Indie film producers are in an interesting position.
While studios are increasingly reliant on traditional studios for film financing and distribution, the indie film industry has been growing in recent years.
The industry now employs more than 150,000 people, according to the US Census Bureau, making it the second-largest film industry after the music and video industries.
Many of them are working on projects that may or may not reach the mainstream.
They’re also in a position to help shape the future of the film industry.
One of the biggest changes in the industry is the increasing popularity of online video, which offers filmmakers more options to make their films.
“There’s a lot of studios that are starting to look at the film as a platform,” says Josh Coe, a producer at the Independent Film Channel, a film production and distribution platform in the US.
“They’re looking at making a film for their audience, and not necessarily necessarily to be distributed to the mainstream.”
The rise of online film The popularity of digital distribution platforms has seen a significant increase in the number of films made in this way.
In 2014, a total of 4.3 million films were produced online, according the Hollywood Reporter.
In 2016, there were 9.2 million.
This rise in popularity has been largely driven by the rise of the streaming platforms, which allow filmmakers to post their films online for free.
While the majority of these films are aimed at a younger audience, there are also films with a wider appeal.
In 2015, an estimated 10% of US movies made for home viewing were available online, the Los Angeles Times reported.
“It’s like the movie business is taking on a whole new era,” says Sam Luebke, a Los Angeles-based independent film producer.
“Now there’s a whole generation of independent filmmakers who are taking the risk of going to studios and finding financing on their own.”
In the US, independent filmmakers often rely on a combination of independent distributors and small independent producers to make films.
This is why indie film studios are starting up their own websites, producing their own content and even developing their own platforms to distribute their films to the public.
There are currently seven independent film production companies operating in the United States.
These include the Independent Spirit Awards, the Independent Arts Foundation, the Filmmaker’s Guild of America and the Independent Screening Society, which was founded in 2004.
Indie film studios often work closely with the major studios to develop their films, often using the services of a production house, but also often working directly with the film production company.
The major studios are typically very protective of their IP.
For example, when they see an indie release and see that the film is going to be released on a digital platform, they will often stop the production of the movie entirely, instead of letting it be distributed on the traditional theatrical release.
However, the studios are also keen to ensure that the quality of their films is not compromised by a digital release.
In 2017, the US Department of Justice launched an investigation into the practices of online distribution platforms like Amazon and Google.
The investigation is ongoing and there are no plans for any charges to be filed, but the DOJ has been looking into whether the platforms are “deliberately degrading or preventing” films.
For a number of years, the online distribution companies have been accused of having a financial incentive to artificially inflate the numbers of releases.
In May 2017, Sony Pictures Classics and Paramount Pictures Entertainment, which both own and operate the film studios, were both fined $10m by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for “fraudulent misrepresentation”.
The companies have denied any wrongdoing.
In March 2018, the Department of Labor announced that the Federal Communications Commission (CFO) had opened a “robust investigation” into the distribution of films online.
The FCC is investigating whether any companies are intentionally slowing down releases of films and are attempting to profit from the online platforms.
According to the FTC, the commission will consider whether there is evidence of a “frivolous or deceptive act or practice” by any of the companies.
“This investigation will look at whether any of these platforms have violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), which prohibits deceptive practices in the marketplace of ideas,” the agency said in a statement.