Independent Films

Topics: Independent film, New Line Cinema, Sundance Film Festival Pages: 2 (512 words) Published: March 17, 2009
Independent films Independent films today are generally defined as American films financed and distributed by sources outside today's Big Six and its subsidiaries. {text:bookmark-start} {text:bookmark-end} {text:bookmark-start} {text:bookmark-start} {text:bookmark-end} {text:bookmark-end} Present day and digital filmmaking Taiting, Abdul Written Report Mr. Mike P. Limon In an effort to cash in on the present day boom in independent film, today's Big Six major studios, have created a number of independent-flavored subsidiaries, designed to develop less commercial, more character driven films which appeal to the growing art house market The increasing popularity and feasibility of low-budget films over the last 15 years has led to a vast increase in the number of aspiring filmmakers. Their dream seems much more attainable than before the independent film revolution because these novice filmmakers no longer need to gain the backing of a major studio and access to perhaps a hundred million dollars to make their film. Independent movie-making has also resulted in the proliferation and repopularization of short films and short film festivals. Full-length films are often showcased at film festivals such as the Sundance Film Festival, the Slamdance Film Festival, the South By Southwest film festival, the Raindance Film Festival, ACE Film Festival, or the Cannes Film Festival. Award winners from these exhibitions are more likely to get picked up for distribution by major film studios. Taiting, Abdul Written Report Mr. Mike P. Limon Page 2 of 6 The following studios are considered to be the most prevalent of the modern independent studios (they are used to produce/release independent films and foreign-language films in America): Lions Gate Films Picturehouse) (formerly Fine Line Features, before Time Warner acquired Newmarket's distribution arm, and merged it with Fine Line to form Picturehouse, a joint venture of HBO and New Line Cinema) Taiting, Abdul...
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