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 10 FREE Music Platforms for Filmmakers | FREE Music for Videos!

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

The Top 10 FREE Music Platforms for Filmmakers | FREE Music for Videos!

The Top 10 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. Adobe Stock audio (subscription)
  10. 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/

The Free Music ArchiveLogo Source: Bronwyn Bishop, CC BY-SA 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons (no changes made)

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.

Adobe Stock audio | free music for video editing

Website: https://stock.adobe.com/ca/audio 
Adobe Corporate LogoLogo Source: Adobe Inc., Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons (no changes made)

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.

Film Equipment Insurance | Short-Term Film Production Insurance | Musical Instrument Insurance | Post-production Studio Insurance

If you’re reading about free music platforms for filmmakers, chances are that you’re a filmmaker or editor yourself or somehow involved in the film/video industry. You’ll likely want to insure your film/video gear, short-term productions, musical instruments and/or post-production studio.

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.

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.

Post-production studio insurance is also available in Canada and the US.

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

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: musical instrument insurance, Short Film Insurance, DigiGear, Best of

On Set Headsets: Walkie-talkie Headsets and Earpieces for Filmmaking

Posted by Matthew Tingey on Feb 24, 2021 7:48:33 AM

On Set Headsets: Walkie-talkie Headsets and Earpieces for Filmmaking

On Set Headsets

Guest blog post by On Set Headsets

Whether you are a first-time production assistant or a veteran filmmaker, you will have to become familiar with walkie-talkies. Communication is a major component of filmmaking and this is normally done through a walkie-talkie that each crewmember is given at the beginning of the shoot.

Then comes a decision that could possibly affect the rest of your career: do you take the old production supplied drive-thru headset that has probably been used since When Harry Met Sally (1989)? Alternatively, did you come prepared with your own brand-new surveillance headset from On Set Headsets?

Thankfully, On Set Headsets has all the gear you need to make the right decision.

On Set Headsets is the #1 choice for surveillance earpieces in Hollywood. From the snowy mountains in Vancouver to the jungles of Hawaii, our products have been holding up wherever film crews go. For the travelling crewmember, here’s a look at some of our featured products:

FilmPro X | Motorola Walkie-talkie Headset

Designed in-house, the new FilmPro X [pictured above] allows the user to listen to their walkie-talkie and Comtek [device used to listen to actors’ mics] at the same time.

Our specially designed FilmPro X (short for ‘cross’) eliminates the need to wear a separate earpiece for your Comtek, as it crosses both wires into one.

Perfect for ADs and ACs who need to listen-in on the action, the FilmPro X will make sure you hear what you need to, when you need to. To protect your investment, we also throw in a free travel case as well as offer a Lifetime Warranty on the FilmPro X, so you can breathe easy and stay focused on your work.

The Shorty | Walkie-talkie Shortened Headset for Chest Rigs

Onsetheadsets ShortyPossibly the most anticipated product that we have for 2021 is the Shorty, a headset we make specifically for chest pack users.

Taken from the same design as our most popular headset, the FilmPro, the Shorty is just a shortened version so that it fits perfectly in chest packs. No more “rat’s nest” of cables in your chest pack with the Shorty!

Tubeez | Threaded Walkie-talkie Earpiece

Add a little spice to your set wear with your own custom Tubeez, an acoustic tube that comes in different styles and colours. Once Tubeez hit the market in 2019, they have been on fire. Borrowing from the same technology that scuba divers use to wrap their cables, we “wrap” acoustic tubes with a soft nylon fabric.

Onsetheadsets TubeezThis makes what used to be a cold, hard, plastic tube into a soft and comfortable earpiece that you can wear all day long. In 2021, we are excited to introduce four brand-new Tubeez colours – Gold Fleek, Indigo Purple, Totally Teal and Turquoise Turtle. Standby in style with a Tubeez!

As always, your headset is only as good as our assurance. That is why we offer a 1-Year Guarantee on all our headsets. And whenever we need film insurance, we go to our friends at Front Row Insurance!

Get Film Insurance | Short-Term Film Production Insurance | Film and Video Equipment Insurance | Videographer Insurance

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 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.

 

About On Set Headsets:

On Set Headsets is a Vancouver-based company that is dedicated to providing the local and international film industry with high quality film gear. Founded by a filmmaker for filmmakers, On Set Headsets is consistently rated at the top of the surveillance earpiece market. Our products can be found in over 14 cities spanning across four countries through our exclusive distributors. Whenever you’re on a set, just take a look at the crew and you will most likely see them using our products. When you need headsets on set, call On Set Headsets.

About Front Row:

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, Film Production, Film Production Companies, DigiGear, insurance for film set

Producer’s E&O: Contact a clearance lawyer early to avoid problems!

Posted by Heather Watt and Lori Massini on Feb 17, 2021 7:59:06 AM

Film Producer’s E&O Insurance: Contact a clearance lawyer early to avoid problems during your shoot

Film Producer’s E&O InsuranceSource: Royalty-free stock photo ID: 1484401412, Shutterstock

Guest blog post by Producer Essentials

As production counsel – the lawyer for the producer or production company that is creating a film or show – we are often brought onto a project late in the game, after principal photography has already commenced (or wrapped). This is because some producers may only think about hiring a lawyer when they need to secure errors and omissions insurance (E&O) for their production. And sometimes that is fine; there are low-risk productions that can go from development through to distribution without hitting any legal hurdles. However, we commonly see producers come to us because they have encountered problems that, if not resolved, would result in them being unable to secure E&O, but if caught early on, could have been easily avoided.

Some of the most frequent examples that we encounter are problems that arise due to a gap in chain of title. Without clear chain of title, a production will be unable to secure financing, E&O, or distribution, and could open the producer up to legal liability. And this gap is not necessarily because the producer did not seek out the proper permission for the underlying rights to a production, but rather that there was an oversight when creative contributions were made to a script but not properly recorded in contract, or when the creator is the producer, but failed to transfer their rights in the production to their production company. These are just two examples of how gaps can appear in chain of title (there are many more that we could give); however, the point is that by having a lawyer engaged on a project from the development stage, these types of problems would be prevented in the first place.

Hiring production counsel can be an intimidating process when you don’t really know what role they actually play. Couple this with the image of lawyers being an expensive burden on a tight production budget, and the result is that producers will often only hire a lawyer once something has gone wrong on a production. However, we have found that when our clients have a basic understanding of the key areas in the production process that usually involve legal counsel (or that would proceed much more smoothly if they did), they are more aware of what exactly it is that production counsel does and can feel confident in hiring a lawyer.

This is one of the main reasons we wanted to create a practical resource for producers and business affairs professionals. Our goal with Producer Essentials is not to replace the need for legal counsel, but rather to give producers the tools to navigate their own blind spots in the production legal landscape, so that they can issue spot and understand when their lawyer should handle something. This not only provides a level of cost predictability when it comes to the production budget, it takes a lot of stress off the producer, so that they can focus on the actual producing!

 

About Heather Watt and Lori Massini:

Heather Watt and Lori Massini are experienced entertainment and corporate commercial lawyers in Vancouver, BC. They are trusted advisors to their clients and assist with all production-related legal and business affairs needs, including drafting agreements and negotiating the hiring of cast and crew, preparing the appropriate corporate vehicles for various productions, overseeing complex production financing arrangements, and providing guidance on the provincial and federal tax credit systems. Lori and Heather are the co-creators of Producer Essentials.

About Producer Essentials:

Producer Essentials: A Comprehensive Guide to Business Affairs and Production Law for Film and Television is a self-paced course covering all aspects of film and television production, from financing to post-production to marketing and everything in between. Producer Essentials brings together industry professionals from the US and Canada to offer practical firsthand experience and insights into the entertainment industry, giving students the tools to effectively navigate the production landscape. Find out more at produceressentialscourse.com!

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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/ 

Date: The 2021 NYCIndieFF will be held from June 6 – 13.

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

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Website: https://tribecafilm.com/ 

Date: The 2021 Tribeca will be held from June 9 – 20.

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/ 

Date: The 2021 MFF will be held from June 17 – 27.

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/ 

Date: The 2021 BFF will be held from June 4 – 13.

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

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Website: https://queensworldfilmfestival.org/ 

Date: The 2021 Queens festival will be held from June 23 – 26.

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

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Website: https://africanfilmny.org/ 

Date: The 2021 NYAFF will be held from Feb 4 – Mar 4.

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/ 

Date: The 2021 NYICFF will be held from March 5 – 14.

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/ 

Date: The 2021 HFFNY will be held from April 2 – 13.

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/

Date: The 2021 CUFF will be held from April 26 – May 2.

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

Date: The 2021 NorthwestFest will be held from May 6 – 15.

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

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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/

Date: The 2021 Fairy Tales festival will be held from May 21 – 30.

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/

Date: The 2021 Dreamspeakers festival will be held from Apr 18 – 26.

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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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.

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 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, Montreal, Toronto, Halifax, NY, Nashville and LA.

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The Best Film Festivals in Atlantic Canada

Posted by Grant Patten on Jan 27, 2021 7:41:25 AM

The Best Film FestS in Atlantic Canada

Best film festivals in Atlantic Canada

Let’s provide a high-level overview of some of the best film festivals in Atlantic Canada. 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 Atlantic Canada.

We’ll discuss (in no particular order):

  1. FIN Atlantic International Film Festival
  2. Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival
  3. St John's International Women's Film Festival
  4. Festival international du cinéma francophone en Acadie
  5. Silver Wave Film Festival
  6. Charlottetown Film Festival
  7. Devour! The Food Film Fest
  8. Emerging Lens Film Festival
  9. Atlantic Jewish Film Festival


FIN Atlantic International Film Festival

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Website: https://www.finfestival.ca/

Probably the biggest, most well known film festival in Atlantic Canada is FIN Atlantic International Film Festival (note: “FIN” is not an acronym, apparently; it's just a name). The festival is held annually in Halifax and was founded in 1980.

FIN is focused on supporting cinema in Atlantic Canada by offering a first look at the best international films of the season and by showcasing excellence in local filmmaking.

Awards conferred at FIN include The Gordon Parsons Award for Best Atlantic Feature, Best Atlantic Documentary, Best Atlantic Short and Best Atlantic Director.

The 2020 Atlantic Film Festival took place entirely online through FIN AIFF Stream.

Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival | best film festivals Nova Scotia

Website: https://www.hiff.ca/

The Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival (HIFF) screens the Atlantic region's most innovative works alongside the films of acclaimed visiting artists. HIFF is a “filmmaker’s festival” in the sense that it focuses on the directors of these works and connects them with audiences through hosted Q+As, artist talks and workshops.

HIFF has feature and shorts screenings, receptions, celluloid installations and even one-on-one meetings with local filmmakers and guest programmers from Canadian and international festivals.

The 2020 HIFF took place online due to COVID-19 restrictions.

St John's International Women's Film Festival | best film festivals Newfoundland

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Website: https://www.womensfilmfestival.com/

St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival (SJIWFF) is one of the longest-running women’s film festivals in the world. Established in 1989 with the vision of supporting and promoting women’s creative work in screen-based industries locally and internationally, SJIWFF has grown to become, arguably, Newfoundland’s flagship film festival.

SJIWFF screens documentaries, short films and features written and/or directed by women (self-identified). It features films by local Newfoundland & Labrador talent, as well as Canadian and international artists.

Awards conferred by SJIWFF include the RBC Michelle Jackson Emerging Filmmaker Award, the DGC Visionary Award and the Boundary Pusher Award. SJIWFF went online for their 2020 festival.

Festival international du cinéma francophone en Acadie | best film festivals NB

Website: https://www.ficfa.com/

The Festival international du cinéma francophone en Acadie (FICFA) is a francophone international film festival held annually in Moncton.

Founded in 1987, FICFA has grown to become the largest film festival in New Brunswick and one of the largest francophone film festivals in North America.

Awards conferred at the festival are named Prix La Vague and include Best International Feature, Best Canadian Feature, Best Documentary and Best Acadian Feature.

Silver Wave Film Festival | best film festivals New Brunswick

Website: https://swfilmfest.com/

This festival is the brainchild of the board and staff at the New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative. Silver Wave is held annually in Fredericton and was founded in 2001. The festival programs a lineup of Canadian and international films, with a special but not exclusive focus on films made within the province of New Brunswick.

The Silver Wave Awards conferred at the festival include the Viewer’s Choice Award, Best Student Short Film, Excellence in Art Direction, Best Genre Short and the Jane LeBlanc Filmmaker Award.

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

Charlottetown Film Festival | best film festivals PEI

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Website: http://www.charlottetownfilmfest.com/

“The little film festival of big dreams,” the Charlottetown Film Festival (ChFF), was founded in 2015 and is devoted to showcasing the works of emerging Atlantic Canadian filmmakers – with a special focus on PEI screen artists.

The festival screens feature films, documentaries, short dramas, comedies, animation and music videos. ChFF also offers industry sessions to connect with producers, filmmakers, writers and others in the film industry – both in-person and virtually.

The 2020 ChFF proceeded both online AND in-person at a movie theater (City Cinema), but with limited seating due to health protocols.

Devour! The Food Film Fest | best wine film festivals

Website: https://devourfest.com/

Devour! The Food Film Fest is a unique niche film festival that is dedicated to films about food and wine. This five-day festival takes place annually in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. The festival was founded in 2009 by Slow Food Nova Scotia.

Devour! challenges people to think differently and create a deeper connection to food and wine through documentaries, dramas and short films. This festival confers the Golden Tine Awards in various categories, including Best Short Drama, Best Short Doc, Best Animation and Best Feature Doc.

The 10th anniversary of Devour! took place in October 2020 in a hybrid online and in-person format.

Emerging Lens Film Festival | best film festivals NS

Website: https://www.theemerginglens.com/

The Charles Taylor Theatre and Media Arts Association founded Emerging Lens in 2010.

This festival confers a variety of awards, including the Audience Choice Award, Best Documentary, Best Short Film and Best Music Video.

The purpose of this festival is to educate, empower and inspire by honouring the influence of African Canadian and other cultural filmmakers and to bring recognition to their work.

Atlantic Jewish Film Festival (AJFF)

Website: https://ajff.ca/ 

The Atlantic Jewish Film Festival (AJFF) provides an opportunity for the public to experience the Jewish world through film in Halifax. The films screened each year tend to be documentaries, comedies and dramas.

The AJFF is presented by the Atlantic Jewish Council.

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 AJFF took place online.

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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.

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.

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 a very low cost. Should a claim occur, Front Row works diligently with clients and insurers to expedite the payment of claims. Offices in: Halifax, Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto, NY, Nashville and LA.

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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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If you’re researching film festivals in Montreal, chances are that you’re a filmmaker yourself or somehow involved in the film industry.

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 Quebec, please use 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 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 Best Budget Cameras for Photography in 2021

Posted by Grant Patten on Jan 12, 2021 8:19:06 AM

The Best Budget Cameras for Photography in 2021 | Best Budget Photography Cameras

The Best Budget Cameras for Photography

As a companion piece to our popular best budget cameras for filmmaking article, we thought it would be nice to provide a high-level overview of some of the best budget photography cameras available on the market also. 

We will discuss (in no particular order):

 

Nikon D3500 | The best budget DSLR | The best beginner DSLR

The Nikon D3500The Nikon D3500 [Amazon Affiliate Link] is a lightweight, reasonably priced, easy-to-use camera offering great image quality (24.2-Megapixel) and battery life (~1,550 shots per charge). 

Connecting the D3500 to a compatible smartphone or tablet is easy, allowing photographers to share what they capture. The Bluetooth connectivity allows continuous downloading of images to a phone. The camera shoots 1080/60p video, too.

The camera has a useful Guide Mode to help beginners learn and manual controls for more advanced photographers. Photographers can switch between autofocus, manual mode and turn Nikon's vibration reduction (VR) image stabilizer on and off.

 

Canon EOS Rebel T7 DSLR | Best budget digital camera

The Canon EOS Rebel T7The Canon EOS Rebel T7 DSLR Camera [Amazon Affiliate Link] is comparable to the Nikon D3500 in terms of image quality (24.1-Megapixel) and cost, but quite a bit lower in terms of battery life (~600 shots per charge).

This camera also offers the ability to download photographs directly to a compatible smartphone using its built-in Wi-Fi and NFC technology. The camera’s “scene intelligent auto mode” delivers accurate focus and exposure, simply. The autofocus can be overridden through the lens.

This camera includes a large optical viewfinder, auto-white balancing functionality and an on-board Feature Guide with a simple description explaining each function.

 

Canon PowerShot Digital Camera | Best point-and-shoot digital camera

Canon PowerShot G7Another good budget Canon camera to consider would be the PowerShot G7 Digital Camera [Amazon Affiliate Link]. This point-and-shoot camera has a large 20.1-Megapixel CMOS sensor; although smaller than the EOS Rebel T7 sensor, it will still capture very high-quality images.

The compact form factor of the camera (4.19 x 6.1 x 10.54 cm) means that it is very durable, portable and ideal as a travel camera. The G7 offers high-speed continuous shooting up to 8 fps in RAW2, JPEG and RAW+JPEG2 modes, so if you’re into photographing sports, animals or other fast-moving subjects, this camera is for you.

The large, high-resolution, 3.0" LCD touchscreen display is quite impressive for a point-and-shoot. The screen can be tilted up 180° and down 45° to compose “selfie” shots.

 

Panasonic LUMIX LX100 | Best budget point-and-shoot

Panasonic LUMIX LX100If you are open to a point-and-shoot camera instead of a DSLR, consider the Panasonic LUMIX LX100 [Amazon Affiliate Link]. This is a reasonably priced point-and-shoot with a decent sized image sensor (21.7-MP total) and fair battery life (~300 shots per charge when using flash or ~340 shots without flash).

This camera can shoot photos at 4K and offers “macro shooting” in which photographers can shoot at 3cm at wide-angle and 30cm at telephoto. This is ideal for photographing flowers, plants, etc. to reveal the finer details.

This camera also has Bluetooth/Wi-Fi connectivity, so photographers can share their images straight to a compatible smartphone using their Image App (Android/iOS).

 

Fujifilm X-E3 | Best budget mirrorless camera 

The Fujifilm X-E3The Fujifilm X-E3 [Amazon Affiliate Link] is a mirrorless digital camera that is quite reasonably priced and has a CPU (Fujifilm X-E3's X-Processor Pro) built for high-speed processing.

For those into photographing fast-moving subjects, such as sporting events, this camera offers continuous shooting at up to 8.0 fps. The camera has a sleek, somewhat retro, simple form factor and was “created in the pursuit of minimalism,” according to Fuji.

Various Amazon reviewers have commented that this camera’s ergonomics are excellent. The JPEGs look great, the dynamic range is stellar (9.6 to 9.8 f-stops), the highlight retention is excellent and the camera has accurate auto-white balancing.

 

Sony RX100 | Best affordable digital camera

The Sony RX100The Sony RX100 [Amazon Affiliate Link] is a fixed lens digital camera that is affordably priced and has a decent sized image sensor (20.1-Megapixel). The attached lens is a ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* 24-200mmviii F2.8-4.5 high magnification zoom lens.

Sony claims that this camera has the “world’s fastest hybrid autofocus system” to capture fleeting moments with precision. The camera includes a variety of other nice features, such as single burst shooting, AI-based real-time tracking to focus on moving subjects, “Active” mode image stabilization and Wi-Fi/NFC connectivity to compatible smartphones and tablets. 

This camera also has an LCD display that rotates in various angles (up ~180° and down ~90°) to be able to capture the perfect selfie.

 

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III | Best digital camera for travel | Best travel digital camera

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IIIThe Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III [Amazon Affiliate Link] is an affordable DSLR with a 16-Megapixel Live MOS Sensor. This camera’s in-body 5-axis image stabilization technology allows photographers to capture blur-free photos.

The Olympus has an intuitive touch screen interface, shortcut buttons to make camera settings accessible and a built-in flash. The convenient touch autofocus function lets photographers instantly focus on their subject with one touch of the screen.

The Olympus is a good camera for traveling because of its small body (4.8 x 2 x 3.3 inches). The “OLYMPUS Image Share” mobile app (Android/iOS) makes it quick and easy to transfer pictures to your phone for sharing on social media.

 

Pentax K-5 | Best weather sealed DSLR | Best weatherproof DSLR

The Pentax K-5The Pentax K-5 [Amazon Affiliate Link] is an affordable DSLR that is weather sealed, robust and has good image quality (16.3-Megapixel CMOS sensor). The sensor and high ISO (80-12,800) perform capably in low light.

It should take 6 to 8 hours (~740 shots) to recharge a fully depleted K-5 battery. Pentax cameras are known for their durability and the K-5 is no exception; it is small and light but “built like a tank.” The camera’s continuous shooting mode can do 22 images in a single sequence, so it can comfortably handle high-speed subjects such as sporting events.

The K-5 can take good, affordable lenses and has a great optical viewfinder with a nearly 100% field of view. The camera’s autofocus system is excellent, featuring a new-generation, wide-frame SAFOX IX+ with 11 sensor points.

 

Get Photography Insurance | Photographers Insurance | Photography Equipment Insurance | Photography Camera Liability Insurance

If you end up buying any of these above cameras (or any other gear) – you will want to have the right insurance coverage in place to protect that valuable gear. 

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.

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