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Film Tax Credit a Major Player in New York’s Economy

According to the state’s comptroller  today, New York’s film tax credit has generated nearly $7 billion since its inception in 2004. Lawmakers may even extend the program through 2015 to help NY compete with the tax incentives of 42 other U.S. states. “Visitors from all over the world come to New York because of the […]

Thoughts on ‘If I Can Dream’ Episode 1

Simon Fuller‘s latest television adventure ‘If I Can Dream,’ available exclusively on Hulu, brings a new twist to routine talent competition standards. Before delving into the show’s content too much, I’d like to address why we are choosing to cover it on this blog. ‘If I Can Dream’ follows 5 young individuals as they take […]

Be Careful What You Wish For (Part 1)

Every indie filmmaker has the dream of being that ‘it’ director with that huge breakout film at Sundance. You know the film, you’ve seen it a bunch of times over the last 15 years. It’s shot with loving care by a dedicated crew of visionaries on a shoestring budget supported by credit cards, video store […]

Go Viral with Your Trailer

This just in – without major studio distribution and a $100 million marketing campaign, your film has no chance against Hollywood blockbusters! SHOCKING! Actually, that’s common sense. So how do you generate interest in your film screenings and DVD sales? Viral media. (more…)

The Contact Form is Dead

May I be so blunt as to officially pronounce the contact form deceased? This may all be my perception but I usually have a good handle on these matters. As our submissions come in for this year’s Call for Entries, filmmakers often supply a website to learn more about them and/or their project. Having visited […]

Save Some of Your Budget for Post

Sounds obvious, right? Of course you’ll save some money for post! You need a rough cut. You need a fine cut. You need color correction, motion graphics, effects and titles. You need audio cleaning and mixing. Then, when the show is all done, everything looks and sounds great; you are thrilled to see your script […]

YouTube Offers a New Distribution Option

Is it just me, or is YouTube consistently one step behind in web video trends? That is painfully puzzling considering they pretty much founded web video. Their newest feature, YouTube Rentals (Beta), may not be the first of its kind, but it could be something good for indie filmmakers. Essentially, the service allows you to […]

2010 Networking Party Announcement

ACEFEST partners-up with Back Stage to produce their 3rd annual Film Industry networking event in Midtown Manhattan on March 25th. NEW YORK, NY. February 26, 2010 – In the Entertainment business, establishing new connections is vital to one’s success. ACEFEST has taken the traditionally low-key, and oftentimes awkward, environment of networking events and brought it […]

Los Angeles Wants its Film Crews Back

When the economy turned down, filmmakers turned to other locations to make their movies. Los Angeles was home to a whopping 66% of film productions in 2003. That number has since dive-bombed to 31%. The drastic decline has a detrimental effect on employment and the local financial situation as a whole. (more…)

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