ABOUT US

FLC provides free transactional, intellectual property and First Amendment legal services to independent filmmakers whose work encourages and accelerates social change.

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ADVOCACY INITIATIVES

Client
Representation

FLC provides individual representation to independent filmmakers and offers legal resources—guidance documents, sample contracts—to educate and empower visual advocates.

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ADVOCACY INITIATIVES

Legal
Training

We train partner organizations around the country so they can provide regionally-based filmmakers with legal basics.

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ADVOCACY INITIATIVES

Pop up
Clinics

Targeted initiatives addressing filmmakers’ urgent needs on a range of legal issues.

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ADVOCACY INITIATIVES

FLC
Film Series

Twice annually, we amplify important visual advocacy films with screenings and panel discussions or round tables.

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RESOURCES

Getting Started

  • Entity Formation
  • Financing & Investment
  • Errors & Omission Insurance
  • Negotiation Skills

Potential Pitfalls

  • Protections for Journalists
  • Cease-and-Desist Letters
  • IP Infringement
  • Defamation

Film Distro

  • Distribution Deals
  • Film Festivals
  • Rights Acquisition Agreements
  • Online Distribution

COVID-19

  • Force Majeure Clause
  • Material Adverse Effect Clause
  • Back to Work Agreements

Social Justice

Resources for Social Advocacy Initiatives

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UPCOMING EVENTS

The Black TV & Film Collective leads professional development events and workshops. These are opportunities for artists to get better at their craft by both reinforcing existing skills and developing new ones. FLC will host two legal trainings during the spring 2022 semester and a pop-up legal clinic to provide tailored advice to BTFC filmmakers.

As part of our ongoing partnership, in March, FLC’s Director Michelle Greenberg-Kobrin will host a lecture and discussion about employment contracts in the film industry, focusing on cast and crew and non-union contracts, for members of TBxF.

FLC and NYU Production Lab maintained a productive partnership into the ’21-’22 academic year. The next legal training will cover forming an LLC, and will be followed by topics important to NYU filmmakers.

FLC, in partnership with the Sundance Institute, will continue hosting pop-up legal clinics to provide much needed, pro bono legal advice to the talented Sundance Fellows.