The ITVS Indies Roundup

Posted on June 22, 2012

A curated list of indie news and recommendations from ITVS’s Rebecca Huval.


Who said there’s no money in documentary filmmaking? You could score $100,000 for producing a three-minute nonfiction film about invention or innovation in the Focus Forward Filmmaker Challenge. The deadline for submissions is August 23. While we’re on the subject of money, the CEO of the portfolio platform Behance talked with Indiewire about how creatives will find more meaningful work (and moolah) in the future. Pop quiz: Where is the second-biggest movie capital behind Hollywood and Bollywood? It’s Nollywood. New York Times Magazine published a juicy profile on Nigeria’s burgeoning film industry, probing into the work of cutting-edge filmmaker Kunle Afolayan.

If you’re looking for an adventure abroad, Moscow is renting out dirt-cheap film studios to international talent in order to spread filmmaking know-how. Groundbreaking film critic Andrew Sarris died at 83. He influenced cultural mavens to view cinema as an art worthy of thoughtful criticism. Here’s his 1973 review of “Gone With the Wind” for The Atlantic

Did you love this year’s Oscar-winner The Artist? You should watch the (free!) 1980 documentary Hollywood: A Celebration of the American Silent Film, featuring interviews with aging silent-film directors. The future of TV looks nimble and internet-savvy, and Makers Studios is showing us how it might be done. To celebrate summer solstice, check out some international music videos that show what listeners around the globe will be grooving to this verano.


From our blog

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    August 10, 2023

    ITVS is pleased to welcome Brandii Rice as our new Head of Business and Legal Affairs. In her role Rice will oversee business and legal affairs across the ITVS brand portfolio. In addition, she will guide licensing and business strategies to support ITVS’ content development, production, distribution and audience development goals. She will join ITVS

  2. Carrie Lozano Will Lead ITVS as President & CEO, Succeeding Sally Jo Fifer

    June 7, 2023

    Carrie Lozano joins ITVS from the Sundance Institute, where she served as director of Documentary Film and Artist Programs, supporting boundary-breaking filmmakers across the globe. At ITVS, she will continue to protect independent artists’ voices, editorial control and copyright while elevating nonfiction storytelling as an essential strategy

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