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Sundance Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to the discovery and development of independent artists and audiences. Through its programs, the Institute seeks to discover, support, and inspire independent film and theatre artists from the United States and around the world, and to introduce audiences to their new work.


IFC creates the movies that people talk about; we work with the director who gets the accolades for taking chances; we obsess about independent films on television. Independent films stand the test of time. They are not reliant on the latest fad, trend or special effect. Instead they are provocative, challenging and enlightening - representing a point of view, the personal vision of the filmmaker. This vision remains valid, the stories remain relevant, and the emotional connection is still as real years later as it was the day the film was released.


Celebrating its tenth anniversary, indieWIRE is the leading news, information, and social networking site for the international independent film community, including comprehensive coverage of indie, documentary and foreign language films, as well industry news, film festival reports, filmmaker interviews, and movie reviews. Its website ( includes special sections for high-profile film festivals, the new indieLOOP community site, filmmaker and industry weblogs, as well as resources and tools for emerging and established filmmakers. Awarded the Webby for best film website, indieWIRE was lauded as a "must read" by Variety, branded the "online heartbeat of the world's independent film community" by Forbes, and dubbed "best indie crossroads" by film critic Roger Ebert. | full service & online futures trading | online mini futures

Paramount Vantage

Paramount Classics is the specialty film division of Paramount Pictures (which in turn is owned by Viacom), charged with producing, purchasing, distributing and marketing films, generally those with a more "art house" feel than films made and distributed by its parent company. In 2006, Paramount Classics President John Lesher announced that the name of the unit will be changed to Paramount Vantage. The Paramount Classics brand will be relaunched as a distributor of "smaller, review-driven films", such as foreign-language acquisitions and documentaries.

Warner Independent Pictures

Warner Independent Pictures is the independent film studio and distributor division of Warner Bros. Entertainment. Launched in August 2003, its first film, Before Sunset, was released in 2004.

Focus Features

Focus Features (formerly USA Films) is the art house films division of NBC Universal's Universal Studios, and acts as both a producer and distributor for its own films and a distributor for foreign films. Focus also serves as a producer and distributor of low-budget action/horror films through its Rogue Pictures division (similar to the Weinstein Company's Dimension Films and Sony Pictures Entertainment's Screen Gems). Focus was formed from the 2002 divisional merger of USA Films, Universal Focus and Good Machine. USA Films was created by Barry Diller in 1999 by combining October Films, Gramercy Pictures, and USA Home Entertainment. Its most successful release to date was Brokeback Mountain (2005), which earned more than $85,000,000 at the boxoffice.

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Fox Searchlight

Fox Searchlight Pictures was founded in 1994 as the independent arm of Twentieth Century Fox. It has its own marketing and distribution operations. International distribution is handled by Twentieth Century Fox.


Watch iTunes do for video what it did for music. Now that the iTunes Music Store offers more than 3,000 music videos and select TV shows along with 3 million songs (and counting), instant gratification looks better than ever. To help you share your newfound joy, iTunes adds customer reviews, personalized recommendations and new gift options.


Founded in February 2005, YouTube is a consumer media company for people to watch and share original videos worldwide through a Web experience. Everyone can watch videos on YouTube-both on and across the Internet. People can see first-hand accounts of current events, find videos about their hobbies and interests, and discover the quirky and unusual. As more people capture special moments on video, YouTube is empowering them to become the broadcasters of tomorrow.

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Box Office Mojo

Box Office Mojo is an online movie publication and box office reporting service. Our purpose is to illuminate the movies through the integration of art and business. Based in Burbank, California, we produce analysis, reviews, interviews and the most comprehensive box office tracking available online.


The Internet Movie Database (IMDb) is a HUGE collection of movie information. We try to catalog every pertinent detail about a movie, from who was in it, to who made it, to trivia about it, to filming locations, and even where you can find reviews and fan sites on the web. We then do our best to present this information in a manner that is easy to search and access.

Hollywood Reporter

As much a part of Hollywood as the big sign on the hill, The Reporter has been the book of record for the Entertainment Industry for seven decades.


Recognized and respected through out the world of show business, Variety is the premier source of entertainment news. Since 1905, the most influential leaders in the industry have turned to Variety for timely, credible and straight forward news and analysis - information vital to their professions.


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Participant Productions

Participant believes that a good story well told can truly make a difference in how one sees the world. Whether it is a feature film, documentary or other form of media, Participant exists to tell compelling, entertaining stories that also create awareness of the real issues that shape our lives. We seek to entertain our audiences first, then to invite them to participate in making a difference next. Participant believes that people are basically good and that everyone deserves the chance to be a participant!

Newmarket Films

Founded in 1994 by William Tyrer and Chris Ball, Newmarket Entertainment Group has grown from a private film finance company to one of the preeminent producers and distributors of independent film in the world. By 1998, having been involved in the financing of over 75 features such as THE USUAL SUSPECTS, Jim Jarmusch's DEAD MAN, and the Wachowski's debut BOUND, Tyrer and Ball built a creative team and expanded into production. Newmarket's first film was MEMENTO, by Christopher Nolan, and was followed up by such productions as THE MEXICAN, and co-productions as CRUEL INTENTIONS and THE SKULLS.

Sony Pictures Classics

Michael Barker, Tom Bernard, and Marcie Bloom are the co-Presidents of Sony Pictures Classics - an autonomous company of Sony Pictures Entertainment founded in January 1992 that produces, acquires and distributes independent films from America and around the world. The trio has worked with many of the world's finest independent filmmakers including Akira Kurosawa, John Boorman, Louis Malle, David Mamet, James Ivory, Zhang Yimou, Wim Wenders, Jim Jarmusch, Allison Anders, Agniezska Holland, John Sayles, Fred Schepisi, Errol Morris, Alan Rudolph, Hal Hartley, Pedro Almodóvar, Mike Figgis, Woody Allen, Francois Truffaut, R.W. Fassbinder, Lily Tomlin, Richard Linklater, Merchant Ivory, Neil LaBute, Sally Potter, David Cronenberg, Hector Babenco, Guillermo del Toro, Gary Oldman, Paul Schrader, Robert Altman, Ingmar Bergman, Norman Jewison and Ang Lee.

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