Today’s roster of successful independent film production companies continue to amaze the arts and entertainment world with compelling indie films and creative productions despite having minimal resources (particularly compared to major motion film producers.)
To profile some of the best in the business, here are five of the top independent film production companies that have recently created award-winning productions in recent years.
The Michigan-based independent film production company, 8180 Films, has defied all obstacles to produce four independent feature films since 2008. These films have earned several awards in popular film festivals including Mumbai International Film Festival, New York City’s VisionFest and the Oaxaca Film Festival. The writer/director of 8180 Films, Mr. Larry Brand won the award for Best Screenplay at the 2013 Napa Valley Film Festival. The latest film by 8180 Films, Beyond Glory, has already hit headlines and will be released soon. This new film features the highly talented actor, Stephen Lang, as the main protagonist.
The Gilbert Films independent film production company is based in Los Angeles, CA and is one of the few indie producers to attract top-level stars such as Owen Wilson in their productions. Some notable productions by Gilbert Films include Save The Date and Are You Here that were released on theaters and VOD in the year 2012 and 2014 respectively. Gilbert Films’ The Kids Are All Right won the Golden Globes for Best Picture and Best Actress (Comedy or Musical). The Kids Are All Right was also nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture upon its release.
This Utah-based independent film company is full of action with a lot of projects in development and release. Some featured movies and documentaries by Heretic Films include Big Significant Things, Copenhagen, Waiting for Helen and Tanzania: A Journey Within. Copenhagen won Directors Choice Award and Jury Prize, Best Narrative Film Mark Raso (Director) upon its release. There are several films by this independent production company that are yet to be released but are worth checking out.
When Megan Ellison, the daughter of a billionaire, founded Annapurna Pictures in 2011, she had no idea how influential the independent film production company will become over the years. This Los Angeles-based company has released popular films such as American Hustle, Her, Foxcatcher and The Grandmaster. These films have won Annapurna Pictures some top awards and nomination. American Hustle had a combine fifteen Academy Award nominations upon its release by Annapurna pictures. The film won three Golden Globe Awards including Best Picture.
Lastly on our list of top independent film production companies is Sundial Pictures based in New York City. Sundial Pictures produced famous films such as Obvious Child, Big Men and Liars All. This independent film production and distribution company was founded by Stefan Nowicki and Joey Carey in 2008. The two have gone on to win several awards after successful nomination in film festivals. Sundial Pictures production film, Obvious Child, was nominated at least three awards upon its release. This was a big achievement for the small independent film company that provides resources and supervision to upcoming actors.
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