RESOURCES FOR INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS
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CLEARANCE & LICENSING
The Fair Use App (An Interactive Guide for Filmmakers and Video Creators)
ASCAP title search – online searchable database of ASCAP registered compositions.
BMI repertoire search – online searchable database of BMI registered compositions.
SESAC repertory search – online searchable database of SESAC registered compositions.
PDinfo – website has lists of public domain music, and provides proof of public domain status.
TinEye- Have an image but don’t know where it came from? TinEye can help you track it down with its reverse image search.
Google Image Finder – Google can find you images, and if you use the advanced setting it can help you find the images that are labeled for reuse or unrestricted.
Shutterstock - Search 60 Million+ Stock Photos, Vectors, Illustrations and Videos!
Dreamstime – thousands of microstock photos, images and illustrations.
123RF millions of royalty free stock photos.
OTHER HELPFUL RESOURCES
Association of Film Commissioners International – With over 300 Film Commissions on six continents, there’s almost always an AFCI member office nearby to help you navigate local laws, customs and procedures.
Art of the Guillotine – Online film community for film editors. Connect editors and future editors with ideas and techniques that make films great as well as connect them with each other.
BIGSTAR Movies – The site offers distribution, networking and a monthly short film contest.
Baseline Intelligence – The service provides a variety of pre-packaged reports on popular topics for movie producers, independent filmmakers, corporate financiers, and other entertainment entities.
Cinephilia and Beyond – A fantastic collection of resources on all things cinema: screenplays, interviews, videos grouped around themes, films or directors.
Creative Cow – An excellent source of info on video production, with a lot of professionals and production experts hanging out in the comments and ready to answer any question you may have.
Drop.io – Use drop.io to privately share your files and collaborate, thinks screenplays, film productions and animations, in real time by web, email, phone, mobile, and more.
DVcreators – Training and resources for digital video makers.
DVXuser – An online community for filmmaking.
ExploreTalent – Auditions and job listing board.
Filmmaker – The magazine of independent film. A quarterly publication of IFP.
Filmmaker IQ – As well as technical tutorials and guides on the process of filmmaking, Filmmaker IQ explores the ‘whys’ of filmmaking just as much as the ‘hows’.
Film Independent – Supports the West Coast independent filmmaker community. Produces the Independent Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival.
Filmmakers Alliance – Helping independent filmmakers achieve their goals since 1993.
Film Riot – Ryan Connolly’s critically acclaimed tutorial site which provides a fresh and funny take on filmmaking how-tos.
Freesound – A collaborative database of Creative Commons licensed sounds.
Hollywood OmniBook – From agents to extras to screenplays for sale, the Hollywood OmniBook is your one stop source for connecting with Hollywood.
Go Into the Story – Given that telling stories lies at the very heart of filmmaking, this is essential reading.
IMDb – The “Internet Movie Database” says it all.
IDA – The International Documentary Association is the ultimate authority on all things related to documentary filmmaking.
Independent Feature Project –The source for independent filmmakers. IFP has branches in Chicago, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York, Phoenix, & Seattle.
indieProducer – A social networking site for Hollywood filmmakers
IndieTalk – An excellent platform for indie producers to chat shop and share tips, tricks and tales from the field
IndieWire – Geared towards both indie fans as well as indie filmmakers
InkTip – Find good screenplays and professional writers. Access is free to qualified producers, directors, agents, managers, and name actors.
John August – Useful information about screenwriting.
Mandy.com – International TV and film production resources.
MovieMaker Magazine – The nation’s leading magazine on the art and business of making movies and the world’s most widely read independent movie magazine.
ProductionHub – The Community search site for film, television, video, live event and digital media production.
Script Mag – One of the largest online communities for writers and filmmakers alike.
The Film Collaborative – If you’ve completed your film or getting close to it, check out the Film Collaborative for help on how to best distribute your film and find an audience.
Twitch –Twitch is a depository for indie films and the discussion thereof.
Variety411.com – Comprehensive directory of production services, specific to your location.
Videomaker – One of the earliest filmmaking magazines still going strong after nearly 30 years, and now fully digitized.
Women In Film – A non-profit organization dedicated to promoting equal opportunities for women, encouraging creative projects by women, and expanding and enhancing portrayals of women in all forms of global media.
*The resources listed here are for informational purposes only and are not meant as an endorsement by Creative Clearance.