Independent Film

An independent film is more or less defined as a feature film that is produced mostly or completely outside of the major commercial film studio system.

Independent films are sometimes distinguishable by their content and style and the way in which the filmmakers’ personal artistic vision is realized. Usually, but not always, independent films are made with considerably lower budgets than major studio movies.

World Cinema

World cinema is a term used primarily in English-speaking countries to refer to the films and film industries of non-English-speaking countries. It is therefore often used interchangeably with the term foreign film. However, both term “world cinema” and “foreign film” could be taken to refer to the films of all countries other than one’s own, regardless of native language.

World cinema is closely related to films with “artistic value” as opposed to “Hollywood commercialism.”

Foreign Language films

A foreign language film is defined as a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States of America with a predominantly non-English dialogue track.

B-List movies

B-List movies are low-budget commercial motion pictures that are not arthouse films.  Sometimes there is a lot of ambiguity of the term “B-List movie”. On the one hand, the primary interest of many inexpensive exploitation films is prurient; on the other hand, many B-List movies display a high degree of craft and aesthetic ingenuity that preserve the craft in a genuine way. Unkown actors, directors, writers and producers are are sometime discovered and picked up by the major commercial motion picture studios.


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