Film Industry Watch

Denormalizing Nepotism & Misconduct in the Film Industry

Film Industry Watch is a community based journalistic and academic effort aiming to protect working members of the film industry from companies and individuals who have allegedly affected crew or cast either through non-payment, disregard for the health and safety of the crew, unsafe work environment, racism, gender bias, sexual misconduct, conflict of interests, or any other issue or challenge. In particular, we aim to collect information about companies that have been liquidated and restarted again under a different name and serial producers who have a track record of alleged misconduct or abuse, be it financial, or in any other.

Our organization is also dedicated to unveiling the true decision-making processes and power dynamics within the film industry. Our goal is to democratize access and provide talented, emerging young filmmakers with the opportunities they rightfully deserve to succeed in the industry.

As independent journalists, we maintain a professional distance from festival organizers and film funds, which sets us apart from those in traditional media. Our team does not attend exclusive parties or red carpet events, nor are we engaged in external activities like script reviews for funds, consulting or editing. This independence ensures that our content remains unbiased and unswayed by external influences. On this website, you will find nothing but the unfiltered truth, as our commitment to integrity is unwavering.

We are excited to offer sponsorship opportunities for individuals passionate about pursuing a Master’s or PhD. Our focus is on nurturing research that investigates nepotism, favoritism, and power structures within the European film industry, including the UK.

We are also thrilled to offer an anonymous annual Post Production Grant of $5,000 to support film students worldwide in completing their graduation projects. This grant is tailored to assist with post-production and related costs. For this grant, a ‘film school’ is defined as any professional program exceeding three months, ensuring inclusivity for those with limited resources. Unlike other film grants, funds, labs and programs, you do not need to “be someone” or “know someone” to be considered.

Please note that the information on this website is not meant to be an ad hominem attack on any specific person. The individuals mentioned on our site and their positions in various organizations are used as examples for the way that the film industry operates. The positions, roles and professional relationship between individuals are public information. Sources are provided throughout the website. If you would like to report any inaccuracy please do not hesitate to contact us.

Reporting to our website is free and confidential to anyone working in film or TV. Help improve the film industry by reporting any misconduct – contact us now – even anonymously.

The film industry’s integrity has been deeply affected due to the high stakes involved in film production, festival selections, film sales, and awards. These activities are worth millions of Euros or dollars from funding grants, private investments, sales, in salaries and payments to service providers, annually. Over the years, this influx of money has led to widespread issues, undermining the industry’s integrity. The chart below illustrates how different organizations and individuals circulate among the members of the network power, influence, and hundreds of millions of public and private funds, every year. The industry is structured as a network of interconnected and affiliated organizations that benefit only those who are members of the network, distributing resources among each other. The chart is illustrative of a small portion of the network. Read our full report here. If you would like to contribute to this investigation, please contact us.

The following chart is an example for the type of social networks that exist in the industry, favoritism which erects barriers of entries to outsiders, leads to a concentration of influence and power, reduces the quality of artistic output, and discourages young filmmakers from trying to break into the industry. READ MORE

As the integrity of the industry has been degrading for years, so did the importance of artistic merit. The chart below provides a clear visual representation of the current unfortunate prioritized factors in decision-making processes within film festivals and film funding organizations.

Dominating the top of this hierarchy are nepotism and family connections, followed by a series of considerations — financial interests, social connections, identity politics, and the theme of the project — each of which, regrettably, tends to outweigh actual artistic or creative merit. The decline in the public’s interest in film can partly be explained by these facts.

This tendency is particularly evident in the operations of major festivals. Accompanying the chart is a depiction of the “revolving door” dynamic prevalent in the film industry, where a limited circle of individuals hold a variety of influential positions, rotating between being fund advisors on the one hand, and producers or directors on the other. This perpetuates a culture of exclusivity, hindering fresh talent from entering the field, and promoting self-interests that ultimately reduces the quality of the industry’s artistic output.

The charts below depict how a film or project’s actual merit relates to the director or producer’s contacts, political influence, and other factors within the film industry. They illustrate a trend: as a person’s social (“political”) or commercial power increases, the film’s merit decreases in importance. Similarly, the prestige of a festival inversely affects the significance of merit, with other factors becoming more prominent – READ MORE.

Please note that all reports are being made by 3rd parties but always include screenshots or other corroborating information. If you believe you’ve been listed on our site without merit, please contact us.

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With unwavering support from our community, Film Industry Watch proudly announces the creation of a $25,000 Whistleblower Fund. This pivotal initiative is devoted to identifying and exposing corruption and misconduct in the film industry. Our aim is to cultivate an atmosphere of transparency and accountability, ensuring an equitable and principled environment for all industry members. We encourage anyone aware of criminal activities or misconduct to reach out to us confidentially. Rest assured, your identity will be protected. Reports leading to articles posted on this website, significant organizational changes or legal proceedings will be eligible for a financial reward for between $100 to $5000 for each report.

We hold a special focus on Film Festivals, Screenwriting Labs, various awards, and public Film Funds. It’s important to remind our readers that these entities are predominantly supported by public funding, which necessitates a standard of fairness and transparency in their operations.

Stand with us in our quest for integrity in the film industry – your voice matters.

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