If you grew up in the nineties and like talking indie film, there's a good chance you’ll reference Kevin Smith's Clerks, Linklater's Slacker or Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs. All three of these were passion projects made on a shoestring budget but which gained iconic status upon their release. Not to say those were the only three indie films made during that time; there was a trove of low budget pictures which ultimately saw the light of day in the cinema. What makes them special is how hard they were to make back then. Cost of film equipment aside, to get your movie distributed and marketed you had to get picked up by film production companies such as Miramax, Paramount or Warner Bros. Getting your film distributed across a country or continent was nigh impossible without the substantial backing of one of these production giants.

Now however, times have definitely changed. The costs of making a movie have decreased dramatically. Filmmakers are lucky enough to live in a time when you can market and distribute your film directly by starting your own website through a company like 1&1. Even filming doesn't have to break the bank, at least if Tangerine is any example to go by - the film was shot entirely using an iPhone5S and was declared one of the best films at the Sundance Film Festival.

If your film does need a bit of extra cash (especially during post production; color correction and song rights acquisitions are pricey), the answer is an increasingly popular solution that many filmmakers are turning to: crowdfunding websites. Kickstarter and Indiegogo are both great platforms for appealing to film fans and essentially asking them to pay for the film before it's been completed. The benefit to this is two-fold. One, it's a great way of raising funds without selling your soul to a giant corporation; and two, it allows people to feel like they're a part of the production by donating. A good example of this is DriverX, a film with a premise based on a middle-aged Uber driver that successfully raised enough many for production through Kickstarter.

It's never been a question of whether indie film was dead or not, but one of whether or not it's still thriving now. And the answer is an overwhelming yes. The fact that tablets, smartphones and laptops are our ubiquitous companions means there is always a viewing device on hand during those boring commutes or dead spots in life. Couple that with and ever growing number of streaming sites such as YouTube, Vimeo and Netflix and you've got entire markets that weren't available to the television and cinema-constrained filmmakers of the pre-internet era. And if you're not into making films, then you should be into supporting them. Grab your nearest device, throw a fiver at a Kickstarter and help keep indie art alive.