In this section we have gathered some of the most popular information sources, such as trade journals, magazines, blogs, and association websites. Industry information is always changing. For the latest news, current issues and popular opinions, try following one or more of these sources. In addition, interacting with the websites that provide this information through commenting and asking questions may also provide you with more information.
Trade associations often publish free industry newsletters that are excellent sources of information for your business plan. Such newsletters often have articles that cover in-depth topics on business management, manufacturing practices, how-tos, and current industry news.
Creative BC | B.C. Film Commission and B.C. Film + Media combined to form Creative BC, an agency responsible for promoting the development of creative industries in British Columbia
Cineworks | Is an independent filmmakers society for BC filmmakers. Check out their events and workshop calendars for upcoming sessions in BC.
Directors Guild of British Columbia | The Directors Guild of Canada site features a directory of member directors working in Canada.
Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) | The CMPA (formerly Canadian Film and Television Production Association), represents the interests of screen-based media companies engaged in the production and distribution of English-language television programs, feature films, and new media content in all regions of Canada.
Independent Filmmakers Alliance | Interested in filming competitions? IFA regularly has information on festivals and competitions for filmmakers.
Magazines & Trade Journals
Trade journals (often called magazines or trade publications) can be very useful in helping you find current articles relating to business research. Contact your local research library to determine which trade journal subscriptions they have. There are also free trade publications that you can access online.
Reel West Magazine | A one-stop source for people in film, television, video, and multimedia production in Western Canada.
Playback - Canada's Broadcast and Production Journal | Their daily newsletter features the breaking film & TV stories of the day.
Montage Magazine | Published by the Directors Guild of Canada. the magazine covers issues in the art and commerce of the international film and television industry. New issues are published 2 times per year.
Filmmaker Magazine | Check out their website for regular free content, includes news, opinions and analysis of the independent filmmaking business. Their print magazine is published 4 times per year.
National Film Board Blog | A frequently updated blog that encompasses all things film in Canada. A good place to get an overview of trends in Canadian film.
Film Army | Provides resources and relevant news to aspiring Canadian filmmakers.
Dare Dreamer FM | An American blog covering the business side of creative professions. Includes specific information about the TV and film industry.
Whistler Film Festival Blog | Information about the Whistler Film Festival and the filmmakers involved in the festival.
Filmmaker Forum | Regularly updated forum with information about crowdfunding, screenwriting and various film festivals.
Filmmaking.net Forums | A large online community for professional and amateur filmmakers. Discussion forums are arranged by specific topics.
Indie Talk | An online community for those involved in creating independent movies. Lots of tips and tricks for newbies to the profession.
MarketWatch - Industry Analyzer
The Industries section contains current data on Dow Jones Industry Sectors. Aggregate data as well as company-specific data is available.
Vault Industry Profiles
A free source of industry information. Use the Industry Profiles to research news, company information, and industry-specific sample professions. Basic monthly membership is free and offers access to blogs, discussion forums, and job listings.
As with all sources, news articles and blogs should be carefully evaluated. For information on how to evaluate your information, watch video tutorial Module Five: Using Information Responsibly.