Connect with us


How Independent Filmmaker Day Is Changing The Game For Indie Creators

David Rubenstein, Esq. is widely regarded as one of the rising stars in the world of independent filmmaking. The Founder of Rubenstein Business Law, he is a business and entertainment attorney who has been voted a “Super Lawyer Rising Star” for 7 years in a row, an award given to the most elite of the legal profession.

David’s foray into the world of filmmaking began as Producer’s Consultant on the acclaimed film Human Capital, staring Marisa Tomei and Liev Schreiber, which premiered on the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival. In 2019, David launched Independent Filmmaker Day (IFD), which is the premier network of directors, producers, actors, and creators involved in film.

In a short span of time, David and IFD have already attracted the participation of Hollywood celebrities such as Ice-T, Richard Dreyfuss, Jason Alexander, and Tony Shalhoub, and countless other celebrities.

Disrupt Magazine recently caught up with David to learn more about IFD and to pick up a few gems about the world of film.

Disrupt Magazine:  Welcome! Can you please give our readers a brief summary of what Independent Filmmaker Day is all about?

Independent Filmmaker Day is a day-long event held alongside premier film festivals, such as Cannes, Sundance, and Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) that fosters the development, production and promotion of projects in film, media and beyond.

We help independent creators from around the world develop new projects, connect within the industry, and champion collaborative and impactful storytelling at all stages. 

At each event, our attendees hear from acclaimed industry experts concerning acting, screenwriting, producing, funding, marketing, music, post-production, and distribution.

Disrupt Magazine: Why was IFD started?

Too often, filmmakers learn about the technical aspects of how to film their project, but lack the education on how to actually turn their project from dream into reality.

We strive to fill that gap by providing insightful programming and opportunities for filmmakers to learn from the best.

Disrupt Magazine: What do you hope indie creators learn from IFD? What’s the main goal of IFD? 

The goal is to provide a safe space for filmmakers to learn the skills necessary in the real world to make their projects.

For example, many filmmakers approach me with an idea for a script or even a completed script and ask, “What do I do next?” There are so many steps after writing the script to make the project a success, from obtaining funding, to picking the best team, to ensuring your project takes advantage of all tax incentives, to distribution, and more.

With IFD, not only do you learn about these key aspects, but you can ask the panelists directly about your projects and follow up with them about exploring further opportunities or becoming a part of your team.

Disrupt Magazine: What do you wish more people knew about making independent films/TV?

It is important to treat the project like a business. While it’s obviously important to make a creative and award-worthy film/series, it’s just as important to have the proper legal and business representation to ensure that (a) your project is seen by the most people and (b) that you can profit from the production so you can make your next project. As an entertainment lawyer and producer, I regularly assist filmmakers with this process.

Disrupt Magazine: How can a creator make their project stand out? 

The best way is to improve your number of followers on social media. This will show studios and distributors that you have a project with a following, which will make them lean in and learn more. Having more followers will also attract the best talent and funding because everyone will want to be part of a winning team. 

Disrupt Magazine: What advice would you give a first-time creator?

The best advice is to increase your education. Attending IFD and watching our past panel discussions will expose you to many necessary aspects of the filmmaking process so you are prepared to take the next step.

Disrupt Magazine: What’s the most crucial thing to include when pitching your project? 

It’s crucial to include a pitch book that highlights the key factors that separate your project from the rest. You want to make your project memorable, but also demonstrate key facts and figures that impress the reader to ensure that your project moves to the top of the pile. 

Disrupt Magazine: Thank you for your time today! How can our readers connect with IFD on social media and get involved?



Join Disrupt Magazine

Become A Disrupt Contributor

Most Disruptive

Executive Voice5 hours ago

Unoma Okorafor: How the Woman Entrepreneur is Paving the Way for Others Through Her Own Inspirational Journey

Unoma Okorafor is the founder of Herbal Goodness, a health and wellness company that has become the number one supplier...

NFT2 weeks ago

Polly Kole, The Beauty With Gifted Hands Tycoon Of NFT Sculptures

In a society full of stereotypes, people clinging to appearance and disregarding one’s achievements is the magnificent Polly Kole stunning...

News1 month ago

Spider Man; No Way Home’, Crushes Box Office Estimates Generating A Mammoth $253 Million In North America.

After only 3 days in the cinemas, the latest and last Spidey outing disrupted the international market as the highest-grossing...

Cryptocurrency1 month ago

Nike just bought a virtual shoe company that makes NFTs and sneakers ‘for the metaverse’

Nike, the sportswear mogul, recently stunned the globe as it moved into the realm of the metaverse industry and blockchain...

QR code screenshot QR code screenshot
Diversity in Tech2 months ago

BTC did 62% more in transactions than PayPal this year

MasterCard and Visa have always topped as the runaway leaders; however, Bitcoin’s Lightning Network will soon disrupt this norm. Starting...

high angle photo of person holding turned on smartphone with tall buildings background high angle photo of person holding turned on smartphone with tall buildings background
Social Media2 months ago

How to Organically Grow Your Social Media Following In 2022

Instagram On Instagram, use Reels to reach new audiences and grow – find popular sounds and use them in your...

gold-colored Bitcoin gold-colored Bitcoin
Cryptocurrency2 months ago

Julio Domenech On How Banks Can Engage In Bitcoin in 2022

As cryptocurrency continues to become a popular trend in the US, many people are looking for an opportunity to participate...

Diversity in Tech3 months ago

Microsoft Teams, Incorporating New 3D Avatars And Virtual Meeting Spaces Before Mid 2022

Microsoft Mesh has always led as the future of Microsoft Teams meetings. However, Meta, the newly launched Facebook company, is...

Health + Fitness3 months ago

Stephen Campolo – How A Former Fat Kid Transformed His Body And Is Now Helping Others Do The Same

UPDATE: During a recent interview with Yahoo! News, Stephen revealed that he will be speaking at the next Disrupt Puerto...

News3 months ago

Facebook Goes Meta As It Scales Up Beyond Just Social Media

Thursday 28 September 2021, Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, announced Metaverse, a brand for users to interact in virtual...


Copyright © 2020 Disrupt ™ Magazine - Disrupt is a Minority Owned Privately Held Company

Disrupt ™ is the voice of Latino entrepreneurs around the world. We are part of a global movement to increase diversity in the technology industry and we are focused on using entrepreneurship to grow new economies in underserved communities around the world. We enable millennials to become what they want to become in life by learning new skills and leveraging the power of the digital economy. We are living proof that all you need to succeed in this new economy is a landing page and a dream. Disrupt tells the stories of the world top entrepreneurs, developers, creators, and digital marketers and help empower them to teach others the skills they used to grow their careers, chase their passions and create financial freedom for themselves, their families, and their lives, all while living out their true purpose. We recognize the fact that most young people are opting to skip college in exchange for entrepreneurship and real-life experience. This Podcast was designed to give them a taste of that.