How to write an independent film

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The WGAW is committed to increasing independent and low budget screenwriters' status and influence within the film industry. These agreements were revised in to include certain work-for-hire situations, reduced upfront payments, and a flexible deferment definition. The best time to contact the Guild is before a screenplay is going to be purchased or when a writer will be hired to write a screenplay. Are you interested in filing a Low Budget Agreement for a theatrical film project? The Documentary Screenplay Contract allows writers to write or sell a theatrical documentary screenplay under the protection of the Writers Guild of America West, while deferring all or part of their writing fees. For more information, go to Documentary Film and Nonfiction Programming.

INDIE FILM ACADEMY: Take 5 Key Steps Before Writing Your Script to Improve Odds of a Sale

Ultimate Film Proposal Financing Manual | Business Plan and Investor Guide

The Write Project Film Fund was created for the specific purpose to promote the development and production of professionally produced filmed entertainment in Africa for exhibition internationally. Nigerian film generates close to one million jobs, while the South African industry generates over 21, Independent filmmakers face numerous challenges in financing and distributing their productions. Our objective is to bring film investments and film projects to Africa, encourage the production of professional audiovisual works and promote international co-production. The regional disparity between lush vegetation and sandy plains provides filmmakers with a range of choices, enabling them to set scenes amongst the many differing types of backdrops here.

Indie Filmmaker Tips

Independent film production is the largest sector in the industry. For every single mainstream broadcaster, there are ten-thousand independent production companies. Their films range from sumptuous multi-million-pound festival movies to micro-budget horror. The one thing they have in common is they are all looking for the one script that will take their company to the next level.
We get a lot of queries from filmmakers looking for funding for their films. That said, we would like to be able to point you in the right direction. What follows is an incomplete list of funding sources for Canadian independent filmmakers, specifically those that include documentary and non-fiction works.

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