Nikon Shooters: Get Cash and Exposure for Your Short Films

Submit your films to Nikon’s new In Every Frame platform for a chance to get featured. Nikon has been pretty busy celebrating its 100th anniversary this past year, from launching a commemorative site with films and stories from Nikon enthusiasts, to launching its D850 full-frame DSLR. Now, the company wants to celebrate you—its video-shooting customers—with the In Every Frame platform. Dubbed “the first exclusive video-sharing platform for Nikon filmmakers,” the site encourages filmmakers to submit work shot with Nikon cameras and lenses for the chance to win $2000 and get featured Continue reading "Nikon Shooters: Get Cash and Exposure for Your Short Films"

Netflix Nabs the Obamas & A Major Week for RED [PODCAST]

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly not one, not two, but three big announcements from RED. Jon Fusco, Erik Luers, Charles Haine, and yours truly, Liz Nord discuss the quiet indie making a loud noise at the international box office and why now is the time to pitch your high-concept horror film, as well as Netflix’s newest independent filmmakers: Barack and Michelle Obama. We also say a sad goodbye to master movie poster designer Bill Gold and literary titan Philip Roth, who both passed away this week. In gear news, Continue reading "Netflix Nabs the Obamas & A Major Week for RED [PODCAST]"

Aspiring TV Writer? This NBC Program Will Prep You for the Writers’ Room

Applications for NBCUniversal's Writers on the Verge program are open now. NBCUniversal is on a roll. As home to both This Is Us, broadcast TV’s current number one drama, and the recent Winter Olympics, the network has now taken the lead in total primetime viewers for the first time in almost 20 years. In its quest to find diverse writers to work on its increasingly popular dramas and comedies, the company is offering an incredible opportunity to aspiring TV penners: Writers on the Verge. Writers on the Verge is a Continue reading "Aspiring TV Writer? This NBC Program Will Prep You for the Writers’ Room"

How to Make Sure You Get Paid & Have We Discovered the New RED? [PODCAST]

This episode of Indie Film Weekly reveals why a company known for monitors might be making your next camera. Jon Fusco, Erik Luers, and yours truly, Liz Nord share loads of news from the 71st Cannes Film Festival, including the year's biggest acquisitions, what caused Agnes Varda and Ava DuVernay to team up, and Spike Lee’s Oscar contender. Charles Haine joins us for gear news, including why a company known for monitors might be making your next camera. Charles also answers an Ask No Film School question Continue reading "How to Make Sure You Get Paid & Have We Discovered the New RED? [PODCAST]"

Get Major Support for Your Next VR Project from Google and TFI

A new VR Lab from Google Daydream and Tribeca Film Institute offers $40,000 and project support. If you've been thinking about taking the plunge into VR storytelling, now is a great time to do it. Two big forces in the industry—Google Daydream and the Tribeca Film Institite—have teamed up to support VR storytelling in a big way. Managed by the TFI Immersive Films Program, a new VR Lab is looking for creative teams to submit projects that fit the theme of 5 Elements of Nature. What does that mean, exactly? According to a TFI announcement: Continue reading "Get Major Support for Your Next VR Project from Google and TFI"

A Selfie-Free Cannes Kicks Off & Can Your Short Really Be a Calling Card? [PODCAST]

This episode of Indie Film Weekly questions whether Netflix and the cinephiles of France are on the road to kiss and make up. Jon Fusco, Erik Luers, and yours truly, Liz Nord discuss the opening of the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival and how Netlifx is playing nice—or are they? We also cover the first results of the Academy’s ethics enforcements, and say a sad goodbye to prolific editor of ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ and over 50 more films, Anne V. Coates. Jon also answers an Ask No Film School question about Continue reading "A Selfie-Free Cannes Kicks Off & Can Your Short Really Be a Calling Card? [PODCAST]"

Meet the Only Female Director in Competition at Venice: Vivian Qu of ‘Angels Wear White’

It wasn't her intention, but Chinese filmmaker Vivian Qu made the movie for the #metoo movement. Chinese filmmaker Vivian Qu was thousands of miles away and a couple years in advance of the current #metoo movement when she started making Angels Wear White. And yet, the film’s theatrical release couldn’t be more timely with its overarching themes of power, corruption, and gender-based violence as seen and experienced by young girls. The only film by a female director selected in competition at the 2017 Venice Film Festival, Angels Wear White follows Mia, Continue reading "Meet the Only Female Director in Competition at Venice: Vivian Qu of ‘Angels Wear White’"

How Do You Protect Your Film’s Subjects, Data, and Yourself in Unsafe Situations?

“Maybe the only thing that can keep us safe is talking about it out loud.” Contemporary social issue documentaries have been all the rage in recent years, but some rise above the crowd by taking on our most urgent and complicated issues and presenting them in ways that become conversation-starters instead of just fanning the flames of one side or the other. These types of films often present extra challenges to the filmmakers, especially in terms of potential threats to the safety of themselves, their subjects, or material they’ve collected. Continue reading "How Do You Protect Your Film’s Subjects, Data, and Yourself in Unsafe Situations?"

‘RBG’: Directors Betsy West and Julie Cohen on Capturing the Life and Legacy of an Icon

Julie Cohen and Betsy West faced big challenges in creating a definitive doc on the small but mighty Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In a box office age dominated by superheroes, filmmakers Betsy West and Julie Cohen have pulled off a feat: a theatrical release for a nonfiction biopic of an unlikely, real-life superhero. Moreover, this protagonist is an 85-year-old grandma, who stands about five-feet-tall, with a soft voice. And yet, her work has spoken more loudly and positively affected more American lives than almost anyone in modern history. Our hero is Continue reading "‘RBG’: Directors Betsy West and Julie Cohen on Capturing the Life and Legacy of an Icon"

‘It’s Not Your Job to Be Funny’ and More Filmmaking Truths from Jason Reitman

Inheriting a filmmaking legacy from his father Ivan Reitman, director Jason Reitman is back with the wry drama, 'Tully.' Jason Reitman almost had no choice but to become a filmmaker. His father, Ivan, produced some of the most beloved American comedies of the last several decades, including everything from the original Ghostbusters in the late ‘80s to I Love You, Man, 20 years later. Though he inherited a legacy, the younger Reitman has developed his own style, becoming known for relatable and touching comedic dramas like Up in the Air and Thank You for Continue reading "‘It’s Not Your Job to Be Funny’ and More Filmmaking Truths from Jason Reitman"

Why RED is Partnering with Facebook & Is MoviePass Finished? [PODCAST]

On Indie Film Weekly, two industry events where decisions about the future of film are made—but that you may never have heard of. Jon Fusco, Erik Luers, and yours truly, Liz Nord discuss two of the most important industry events that you might never have heard of, Cinemacon and the Newfronts, along with mayhem at Moviepass. We also say a sad goodbye to photojournalist Shah Marai, who was killed in a bombing in Afghanistan this week. Charles Haine joins us for gear news, including a potentially exciting Continue reading "Why RED is Partnering with Facebook & Is MoviePass Finished? [PODCAST]"

Want to Know Which Mirrorless Camera to Buy? Look to the TIPA Awards


‘The most coveted photo and imaging awards worldwide’ recognizes Sony, Canon, and Panasonic cameras this year.


When the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) started giving out its camera awards in 1991, the big winner for Best Camcorder was the Sanyo ES88P. Both the organization and the technology it promotes have come a long way. Now dubbed ‘the most coveted photo and imaging awards worldwide’, the 2018 list recognizes 23 cameras and lenses and 17 accessories and ancillary items as the best products in the imaging business.



Particularly if you’re looking to Continue reading “Want to Know Which Mirrorless Camera to Buy? Look to the TIPA Awards”

Want to Know Which Mirrorless Camera to Buy? Look to the TIPA Awards


‘The most coveted photo and imaging awards worldwide’ recognizes Sony, Canon, and Panasonic cameras this year.


When the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) started giving out its camera awards in 1991, the big winner for Best Camcorder was the Sanyo ES88P. Both the organization and the technology it promotes have come a long way. Now dubbed ‘the most coveted photo and imaging awards worldwide’, the 2018 list recognizes 23 cameras and lenses and 17 accessories and ancillary items as the best products in the imaging business.



Particularly if you’re looking to Continue reading “Want to Know Which Mirrorless Camera to Buy? Look to the TIPA Awards”

How Volumetric VR Film ‘Vestige’ Gives a New Meaning to ‘Trip Down Memory Lane’

Meet the creator behind the third VR project acquired at a major festival this year. Virtual reality specializes in transporting audiences to places we’ve never been and may not otherwise get the chance to go. But what if that place is the human mind? Can you bring a person into someone else’s memories? That is what director Aaron Bradbury, producer Paul Mowbray, and their team attempt to do with their 10-minute, room-scale VR film Vestige. In Vestige, you are surrounded primarily by blackness, grasping at emotions and memories that emerge Continue reading "How Volumetric VR Film ‘Vestige’ Gives a New Meaning to ‘Trip Down Memory Lane’"

Issa Rae Wants to Give You $25K for Your Comedy or Drama Pilot

The new ColorCreative Script to Screen Contest is looking to develop and produce scripts from underrepresented writers. Issa Rae is a star on the rise, with her webseries Awkward Black Girl having launched into the HBO series Insecure, on which she is a creator, writer, and Golden-Globe-nominated actor. Now, she's already paying her success forward with her ColorCreative initiative which "aims to increase opportunities for women and minority TV writers to showcase and sell their work, both inside and outside the existing studio system." ColorCreative has teamed up with BET and the American Continue reading "Issa Rae Wants to Give You $25K for Your Comedy or Drama Pilot"

Why Sebastián Lelio Approached Romantic Drama ‘Disobedience’ Like a Science-Fiction Film

Oscar-winning Chilean director Sebastián Lelio felt like he was shooting 'Disobedience' on a different planet. Fresh off his Oscar win for Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards for A Fantastic Woman, Chilean director Sebastián Lelio is back with an English-language film that similarly explores cultural taboos and misunderstood love. This time, our setting is a cloud-covered England and our lovers are Ronit (Rachel Weisz) and Esti (Rachel McAdams). Ronit was raised in a traditional ultra-Orthodox home, daughter of the revered community rabbi; her best childhood friends were Continue reading "Why Sebastián Lelio Approached Romantic Drama ‘Disobedience’ Like a Science-Fiction Film"

Has Tribeca Become New York’s Best Fest for Indie Filmmakers? [PODCAST]

This episode of Indie Film Weekly asks: should indies be aiming for a Tribeca premiere? Jon Fusco, Erik Luers, and yours truly, Liz Nord share all the news, films, projects, and directors you need to know about from our on-the-ground coverage of the Tribeca Film Festival, and debate Tribeca’s importance for indie filmmakers. Charles Haine joins us for gear news, including the lighting that was designed for Michael Haneke and is now available to you. Charles also answers an Ask No Film School question about whether or not you really need Continue reading "Has Tribeca Become New York’s Best Fest for Indie Filmmakers? [PODCAST]"

How the ‘United Skates’ Directors Made the Film Everyone Said Was Impossible

"There was a turning point when we just said, 'We’re going to stop listening to other people's advice.'" Touching personal stories of struggling mom-and-pop businesses. Early roots of hip-hop including rare performance footage of a 19-year-old Queen Latifah. Action shots from the middle of a roller rink surveying the wide and wild range of skating styles from around the country. A study of the overt and subtle racism pervasive in Americans culture. Any of these could be the basis for its own compelling documentary. But all of them in one? That’s a tall order. Continue reading "How the ‘United Skates’ Directors Made the Film Everyone Said Was Impossible"

Meet the VR Film That Proves Punk’s Not Dead

The Rosario Dawson-starring BattleScar brings audiences to the epicenter of '70s punk rock. Think virtual reality is for gamers and geeks? What about punk rockers? The animated VR film BattleScar lets audiences step into the heart of New York’s notorious '70s punk music scene—the squats and clubs of Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Created by Spanish visual artist Martin Allais and Argentine illustrator Nico Casavecchia, your guide through the story is the teenaged Lupe (voiced by Rosario Dawson), who discovers the underground world when she runs away from home. BattleScar had its Continue reading "Meet the VR Film That Proves Punk’s Not Dead"