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FILM EDUCATION...REINVENTED FOR TODAY'S FILMTREPRENUER
Access hundreds of hours of online courses, workshops & seminars taught by some of the film industry's greatest minds. Enjoy movies, documentaries, and series about filmmaking, screenwriting, and content creation; all in one place.

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THE TOOLS YOU NEED TO SUCCEED AS A FILMTREPRENEUR.

Welcome to Filmtrepreneur Resources page, a list of products and services I've personally used and test. This list will give you products and services that will help you on Filmtrepreneur journey. From side hustles to make extra cash to products that will help you produce your film projects.

Before you jump into these awesome resources, an important disclosure:

Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase or use a service.  Understand that I have experience with all of these services, products, and companies, and I recommend them because they're extremely helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I earn if you decide to buy something.  Please do not purchase or spend any money on these products/services unless they will help you achieve your individual goals as a Filmtrepreneur, filmmaker, or artist.

SIDE HUSTLES

BLACKBOX

PASSIVE INCOME BY SELLING STOCK VIDEO TO ALL THE PLATFORMS AT ONCE
BlackBox is a global platform that helps creators tap into the massive demand for video content, and make steady passive revenue. Stock footage is our starting point and we make the process as easy as possible. I make a nice passive income by using Blackbox. Highly recommended.

SHAREGRID

RENT YOUR FILM GEAR FOR PROFIT
ShareGrid allows you to rent your gear to other filmmakers. By allowing anyone to both become a renter and rent their own gear it helps balance the scales by making filmmaking more affordable. If you have cameras, lenses or any film gear Sharegrid makes it easy for you to make a passive income from that film gear sitting in your closet.

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT

BULLETPROOF SCRIPT COVERAGE

GET YOUR SCREENPLAYS READ BY INDUSTRY PROS
You only get one shot to impress an agent or producer. Make it count. Our script coverage focuses on the kind of screenplay you wrote. Whether your script is written for a Micro-Budget, the Indie Film Market, of the Studio System we have you covered. Why have a reader used to covering Studio Tent-pole scripts cover your Micro-budget screenplay? GET PROFESSIONAL SCRIPT COVERAGE THAT ACTUALLY MATTERS TO YOUR SCREENPLAY!

AUDIBLE

FREE FILMMAKING OR SCREENWRITING AUDIOBOOK
I don't know about you but I'm always on the go and rarely have time to sit down and read a book. I consume most of my books through audiobooks, specifically on my iPhone and iPad. I've partnered with Audible to give you a gift one FREE book, no strings attached. Any book you want. There are thousands to choose from. Happy learning!

99 DESIGNS

GET YOUR POSTERS, SOCIAL MEDIA, MERCH DESIGNED CHEAP
99designs is the go-to creative platform to build a thriving indie film business. From posters to illustrations to social media, our global network of creative professionals does it all. EXCLUSIVE FILMTREPRENEUR PACKAGE: $99 FREE UPGRADE - Free Power Pack upgrade for more design concepts, dozens of design categories for any creative need, and custom designs that are fast and affordable

PRODUCT CREATION

CREATE YOUR OWN NETFLIX

SELF DISTRIBUTE YOUR FEATURES, SHORTS OR VIDEO CONTENT
Want to create your own Netflix? Uscreen.tv offers the leading all-in-one platform for video distribution and they don’t charge commissions. Uscreen.tv makes it easy for you to build a beautiful video-on-demand service without a steep learning curve or any coding knowledge. This is the future of video content distribution.

COURSE CREATOR PRO

BEST COURSE CREATION SYSTEM ON THE MARKET
If you are going to create any kind of digital product then you need to take this class. In this course, they show you how they built an online course into a 7-figure business in less than 2 years.  They walk you step by step through the entire process, from editing and creation to marketing and distribution. I can't recommend this course enough. 

20% OFF COUPON: AFFILIATE20

TEACHABLE

BUILD EDUCATION PRODUCTS FOR YOUR FILM
If you are going to create online courses as part of your film's product line then I highly recommend Teachable. I created multiple courses on the platform. It’s very user-friendly, powerful, and you can build the site without knowing any coding and collecting payment is super easy.

UDEMY

LUCRATIVE ON-LINE EDUCATION PLATFORM
Udemy.com is one of the largest global marketplaces for on-line education. Whether you want to learn a new skill or create an educational product that you can sell to your niche audience, Udemy has you covered.

WEBSITE DESIGN & HOSTING

GODADDY

#1 DOMAIN SERVICE
If you want to launch a website then you'll need a domain name and GoDaddy is my choice. Very affordable and great customer service.

BLUEHOST

INDUSTRY LEADER FOR HOSTING WEBSITES
I just love these guys. Their customer support, live chat and reliability in by far the best in the industry. My sites have never gone down. If you call their customer service line, they'll walk you through the entire process. I highly recommend using Bluehost. You can get a special Filmtrepreneur Deal of $3.95 per month for hosting services.

WP ENGINE

FAST AND SECURE WORDPRESS WEBSITE HOSTING
If you really don’t want to deal with any of the tech stuff for running a WordPress website, then you should probably sign up for a service like WP Engine. These guys specialize in WordPress hosting and will make sure your blog runs as fast as possible. Highly recommended.

WP BEAVER BUILDER

#1 FOR DRAG AND DROP WEB DESIGN
Without this remarkable WordPress plugin, I'd still be bumping around the web trying to figure out how to put a killer website together. This plugin is a drag and drop addition to the WordPress infrastructure. All the reliability of WordPress and the ease of dragging and dropping to create your website.

ULTIMATE ADD-ONS FOR BEAVER BUILDER

TAKE YOUR DESIGN TO THE NEXT LEVEL
Build professional websites faster with our custom modules & page templates for beaver builder. Simply drag, drop and go live in less than day! I use this for all of my websites and it has been a game-changer.

ASTRA WORDPRESS THEME

START YOUR SITE WITH AMAZING READY TO USE TEMPLATES
Looking for a WordPress theme that's fast, elegant & customizable? Meet Astra! It's customizer powered, SEO friendly and compatible with major page builders. Reduce your website design time by importing pixel perfect ready to use website demos from our library of starter sites.

WORDPRESS

#1 WEB DESIGN PLATFORM
WordPress powers over 25% of ALL websites on the internet. It's plug-n-play ability is remarkable. I love it's backend. Super easy, robust and elegant. There are thousands of FREE and paid plugins you can add to your site to give you more functionality at a click of the mouse. You can choose from the over 10,000 FREE themes to give your website a pro look instantly and with NO CODING!

WP PORTFOLIO

SHOWCASE YOUR WORK IN MINUTES
Need a better platform to showcase beautiful websites, images, and videos to attract your clients and customers? The WP Portfolio plugin will help you display them together and create a good impression on all of them. It takes only three steps to add a portfolio on your website.

CONVERT PRO

EASY EMAIL LEAD GENERATION TOOL FOR WORDPRESS
Convert Pro is a powerful lead generation tool that converts your website traffic into leads. Get 300% more leads with Convert Pro. The all-new revolutionary drag and drop editor makes it easy and fast to design high converting opt-in forms in minutes.

OUTSOURCING

FIVVER

HIRE FREELANCERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
Find Talented Freelancers in Top Fields Ready to Help Your Business Succeed. Get Connected to the Best Talent Local & Worldwide. Post a Job & Hire in Minutes! From logo animation to graphic design Fivver has you covered. I've been using Fivver for years.

UPWORK

BUILD A VIRTUAL TEAM
In today's world, you can build virtual teams of talented workers from around the world. On Upwork you’ll find a range of top talent, from programmers to designers, writers, customer support reps, and more. You can hire or become a freelancer yourself for some side hustle money.

EMAIL MARKETING

GETRESPONSE

AMAZING EMAIL SERVICE PROVIDER
Building an email list is one of the most important things a Filmtrepreneur can do for their business. Easy email, landing pages, and marketing automation. All in one mighty platform, working together to get you results. I've been using this service for years and I can't recommend Getresponse enough.

SIMPLE EMAIL MARKETING FOR FILMMAKERS

LEVERAGE EMAIL TO GAIN CUSTOMERS
Email can be one of the most powerful tools to market your business, connect with your customers and—most importantly—make sales! You have your email list, but what do you do now? Simple Email Marketing for Makers will give you the confidence to write, design and build an effective email that will drive people to your online store to purchase products.

FILM DELIVERABLES

REV

CLOSE CAPTIONS FOR $1 PER MINUTE
If you need close captions for your feature, short, series or youtube video these guys are amazing. Rev's proprietary technology platform is built to create a great work environment for transcriptionists, captioners, and translators so we can deliver clients ever-increasing speed and quality. For a $1 a minute you can't beat this service.

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FILMPAC

4K MASTERFUL STOCK FOOTAGE FOR YOUR FILM PROJECTS
FILMPAC is a 4K stock footage resource for creatives that delivers high-quality video clips that are bundled in themes that make sense for use in video projects. Custom built for filmmakers by filmmakers. Check out their AMAZING Aerial Collections. These collections will add a TON of production value to your film projects at a fraction of the costs.

FILM EDITING PRO - MOVIE TRAILER EDITING

LEARN THE ART OF TRAILER EDITING FROM PROFESSIONAL HOLLYWOOD EDITORS
Trailer editing is a lot more than just picking the best parts of the film and stringing them together. A lot of work goes into connecting these seemingly unrelated moments together logically, visually and musically. This course is a one-of-a-kind course for anyone wanting to learn the craft of editing a trailer, regardless of genre.

FRAME.IO

THE BEST VIDEO COLLABORATION TOOL
I love this service. I used them extensively on a huge show I worked on. Privately upload, review, and share video with your entire team, anywhere in the world. Frame.io replaces the hodgepodge of Dropbox for file sharing, Vimeo for video review and email for communication, but that's just a start. Highly recommended.

SOUNDSTRIPE

DOWNLOAD MUSIC FOR YOUR INDIE FILMS
Get a license to the entire Soundstripe catalog with unlimited downloads for a full year. All the music is pre-licensed for use in any video, including commercial. Whether it’s the latest indie-pop sound or hit TV show style, Soundstripe stays at the cutting edge of today’s music trends. With the most talented and vibrant community of artists and composers from around the world, and the site’s simple and streamlined usability that lets your creativity flow. Once you download a song it's yours for life.

DISCOUNT CODE: IFH (10% OFF MEMBERSHIP)

FILM FESTIVALS

FILM FREEWAY

EASIEST WAY TO SUBMIT TO FILM FESTIVALS
If you can't find the festival you are looking for above then, they are of Film Freeway. Over 5,000 of the world’s best film festivals and contests, including 43 Academy Award accredited festivals, use FilmFreeway to reach over 400,000 filmmakers and artists worldwide.

FILM FESTIVAL HACKS PODCAST

FREE RESOURCE TO HELP YOU NAVIGATE THE FESTIVAL WORLD
Film Festival Hacks Podcast pulls back the curtain on the mysterious world of film festivals and explores the festival circuit from both sides of the badge. I'm joined by Chris Holland, author of Film Festival Secrets: A Handbook for Independent Filmmakers who has worked closely with more than 200 film festivals including Sundance, AFI Fest, and SXSW. Together we explore the hidden world of film festival programming and pass along tips that give you that critical edge in the festival submissions game.

CROWDFUNDING

SEED AND SPARK

75% SUCCESS RATE CROWDFUNDING FILMS
100% focused on getting your movie or show made. And your next one and your next one. Seed&Spark’s filmmaker-focused features help you raise the funds and build the audience to take your creative career to the next level. They also have a streaming service that focuses completely on Indie FIlms.

INDIEGOGO

CROWDFUNDING PLATFORM
Raise money for your indie film and find your audience from our community of millions. Indiegogo is one of the largest crowdfunding platforms for filmmakers around. I've used them in the past and they have a very large customer based which has funded many films.

LEGAL STUFF

FIND LEGAL FORMS

GET ALL YOUR LEGAL PAPERWORK DONE
High-quality legal documents don't have to come with a high price. Find Legal Forms are committed to providing attorney-prepared, up-to-date forms at a fraction of the price, an attorney would charge. Excellent and affordable resource.

LEGALZOOM

CREATE YOUR LLC OR CORP EASILY
Legalzoom will assist you with easy online incorporation or LLC creation. They can also connect you to a lawyer near you if you need one. I’ve used them for all my legal paperwork needs. Affordable and easy to use.

ATHOS INSURANCE

PRODUCTION, E&O AND EQUIPMENT INSURANCE FOR FILMMAKERS
Filmmakers can quote, purchase and service policies online, from anywhere, any time of day or night. Athos allows clients to choose their preferred level of customer service. Clients expecting immediate and self-guided results can utilize the Athos Insurance online platform to purchase and service policies at their convenience. For clients preferring a more personal touch, Athos Insurance professionals are always available, via phone and email to service our clients’ insurance needs.
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Do you want to turn your indie film into a profitable business? In my new book I breakdown how to actually make money with your film projects. If you are making a feature film, series or any video content, The Filmtrepreneur Method will set you up for success.

You can also listen to the audiobook FREE on Audible.
Just sign up for a free trial and download the book.

REVIEWS

Jamison Leigh

Alex Ferrari is proving time and time again that he is the best friend that Indie filmmakers could ever ask for. His latest book, Rise of the Filmtrepreneur, gives it straight to filmmakers just what they’re in for when they create any type of work. It builds a steady case throughout the book that you really have to think like business people.


If you wanna create a sustainable income, Ferrari gives you the blueprint to make that work. Warning: there are many many knowledge bombs that are dropped in this book, and you will need to read this again and refer back to it again as you go on your journey.

M. Bachochin

I have been producing and directing in the independent film space for almost ten years now. Through that time, you see a lot of the disturbing scams, cons and myths that pop up in the industry. One of the biggest is what Alex spends 90% of this book teaches you: how to make money in our current industry making the films YOU want to make.

I cannot emphasize how great of a read and how important this handbook guide will be for the future of filmmakers moving forward. Alex is completely correct when he says in this book that the Filmtrepeneur Method is, in fact, one of the only successful ways to make money in the current independent space (outside of the Lottery Ticket winners).

Dave F.

As always, Alex is a cornucopia of helpful advice. And more importantly, it's real-world advice. This ain't theory, folks -- this is how to get stuff done! His aim is for you to make a living in the film world, and he gives examples of how to do it. And he does it in his direct way with the knowledge that's hard-won.

If you want another book on theory with vague hints, this ain't the book for you. But if you want the perspective of someone who has been down the indie filmmaking road, someone who's been in the trenches, and knows real filmmaking in the 21st century, this is it.

Alberto Moreira

This book will go over in practical, timely, steps in how to monetize your film in this current and changing environment. Alex talks to you straight forward; he has the experience of being a filmmaker himself and in the business for over 20 years.

He has seen the changes, illustrates success stories for his readers, and is generous to the hustling filmmakers working to make a living in the business. This book is for filmmakers looking to make their films profitable and for the filmmaker willing to work. Buy it, you will not be disappointed.

Jacob J. Buterbaugh

This book is excellent! It helped me understand the marketing and distribution of an indie film in the 21st Century. If you desire to turn your filmmaking into a career in the 21st Century, Alex Ferrari will point you in the right direction.

S. Torres

Start to finish this book was an amazing read, also picked up the Audiobook for good measure. Very happy to see that Alex Ferrari narrated it himself which makes total sense considering he hosts the podcast. Aside from what's in the book itself, there are a few moments in the Audiobook where Alex throws in a bit more info, so bonus!

Speaking of bonus, there are links to outside bonus material throughout the book to get a fuller experience while going through the book. I'm assuming this is due to the overwhelming amount of information that couldn't be included because who wants to read a bible length book lol. Well done Alex!

Matt S

What surprised me was how densely packed the information was. Usually, I’ll read a chapter of another book (or a whole book) and be able to extract only one or two significant nuggets. RotF is packed with them - and there’s enough story to give a good amount of context without waffling on.

I would consider it essential reading to those trying to make it as Indie filmmakers. The industry is changing so dramatically and we need to be aware of the realities of the business and have some strategies in place to weather the storms. RotF is a damn good resource to help us with that.

L.H.

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For anyone interested in how this shift is taking place, Mr. Ferrari has taken the time to do the research for you. This is not a book with which you will learn how to replicate his own exceptional hustle, but reading this will give you a broader understanding of what's at stake when you decide to follow the old Hollywood dream.

People all over the world are succeeding with creating video content, and if you want to know with the future of feature filmmaking is pick this up. It's ahead of its time but maybe proven seminal in years to come.

Amazon Customer

Alex Ferrari has done it again. For years, he has shared his experience and insight through his Indie Film Hustle platforms. Rise of the Filmtrepreneur brings together these knowledge bombs sprinkled with case-studies from both successful and unsuccessful projects.

These lessons from real-life projects are far more valuable than any film school. If you are planning an indie film project, Rise of the Filmtrepreneur is a must-read.

Anthony D. Paul

Alex Ferrari’s ‘Rise of the Filmtrepreneur’ is a must-have book for any independent filmmaker. This book is gold! Alex breaks it down in a no-nonsense way. Filmmakers these days have to treat filmmaking as a business.

His 214 pages cover everything from crowdsourcing, the ripoffs of some distributors and how to find your niche audience. Getting into Sundance is nice, but Alex shows you how you can succeed and thrive without getting into a big film festival. If you want to succeed in being a Filmtrepreneur, buy this book!

Audible Customer

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This book is a must-read for anyone contemplating producing a movie of any budget, length or genre.
It will quite literally save you so much pain, time and money and protect you from yourself.

So many great ideas throughout the book, not only for selling your film, but creating wealth from other income streams.
Overall, highly informative, slightly repetitive ( But that's Alex trying to drive home a bloody good point !! )

I cannot stress more, than saying to anyone reading this review, Don't hesitate in buying this book. The savings in knowledge gained from this book will pay for this book 100x over.

J. Snyder

I love this guy's energy and passion for sharing knowledge. The audible book is like listening to a master class. It gathers all the information from the podcasts and gives the reader that condensed knowledge.

The book also builds and reveals some things that you wouldn't be able to require through the podcasts alone. My metaphor, the podcast is the car but this audible book is the engine that tells us how the car works.

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