General Information:

  • 2007 Texas Filmmakers' Production Fund: Since 1996 the Austin Film Society has awarded $675,000 in cash, goods and services to 222 film and video projects. We award grants once a year to emerging film and video artists in the state of Texas through our Texas Filmmakers' Production Fund.
  • Film Austin: Let Film Austin introduce you, the independent filmmaker or Hollywood professional, to Austin filmmaking opportunities and resources. Film Austin highlights the Film Austin members, but will continue to expand in keeping with the fact that Austin is considered second only to New York City as an Indie City.
  • South by Southwest (SXSW): Austin, Texas, home of a large diverse community of filmmakers, annually hosts one of the most important gatherings of independent, regional and industry film people in the country. Every March at the Austin Convention Center all of these talents come together at the SXSW Film Conference and Festival. The New York Times has said, "SXSW is a magnet for indie filmmakers... it crackles with excitement." MovieMaker has said, "SXSW is an invigorating experience. From the quality of the films and panels to the equally important enthusiasm of the participants, SXSW is a great festival at which to celebrate all things indie."
  • Austin School of Film: A non-profit independent film, art, and technology center that supports every aspect of production from idea to distribution. Their goal is to educate, train, and develop emerging artists of all ages to be active participants in shaping our 21st century culture.
  • Indiewire "The leading source on independent film since 1996," touts IndieWire, truly a valued resource of industry news for both filmmakers and fans. Read reviews, interviews, festival news, articles, blogs and more. Indie enthusiasts can sign up to receive the daily dispatch delivered via e-mail.
  • Internet Movie Database In addition to providing a searchable database that includes thousands of movies, this comprehensive portal also features a section specifically devoted to independent film. Special indie features include an "ask the filmmaker" section with well-known independents, as well as a newswire, feature articles and TV listings. The site also includes a glossary of film terms.
  • Film An information resource focusing on film festivals around the world, this site offers information, links and contact details for a staggering number of film festivals.
  • A selective portal of filmmaking resources with an emphasis on learning, organizes lists of links into categories that range from screenwriting to editing, distribution to collecting and festivals to jobs.
  • PBS: Frontline: "The Monster That Ate Hollywood" This companion site for the Frontline program about Hollywood features a small but impressive collection of interviews and commentary about the state of the entertainment industry, independent film, the future of broadband and other topics. The site also includes links to other relevant articles available online.
  • GreenCine Daily Primarily written by GreenCine editor David Hudson, this daily blog features film-related commentary and links to relevant interviews, reviews, news and articles on independent film.
  • Microcinema International Microcinema International organizes international screenings of independent films, videos and digital art, and its Web site provides a screening schedule and locator as well as information for submitting work to their "Independent Exposure" series.
  • This commercially oriented site incorporates, but does not focus on, independent film. Offerings includereviews, interviews and movie news, as well as event coverage and a guide for parents.
  • SCREENsite Created by the University of Alabama, this site is primarily a resource for film and TV education with an exhaustive collection of links to journals, course syllabi, film databases and selected filmmaking resources.
  • Reel Deal Reviews A new movie review website by local Austinites.
  • Producers and Directors is a clearing house for filmmakers. It's where you can find the reels, the photos and the crews for every production job.
  • Rock N Roll Rental - Renting & Selling Austin PA systems, instruments, amps, microphones, audio visual, recording, karaoke, and DJ equipment for the best rates since 1989.
  • Variety is the premier source of entertainment news. Since 1905, the most influential leaders in the industry have turned to Variety for timely, credible and straight forward news and analysis - information vital to their professions.
  • Master Guide to Film Markets: Film Markets, TV Markets, Exhibitions & Trade-Shows

Resources for Young Filmmakers:

Online Viewing:

  • AmazeFilms Browse the library of trailers - viewable with QuickTime or Windows Media Player - from this producer and distributor of indie films such as the "Short Series." AmazeFilms also seeks independent shorts, features and documentaries as well as screenplays. Read submission guidelines and check out film trailers.
  • AtomFilms Atom's online showcase includes an extensive catalog of game, film and animation in addition to festival shorts, ratings and user reviews. AtomFilms seeks submissions for a variety of outlets (television, in-flight, Web, etc.) and looks for videos with running times under 30 minutes. Must have Shockwave plug-in to view.
  • ifilm Boasting "the largest Web portal celebrating the world of film," this crazy site, a patchwork of short films, Hollywood trailers, movie clips and commercials actually does feature some independent work. Filmmakers may submit their own work to be included on the site. Must have plug-ins to view.
  • Electric Shadows Electric Shadows projects present the "unflinching visions of independent producers" by exploring arts and culture via the Web, exclusively. Presented by Independent Lens and ITVS Interactive, these award-winning sites bring the power of non-linear storytelling online.


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