, is organized in connection with the film festival.

The festival has juried competitive awards, namely the Borsos Award and the Pandora Audience Award. In 2020, WFF moved to an online film-viewing format from Dec. 1-31.
Front Row has been a proud sponsor of the Whistler Film Festival for many years.

Vancouver Short Film Fest (VSFF)

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Website: https://www.vsff.com/

The Vancouver Short Film Festival (VSFF) is all about celebrating the vibrant community of short film, video, and animation artists on the Canadian West Coast.

Established in 2005, VSFF now regularly receives over 250 submissions a year, and the festival awards over $15,000 worth of prizes directly to filmmakers annually. In 2021, VSFF moved to an online format. Front Row is a proud sponsor of VSFF.

Crazy8s short filmmaking competition/festival

Website: http://crazy8s.film/

Crazy8s is another short film-focused festival held annually in Vancouver. The festival is essentially a filmmaking competition that provides funding and support to local filmmakers to shoot and edit a short film in eight days.

Established in 1999, Crazy8s involves filmmakers pitching their ideas to industry professionals. About 200 teams annually submit a video pitch, ~40 are chosen to pitch in-person to a jury, ~12 teams advance to the script stage and then ~six finalists are announced in January. Front Row is a sponsor.

Vancouver Queer Film Fest (VQFF)

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Website: https://queerfilmfestival.ca/

The Vancouver Queer Film Fest (VQFF) is a film festival that takes place annually during the month of August. The festival was first held publicly in 1989. It is Vancouver's second largest film festival and Western Canada's largest queer arts event.

The festival’s awards include the People's Choice Award for Best Feature and the Gerry Brunet Memorial Award. Brunet was a lifelong contributor to the arts and an early board member of the festival.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 32nd annual (2020) VQFF adapted to an online format in order to offer at-home audiences the best in independent queer cinema.

Vancouver International Women in Film Festival (VIWFF)

Website: https://viwff.ca/

The Vancouver International Women in Film Festival (VIWFF) is all about showcasing short & feature-length films of various genres by established and emerging women-identifying filmmakers.

The WIFT Vancouver Society that organizes the festival was founded in 1989. The festival offers artist talks, networking events, an awards ceremony and an International Screenplay Competition. Due to restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 festival moved to an online format.

Front Row is a proud supporter of WIFT and we have a WIFT-US insurance program offering discounted rates on production and errors & omissions insurance.

Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth

Website: http://r2rfestival.org/

The Reel 2 Real (R2R) International Film Festival for Youth inspires and equips youth (between the ages of 6 and 19) to analyze, appreciate, explore, create and share independent media.

R2R is an annual film festival based in Vancouver and established in 1998. The festival began as a four-day event in one venue and expanded to an eight-day event in two venues: the Roundhouse Community Centre and Vancity Theatre. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the R2R 2020 festival was cancelled.

The festival screens both Canadian and international films, including live-action dramas, documentaries and animated features and shorts.

Vancouver Asian Film Festival (VAFF)

Website: http://vaff.org/

VAFF is Canada’s oldest Asian film festival, exhibiting films and videos by North American artists of Asian heritage. The festival was founded in 1995.

VAFF strives to promote dynamic and innovative images of Asians, especially Asian Canadians, in roles that are usually not found in mainstream film and television.

Vancouver Iranian Film Festival (VANIFF)

Website: https://www.facebook.com/vancouverif/

A lot of great cinema has come out of Iran over the years and this Vancouver-based film festival showcases movies from this country. The festival is organized by Aria Persys Film Production.

VANIFF is all about screening the latest and best Iranian cinema in fine venues across Vancouver, North Vancouver, Coquitlam and throughout BC.

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Front Row provides production and producer’s E&O insurance for: features, episodic television, docs, shorts and more. The next time you’re working on a film production, consider Front Row’s insurance policies:

Front Row’s Short Shoot insurance policy (Canada) is a good option for insuring your short-term film projects. Coverage for up to 15 consecutive days of filming. The coverage is available online, 24/7. Covers rented gear, rented locations, rented props, sets, wardrobes, and more. You can get a quote in two minutes and purchase a policy 100% online. If you are in the US, please complete this form.

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.

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

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 the lowest possible 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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The Best Film Festivals in Greater Los Angeles | Best Film Fests in LA

Posted by Alyson Locacciato on Dec 3, 2020 6:46:05 AM

The Best Film Festivals in Greater Los Angeles | Best Film Fests in LA

Best Film Festivals in LA

Here is a look at some of the top film festivals in the Los Angeles area, and how they have dealt with the new world of social distancing in entertainment.

We'll discuss (in no particular order):



Film Independent Spirit Awards

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Website: https://www.filmindependent.org/la-film-festival/

For the last 35 years, Film Independent have hosted their Spirit Awards at a beachside in Santa Monica. Each year, the festival “brings together top talent from throughout the world of independent film”. Film Independent members can nominate and vote in categories such as: Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay and more.

The Spirit Awards ceremony features a number of unique honors, including: Best First Feature, Best First Screenplay, the John Cassavetes Award (best feature under $500,000) and the Robert Altman Award (best ensemble cast).

Like many other festivals, Film Independent postponed their 2021 Spirit Awards by a few months due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Front Row Insurance Brokers have collaborated with Film Independent to offer their members preferential pricing on Short-Term Production packages (US).


OUTFEST Los Angeles Virtual 2020

Website: https://outfest.org/

OUTFEST is a non-profit organization originally established in Los Angeles in 1982. OUTFEST considers itself “the only global LGBTQIA+ arts, media, and entertainment organizations whose programs empower artists, communities and filmmakers to transform the world through their stories, while also supporting the entire life-cycle of their career”.

OUTFEST holds an annual weeklong film festival, displaying films in iconic venues such as The Orpheum Theater, Laemmle Music Hall, or the MOCA Grand.

In 2020, OUTFEST hosted its first virtual film festival, “You’re no longer restricted by location or distance, because we’re bringing the festival to your living room, backyard, home office, literally anywhere you are in the United States. So, if you love diverse stories and finding representations of yourself on screen, this festival is for you”.


LA Shorts International Film Festival

Website: https://www.lashortsfest.com/

The LA Shorts International Film Festival is the longest running short film festival in the greater Los Angeles area. This festival features up to 272 films each year from 31 different countries. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, The British Academy of Film and Television Arts, and The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, all accredit the festival.


AFIFEST – A Virtual Film Festival Hollywood sign

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Website: https://fest.afi.com/how-to-fest/

Located in the heart of Hollywood, the American Film Institute’s AFIFEST practiced COVID safety and social distancing in 2020 by airing film submissions differently.

Virtual screenings were offered as well as drive-in screenings in multiple locations, including the Pasadena Rose Bowl Stadium. “AFI champions progress in visual storytelling to empower storytellers, inspire story lovers and further the limitless power of the moving image”.


Screamfest presents HORROR FILM FESTIVAL

Website: https://screamfestla.com/

America’s largest- and longest-running only horror movie festival – Screamfest – awards the year’s top movies, filmmakers, actors, and screenplay in this genre. In 2020, Screamfest went above and beyond by creating a socially distanced drive-thru haunted house and film screening at various locations between October 6 and 15.

Not only was this event held for members, but also the public free of charge. Drive-in locations were scheduled throughout Los Angeles, including The Regency Theater Plant Drive-In in Van Nuys, and Calamigos Ranch.


The Newport Beach Film Festival

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Website: https://newportbeachfilmfest.com/

2020’s festival ditched the red carpet for complete virtual programming on October 1st through the 11th.

Since 1999, this film festival has been a celebrity favorite due to it being located on the beautiful Balboa Pier in Newport Beach. This film festival features over 350 international, independent and student film screenings over 8 days. The festival has premiered such films as 500 Days of Summer, Crash, and The Illusionist.


NFMLA (New Filmmakers Los Angeles) Film Festival

Website: https://www.newfilmmakersla.com/

Each month at South Park Center, NFMLA presents a red carpet screening of documentaries, shorts and feature films for that month’s subgenre, e.g., Indigenous Cinema, Female Romance, Latino Cinema, Music Videos, and New Media Projects. After each screening, a forum takes place where members can have an open audience discussion about the project.

NFMLA also educates its attendees by inviting industry professionals to discuss and gain insight on distribution, production, acquisition and development.

NFMLA is a non-profit “designed to showcase innovative works by emerging filmmakers from around the world, providing the LA community of entertainment professionals and filmgoers with a constant surge of monthly screening events”.

LA Women in FilmFest hosted by WIF (Women in Film)

Website: https://www.lafilmfestivals.com/la-women-in-film-fest

The Los Angeles Women in Film Festival champions “female and female identifying filmmakers and storytellers”. This festival only accepts submissions from female directors, writers, majority female crew, and/or any female driven stories of any genre.

Note: Front Row Insurance Brokers has a program with WIFT-US that allows members to receive preferential pricing on Errors & Omissions coverage and production packages.


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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 the lowest possible cost. Should a claim occur, Front Row works diligently with clients and insurers to expedite the payment of claims. USA offices in: NY, Nashville, LA.

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The Best Software for Filmmakers / Best Filmmaking Editing Software

Posted by Grant Patten on Nov 23, 2020 8:43:26 AM

The Best Software for Filmmakers / Best Filmmaking Editing Software

The Best Software for FilmmakersShutterstock: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 1577644270

Let’s provide a high-level overview of some of the best software for filmmakers available on the market now! We’ll look at a mix of backup software, dailies software, colour correction software and standard video editing software in this post.

We’ll discuss (in no particular order):

  1. Hedge / smart software for filmmakers
  2. ShotPut Pro / Imagine Products
  3. Pomfort / Livegrade Pro / Silverstack
  4. ChronoSync / best backup software for Mac
  5. rsync / command-line utility for backups
  6. DaVinci Resolve / software for filmmakers
  7. HitFilm Express / free video editing / free filmmaking software
  8. Avid Media Composer / best editing software for filmmaking
  9. Final Cut Pro / best editing software for filmmaking
  10. Adobe Premiere Pro & After Effects / filmmaking editing software

 

Hedge | smart software for filmmakers

Website: https://hedge.video/

Hedge is a footage backup and archiving solution that is impressively fast. Filmmakers can transfer and backup their video files blazingly fast using this software, available on Mac and Windows.

This company also offers some accompanying software that can be useful to filmmakers, including Foolcat for camera reports and Checkpoint for backup verification.

ShotPut Pro

Website: https://www.imagineproducts.com/product/shotput-pro

ShotPut Pro bills itself as “the industry standard for offloading video, audio and photo files”, available on both Mac and Windows. Filmmakers and editors can make multiple, verified copies from one source using this software.

The company - Imagine Products – also offers some companion software that filmmakers may wish to consider, such as PrimeTranscoder (for file transcoding) and TrueCheck (for file management).

Pomfort / Livegrade Pro / Silverstack

Website: https://pomfort.com/

Pomfort, a German company, has developed multiple innovative software products, including Livegrade Pro and Silverstack Lab, to simplify digital production workflows.

Livegrade simplifies the on-set color workflow and dailies process, while Silverstack is a dailies software for quickly copying and backing up footage.

These software products can be used along with Pomfort ShotHub, which is a cloud system for data integration and information exchange in film productions.

ChronoSync | backup software for filmmakers

Website: https://www.econtechnologies.com/

ChronoSync is a macOS application for periodic backups, bootable drive clones and folder synchronizations. Thousands of photographers, video editors, filmmakers, musicians and other digital media creators use this software.

ChronoSync can synchronize and backup to just about anything you can connect to your Mac: select cloud services, other Macs, external drives, iPads, iPhones, etc.

Their companion products ChronoAgent (for remote file sharing) and ChronoMonitor (iPhone app for notifications & reporting) can also be useful to filmmakers.

rsync | command-line utility for fast video file transfer

Website: https://rsync.samba.org/

rsync is an open-source command-line utility for Unix systems that provides fast file transfer. rsync is freely available under the GNU General Public License. Using rsync, filmmakers can efficiently transfer and sync their video files between computers, external drives and/or across networked computers.

rsync is a fast and powerful utility that works well not only for one-off media ingests, but also for complicated transfers involving many camera cards and/or hard drives.

rsync can even be automated for reliable, efficient backups. While it is true that the learning curve for a command-line utility is, naturally, going to be steeper than traditional software products that have GUIs, once filmmakers learn the commands necessary to do their work, it becomes straightforward to use.

DaVinci Resolve | colour correction software for filmmakers

Website: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/ca/products/davinciresolve/

DaVinci Resolve from Australian firm Blackmagic Design is a robust software product that combines editing, color correction, visual effects, motion graphics and audio post-production all in one. Initially launched in 2004, this software has been used on major film productions, including Avatar, Jason Bourne, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Available on Mac, Windows and Linux, Blackmagic Design bills their Resolve software as “the world’s most advanced professional non-linear editor.”

Resolve can be extended with various third-party plug-ins and storage solutions. Resolve keyboards, color panels and audio consoles can be purchased separately.

HitFilm Express | free filmmaking software

Website: https://fxhome.com/hitfilm-express

HitFilm Express from English company FXhome Limited has a free (“Pay What You Want”) version that is upgradeable to paid versions with more features.

This video editing software has professional-grade VFX features and is ideal for beginners, film students, gamers, YouTubers, or any creative without a budget.

Filmmakers can do both 2D and 3D compositing using this software. It comes along with over 400 effects and presets and is available on both Mac and Windows.

Avid Media Composer | best editing software for filmmaking

Website: https://www.avid.com/media-composer

First launched in 1989 and by now one of the standards in the industry, Media Composer is a film & video editing software application/non-linear editor developed by American firm Avid Technology.

Available on both Mac and Windows operating systems, Media Composer can do both offline and online editing, including uncompressed standard definition, high definition, 2K and 4K editing.

Avid also manufactures video interface hardware that can be used with Media Composer, including Avid Artist I/O for SD–4K capturing, monitoring, and output, and Avid NEXIS for storage.

Final Cut Pro | best editing software for filmmaking

Website: https://apps.apple.com/ca/app/final-cut-pro/id424389933

Most film and video editors will already be well aware of Apple’s Final Cut Pro, which has become a standard in the industry and one of the most widely used editing programs. Although the fully rewritten Final Cut Pro X version released in 2011 faced much criticism, many of its shortcomings have been fixed in updates since then.

Final Cut Pro provides non-linear, non-destructive editing of any QuickTime-compatible video format. It is a Mac-only video editing software.

Well-known movies that were edited on Final Cut include Zodiac, Napoleon Dynamite, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, and the Oscar-winning Korean film Parasite.

Premiere Pro and After Effects | filmmaking editing software

Website: https://www.adobe.com/products/premiere.html

Last, but not least. Most film and video editors will also already be familiar with Premiere Pro, which is generally considered the main competitor to Final Cut. Adobe claims that it is “the industry-leading video editing software for film, TV, and the web.” In addition, full disclosure: Front Row uses Premiere Pro to edit the majority of its videos.

Available on both macOS and Windows operating systems, Premiere Pro is a timeline-based video editing software product first launched in 1991 (as Adobe Premiere).

With an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription, filmmakers can also access other great software that works seamlessly with Premiere Pro, including the compositing software After Effects. Notable movies edited on Premiere Pro include Deadpool, Gone Girl, Superman Returns, and Terminator: Dark Fate.

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We also offer Post-Production Studio Insurance in Canada and the US.

 

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The 20 Best Podcasts about Filmmaking / Top Filmmaker Podcasts in 2021

Posted by Grant Patten on Nov 9, 2020 7:35:30 AM

The 20 Best Podcasts about Filmmaking / Top Filmmaker Podcasts in 2021

The 20 Best Podcasts about FilmmakingSource: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 1433456582 | Shutterstock

Let’s review Front Row’s top 20 podcasts on filmmaking. We’ll discuss:

(in no particular order)

  1. Just Shoot It podcast
  2. New York Production Alliance / NYPA's podcast
  3. The Art of Film Funding podcast
  4. Business of Film
  5. Craft Truck Uncut
  6. Filmspotting
  7. The No Film School Podcast
  8. Happier in Hollywood
  9. The Director's Cut - A DGA Podcast
  10. Location Sound Podcast
  11. Directing Magic – a podcast about women filmmakers
  12. Film Riot Podcast
  13. Cinematalk (UW-Madison)
  14. Legends of Film Podcast (Nashville Public Library)
  15. Blank Check with Griffin & David
  16. Film Formally
  17. Film Insights
  18. Film Design
  19. The Filmmakers Podcast
  20. Filmmakers Guide Podcast

 

1. Just Shoot It

Link: https://justshootitpodcast.com/ 

Just Shoot It is a podcast on filmmaking, screenwriting and directing. Each week on the podcast, you can find interviews with directors, screenwriters, editors, cinematographers and actors, and learn how they became successful, working content creators.

The podcast shares tips and stories of how people in the entertainment industry forced their ways into sustainable careers. The podcast is all about “getting off your butt and making your own videos.”

2. New York Production Alliance / NYPA


Link: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/beyond-the-set-new-york/id1495901632

The NYPA podcast, Beyond the Set New York, connects listeners with the people, companies and organizations involved with unifying the film and television industry in New York.

The NYPA represents the unified voice of the film, television & commercial production, and post-production industry in NYC.

3. The Art of Film Funding

Link: https://fromtheheartproductions.com/the-art-of-film-funding-podcast/

Carole Dean hosts The Art of Film Funding Podcast, featuring interviews with experts on film funding, film finance, film marketing, and film distribution.

Carole Dean is President and Founder of From the Heart Productions, a 501(c) non-profit which helps indie filmmakers get film funding.

4. Business of Film

Link: http://www.crafttruck.com/business-of-film/

As its title suggests, this podcast is dedicated to the business of film, interviewing top industry professionals (producers, distributors, sales companies, agents, managers, financiers and more).

Business of Film is an invaluable podcast for both emerging and established filmmakers. Each episode presents an absolute wealth of insider knowledge.

5. Craft Truck Uncut

Link: http://www.crafttruck.com/podcasts/

Craft Truck Uncut features uncut audio from Craft Truck’s interviews with top cinematographers & editors.

Craft Truck is an educational resource hub for entertainment industry professionals, created by film producer Jesse Ikeman.

6. Filmspotting

Link: https://www.filmspotting.net/

Proclaiming itself “the flagship film podcast”, Filmspotting (formerly Cinecast) is a weekly film podcast out of Chicago hosted by film critics Adam Kempenaar and Josh Larsen.

The podcast focuses on film analysis and features interviews with film industry players, including directors, writers, actors and producers.

7. The No Film School Podcast

Link: https://nofilmschool.com/tags/podcast

The No Film School Podcast features an eclectic array of interviews with film industry players, including cinematographers, directors, writers, producers and actors.

The No Film School website is the leading worldwide community of filmmakers, video producers, and independent creatives.

8. Happier in Hollywood

Link: https://happierinhollywood.com/podcast/

Happier in Hollywood is a more writing- and producing-focused podcast, as two Hollywood writer/producers, Liz Craft & Sarah Fain, host it.

This podcast is about “how to be happier, healthier, saner, more creative, more successful, and more productive” in Hollywood.

9. The Director's Cut - A DGA Podcast

Link: https://www.dga.org/Craft/Podcast.aspx

The Director's Cut - A DGA (Directors Guild of America) Podcast brings you behind-the-scenes stories of the most discussed contemporary movies. Each episode features a new director, interviewed by one of their peers.

Notable episodes include “The Craft of the Director with Ron Howard”, “Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood with Quentin Tarantino and Paul Thomas Anderson” and “The Irishman with Martin Scorsese and Spike Lee”.

10. Location Sound Podcast

Link: https://locationsoundpodcast.libsyn.com/

The Location Sound Podcast features location sound mixers, boom ops and other industry pros involved in recording sound on-location for feature and independent films, TV commercials, interviews, etc.

Whether you are a seasoned vet or just starting out and interested in sound recording, this podcast is full of great stories and lessons about recording on-location.

11. Directing Magic

Link: http://www.directingmagic.com/

Directing Magic – a podcast about women filmmakers was created to encourage and inspire filmmakers by sharing the wisdom and experience of successful women in film and TV.

This podcast features conversations with established women in the entertainment industry who generously share their insights about succeeding in the business.

12. Film Riot Podcast

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

The podcast from Film Riot features plenty of interesting interviews with film industry talent, including writers, directors and cinematographers.

Notable episodes include: “Writing & Directing Story Driven Horror”, “Directing a Blockbuster with an Indie Budget” and “How a Hollywood Legend Directs Actors”.

13. Cinematalk

Link: https://cinema.wisc.edu/podcasts

The Cinematalk podcast from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Communication Arts is entertaining and informative, featuring interviews with directors and others in the film industry.

Notable episodes include: “The Great Silence with Special Guest, Alexander Payne”, “Peter Sellers: Lost and Found” and “Hong Sang-soo's Woman on the Beach”.

14. Legends of Film Podcast

Link: https://library.nashville.org/podcasts/legends-film-podcast

Nashville Public Library’s Legends of Film Podcast features interviews with directors, screenwriters, and actors who share their experiences on notable films. This behind-the-scenes series features “the greats as you have never heard before.”

Notable interviews include: cinematographer Anthony B. Richmond, screenwriter Stephen Geller, composer Charles Bernstein and Sara Karloff, daughter of late actor Boris Karloff.

15. Blank Check with Griffin & David

Link: https://audioboom.com/channel/Blank-Check

Blank Check with Griffin & David is a film podcast following the career output of directors who have had some success and are then offered a figurative “blank check” to pursue their passion projects. Most episodes focus on a single movie from the director's filmography.

Movies discussed include: various Star Wars films, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Starship Troopers, Edward Scissorhands, Mad Max, and others.

16. Film Formally

Link: http://sadhillmedia.com/filmformally

Film Formally is a podcast that “dives into the deep end of film.” In each episode, Canadian filmmakers Will Ross & Devan Scott (Sad Hill Media) get specific and analyze one filmmaking technique.

Past episodes include: discussions of concert films, sound design, independent movie post-production and videography.

17. Film Insights

Link: https://www.instagram.com/film_insights/

The Film Insights Podcast interviews passionate filmmakers, delivering great stories, exploring the ins and outs of the creative process, and provides fresh insight and memorable anecdotes from the world of filmmaking.
–Hosted by filmmaker Eden Ocean.

18. Film Design

Link: https://filmdesignpodcast.podbean.com

The Film Design Podcast takes the unique angle of focusing on production design, set decoration and art direction. The podcast is hosted by Max Lincoln, a UK-based production designer.

Past episodes include interviews with notable production designers and art directors, including Nicholas Foley, Dalia Gellert, Noam Piper, and many others.

19. The Filmmakers Podcast

Link: https://thefilmmakerspodcast.com/

The Filmmakers Podcast is another UK-based podcast about how to make films, from studio movies to micro budget productions.

Past episodes have included interviews with famous talent in the film industry, including Julie Delpy, Agnieszka Holland, John Badham, and Timothy Spall.

20. Filmmakers Guide Podcast

Link: https://www.fgipodcast.com/

The Filmmaker’s Guide to the Industry (FGI) is a podcast from the US featuring in-depth interviews and insider knowledge about the business of the entertainment industry.

Past episodes include interviews with American film producers Randy Greenberg, Cat Sullivan, Tony Armer, and Tyler Martinolich, among others.

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Contact Front Row to get a quote for your feature, TV series, documentary, commercial, and more.

 

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 works hard to provide insurance protection for the lowest possible cost. Should a claim occur, Front Row ensures that clients receive the money they are owed per the insurance policy, as quickly as possible. Offices in: NY, Nashville, LA, Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax.

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Top 10 Filmmaker Instagram Influencers / Best Filmmaker Instagrammers

Posted by Alyson Locacciato on Sep 17, 2020 6:24:21 AM

Top 10 Filmmaker Instagram Influencers / Filmmaker Instagrammers

Need some inspiration, filmmakers? Check out Front Row Insurance’s round-up of the top 10 filmmakers on Instagram who you should consider following!

In no particular order:

1. @jonfavreau https://www.instagram.com/jonfavreau

Jon Favreau is an actor, director, and writer. The Lion King, The Mandalorian, and The Avengers franchise are just some of the projects this filmmaker has worked on over the last decade, but many still remember him primarily as that guy from Swingers. He is a social media favorite for his behind-the-scenes posts, including the original concept art and post-production shots of The Mandalorian, from Disney+.

2. @cinematogr https://www.instagram.com/cinematogr/

A social media handle just for cinematography? Yes, please! @cinematogr focuses on DPs (Directors of Photography), set decorators, costume designers, visual engineers and other key technical personnel in modern day filmmaking. Some posts feature behind-the-scenes from films such as Jojo Rabbit (2019) and The Hunt (2020).

3. @filmindependent https://www.instagram.com/filmindependent/

Film Independent is a non-profit organization supporting indie films. They offer screenings, educational programs, and more informative content geared toward new filmmakers.

They are most well known for their Film Independent Spirit Awards, founded in 1984.

4. @artdepartmental https://www.instagram.com/artdepartmental/

@artdepartmental explores behind-the-scenes expertise on production design. According to their website, “What you see in your favorite film or television show was most likely not found like that. This is the work of the production designer and their team. Every single set, location, colour, pattern, texture, graphic, or piece of practical lighting you see on screen is carefully designed and selected to enhance the plot, character arc, and overall tone”.

5. @womeninfilmla https://www.instagram.com/womeninfilmla/

Women in Film and Television U.S. (WIFT-US) is a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging and inspiring women in all aspects of global media. This Instagram is from their LA branch.

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6. @outfest https://www.instagram.com/outfest/

Outfest creates visibility to diverse LGBTQIA+ stories and empowers storytellers, building empathy to drive meaningful social change. Outfest is also a non-profit that boasts a festival, annual gala, and a podcast out now, appropriately called The OutCast.

According to their latest article, “Whether these young creatives are a part of LGBTQIA+ community, are women, people of color, or a mixture, their voices are exponentially necessary and so is their art. It is important that we celebrate and draw attention that is necessary in the realm of the art of film”.

7. @learnfilmmaking https://www.instagram.com/learnfilmmaking/ 

Learn filmmaking from the world’s best filmmakers through this platform!

@learnfilmmaking provides resources and advice for filmmakers. Through IG Live, they have over 100 videos on helpful topics, such as set terminology, and even some pointers from famed director Ron Howard.

8. @moviesetmemeofficial https://www.instagram.com/moviesetmemesofficial/

Movie Set Memes can give you a laugh that only a filmmaker can understand.

In addition to some funny memes, they also provide useful tips; like how to protect your gear if you ever have to park your vehicle in a neighborhood with a high crime rate.

9. @filmtourismus https://www.instagram.com/filmtourismus/ 

Andrea David is a blogger, artist, and self-proclaimed “Popculturist”. She travels to film locations all over the world, and artfully uses print-outs of iconic scenes to place them in the exact moment of memorable film scenes. Her work has ben praised by filmmakers and actors alike, including Will Smith, Tom Hanks, and Bruce Willis.

10. @americanfilminstitute https://www.instagram.com/americanfilminstitute/

The American Film Institute (AFI) is located in Los Angeles, California and offers Master’s programs in producing, production design, screenwriting, editing and directing. Their IG page is meant to educate and inspire through fun film facts, interviews with iconic filmmakers, and much more.

Notable AFI alumni: directors David Lynch, Terrence Malick

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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 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 for the lowest possible cost. Should a claim occur, Front Row ensures that clients receive the money they are owed per the insurance policy, as quickly as possible.

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10 Best Documentaries about Filmmaking / Best Movies about Filmmaking

Posted by Grant Patten on Sep 14, 2020 6:52:24 AM

Best Documentaries about Filmmaking / Best Movies about Filmmaking

Let’s review Front Row’s top 10 documentaries about filmmaking.

(in no particular order):

  1. Lost in La Mancha / He Dreams of Giants
  2. Burden of Dreams
  3. Final Cut: The Making and Unmaking of Heaven’s Gate
  4. The Making of "The Shining" / Room 237
  5. American Movie
  6. The Kid Stays in the Picture
  7. Easy Riders, Raging Bulls
  8. Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky
  9. Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films
  10. The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing

 

1. Lost in La Mancha / He Dreams of Giants

Lost in La Mancha

Film critic Leonard Maltin has described Lost in La Mancha (2002) [Amazon Link] as one of the best films about the process of moviemaking. A follow-up to this documentary, He Dreams of Giants, was released in 2019.

Director Terry Gilliam had a very hard time making his Don Quixote movie, which he started on in 1989 and finally released in 2018 as The Man Who Killed Don Quixote. All the trials and tribulations associated with finally getting this movie made are documented in these documentaries, which stand on their own as fascinating documents of the filmmaking process.

 

2. Burden of Dreams

Burden of Dreams

Burden of Dreams [Amazon Link] is a 1982 "making-of" documentary film, shot during and about the chaotic production of Werner Herzog's film Fitzcarraldo.

Filming on location in the jungles of Peru, the crew (unsurprisingly) experienced challenges with the extreme heat and other weather issues. Herzog’s determination to literally have a steamship manually pulled over a steep mountain also proved challenging – but it all makes for amusing viewing.

 

3. Final Cut: The Making & Unmaking of Heaven's Gate

Final Cut: The Making & Unmaking of Heaven's GateDirector Michael Cimino's Heaven's Gate has been widely panned as among the worst box-office bombs – and to many, even one of the worst movies of all time, period – but its making-of documentary, on the other hand, Final Cut: The Making and Unmaking of Heaven's Gate [Amazon Link], has been critically acclaimed. This doc is available as an extra on the Heaven’s Gate DVD (Disc Two - Bonus Features).

The production faced numerous setbacks, including cost overruns, significant retakes, bad press, and rumours of Cimino's allegedly authoritarian directorial style. It’s all on display in this fascinating making-of doc – “warts and all”.

 

4. The Making of "The Shining" / Room 237

Room 237 DVD

The Making of "The Shining" [Amazon Link] is a 30-minute documentary directed by Stanley Kubrick's daughter Vivian. Kubrick fans will find this making-of doc particularly fascinating, as it includes footage of Kubrick actually directing on set. It is included as an extra on the regular movie DVD.

Another related documentary is Room 237 [Amazon Link], which is an entertaining and often amusing exposition of the many interpretations of this much-discussed horror film.

 

American Movie DVD5. American Movie

American Movie [Amazon Link] is a humorous document of the 1996–97 making of Coven, an independent horror film directed by American filmmaker Mark Borchardt.

Coven experienced numerous setbacks, including poor financing, a lack of planning, and overall ineptitude from the friends and family Borchardt hired as his production team. However, this often-comical ineptitude is what makes the movie funny and memorable.

 

6. The Kid Stays in the Picture

The Kid Stays in the Picture DVDThe Kid Stays in the Picture [Amazon Link] is particularly important for any burgeoning (or established) film producers to watch, as this documentary focuses on the career of one of the most successful producers of all time, Robert Evans (produced Rosemary's Baby, Love Story, The Godfather, Chinatown, and others). All film producers can learn a lot from Evans’ storied career.

This documentary utilizes Evans' narration interspersed mostly with photographs from Evans' life, brief film snippets, and interviews to tell the story of his film producing career.

 

7. Easy Riders, Raging Bulls

EASY RIDERS, RAGING BULLS DVDEasy Riders, Raging Bulls [Amazon Link] is a documentary (based on the book by Peter Biskind) on 1970s Hollywood/the “American New Wave”, a period of American cinema known for the production of such films as The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Chinatown, Taxi Driver, Jaws, Star Wars, The Exorcist, and The Last Picture Show.

It would make sense to watch this in conjunction with the aforementioned The Kid Stays in the Picture, since Bob Evans produced some of the notable ‘70s-era movies discussed in Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, including the masterpiece Chinatown.

 

8. Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky

Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky DVDDirected by Andrei Tarkovsky [Amazon Link] follows this renowned Russian filmmaker as he was working on his final production, The Sacrifice. The documentary can be found on Disc Two of The Sacrifice DVD.

This documentary includes some interesting interviews with Tarkovsky, and examines his meticulous creative process and uncompromising vision. The focus is not so much on Tarkovsky's career, but on the man himself – his thoughts, ideas and personality.

 

9. Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films

Electric Boogaloo DVDElectric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films [Amazon Link] is a funny documentary about Cannon Films, which produced mainly “B movies” from 1967 to 1994.

This production company was known for creating “schlock” films but some cult classics also, including Runaway Train (1985), The Delta Force (1986) and Charles Bronson’s Death Wish series.

Electric Boogaloo pays tribute to this era of “schlock” filmmaking with a nostalgic look back that's arguably more entertaining than much of Cannon's own “B movie” product.

 

10. The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing

The Cutting Edge DVDThe Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing [Amazon Link] focuses on the underappreciated craft of movie editing. Kathy Bates narrates this history of the art of editing, punctuated by dozens of scenes to illustrate the power of editing in heightening reality and making a visceral impact on the viewer.

Notable directors who make appearances in this documentary include James Cameron, Sean Penn, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, and Quentin Tarantino.

 

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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 for the lowest possible cost. Should a claim occur, Front Row ensures that clients receive the money they are owed per the insurance policy, as quickly as possible.

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10 Best Budget Filmmaking Microphones in 2021 / Best Mics for Filmmaking

Posted by Grant Patten on Sep 1, 2020 7:37:00 AM

The 10 Best Budget Filmmaking Microphones in 2021

In addition to our blog post about the best budget cameras for filmmaking, we thought it would be useful to provide a list on the top 10 affordable filmmaking microphones. We’ll discuss (in no particular order):

  1. Sennheiser XSW-D / Best lav mic for filmmaking
  2. RØDE VideoMic NTG / Best shotgun mic for filmmaking
  3. Sennheiser MKE / Best camcorder shotgun mic
  4. TAKSTAR SGC-598 Interview Microphone / Best cheap interview microphone
  5. Shure VP83F / Best super cardioid mic
  6. Zoom H6 Pro / Best portable digital recorder
  7. TASCAM DR-05V2 / Best portable digital recorder
  8. AZDEN SMX-30
  9. Audio-Technica AT875R
  10. VidPro XM-55

 

1. Sennheiser XSW-D Portable Lavalier Set / Best lav mic for filmmaking

Sennheiser XSW-D Portable Lavalier

Especially if you’re filming interviews, a lavalier (lav) mic will always sound better than any on-board camera microphone. The lav kit that Front Row uses for all its interview videos is the Sennheiser XSW-D Portable Lavalier Set [Amazon Link].

This Sennheiser lav mic records high-quality audio with more or less perfect levels straight out of the box, so there should be little need for any audio work in post as long as you recorded cleanly (i.e., minimal background noise).

For proof of the clear, crisp audio from this lav mic, listen to one of Front Row’s video interviews:


Note
: You can buy some medical tape [Amazon Link] and tape it to the talent's chest if you need the mic to be concealed.

 

2. RØDE VideoMic NTG / Best shotgun mic for filmmaking

RØDE VideoMic NTG

Even if you’re using a lav mic or series of lavs on talent, you should also record with an on-camera mic to have as a backup. A good on-camera shotgun mic is the RØDE VideoMic NTG [Amazon Link].

This mic has a digital switcher, providing access to a high-pass filter, -20dB pad, high frequency boost, and safety channel. The mic pairs well with DSLRs, compact cameras, and even smartphones – either on-camera, as a boom mic, or on a pistol grip.

 

3. Sennheiser MKE

Sennheiser MKE 600

An excellent shotgun mic in the Sennheiser line is the MKE [Amazon Link], which features a low-cut filter for minimizing wind noise and P48 phantom power.

This mic is great at isolating background noise; you will only hear the sound of your subject(s). Comes with a hot shoe mount.

 

TAKSTAR SGC-5984. TAKSTAR SGC-598 Interview Microphone

For interviews, a more affordable option than the above-mentioned mics would be the TAKSTAR SGC-598 Interview Microphone [Amazon Link]. Although quite inexpensive, it is still a solid mic with above average reviews on Amazon.

This mic has a mini-jack that you can plug into your camera and the sound quality is not bad at all.

 

5. Shure VP83F

Shure VP83F

Another mic with solid reviews on Amazon is the Shure VP83F [Amazon Link].

This directional super cardioid mic rejects unwanted off-axis audio while clearly capturing the intended sound source.

The VP83F is portable and durable, as it comes in a compact, metallic shotgun design. This makes it easier to carry between shoots.

 

Zoom H4n Pro6. Zoom H6 Pro

The Zoom H6 Pro Handy Recorder [Amazon Link] provides four-track audio recording that is perfect for filmmaking. This recorder includes high performance, low-noise mic preamps and has XLR/TRS locking connectors.

The rubberized form factor of this recorder makes it durable and ideal for fieldwork and potentially harsh environments. The recorder has a large, bright display backlit by LCD.

 

TASCAM DR-05V27. TASCAM DR-05V2 Portable Digital Recorder

Another solid portable digital recorder is the TASCAM DR-05V2 [Amazon Link]. This recorder has built-in omni-directional microphones and up to 96kHz/24-bit Broadcast WAV film recording (provides better than CD quality).

Other notable features of this recorder include variable speed playback, a built-in speaker, a microSD card slot, and 1/8" headphone/line output.

 

AZDEN SMX-308. AZDEN SMX-30 Stereo/Mono Switchable Video Microphone

The Azden SMX-30 [Amazon Link] is a mic that offers stereo and mono recording modes with -10db, 0db, +20db level adjustments.

The stereo mic is positioned at the top and consists of two cardioid polar patterns spaced apart at a 120° angle. The mono mic uses a super cardioid pattern to focus on sound in front of the camera.

A furry windshield cover is included with the mic.

 

Audio-Technica AT875R9. Audio-Technica AT875R Line + Gradient Condenser Microphone

The Audio-Technica AT875R [Amazon Link] is designed for video production and broadcast (ENG/EFP) audio acquisition. It has a 3-pin XLR connector for input.

This is a short shotgun mic (under 7"), so it can easily mount on most digital cameras.

Note: this mic requires a phantom power source.

 

10. VidPro XM-55 Professional Video and Broadcast Microphone Kit

VidPro XM-55

This lesser-known but underrated brand, VidPro, manufactures a number of solid mics for a very low cost. Their XM-55 Professional Video and Broadcast Microphone Kit [Amazon Link] has decent reviews on Amazon.

This mic kit includes a wind muff, windshield, cushioned handgrip, and long & short on-camera audio cables with multiple connectors, including XLR.

 

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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 for the lowest possible cost. Should a claim occur, Front Row ensures that clients receive the money they are owed per the insurance policy, as quickly as possible.

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The 10 Best Filmmaking Books | Top Books on Filmmaking / Videography

Posted by Grant Patten on Aug 24, 2020 6:55:14 AM

The 10 Best Filmmaking Books | Top Books on Filmmaking / Videography

Let’s review Front Row’s top 10 books on filmmaking. We’ll discuss:

(in no particular order)

  1. In the Blink of an Eye
  2. Rebel without a Crew
  3. On Directing Film
  4. Making Movies
  5. Directing Actors
  6. How to Shoot Video That Doesn't Suck
  7. Cinematography: Theory and Practice
  8. Master Shots
  9. The Filmmaker's Handbook
  10. Save the Cat!

 

In the Blink of an Eye1. In the Blink of an Eye | best books on film editing

In the Blink of an Eye [Amazon Link] by celebrated film editor Walter Murch is certainly one of the most well-known and well-respected books on film editing. And even if you’re not an editor yourself, the better you understand editing, the better a filmmaker you’ll be, overall.

It is a slim volume of under 150 pages. The book discusses the aesthetics and practical concerns of cutting film; many of these concepts can also be applied to digital editing.

One user’s comment (Jake) on Goodreads: “I'm glad to report that the book is refreshingly non-dogmatic, optimistic even, about the way we will interface with cinema in years to come.”

 

2. Rebel Without a Crew

Rebel Without a Crew

While directing El Mariachi in the early ‘90s, Robert Rodriguez kept a diary that would become the basis of this book, Rebel Without a Crew [Amazon Link].

The book is funny and informative for independent filmmakers who are trying to make a movie as cheaply as possible. Although some of the film-focused techniques Rodriguez used many seem a bit dated for today’s digital filmmakers, there is still insightful information here on how Rodriguez handled pre-production, production and post-production for El Mariachi.

 

3. On Directing Film

On Directing Film, Mamet

David Mamet is very much one of those love-him-or-hate-him type of writer/directors, but there is no denying that he is a thoughtful individual and all filmmakers can likely learn a thing or two from him. This On Directing Film [Amazon Link] book was published around the same time that his underrated film Homicide (1991) was released.

This slim volume (128 pages) includes a chapter on one of the thorniest questions in filmmaking, “where do you put the camera?”

 

4. Making Movies

Making Movies, Lumet

Sidney Lumet (Dog Day Afternoon, 12 Angry Men, Serpico, Network) is generally regarded to have been a highly competent film director and his Making Movies [Amazon Link] book is part-memoir, part-instructional manual on how to direct movies.

The book includes chapters on screenwriting, directorial style, directing actors, art direction, editing, music, sound mixing, and more.

 

5. Directing Actors

Directing Actors by Judith Weston

Directing Actors [Amazon Link] by Judith Weston is a well-reviewed book on both Amazon and Goodreads. Weston is a renowned acting consultant to directors of film & TV.

This substantial book (300+ pages) includes chapters on the actor-director relationship, listening and talking, actors’ choices, script analysis, casting, rehearsal, and more.

 

6. How to Shoot Video That Doesn't Suck

HOW TO SHOOT VIDEO THAT DOESN'T SUCK

A more modern entry compared to the aforementioned books, and focused more on videography, How to Shoot Video That Doesn't Suck [Amazon Link], published in 2011, has received solid reviews across both Amazon and Goodreads.

Sections include “Think like a director”, “Preparation – The secret of the pros”, “Setting the stage”, “How to shoot video that doesn’t suck”, “Special projects”, “After the shoot”, and “Wrapping up the project”. 

One user’s review (DG) on Amazon: “Excellent tips that get right to the point. I got a lot out of this book to apply to short video interviews, etc.”

 

7. Cinematography: Theory and Practice

Cinematography: Theory and Practice

Blain Brown is a cinematographer, director and writer based in LA. His book Cinematography: Theory and Practice [Amazon Link] has become one of the most well-regarded books on cinematography.

The book includes sections on visual language, coverage & continuity, color, cameras & sensors, measurement, exposure, image control, lighting, camera movement, data management, and more.

This book covers the artistic side as well as the deeper technical elements of cinematography.

 

8. Master Shots

Master Shots book

Master Shots [Amazon Link] is a three-volume series about filmmaking best practices. This Volume 1 is about advanced camera techniques.

Volume 1 features best practices for shooting fight scenes, chase scenes, dramatic shift, dialogue scenes, sex scenes, and more. Volume 2 [Amazon Link] is on shooting dialogue scenes and Volume 3 [Amazon Link] covers camera setups.

These books include many clear pictures and references to help filmmakers understand the concepts.

 

9. The Filmmaker's Handbook

The Filmmaker's Handbook

The Filmmaker's Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide for the Digital Age [Amazon Link] has received positive reviews across Amazon and Goodreads. At almost 900 pages, it certainly is comprehensive, as its title claims. The author, Steven Ascher, is a Harvard graduate and documentary filmmaker.

The book has chapters on developing the project, digital systems, camcorders, film cameras, lenses, recording systems, lighting, editing, sound mixing, distributing, & more.

 

10. Save the Cat!

Save the Cat!

Save the Cat! [Amazon Link] is a book on screenwriting. The book’s late author, Blake Snyder, was an American screenwriter, consultant, author and educator based in LA.

The book includes helpful advice for both novice and professional screenwriters to improve their ideas, pitches, story structure, dialogue, revisions, and more. At the end, it has a helpful glossary of common screenwriting terms used in Hollywood.

User comment (Yanick) on Amazon: “Very interesting, not theory obsessive; the goal of the book is to allow you to build a Hollywood-minded script.”

 

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If you’re reading books about filmmaking, chances are that you’re a filmmaker or planning to be one. And if you’re a filmmaker, you’ll want to consider insuring your valuable filmmaking gear and film productions. Consider Front Row Insurance:

  • 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.
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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 for the lowest possible cost. Should a claim occur, Front Row ensures that clients receive the money they are owed per the insurance policy, as quickly as possible.

Related posts:

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