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The Independent Filmmaker's Forum

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The Independent Filmmaker's Forum BBS first went on-line in June of 1993. It served the needs of the aspiring independent film community in Los Angeles for nearly five years, gathering subscribers from around the globe. We were the creators of the alt.movies.independent newsgroup and the publisher of INDIE: The Electronic Newsletter for Independent Filmmakers. As a BBS, the IFF is now gone forever. It is our hope to bring back many of the features of the IFF with this homepage, and to make those features available to a wider group of users through the World Wide Web.

For a bit of history on the old Independent Filmmaker's Forum BBS,

click here.

Iff information archives

Old stuff that we didn't want to delete entirely, but didn't really belong on the main page anymore.

Indie Friendly Festivals and Events

Send your links to promote your indie friendly events here


Film Calls

A single resource to calls and submission deadlines for film festivals around the world!


KC Jubilee 2009

The new festival will be presented by the Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee. All filmmakers, anywhere, are invited to submit your short or feature film - drama, comedy, documentary, animation, or experimental work. It must have been completed since January 1, 2007.


Film Independent 3rd Annual Filmmaker's Forum

Oct. 19-21 at the Directors Guild of America, Los Angeles


Screamfest LA 2007

Los Angeles Horror Film Festival and Screenplay Competition at the Graumann Mann;s Chinese Theater in Hollywood October 12 to 21 2007. Submission deadline August 15th 2007.


Creative Screenwriting AAA Contest

Call For Entries. 2007 contest is passed. Look for information on the 2008 contest.


Bird's Eye View Film Festival

UK Film Festival for aspiring Women filmmakers. Submissions for the 2008 festival are open.


Hollywood Horror, SciFi and Fantasy Festival

Sponsored by Film Threat, takes place during the Hollywood Film Festival. Call For Entries.




This site is always under construction. Keep checking back as we add features. Until then, I hope that you find the following links useful...



alt.movies.independent newsgroup on Google Groups. This newsgroup was originally connected to this site, now it is, shall we say... independent.


Financing resources for independent filmmakers. IndiefilmS.com is not associated with indiefilm.com


Independent film distribution for independent films. Distribution can be as big a problem as financing for indies. This Seattle based LLC's mission is provide a new resource for independent filmmakers to get their projects into the marketplace.

Independent Feature Project

A support organization for independent projects and productions. There are several, but this is the largest and has regional divisions which cover the continental United States. Membership dues are annual and reasonable. The main site links to each of the regional sites.

Film Independent

Formerly IFP/Los Angeles. Film Independent is a non-profit organization dedicated to independent film and independent filmmakers.

Hollywood Film Institute

Can't afford film school? Too old to go back to college? Or do you just want a quick education on the basics or filmmaking without taking the time to get a degree in film? Then the Hollywood Film Institute may be your answer. This is the crash course for the basics of independent filmmaking. True, it won't make you the next Steven Spielberg, but it might get you on the road to being the next Roberto Rodriguez or Quentin Tarrantino.


Another membership organization for indies, the AIVF publishes "The Independent" magazine, one of the best of the publications devoted to indies. Unlike IFP, which has nationwide regional sites, AIVF is primarily New York based.

American Cinematheque

American Cinematheque offers screenings at the Charlie Chaplain Theater at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood. They offer a series of Independent Film showcase screenings called "The Alternative Screen." Filmmakers are invited to submit their independent films for consideration and, if selected, to appear in-person at their film's screening. Support the American Cinematheque in their restoration of the historic Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.

Ink Tip

Getting the right script into the right hands.

Kingman Films International

One of the most indie-friendly production companies you are likely to find, particularly oriented toward the screenwriter. Former puplisher of Scr(i)pt magazine and home of the King Arthur Screenwriters Award, the Thursday Open Forum and the "E-Pitch." Kingman appears to be going through some restructuring these days, so stay tuned for future developments.

Scr(i)pt Magazine

Screenwriting advice from working screenwriters, this is one of the major trade publications for screenwriters. No longer published by Kingman.

Internet Filmmaker's FAQ

Ben Craig's Internet Filmmaker's FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) at it's "official" web site. Five Parts with a wealth of information on internet resources for indies.

Eye Opener Productions

An independent full-service production company that specializes in non-fiction and documentary. If you are looking for an indie oriented production company to assist you in your project then this may be your solution.


The successor to INDIE. Subscribe to indieWIRE through their informative website.

Film Threat

The self-proclaimed "Hollywood's indie voice." Not all indie films are as iconoclastic and on-the-edge as the guys at Film Threat prefer, but at least those that are do have a voice here. The magazine is no longer published, but the web site and e-zine continue it's work. Subscribe to Film Threat Weekly by sending e-mail to FilmThreat@aol.com.


Cin(e)zine has gone bye-bye, but archives to old issues are promised. Check back to this link for future information.

Ain't It Cool News

Harry Knowles Hollywood info site. Not particularly indie oriented, but Harry is about as indie as you can get when it comes to dishing on Hollywood.


More To Come...

This site was last updated on 8 January 2013.


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