How do I pitch IFC? Boom, Frank and Lamar's AMA gave me ideas. Which festivals should I check out? Ask the forum. What's Sugar Babies? Oh, it's a hilarious show I found in show recommendations. I should never do line readings as a director? Thanks, Stareable Guide. What the hell do I include as a crowdfunding perk? Teach Me Tuesdays to the rescue. What's going on with Seeso? Found out in the news section.
The Community Forum is a one-stop shop, a repository of practical information, for indie filmmakers and web series creators. Can you find this information elsewhere? Probably, but it would take a lot longer. You'd have to go to meetups, attend film festivals, watch YouTube tutorials, get lost in Google Search rabbit holes, read a bunch of articles, etc. As an indie creator, you should do all of those things, but you won't always have time to do all of those things. So if you need information, tips, recommendations, and support right now, the forum is efficient and super helpful.
And sometimes there are the happy discoveries that you could never have foreseen. Every now and again, I'll just browse the forum and encounter something that makes me think, "Huh, I didn't know that. I'll have to give it a try."