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Filmmakers Interview: Sam Hopkins – Editor

 

Name: Sam Hopkins

Location: London

Social media outlets: Facebook – Sam Hopkins
Instagram – @samhopkins_ultra
Linkedin – https://www.linkedin.com/in/sam-hopkins-92049884/
Vimeo – https://vimeo.com/samhopkins

Website: vimeo.com/samhopkins

Get in Touch: samhopkinseditor@gmail.com

Where do you work? Trailer Park London

Current Job Description: Senior Editor

Previous Experiences: Senior Editor at Hogarth Worldwide, Media Transfer Supervisor at The Mill & Technical Operator at The Associated Press

How did you get your first job?

I started work in the industry when I was 18 at a video duplication company called Dubbs where I spent a year developing my skills as a VT Operator before heading of to University.

What do you do as a trailer editor?

So Trailer Park is traditionally known as a trailer and entertainment agency in the US. However in the UK the company are still building up their name so the kind of work we do varies between Broadcast Commercials, Branded / Online Content as well as Trailers.
As an Senior Editor in general, my role in the company is to essentially cut together material provided to me, using a creative treatment/ storyboard/script. Its my role as an editor to advise with the telling of that story and what kind of styles/elements should be used in order to convey it; editing styles, use of sound effects/animation/colour grading.
The Senior part comes through having a good working knowledge of multiple pieces of software, strong broadcast and technical knowledge, as well as training other members in the team.

What tips do you have for filmmakers cutting their own trailers?

I would usually build a Trailer in stages, so; story first, audio bed second, thirdly lay up cutaways and then finally think about any visual effects to go with the piece.
Breaking it down, Its important to build your synopsis and ensure your story across the trailer is strong, your selling your film so you want to ensure your audience understand what kind of story your selling. Its also important to think about your target audience because that will also effect how you cut it.
Never underestimate the importance of sound, having audio audio and sound effects is key to giving your trailer a big impact. I would also say that its also good to get a number of different people to watch your trailer as your working on it to gauge response and provide any feedback necessary.

What is your top 5 tips while editing?

Strong Communication skills & the ability to work well with others
Being Versatile; there’s an importance for editors in the industry to now be able to work across a number of different platforms; After Effects for Visual Effects, Davinci Resolve for Colour Grading, Audition/Pro Tools for sound mixing etc. While its most important to be a good editor, its always helpful to have a few extra skills at your disposal.
Good use of audio & sound effects is key – I pride myself on creating good sound mixes and providing good music choices – it adds so much to your piece.
The importance of logging and prepping footage is paramount and can save you hours in the edit, take your time to log footage well and think about how your footage will be used and where it will go to.

Your role models are:

My role models are people who have shown perseverance and a determination to succeed in life. I’m also a big sports fan so People like: Muhammad Ali, Haile gabreselaisee and Steve prefontaine.
In a filmmaking sense I love David Fincher as a director and Thelma schoonmaker as an editor – Raging Bull is my favourite film.

What films (titles or kinds) do you like?

I’m a big fan of dramas and thrillers. I also enjoy films based on true stories. I also enjoy watching documentaries and any content based around music

Do you have any tips for people trying to break into the media industry?

Be resourceful in finding out what area you want to work in, be prepared to work some long hours but most of all, be determined, don’t take no for an answer and never give up.

What are your hobbies/what do you do outside of work that you would like to share with us?

Outside of work I’m a pretty serious Ultra Marathon Runner. This year i’ll be running 7 races across Europe to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society. Please take a look at my story at the following pages and, if you feel compelled to sponsor, that would be fantastic:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sam-hopkins-ultra
https://www.facebook.com/Sam-Hopkins-Running-for-The-Alzheimers-Society-1375125349204796/

 

Women in Film & Television Useful Websites

WIDC (clickable heading) 

Women in Director’s Chair. Creative Women Workshops Association strives towards gender equity by supporting, celebrating, promoting, and developing the talents and skills of women storytellers for screen in particular directors, along with actors, crafts people and technicians. Overall the society encourages excellence, creativity and collaboration in storytelling for screen.

Reel Women (clickable heading) 

Reel Women is a non-profit organization in Austin, Texas that provides a local support system for women at all levels of experience in the film and video industries.

Women in Film and Television (clickable heading) 

Women in Film and Television – Toronto (WIFT-T) is a non-profit professional organization. WIFT-T supports women in screen-based media (film, television and digital media) to build, advance and sustain their careers nationally and internationally. WIFT-T does this through hands-on high quality programming, mentoring, networking, and industry events that recognize the talents and potential of women. Our mission is to enhance the skills of our members so they can become significant decision-makers at all levels of the industry.

 

Women Make Movies (clickable heading)

Women Make Movies is a multicultural, multiracial, non-profit media arts organization which facilitates the production, promotion, distribution and exhibition of independent films and videotapes by and about women. The organization provides services to both users and makers of film and video programs, with a special emphasis on supporting work by women of color. Women Make Movies facilitates the development of feminist media through an internationally recognized Distribution Service and a Production Assistance Program.

WIFT Auckland (clickable heading) 

The organization aims to provide an opportunity for women to share common concerns and extend their professional interest through information and career support for members and educational development forums, promote and safeguard the interests of women in the industry, champion women’s achievements in television and film and support the industry as a whole.

WIFT Wellington (clickable heading) 

WIFT is an organisation, which supports women in the film and television industries, and provides an informal network for helping each other in our careers. WIFT is part of WIFT International. We have a strong local focus, which represents all corners of the industry.

Women in Film.Dallas (clickable heading) 

Women In Film.Dallas (WIF.D) is part of a global community committed to empower, promote and mentor its membership in film, television and new media.

WIF.D, a non-profit organization of women and men, provides educational forums, opportunities for advancement, and networking for entry-level positions and established professionals within the entertainment industry.

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Alternative Film Guide

http://www.altfg.com/film/

The Los Angeles-based Alternative Film Guide offers an “alternative,” offbeat look into the world of film through thought-provoking reviews, in-depth interviews with filmmakers and authors, and extensive coverage of film awards, gay/gay-related cinema, political/socially conscious films, and assorted film events (mostly in the Los Angeles area).

Bright Lights Film Journal

http://brightlightsfilm.com/#

Bright Lights Film Journal is a popular-academic hybrid of movie analysis, history, and commentary, looking at classic and commercial, independent, exploitation, and international film from a wide range of vantage points from the aesthetic to the political. A prime area of focus is on the connection between capitalist society and the images that reflect, support, or subvert it — movies as propaganda.

BroadcastNow

http://www.broadcastnow.co.uk/#

Broadcast is the only weekly magazine for the TV and radio industry, delivering the latest news including commissioning, production, facilities and technology. A mostly paid-for publication, Broadcast has a circulation of 12,269 (ABC audited) and readership of over 72,000 industry professionals, providing essential, relevant and accurate information for all sectors of the readership.
Broadcastnow.co.uk is the premier online information service for the television and radio industry.

Cinema Minima News for Movie Makers Worldwide

https://cinemaminima.com/

Cinema Minima News for Movie Makers Worldwide is a news service. Its readership is international. Its distribution is worldwide. Its stories are syndicated. It has been online since 1999.

Combustible Celluloid

http://www.combustiblecelluloid.com/

Combustible Celluloid is my own attempt to continue to learn about movies. For two years, I wrote about new movies on a regular basis. I continue to write about them, but without a regular column and deadline except for my own humble page.

Dark Horizons (clickable)

Dark Horizons is dedicated to news, interviews, rumours, and reviews of upcoming and currently playing films and television projects. The focus initially was almost exclusively related to science fiction but expanded to include most genres. Major focus remains on major studio blockbusters rather than independent or art house films.

Documentary Films

http://www.documentaryfilms.net/

This site provides documentary film information and resources to both viewers and filmmakers. Documentary Films .Net is 100% volunteer driven and is lucky to have a devoted base of filmmakers, reviewers, IT people and students to keep the dream alive. The content here is created by people with a passion for documentary films. In that vein, we’ve tried to keep the site as open as possible by allowing readers to add documentary films, festivals, events and resources to relevant sections of the site. In so doing, we hope to provide a valuable resource to those with an interest in documentary films while simultaneously helping independent documentary filmmakers and festival coordinators promote their films and events. As a community oriented resource, Documentary Films .Net is in a state of perpetual motion — constantly evolving with the community on which it depends.

Film Music Society

http://www.filmmusicsociety.org/

The Film Music Society is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation that aims and endeavors
– to increase awareness of the artistic, historical and commercial value of film and television music;
– to preserve and restore film and television music scores, manuscripts, orchestrations, recordings and all related materials;
– to research, document and disseminate the histories of film and television music, whether by oral means or by aural, written and/or digital media;
– to publish scholarly and other journalistic works on subjects relating to film and television music;
– to foster, encourage and cultivate new musical and journalistic works; and
– to present and promote the film and television music contributions of past, present and future composers, arrangers and musicians.

Filmsite

http://www.filmsite.org/

Filmsite – also known as Greatest Films (greatestfilms.org) is a unique website containing interpretive, descriptive review commentary and historical background, and hundreds of colorful, vintage film posters for some of the best Hollywood and American classic films in the last century.

Footage – stock, archival and news footage network

Footage.net

Footage.net is the premiere stock footage resource to reach the trade’s best stock footage sources – news, creative, archival, and RF. Now find content faster and easier than ever before.

Hollywood Reporter

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/

One of the biggest film magazines’ online edition.

IFC – The Independent Film Channel

http://www.ifc.com/

IFC is the first and only network dedicated to independent film and related programming, 24 hours a day, uncut and uncensored. Operating under the mantra ‘always, uncut,’ IFC presents feature-length films, thought-provoking original documentaries such as At the Death House Door and Heavy Load, shorts, animated series, original series such as the sketch comedy The Whitest Kids U’ Know and the new comedy series Z Rock as well as television’s most comprehensive independent film library. The network also offers some of the most innovative original series exclusively for the web, including the 2008 Webby nominee Getting Away with Murder and a new comedy web series Wilfred, launching in May 2008.
The Independent Film Channel (IFC) is the first channel entirely dedicated to presenting independent film, unedited and commercially uninterrupted 24 hours a day.

Indiepix

http://www.indiepixfilms.com/

IndiePix was founded in 2004 to bring film fans the very best of independent cinema. Today, IndiePix is proud to be home to the broadest online selection of indie films from around the world, including the latest award-winning titles from the festival circuit, popular indie classics, foreign, documentaries and more. Buy a DVD online or use our patented Download-to-Own technology for a professional quality DVD, without the wait.
Fiercely committed to the spirit of indie film, we provide our filmmakers the opportunity to distribute their projects while maintaining the rights to their work. We work closely with our filmmakers to individualize packaging and marketing plans, and offer the most generous revenue share in the industry. Learn more about how to submit your project.
At IndiePix, we bring the world of independent cinema to your fingertips with our website, weekly email updates, the IndiePix blog and at ground events. Sign up for our weekly email for new releases, special offers and promotions, and let IndiePix keep you connected to the world of independent film.

ioncinema.com

IONCINEMA.COM aims at providing a critical, analytic approach to film journalism, and we are dedicated to providing a site that is rich in information, sharp in its dissection of the works discussed on the site and we hope to give “electoral charges” to the films and filmmakers that we feel you should include in your appreciation of the 7th art.

iSugoi

http://www.isugoi.com/

With a staff that consists of individuals from around the globe, iSugoi is dedicated to bringing you the best in anime, manga, and asian film reviews. Our reviews consist of the highest-caliber in video reviewing and we promote an approach that gives the visitor the most extensive, formal, and unbiased reviews possible. This, coupled with our podcast aimed at topics within the anime and video game industry, rounds out our purpose driven philosophy of providing excellent content in which visitors can depend on and enjoy. We are “for the thinking otaku”.

Movie City News

http://moviecitynews.com/

All news about Hollywood cinema.

Movie Review Query Engine (MRQE)

http://www.mrqe.com/

The Movie Review Query Engine (www.MRQE.com), the largest online database for movie reviews, has been re-launched to expand its content reach and user experience.
The re-launched MRQE aggregates reviews, news, interviews and other material associated to specific movies. MRQE also partners with leading movie blogs so that their content is collected in the MRQE database and searchable by any user.

Moviees.com

Irish website about cinema.

MovieMaker Magazine 

http://www.moviemaker.com/

MovieMaker is the nation’s leading magazine on the art and business of making movies.
MovieMaker is a special interest consumer publication with content directed at the audience as well as the artist. Its lively mix of in-depth criticism, festival coverage, do-it-yourself moviemaking techniques and profiles of both rising and legendary Hollywood actors, directors, cinematographers, producers, screenwriters and editors make it a perennial favorite with readers the world over. Although the magazine’s core audience is both independent filmmakers and Hollywood’s leading players, one needn’t be a moviemaker to love MovieMaker, one simply needs to love movies.

MovieScope Magazine

http://www.moviescopemag.com/

MovieScope provides a fresh perspective on the collaborative nature of filmmaking (from writing to producing, directing and acting) by offering informative content, sourced from an insider’s point of view.
MovieScope’s uniqueness and what sets it apart from others, lies in its aim to explore the various aspects of filmmaking from the perspective of the filmmakers themselves.

Moving Image Source

http://www.movingimagesource.us/

Moving Image Source is a website devoted to the history of film, television, and digital media. It features original articles by leading critics, authors, and scholars; a calendar that highlights major retrospectives, festivals, and gallery exhibitions at venues around the world; and a regularly updated guide to online research resources.
The site is updated regularly with additions to the Articles and Calendar sections. The articles relate to recent and ongoing retrospectives and gallery exhibitions as well as to significant new DVDs and books on film, media, and moving-image culture.

Deadline Hollywood Daily

http://deadline.com/

Deadline Hollywood (Deadline.com) first began in March 2006 as Deadline Hollywood Daily, the 24/7 Internet version of Nikki Finke’s long-running LA Weekly “Deadline Hollywood” print column. In 2009, Nikki’s site was purchased by PMC (formerly known as Mail.com Media Corporation). It has become the authoritative source for breaking news in the entertainment industry and readers check the site multiple times each day. Deadline Hollywood is regularly included on lists of top entertainment websites. Influential industry leaders and key decision-makers across many fields track Deadline many times a day and its postings regularly receive more reader comments than all of the entertainment industry news sites combined.

Offscreen

http://www.offscreenmag.com/

Offscreen has been online since 1997, along with its French language sister journal Hors Champ. Based in Montréal, Offscreen is a wide-ranging film journal that covers film festivals, retrospectives, film forums, and both popular and more academic events. Part of our mandate is to cover the Montreal film scene, but within an international context. The scope of its content, and the type of material featured and promoted in Offscreen can be summarized as follows:
– personal and independent film above big budget, formulaic film
– the under-represented (young, up and coming filmmakers)
– films with creative design and broad social commitment
– local and Canadian films/filmmakers
– Asian and alternative cinemas (horror, exploitation, esoteric, experimental, documentary, etc.)

Screen Daily / Screen International

http://www.screendaily.com/

Screen International is the leading weekly magazine covering the international film markets. We provide a whole-industry perspective from some of the most knowledgeable writers and data analysts in the business. Every issue delivers analysis, opinion and commentary on the issues, people and products shaping the worldwide film industry.

Senses of Cinema (clickable headline)

Senses of Cinema is an online journal devoted to the serious and eclectic discussion of cinema. We believe cinema is an art that can take many forms, from the industrially-produced blockbuster to the hand-crafted experimental work; we also aim to encourage awareness of the histories of such diverse forms. As an Australian-based journal, we have a special commitment to the regular, wide-ranging analysis and critique of Australian cinema, past and present.

Senses of Cinema is primarily concerned with ideas about particular films or bodies of work, but also with the regimes (ideological, economic and so forth) under which films are produced and viewed, and with the more abstract theoretical and philosophical issues raised by film study. As well, we believe that a cinephilic understanding of the moving image provides the necessary basis for a radical critique of other media and of the global “image culture”.

Silents Are Golden

http://www.silentsaregolden.com/

“All about the greatest era in cinema history” – great website about the silent films

Televisual

http://www.televisual.com/

Televisual is the monthly magazine for the busy producer and all those who commission, create or deliver moving image content for television, film, commercials and corporate communication.

The Bioscope

https://thebioscope.net/

The Bioscope is dedicated to the subject of early and silent cinema. It is designed to be a news and information resource on all aspects of the motion picture before sound. It covers news, publications, events, discoveries, documents, critical theory, filmmakers, performers, audiences and technology, and aims to encompass film production, distribution and exhibition in the silent era, as well as ‘pre-cinema’, chronophotography, optical toys, and related media, across the world. There is an emphasis on scholarly discovery, but there should be as much here for the general enthusiast as for the specialist.

The Movie – Fanatic

http://www.moviefanatic.com/

The Movie-Fanatic – also known as tMF – is an independent website maintained by a group of movie fans from around the world. We focus mainly on up-and-coming young actors in our Spotlight and Emerging Talents sections; we publish film reviews, mainly of independent films (often known as ‘indie films’) but occasionally of mainstream titles as well, and we promote foreign films – we’ve never been afraid of subtitles!

The online film critics society (OFCS)

http://ofcs.org/

Founded in 1997, the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) is the professional association for film journalists, scholars and historians who publish their reviews, interviews and essays exclusively or primarily in the online media. The mission of the society is to further the growth of an informed film audience through the online media and to promote awareness of the Internet as a viable media alternative.
Admission is open to writers who are affiliated with an online magazine, news service or information resource. Members are required to vote for the year-end OFCS Awards and to post their reviews to the OFCS web site. There is no fee for membership, which is open to writers working in any language and publishing from any country around the world.

The Stage

https://www.thestage.co.uk/

The Stage is the trade title for the entertainment world, an indispensable and informative source for everyone in the business.

The Talent Manager 

https://www.thetalentmanager.co.uk/

TV Freelancers is a unique independent internet community, catering exclusively and specifically to the needs of freelancers in the TV industry. Unique because it is the only site run by, and for, TV freelancers – and independent, because we do not advertise jobs, and can therefore say what we like – good and bad – about production companies and broadcasters.

CTEQ Annotations on Film

Senses of Cinema is an online journal devoted to the serious and eclectic discussion of cinema. We believe cinema is an art that can take many forms, from the industrially-produced blockbuster to the hand-crafted experimental work; we also aim to encourage awareness of the histories of such diverse forms. As an Australian-based journal, we have a special commitment to the regular, wide-ranging analysis and critique of Australian cinema, past and present.

http://www.sensesofcinema.com/contents/cteq/index.html

http://archive.sensesofcinema.com/about_us/index.html

film.org.au

film.org.au is a website to inspire people about Australian film. It celebrates the very best Australian films, finest directors, accomplished actors.

Focal Press

https://www.routledge.com/

Focal Press has been a leading publisher of Media Technology books for 70 years. We provide essential resources for professionals and students in many areas including: film and digital video production, photography, digital imaging, graphics, animation and new media, broadcast and media distribution technologies, music recording and production, mass communications, and theatre technology.

Inside Film – Australia’s Filmmaker Magazine

http://if.com.au/

Inside Film delivers a ‘who, what, where and how’ guide to success in screen content creation. It’s the bible for Australia’s filmmakers – essential reading for anyone working in the film and TV industry. Inside Film features exclusive interviews with the creative personalities behind today’s most entertaining and stimulating screen content, as well as detailed info about new productions and technologies.

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Cineuropa – The best of European Cinema (clickable heading) 

Site dedicated to European cinema, films, actors, filmmakers, professionals, producers, distributors, sales agents, scriptwriters, film finance and the film industry as a whole…

CORDIS: Servizio comunitario d’informazione in materia di Ricerca e Sviluppo (clickable heading) 

An information space for European Research and Development (R&D) and exploitation of European R&D results

South East European Network of Associations of Private Broadcasters (clickable heading) 

The network was established in 2000 with the support of Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As of today it brings together 8 broadcasters’ associations from the SEE region, representing almost 800 broadcasters. Members of SEENAPB are national broadcasters’ associations in Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.

EFA – European Film Academy (clickable heading) 

The European Film Academy (EFA) currently unites 1,900 European film professionals with the common aim of promoting European film culture. Throughout the year, the EFA initiates and participates in a series of activities dealing with film politics as well as economic, artistic, and training aspects.

EFFF: European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation (clickable heading) 

With over 20 festivals represented, on the European continent as well as in Asia and North-America, and a joint audience of approximately 600.000 spectators, the European Federation of Fantastic Film Festivals has become one of the most powerful tools to promote the originality and creativity of the European fantasy film industry.

EFP – European Film Promotion (clickable heading) 

European Film Promotion (EFP) is the only existing international network of organisations active in the field of promotion and marketing of European cinema. The EFP network is comprised of professional organisations from 30 countries of Europe, each with extensive experience in marketing and promoting its own national cinema.

EPRA – European Platform of Regulatory Authorities  (clickable heading) 

Against the backdrop of globalisation and convergence, the need for increased co-operation between European regulatory authorities has been highlighted repeatedly.
Rather than pursuing national directives or acting as a tribune of common declarations, EPRA provides an open platform for discussions on a wide variety of relevant topics to regulators.

EU – European Commission – Cultural Contact Points (clickable heading) 

The unit ‘Culture policy and intercultural dialogue’ sets out new approaches for cultural involvement with a view to giving culture a more prominent role in the European Union. As part of this, the unit is charged with implementing the European agenda for culture, as approved by the Council in November 2007, which has three main objectives:
– The promotion of cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue;
– The promotion of culture as a catalyst for creativity, within the framework of the Lisbon strategy; and,
– The promotion of culture as a vital part of the EU’s external relations.

Eureka Audiovisuel / European Audiovisual Observatory (clickable heading) 

The European Audiovisual Observatory is the only centre of its kind to gather and circulate information on the audiovisual industry in Europe. The Observatory is a European public service body with 36 member States and the European Community, represented by the European Commission. It owes its origins to Audiovisual Eureka and operates within the legal framework of the Council of Europe. It works alongside a number of partner organisations, professional organisations from within the industry and a wide network of correspondents.

Eurimages (clickable heading) 

Eurimages is the Council of Europe fund for the co-production, distribution and exhibition of European cinematographic works.
Eurimages aims to promote the European film industry by encouraging the production and distribution of films and fostering co-operation between professionals.

Euromax (clickable heading) 

Euromax is an European association mainly in the fields of giant screen theatre operation, film production and film distribution, as well as marketing.
Being a small group of commited people allows informal yet momentous discussions on various topics in the giant screen industry.

Europa Cinemas (clickable heading) 

Europa Cinemas – Association of European cinemas showing European films.
Founded in 1992 with funding from the MEDIA programme and from the Centre National de la Cinématographie, Europa Cinemas is the first film theatre network focusing on European films.
Its objective is to provide operational and financial support to cinemas that commit themselves to screen a significant number of European non-national films, to offer events and initiatives as well as promotional activities targeted at Young Audiences and to screen digital European films.
Europa Cinemas is present in more than half of all European towns of more than 150,000 inhabitants.

Europa Nostra (clickable heading) 

Europa Nostra is dedicated to putting heritage and its benefits in the mainstream of public consciousness and to making heritage a priority for public policies both at European and national levels. Its specific objectives are to promote, at a European level, high standards of quality in the fields of heritage conservation, architecture, urban and rural planning and to advocate a balanced and sustainable development of urban and rural, built and natural environment.

European Association of Regional Television (CIRCOM Regional) (clickable heading) 

A Unique International Audiovisual Network in Europe: 376 Public Regional Television Stations from 38 countries. Main objectives:
– promoting and developing cooperation between members;
– co-producing and exchanging programmes;
– strengthening vocational training for journalists and technicians across Europe

European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs (clickable heading) 

EAVE is one of the leading training, development and networking programmes for audiovisual producers in Europe. Since 1988 we have delivered a variety of training programmes at international, pan European, national and regional level.

European Audiovisual Policy (clickable heading) 

The audiovisual sector directly employs over one million people in the EU. It also plays a key social and cultural role – TV remains the foremost source of information and entertainment in Europe, with most homes having a television and the average European watching up to 4 hours a day. Audiovisual content is also increasingly accessed through on demand services.

European Broadcasting Union (clickable heading) 

The European Broadcasting Union is the largest association of national broadcasters in the world. We promote cooperation between broadcasters and facilitate the exchange of audiovisual content. The EBU works to ensure that the crucial role of public service broadcasters is recognised and taken into consideration by decision-makers.

European Cultural Foundation (clickable heading) 

We are an independent organisation which helps the arts contribute to a strong, united and diverse Europe built on shared cultural values.
We support high-quality artistic activities and cultural cooperation across different countries, borders and boundaries. We advocate for culture, helping to create better conditions for the arts and campaigning to change political attitudes to culture at EU level. And we also help provide better access to cultural information.

European Documentary Network (clickable heading) 

European Documentary Network, EDN, is a member-based organisation for professionals working with documentary film and television. EDN supports, stimulates and creates networks within the documentary sector in Europe.

European Federation of Cinematographers (clickable heading) 

The main purpose of the Federation is to champion and uphold the high standards achieved by the Cinematography Profession, and via a constant exchange of experience to promote the spread of that highly-specialised culture on which the long-standing technical and artistic quality of the European Cinema industry is firmly based.

Fédération internationale des Archives du Film (FIAF) (clickable heading) 

FIAF, the International Federation of Film Archives, brings together the world’s leading institutions in the field of moving picture heritage.
Its affiliates are the defenders of the Twentieth Century’s own art form. They are dedicated to the rescue, collection, preservation and screening of moving images, which are valued both as works of art and culture and as historical documents. When it was founded in 1938, FIAF had 4 members. Today it comprises more than 120 institutions in over 65 countries – a reflection of the extent to which preservation of moving image heritage has become a world-wide concern.

FERA, Fédération européenne des réalisateurs de l’audiovisuel (clickable heading) 

FERA is the European Federation for national associations of television and cinema directors.
FERA’s missions are primarily focused on:
– fostering exchanges and common actions within an active network of national associations of directors ;
– relaying onto the European political scene the concerns, expectations and proposals of directors, and on a wider scale those of creators and the field of cinema and culture in general, in order to promote a European environment fostering creation and circulation of European works.

FIAD: Federazione Internazionale delle Associazioni di Distributori Film (clickable heading) 

VISUALNET is the leading international online directory for the Film, TV and Advertising production industry and aims to establish the most efficient professional information service and sales channel by providing a comprehensive B2B platform.

Film Makers for Conservation (clickable heading) 

Filmmakers For Conservation is a global community of passionate people who work in, or have an association with, the global film and television industry. The organisation was born almost a decade ago out of a growing sense of frustration among many producers and directors that there was very little funding and airtime being made available for films that dealt with conservation and the environment.

Fortissimo Films (clickable heading) 

Fortissimo Film Sales is an international film, television and video sales organization specializing in the production, presentation, promotion and distribution of unique, award winning and innovative feature films from independent film makers from all over he world.

IETM – International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts (clickable heading) 

IETM is a membership organisation which exists to stimulate the quality, development and contexts of contemporary performing arts in a global environment, by initiating and facilitating professional networking and communication, the dynamic exchange of information, know-how transfer and presentations of examples of good practice.

Independent Feature Project (clickable heading) 

A non profit organization created to support the courageous work of artists and technicians working in independent film.

International Federation of Film Producers Associations (clickable heading) 

FIAPF’s members are 25 producers’ organization from 22 countries on four continents, FIAPF is the only organisation of film and television producers with a global reach. FIAPF’s mandate is to represent the economic, legal and regulatory interests which film and TV production industries in four continents have in common.

IREX (clickable heading) 

IREX is an international nonprofit organization providing leadership and innovative programs to improve the quality of education, strengthen independent media, and foster pluralistic civil society development.

Irish Film Board (clickable heading) 

The Irish Film Board (IFB) is Ireland’s national film agency. The agency supports and promotes the Irish film industry and the use of Ireland as a location for international production.

IVCA – International Visual Communications Association (clickable heading) 

The International Visual Communication Association exists to represent its members to Government and other stakeholding bodies and to promote effective business and public service communications of the highest ethical and professional standards.
The Association aims to be a centre of excellence for best communication practice and works with production companies, freelancers, support service providers and clients of the industry to represent their interests and help maximize their competitiveness and professionalism.

The Location Guide (clickable heading) 

The Location Guide is the definitive resource for global location filming
We provide the international film community with three essential preproduction resources that help with planning overseas location shoots.
All three resources are used by production professionals working in Feature Films, Television Dramas, Documentaries, TV Commercials, Music Videos, Promos, Corporate Films and Stills production.

LUMIERE: Database box-office film Europei (clickable heading) 

The data base LUMIERE provides a systematic compilation of available data on admissions of the films released in European cinemas since 1996. The data base is the result of the collaboration between the European Audiovisual Observatory and the various specialised national sources as well as the MEDIA Programme of the European Union.

MEDIA Programme – Film database (clickable heading) 

MEDIA is the EU support programme for the European audiovisual industry. MEDIA co-finances training initiatives for audiovisual industry professionals, the development of production projects (feature films, television drama, documentaries, animation and new media), as well as the promotion of European audiovisual works.

OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media (clickable heading) 

The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media observes media developments in all 56 OSCE participating States. He provides early warning on violations of freedom of expression and promotes full compliance with OSCE press freedom commitments.

Powercorp International (clickable heading) 

POWER is Europe’s number one independent producer and distributor of high quality, award-winning series, mini-series and movies for television. We have collaborated with the world’s most respected broadcasters in the creation of a powerful new generation of dynamic, big event drama.

Prix Europa (clickable heading) 

PRIX EUROPA is open to broadcasting and producing organisations alike and is therefore accessible to media professionals from all parts of Europe. It has grown into the continent’s largest competition for television, radio and the emerging media, but has no commercial interest. The pan-European event is attended by well over 1,000 delegates from more than 40 countries.

Roberto Cimetta Fund (clickable heading) 

The Roberto Cimetta Fund is an international association promoting artistic exchange and the mobility of professionals in the field of contemporary performing arts and visual arts within the Mediterranean area.

South East Europe Media Organisation (clickable heading) 

The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in South East Europe (SEE) and an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI).

South East European Network for the Professionalisation of the Media (clickable heading) 

The South East European Network for Professionalization of Media (SEENPM) promotes excellence in journalism through policy initiatives, research and training.
SEENPM unites fifteen non-for-profit media centres from eleven South East European and neighbouring countries. Its activities are based on the belief that joint commitment and cooperation are pivotal to the development of independent media, the strengthening of relations among journalists, and overall progress in the region.

The International Federation of Film Critics (clickable heading) 

The organisations of professional film critics and film journalists, established in different countries for the promotion and development of film culture and for the safeguarding of professional interests, constitute the International Federation of the Cinematographic Press (Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique – FIPRESCI)

WCA – Writers’ Copyright Association (clickable heading) 

The world leader for the protection of creative material such as: books, scripts, idea.

World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) (clickable heading) 

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. It is dedicated to developing a balanced and accessible international intellectual property (IP) system, which rewards creativity, stimulates innovation and contributes to economic development while safeguarding the public interest.

ZDF Enterprises (clickable heading) 

On behalf of ZDF, ZDF Enterprises is responsible for worldwide program sales, the implementation of international coproductions, license purchasing for quality programs, marketing online rights and the merchandising of strong ZDF program brands.

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Film Specific – Distribution Tools & Solutions for Independent Filmmakers (clickable headline)

The premier online resource for independent filmmakers serious about getting their projects made, seen and distributed worldwide.
Leverage our expertise in the international marketplace, tap into our interactive, multi-media training bank and suite of professional tools, propel your projects forward at any stage of production, and expand the possibilities for your film.

IoFilm (clickable headline)

Iofilm is probably the longest continuously running film ezine in the UK.
Distribution consultant Peter Broderick says filmmakers should consider new strategies for distributing their films to avoid future disappointment.

Lux Distribution Guide (clickable headline)

This is a beginner’s guide to distributing and promoting artists’ film and video work. It will take you through marketing and materials that you will need, organisations that may be able to assist, to possible exhibition channels.

UK Film Distributors (clickable headline)

This list provides contacts for key film distributors in the UK.

Filmmakers.com (clickable headline)

Database of films and artists.

IndieClub (clickable headline)

If you have a passion for making movies and you are looking for others who have similar interests, you have come to the right place. Whether your talents and interests are behind or in front of the camera, IndieClub.com is the premier site for networking.

IndieWIRE (clickable headline)

The leading news, information, and networking site for independent-minded filmmakers, the industry and moviegoers alike.

ABC Content Sales (clickable headline)

Welcome to the online home of ABC Content Sales, a distributor of television, radio and online content and programming to the worldwide media marketplace. ABC Content Sales sells programs, footage and information feeds produced by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and leading independent content producers.

ACTF Australian Children Television Foundation (clickable headline)

The ACTF is a national non-profit organisation. It is committed to providing Australian children with entertaining media made especially for them, which makes an enduring contribution to their cultural and educational experience.

BBC Worldwide (clickable headline)

Beyond International (clickable headline)

Since the business commenced activities in 1985, Beyond International (Beyond) has become a major entertainment company, involved in the creation and international exploitation of television, feature films and ancillary products. Beyond was established as CIC Productions to produce the television series Beyond 2000 for the Seven Network in Australia. This created a strong base for the company to develop an extensive international distribution network and to branch into drama program production and the international sale/distribution of feature films.

IFM World Releasing (clickable headline)

Welcome to the website for IFM World Releasing, one of the best established and most respected international film sales companies in the entertainment industry.

Content Film (clickable headline)

ContentFilm plc is a London-based film and television sales company. It also owns or controls a significant library of film and television rights and assets, including over 3,000 hours of television and over 100 feature films.

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