Websites British Filmmakers Use Every Day - Raindance

With so many websites out there purporting to be ‘the one’ we thought we’d put together a list of the 18 websites we turn to every day for important film information.

Here they are in no particular order.

Have we missed one out? Add them in the comments box below:

Brit Films– A filmmakers resource website, where you can find advice on training and careers within the film industry, and current British productions. Has supplanted the old UK Film Council website.

Film London
– A useful site for those based in the capital that covers issues such as events, guides to filming in London, networking, and training.

Guild of British Cinema Technicians – Offers a crew directory, industry news, shows, vacancies with around 500 freelance camera technicians in the film and television industry, and a searchable crew directory. Very handy, although you do need to be a member to access all of its benefits.  An application form needs to be signed by four existing members and then be approved by the GBCT Board.

Writers Guild of Great Britain – The site of the trade union representing all writers in the entertainment sector, where you can learn about protecting your rights as a writer.

Movie scripts and screenplays – If you want to find inspiration and learn how to write a great script, you need to read read read. This site offers you many screenplays to choose from.

KEMPS – Film Television Commercials – Useful database of film commission companies.

BBC – The handy and reliable BBC, with links to various pages including  festivals, useful resources, shorts and UK exhibitors, as well as regional pages for all areas of the UK

Film Office – Insightful information with regards to costs and permits and filming in particular locations.

BBC Weather
– Its England. It’ll probably rain…

Raindance UK – The site of UK’s biggest independent film festival. Over 8,000 pages of resources. Between 1,500 and 2,000 individuals check out this site every day. The international trade paper based in London that has grown in popularity in Europe in America because of it’s timely coverage and spot-on editorials

Radar Music Videos – Quickly becoming the benchmark of ‘paid film directing work’ websites with your chance to direct music videos all over the world

Shooting people – Very useful site to share ideas, collaborators and knowledge. They also run competitions with big brands. slick and well drawn articles and reviews as well as a must-see ‘Prisoners of Conscience’ section about political filmmakers imprisoned for their beliefs and to silence their voices. Great for new and indie films barely on the horizon Where to go for news and reviews. Now owned by Snag films and they have a great online film distribution too. If you’ve made it on indiewire, you’ve nearly made it. Quirky, but good reviews for 25 years. Pure and unadulterated indie voice Unashamedly British, quirkily also in hard copy print and global in reach and thought, Moviescope is expanding it’s reach and influence like mad.



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