August 17, 2018
Writers and Filmmakers,

Congratulations to Ryan Powell for his winning script "Just a Hit of Garlic" as chosen by the winning Filmmaker Boris Schaarschmidt!

About Ryan:

"Ryan Powell is a writer, editor, and producer. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Video Production from Utah Valley University.

Ryan began his film production career as an editor for the ad agency ‘Molio’ based in the greater Salt Lake City area. After which, he spent some time with the media team at SnapPower Inc. where he co-wrote, produced, edited, and co-directed a video campaign starring Crystal the Monkey (Night at the Museum, The Hangover: Part II, Community) which is, according to him, “lit as a mutha”. He is currently working as a freelance video editor, writer and producer in Utah and is hard at work on his next screenplay.

Ryan also moonlights as the masked vigilante “Round House”, patrolling the streets of Provo, Utah at night, bringing the forces of evil to justice. When asked what it was like to be this generation’s sex symbol, Ryan said it was “pretty cool” and disappeared into the shadows. He also loves Mexican food."

I wanted to thank you for taking your chances and entering. I know there are a lot of competitions and festivals competing for your attention. I believe the 'Writers and Filmmakers' model adds a lot of value to everyone. You receive valuable feedback and develop your assessment skills. I have had writers and filmmakers reach out to me asking to be introduced to those who wrote meaningful assessments through their assignments.

Jonathan Krimer

2018 WINNING Short Filmmaker Announced and TOP 10 Scripts!

July 22, 2018
Writers and Filmmakers,


The winning film, as chosen by the writers, is "Green" by Boris Schaarschmidt!

Here are the top 5 qualifying films followed by their 'rank average' (the lower the number the better).




I will be contacting Boris Schaarschmidt who made "Green" very soon to discuss the next steps!

The top 10 scripts are now to be treated as equal. Each writer has the opportunity to update their script based on the feedback they received from the filmmakers.

The winning filmmaker will be asked to review the top 10 scripts and decide a winner!

Here are the top 10 qualifying scripts Boris must choose from:




Good Luck to the remaining writers!

About the Winning Filmmaker - Boris Schaarschmidt

Boris Schaarschmidt

Boris Schaarschmidt is a director, producer, and writer. He holds a BFA in cinematography from the University of Applied Sciences in Dortmund, Germany, and a MFA in directing from the American Film Institute (AFI) in Los Angeles. He is a recipient of a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service Scholarship (DAAD), and of the Pat Hitchcock O’Connell Scholarship Award.

Boris’ films screened at international festivals around the globe including Berlinale and Raindance and each of his projects has won numerous awards.

Since 2015, Boris has been an instructor for directing at the New York Film Academy (NYFA) in Los Angeles. In summer 2018, he spent two months in India, teaching directing classes for NYFA Mumbai.

Please visit www.borisschaarschmidt.de for more information.

Congratulations to BORIS and good luck to the remaining writers!



May 1st, 2018

Last year we had a tiny competition yet the winners used the funds wisely! I'm glad to say that the winning short script was shot by the winning filmmaker.

Here's the teaser to:

"Lloyd's Automotive"

Script by: Montgomery Burt

Film by: Jean-Jacques Dumonceau

Sincerely, Jonathan


March 3rd, 2018

Short Writers and Filmmakers,
Vrrroom Vrooom. Time to Dream Big!

The Short 2018 competition is now open. Sign up today! If 1000 people enter tomorrow (unlikely, but possible) we could start the competition the next day!

So please invite your writer and filmmaker friends to enter. In the past two short competitions, we raised over $8,000 (USD) for the winners! You could be next!

Writers and Filmmakers competition is unlike any other festival or competition. When you enter, you become a judge of the other group and help them with meaningful feedback. The cream rises to the top. It’s incredible to see the top 10. Writers judge filmmakers and filmmakers judge writers. Some people sign up just for the feedback, and that’s totally fine, but most have their eye on the prize. And the rankings work!

I wanted to let everyone know, that I have one thing to master before we start! You see, I’m on my own now with no IT geniuses helping me out. I never realized when I was building the site that I would learn so much about Microsoft asp.net coding and SQL databases. Well I’m not a pro yet…but ready to start the next Shorts competition. Soooo, that being said, I’ll just say it now so no one gets angry, expect technical difficulties!

Sincerely, Jonathan


May 1st, 2018

Last year we had a tiny competition yet the winners used the funding wisely! I'm glad to say that the winning short script was shot by the winning filmmaker.

Here's the teaser to:

"Lloyd's Automotive"

Script by: Montgomery Burt

Film by: Jean-Jacques Dumonceau

Sincerely, Jonathan


April 22nd, 2017

Short Writers and Filmmakers,

CONGRATULATIONS to Monty Burt who created: Lloyd's Automotive

Monty Writes:

I often place second in writing contests so I'm thrilled to win on the writers side of the Writers & Filmmakers Competition with my comedy-drama, "Lloyd's Automotive." I look forward to working with director Jean-Jacques Dumonceau and the opportunities that will come about collaborating together. He understands the emotional beats in the story I'm trying to tell.

In addition to writing the recently-released comedy short "The United Guys Network" (directed by Tabatha Golat), I’ve completed four feature scripts and written for radio and TV. My teleplay "Career Move" was produced for Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and my Twilight Zone script "Borrowed Time" won second prize in a national competition. CKNW Radio also produced my black comedy radioplay, "Leonard McTivey's Last Day at Work."

I received two Praxis screenwriting fellowships through Simon Fraser University, and for several years I’ve run Upwords, an ongoing screenwriters workshop that develops new talent. I'm marketing two features, "The Outskirts of Paradise" and "The Reunion," as well as developing several short film projects. (As a producer, I've come to the conclusion that the real art of filmmaking is finding money.)

I’m first and foremost a visual storyteller. I made short films with my dad’s Super 8 movie gear when I was fourteen and I’ve been hooked ever since. I try to pitch in, using my experience and writing skills to contribute to the indie film scene in Vancouver.


April 15th, 2017

Short Writers and Filmmakers,

CONGRATULATIONS to Jean-Jacques Dumonceau who created: Shutdown

Jean-Jacques was the highest ranking filmmaker who completed all his assignments. As per our rules, Jean-Jacques now needs to decide which of the top 10 scripts he will chose as the winning script!

The top 10 scripts are:

  1. The Monsters Within Us
  2. Lois, Superman and Willy
  3. Simulationship
  4. SHIRL
  5. Combo Couple
  6. Lloyd's Automotive
  7. Souriciere
  8. Lucky
  9. Unscathed
  10. Humans die standing

Good Luck to the Remaining Writers!



February 1st, 2017

The Competition will stop accepting entries after February 28th! So enter now and reserve your spot!


October 18, 2016

The Competition will stop accepting entries after February 28th! So enter now and reserve your spot!


TORONTO International Film Festival 2016 logo


It's been almost a month since the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has ended, and of course when you meet and shake that many hands you are bound to catch a cold. So we had been sick for 2 weeks after it concluded. Ugh. But we have officially recovered from TIFF.

This year we brought along Enrico V. He's a former Bay Street finance guy (that's the Canadian equivalent of Wall Street) whom now teaches finance at McMaster University in Hamilton. He came to the conferences with the intention of learning film financing. What did he learn? Nothing. This year was horrible for understanding how a film financially gets made. If you want past TIFF conferences that did that gohere.

We went to a lot of conferences, but new to TIFF this year were round table events. They were enjoyable and education because you could directly speak and ask questions to some VIP's. Most of the roundtable events were geared for Canadian filmmakers, but not all.

The VR roundtable was the one that impressed us the most. Have you tried VR 360 yet? It's mind blowing. It's easy to see why it's the future of immersive experiences. That being said, it's hard to imagine that it will work with every story. How do you edit and control the audience's gaze? What if the audience is staring at the actors shoes when that all important kiss moment is about to occur?

As for getting your short film into TIFF, we have some bad news for you. If you are a North American short filmmaker and you don't use Sag-Aftra/Actra, IATSE, DGA/DGC your chances of getting into TIFF are slim to none. Over the years, we've watched over 15 short film 'programs' and all the films accepted had either one or some of these unions and/or some national funding agency support.

The worst part about the above is it's so sad. Really, I want to see something WAY above average. We know our model is not just fair for everyone involved - it's bound to reward, recognize and produce exceptional work.


June 4th, 2016

Congratulations to the winning filmmaker Shekhar Bassi for his film: "NO LOVE LOST"

Mr. Bassi has chosen a winning script from the top 10:

"Having read all the top ten screenplays I chose 'The Invention' as the winner.

All the selected screenplays offered some beautiful moments. They also offered some challenges for a director to sink his/her teeth into.

For me, 'The Invention' felt more well-rounded in its approach to storytelling. Though the narrative is dialogue heavy, I feel it has the potential to be leaner and allow for a visual short film. 'The Invention' is not as stylised as some of the other screenplays.

Its story has the structure other scripts lacked. Hence allowing for character development and tightening of the plot. Apart from the challenges in the story and plot, I do see challenges to the shooting of the film. Challenges such as some CGI elements and some old school special effects.

Being a screenwriter myself I know we want our screenplays realised. To that end we often write in a way that would make it easy and cheap to shoot but only a few stories lend themselves to that. In the end, we are visual storytellers and our stories cannot do without some visual elements.

I am grateful for the opportunity to read the work of so many writers and learn new things."

Congratulations to Dennis Hennessey, the author of 'The Invention'!

Writers and Filmmaker's Winning Director Shekhar BassiDirector - Shekhar Bassi

Witers and Filmmaker's Winning Screenwriter Dennis HennesseyScreenwriter - Dennis Hennessey

Deeply inspired by early Spielberg movies and the Twilight Zone at a young age, Dennis Hennessey began writing short stories when he was 11. He later wrote his first screenplay, a supernatural thriller, in High School for an AV class film. From that point forward, he knew this is what he was meant to do. He eventually would transfer to Emerson College where he majored in Communications with a concentration in Film. While there, his screenplays and short stories received considerable praise and attention.

Unable to break into the film industry, Hennessey put writing on the back burner as he turned his focus to starting a family and operating an independent record label. All the while, he continued to feel the pull of writing. Then, upon receiving an unexpected handwritten letter from an old college classmate praising his screenplays, Hennessey became re-energized and began writing again.

He currently has 4 feature length screenplays, 4 shorts, and roughly 100 story ideas to his credit. Hennessey is now writing regularly and hopes to resume the pursuit of a career as a screenwriter.


April 7th, 2016

Congratulations to the winning filmmaker Shekhar Bassi for his film: "NO LOVE LOST"

These are the top 10 films as chosen by the Writers: 

Rank/ Film Title 

  2. Haleema 
  4. Petro 
  5. Daddy's Girls 
  6. The Crocodile and The Capybara 
  7. Lives 
  8. That Night 
  9. Worldly Possessions 
  10. CUT

Mr. Shekhar Bassi has now been provided with the top 10 scripts! He will read them and decide which one he would like to shoot.

These are the top 10 scripts as chosen by the filmmakers:

Rank/ Script Title 

  1. Writer's duel 
  2. Avoiding Gonzo 
  4. The Secret to Fighting the Mundane 
  5. Kitty 
  6. Traveler's Remorse 
  7. The Invention 
  8. Sarah Quinn 
  9. Glory Hole 
  10. Symposium


  1. We will be working on sub category rankings (Director, Cinematographer, Most Creative Script, etc)
  2. We will be working on compiling everyone's report so they can see what the other group thought and said about their work.

Final Thoughts:

We wanted to reiterate that everyone writer and filmmaker who entered contributed to the success of the other. By providing meaningful, thoughtful assessments they contributing to someone's development.

We will update everyone as the competition continues for the writers!


January 29, 2015

Writers and Filmmakers short film competition deadline is February 29th, 2016. We will be posting images of the assignments page soon so you can see what your reports will look like!


Februayry 6, 2016

Our assignments page is simple but effective. (Sorry, we use Excel a lot in our day jobs). The below sample is for both writers and filmmakers. The items on the left, under 'Step 1' column, are hyperlinks to scripts or to videos. The writers may have 'passwords' on their assignment page because filmmakers may have password protected their films -- this allows them to enter into other festivals without affecting their ability to enter into W&F. The Score and Rank columns will be populated by what info you provide on the 'Scoring and Feedback' pages.

My Assignment Page


After you have read/watched the assignment in it's entirety, you click on the "Answer Questions" button. This takes you to the unique questions the writer/filmmaker created to verify you reviewed their material in its entirety. You select the radio dial to answer the multiple choice question. If you get one wrong we will know and cut off your finger.

My Questions Page

After you have successfully answered all the questions, you are sent to the Scoring and Feedback page. Here is a sample for a writer judging a filmmaker. It still needs to be prettied up, but you get the point. There is still time to improve the 'feedback' component of the page. If you think something should be added, let us know and we will consider it!

My Feedback Page

Everyone will get a pdf report with all their feedback. It will be available for download. There is so much we will be able to do after! Connect people and encourage people to continue the collaboration!


January 29, 2016

Writers and Filmmakers short film competition deadline is February 29th, 2016. We will be posting images of the assignments page soon so you can see what your reports will look like!


December 15, 2015

Writers and Filmmakers is creating a new easy to use platform that performs 3 main functions.

  1. Filmmakers create a laundry list of items they need for their next production that the public can donate or lend to you.
  2. Let the public list off items they are willing to lend or donate to filmmakers.
  3. Market your film, either past productions or future productions (and make a list of items you need so people can help you get there.

Wardrobe, locations, props - you name it, people love helping independent filmmakers! They generally don't want to give you cash, but items they already own are a different. Let the cash requests stay on indigogo and kickstarter.

It's coming soon!! Oh, and it will be free.


November 6, 2015

In the USA, the SEC has approved rules for Title III of the JOBS Act. In Canada, five provinces followed suit approving the “MI 45-108”, which allows businesses to sell equity in crowdfunding style websites.

Here are some highlights from the SEC (USA) announcement:

  • Investors may invest up to $2,000 a year in crowdfunded companies (unless you make more than $100,000, in which case you may invest slightly more).
  • Companies must make ongoing annual disclosures to investors.
  • Raises must be conducted through approved funding portals or registered broker / dealers.

Here’s a link to the SEC Factsheet if you want to learn more.

Here are some highlights from the CSA (Canada) announcement:

  • An investor that does not qualify as an accredited investor: $2,500 per investment, and in Ontario, $10,000 in total in a calendar year.
  • An accredited investor other than a permitted client: $25,000 per investment, and in Ontario, $50,000 in total in a calendar year.

Here’s a link to the OSC ‘s notice if you want to learn more.


October 15, 2015

The 40th Toronto International Film Festival started a month ago and we were there! We audio recorded as many conferences as we could and posted many of them on our YouTube page for you to listen to. We tried to choose the ones that were more 'indie', rather than mini or major studio discussions.

That being said, we think this lecture from 2013 is probably better than the ones we've heard in 2014 and 2015 regarding how hollywood finances a film.It's called Big Money: Private and Equity Financing

Here is a list of TIFF 2015 conferences we have uploaded to our youtube channel:


September 10, 2015

Interesting developments made in furthering collaboration and production in Canada and the USA. The Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) has signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Producers Guild of America (PGA).

We need to actually review the MOU, but the announcement at the CMPA Awards implied PGA members are eligible to bring American talent (not sure if this 'talent' or 'crew') into productions in Canada. The implications are increased or shared tax credits for both American and Canadian productions.

Anecdotally, Robert Lantos Serendipity Point Films won the annual CMPA Feature Film Producer’s Award. He was unable to attend, but his son accepted the award on his behalf. Regrettably, we didn't record the Mr. Lantos' acceptance speach, which was witty, poignant and humble. We will make efforts to find his comments and post them here.


September 9, 2015

40th TIFF

We are off to the 40th Toronto International Film Festival. We will be meeting writers, filmmakers, directors, DP’s, editors, producers, distributors…!

As a conference delegate, we receive a lot of emails from sales agents and distribution companies and a few production companies marketing/educating us on their films. Setting up meetings with them seems easy.

We even got an email from a short film distributor, whom we are setting up a meeting with. Fingers crossed.

We are also compiling a list of distributers and sales agents for our members. Stay tuned, but give us some time!


July 17th, 2015

ONE. Write like a kid. Be creative. The more you know, the less you'll accept. As adults, our imagination becomes increasingly restricted by our knowledge of what is and isn’t possible in real life. However, knowing the laws of physics doesn't mean that people can’t fly. Just because your personality is shy and reserved doesn’t mean that your characters can't be loud and energetic. Don't try to copy reality.

Experiment with your thoughts and with the writing process. Release your imagination. That is how you stand out.

TWO. Write fearlessly. Don’t be afraid to be controversial. Delve into topics that could make people uncomfortable. Your writing is more powerful when it makes people confront what they try to avoid on a regular basis.

THREE. Write close to your heart. Personal experiences can be incredibly powerful. The more passionate you feel about a topic, the more people will respond to it. A theme that is important to you will resonate more intensely with others.

FOUR . Write without restrictions. Don't try to hide your identity, but also don't restrict yourself because of it. Writers often feel pigeonholed because of their identities and feel that they must only write in ways that others will perceive “authentic.” Other writers will try to hide their gender, sexuality, or race to avoid being pigeonholed.

In the Victorian era, female writer Mary Ann Evans felt the need to change her name to George Eliot in order to have her writing taken seriously. However, why did J.K. Rowling feel that she had to hide her first name or change it to Robert Galbraith in this day and age? As the years have passed, individuals should no longer have to assume different identities for their voices to be heard. Don’t write based on others’ expectations of you based on your identity. Be true to who you are.

FIVE. Write for fun. Don't worry about catering to a specific audience. Before anyone sees your work, you are your own audience. If you don’t enjoy your writing, then what is the point of writing in the first place? Have fun with the writing process and make sure you find the topic interesting so that it’s a pleasure for you to write about it. Rather than try to figure out how to make the majority of people value your writing, take a step back and ask, “Do I like it?”. Above all, write for yourself and don't worry about pleasing others.

SIX. Make connections. Writing is one thing, but getting your script into production requires a whole new set of skills. First, you need to understand that getting your writing produced requires you to be business savvy. Like any business, you want to build strong and lasting relationships that will help your work reach more people. While you may write the greatest masterpiece since Woody Allen, Charlie Kaufman or even Shakespeare, without building a network. So put yourself and your work out there—go to events, use the internet, use social media, use your real-life connections with other writers. Only through hard work and motivation will you make these important connections.

SEVEN. Don’t give up! Even the greatest writers get their scripts and novels rejected hundreds of times before somebody produces them or publishes them. Writing, like any art form, is subjective. While one editor may think that your writing is too abstract, another might want to publish you for exactly that reason. People have different preferences and there’s no way that you can please all of them so never give up. Don't get discouraged. Keep submitting your work to as many places as possible. You never know who will bite the hook.


July 1st, 2015 (Canada Day) and July 4th, 2015 (Independence Day)

Happy Birthday USA and Canada!



June 7th, 2015

  1. Ever see a film poster or advertisement and think that font represents your film perfectly? If only you knew the name of the font! 'What the font' app is what you need!


    In their words: Whip out your iPhone and snap a photo, and WhatTheFont will identify that font in seconds! WhatTheFont for iPhone connects directly to MyFonts' acclaimed WhatTheFont™ font identification service, which has been helping customers pinpoint mystery fonts at the MyFonts.com web site. Then go to Myfonts.com and do a search. With a little digging you can find the font you want for FREE!
  2. Ever need a companies logo? Maybe for your documentary?
    Go to Brands of the World and find it in a second. You can get a vector, image or stock logo on the spot.
  3. Need to add some texture and style to your work?

    www.rampantdesigntools.com has created www.4kfree.com. You just need to provide them with all you info and voila, free 4k effects! Go to Rampant Design Tools here and check it outwww.rampantdesigntools.com

    In their words: Rampant Design creates Style Effects for video, designed to significantly enhance content for editors, VFX and motion graphics artists. Our Style Effects are created by post production industry veterans; award-winning VFX artist Sean Mullen and post production expert, Stefanie Mullen.
  4. Need to convert footage? Hate opening a HD or 4k files in Quicktime because it opens so large? VLC player just aint doing it? Go old school!

    Go to http://www.squared5.com and download 'Mpeg stream clip', for mac or pc from Squared5.

    This software is old, but it's the best d-interlacing software bar none. It's faster than what you are using! In Their words: MPEG Streamclip is a powerful free video converter, player, editor for Mac and Windows. It can play many movie files, not only MPEGs; it can convert MPEG files between muxed/demuxed formats for authoring; it can encode movies to many formats, including iPod; it can cut, trim and join movies. MPEG Streamclip can also download videos from YouTube and Google by entering the page URL.
  5. Ever wonder what the specs are of the footage or audio you using are?

    Go to MediaInfo. MediaInfo is a convenient unified display of the most relevant technical and tag data for video and audio files.

New Sponsor!

April 12th, 2015

ITN Source is offering free research assistance and screeners for production of the winning script!

ITN Source provides unparalleled access to footage from around the world, captured from 1896 to present. They are one of the world's largest archive footage licensors, with over 2.8 million video clips, programs and film titles available online, covering everything from news to drama, celebrity, comedy, music, wildlife and natural history. ITN Source represents the global archives of ITN, Reuters, ITV Studios, NBC, Fox News, Fox Movietone and numerous specialist collections including Rex Features picture library. Over 20 hours of digitized content is added every day, uncovering new, rare and never seen before archive material.

The winning filmmakers (Short & Feature) will receive free research advice and assistance, free footage screeners, access to view digitised ITV Studio's programmes & film titles and advice on footage licensing costs.


March 10th, 2015

One hundred and fifty years ago, when Paris was the centre of the art world, a group of painters (Renoir, Cezanne, Monet, Degas, Manet, Pisarro, etc) invented modern art which became known as impressionism.

Every artist in the world would enter two or three of their finest canvases to the jury of experts at the 'Salon', the most important art exhibition in all of Europe. Those deemed unacceptable would be stamped with a red letter "R" for rejected. Those accepted would be seen by millions. The few winners of the Salon were celebrated and saw the value of their paintings soar.

For a painter in the nineteenth century, the Salon was everything, and the reason that the Salon was such an issue for the group of Impressionists was that time and time again the Salon jury turned them down. The Impressionists all agreed that the 'Salon' was the most important art show in the world. But even acceptance by the Salon came with another cost, it meant you would get lost in 1000's of other artists' work. So, they asked themselves:

Did they want to be little fish in a big pond of the Salon, or be big fish in a little pond of their own choosing?

The reason why their paintings hang in every major art museum today, was because they chose to be big fish in a little pond. They started their own exhibit just for themselves - and the rest is history...

Think about it.

Why compete with over 8,061 short film submission into Sundance?
Why compete with over 3,391 feature entries into Blue Cat Competition?
Why compete with over 7,511 feature entries into Nichols Competition?

Do the math. Rarely do we stop and consider, as the Impressionists did, whether the most prestigious of institutions is always in our best interest.

Compete with (roughly) 500 writers or 500 filmmakers. Five Hundred. 500.


February 17th, 2015

We now have entries from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Ireland, India, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, United Kingdom, and USA!

As of February 17th, 2015 the percentage of entries by competition are:

Short Writers 53% / Short Filmmakers 47%
Feature Writers 64% / Feature Filmmakers 36%


February 9th, 2015

We created a writers calendar for you guys! We also happened to share it with Lucy V. Hay of www.Bang2write.com and she loved it. Check out her perspective and analysis on submission strategies for writers here.

Lucy V. Hay also wrote another article using our info graphic on Scriptmag.com titled: Submissions Insanity: 6 Steps to Strategic Submissions

Writer's Calendar


January 20, 2015

The whole process seemed pretty simple. We applied and were accepted to utilize Thunderclap's social media tool to post once (and only once) on peoples facebook wall or twitter feed. We set our timeline to a short 3 weeks and achieved our goal of 100 participants within 16 days! Goooo US!

We used Facebook groups to attract attention. Most of our supporters were writers and filmmakers we had never met before. So by posting on fb groups, we had the ability to increase traffic to our website and build a new audience in a gentle, non pushy way. No hard selling necessary.

Making it clear that we were trying to gain awareness only, and this wasn't a lead in to some financial commitment later on was important.

Sadly, Godaddy.com, our hosting site had a Denial of Service attack two days before we were supposed to have our official thunderclap - BOOM! As we freaked out, Thunderclap was very generous and gave us the option to reschedule.

In the end, we didn't need to reschedule, but we lost our ability to truly measure the effectiveness of the boom, because our site was migrated to a new server and our Google Analytics went bye bye. We were down for 28hrs in total!

Thunderclap's stats said our social reach potential was over 105k. Well, we did gain a few sign ups, immediately after, but aren't sure how large our reach really was.

We still believe this to be an effective tool for indy filmmakers who need to let others know about their completed work!

Writers and Filmmakers - Thunderclap


January 14, 2015

Although we don't fund documentaries (it just doesn't work with our funding model), we thought we would help Documentary Filmmakers keep organized by creating this TV and Documentary Market Calendar.

The TV markets are all Caps. The rest are Documentary Markets. Enjoy!

Writers and Filmmakers - TV and Documentary Annual Market Calendar


December 27th, 2014

Our film funding organization www.WritersandFilmmakers.com got accepted to use Thunderclap! It's a social media tool that lets us all post at the same time, just once...in a 'thunderclap'. BOOM! Obama uses it!

Here is our campaign. Support us before it's over - January 21, 2015. DO IT!!!

Why are we telling you this? We suggest filmmakers should use this platform to launch their film's marketing campaign. If your film content is more altruistic, chances are you will be accepted for free. Take a look:

It's impressive to see how large a social net is if you get only 100 people to support you.

Some Interesting points made by the U.S. Depart of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) during their campaign.

1) Give yourself enough time.

2) Be specific about numbers. Tell people you invite how many participants you already have, or need. For example: "Steve, we need your support for our Thunderclap campaign. We have 81 of 100 of our goal". If you surpass 100, set a new goal in your communication.

3) Make it clear Thunderclap will only post to their fb account this one and only time.

4) Tag @ThunderclapIT when you tweet about your campaign.

Click here to watch/listen to the full analysis.


December 14th, 2014

Tired of checking your schedule for when to apply to what? Take a look at this Calendar including four areas of film you should always keep your eye on.

Writers and Filmmakers - Film Circuit

So, what's the difference between a Film Festival, a Film Market, a Film Generator and Film Grants?

Festivals: There are eight thousand and one film festivals throughout the world. It seems every city has it's own festival. If it's a larger city, there will be multiple festivals each with their own unique angle. Seattle and Toronto both boast over 70 unique film festivals each. Sometimes that's a god send for niche films that are trying to find their audience.

Festivals are designed to attract audiences, industry and press. Festivals increase the notoriety your film and it's crew. Festivals are in essence a filtering process for industry and audiences. Getting your film in the right festival will increase your fan base, especially if you are going to go 'Total Indy' on distribution.

That being said, we have created a film chart, which include the main festivals of importance. You never quite know who you are going to meet, but at these festivals, your very likely to meet serious filmmakers, screenwriters, and other festival programmers looking for material. Get off your butt and go!

Film Markets are where buyers meet sellers. No Public, just business. If you finished a film, you must attend one of these markets! If you want to meet production companies, producers, sales agents, distributors, festival programmers, financiers, bankers, and of course, other filmmakers and screenwriters. Don't forget to bring a film poster of your work!

Film Generators (or Accelerators) are currently the most interesting aspect of filmmaking because they are disruptive, entrepreneurial and innovative ways of using technology to create the necessary elements of a film, whether it be funding, financing, eyeballs (audience), and even distribution.

Some examples are: Cinecoup.com is brilliant model where filmmakers learn to develop the most important aspect of filmmaking - that is building an audience first. If every filmmaker worked backwards, that is get the audience first by learning how to promote, then financing and distribution AND THEN production, we would have a lot less indebted filmmakers. Cinecoup even has a distribution model in place.

WritersandFilmmakers.com uses technology, basic math and collaboration to fund films. Writers review films and decide the best filmmaker. Filmmakers read scripts and decide the best scripts. The winners are then funded to collaborate by taking the best script and shooting it. There funding model is unique, but low budget.

Dogfish.com, like Cinecoup, asks their selected 'power teams' to develop the necessary skills in becoming not filmmakers, but business savvy marketeers. They select and treat teams like startups, not filmmakers, and assist with seed funding, mentorship and future investment opportunities.

Film Grants: Sometimes mavericks in the industry decide to leave a legacy of funding films. Sometimes philanthropists want to extend a cause. Sometimes its the government trying to support an industry. Who are we to complain? What's the catch? Grants always involve preparation, time and paperwork, paperwork and more paperwork. They also usually come with restrictions based on citizenship or content. We've selected a few for our chart so you can review if they fit with your agenda.


December 3rd, 2014

Have you noticed that Vimeo launched into producing its own content? It's a shoe string budget web series with merit called "High Maintenance". It's enjoyable to watch because each episode is uniquely different. Sure, there is an overarching theme, but it's not a sitcom and it's not a series. It can go to serious, sad or LMFAO from episode to episode.

But for us writers and filmmakers, we believe the most significant component of Vimeo's foray into production is that the actors are not uber famous.

Were not trying to insult the cast or the star, Ben Sinclair. What we are hopefully observing is quality of script and fast production over star power.


If script and execution become more important than star power then independent filmmakers have another shot making a living doing their passion.

Watch the free episodes here: High Maintenance


November 28th, 2014

Have you noticed that studios are failing to make female stars? This was an observation made by the head of CBS Films (Terry Press) at TIFF 2014 during the conferences. She intimated that we don't know who our next female star is.

Take a look at the top 10 most popular females on IMDB.com. (In Order) as of Dec 2014. Jennifer Lawrence, Natalie Dormer, Bryce Dallas Howard, Scarlett Johansson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Karen Gillan, Miley Cyrus, Shailene Woodley, Kelly Brook, Elizabeth Banks

Notice something? Aside from Scarlett Johansson and possibly Jennifer Lawrence, none of these wonderful ladies guarantee name recognition amongst the 4 quadrants. Blow the world away Stars are not being produced because the audience doesn't need them anymore to be entertained. The audience just wants solid acting!

Can we make a film that blows the audience away without needing a star? YES! The problem is without a star, your sales and marketing need to change. Creating a kick ass poster is still important, but who and how you market to needs a rethink.