The film industry can be a daunting place: you are basically on your own to shoot your movie, get money and get distributed. But The Independent is here to help. Formerly a print magazine, The Independent went exclusively online when its organization, the Association of Independent Video and Filmmakers, entered dire economic straits. Now The Independent is an electronic resource for filmmakers who need guidance out there in the risky independent film market. With tips ranging from how to prepare your film for distribution to advice on how to make a successful documentary film, The Independent is there to lend you all of its expert advice. And the term filmmakers here is used broadly to include everyone from screenwriters and producers to cameramen. There’s even advice for finding health insurance for filmmakers. A classified ads section helps connect filmmakers with other projects, resources and calls for entries, so work opportunities are never too far away.