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From film festival strategies to theatrical to VOD to online options to finding and securing a sales agent the place to discuss, share content and offer tips and advice on all things related to the distribution process

Limited Series Literary Agent Search

Hi everyone! I am working on a limited series, and I’m in search of a literary agent that can help pitch to certain streaming services! If anyone has any advice on where I can go or who to reach out to, please feel free to email me @ asprescott19@gmail.com Thank you for your help!...

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Mike Smith
Garnering interest for unfinished film?

Does anyone know if it’s appropriate to show a portion of an unfinished film to producers/distributors to gain attention? Or does the project always need to be completed?

Mike Smith

That’s a good idea. But my plan was to shoot guerilla-style in public places, many of which are now either closed or deserted. So now I’m not sure how doable the whole project will be. Will things ope...

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Kevin Jackson

Why not cut a trailer?

Mike Smith

I’ve thought of that; but I don’t know when I’ll be able to film the rest of it. I hope it’s soon! But I don’t know if it’s worth trying to get people interested, when I don’t know how long it’ll be till I can complete the project.

Kevin Jackson

I see what you are saying. Definitely go the route of choosing a compelling scene with a hook then.

Mike Smith

i hope it works! :)

Timo Puolitaipale
Mister Sandman short film distributed on CryptTV

Hey all,

I recently decided to distribute a short film - more a teaser film or a prequel than a stand-alone - with CryptTV. For any horror filmmakers out there, I thought I'd share some info.

First off, here's the link to the flick on the CryptTV YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOECf...

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Kevin Jackson

Thanks for the heads up. Will check them out. Did they pay you or do they pay based on views?

Rajesh Banga
New OTT Platform

We are a new OTT Platform for indian sub continent and Middle East... Please let us know on the content library as we need content for our region... We are interested in Libraries and we would love to pick up some independent film / series which have not been aired / streamed in our region.. Thank you

Kevin Jackson

Are you open to Caribbean content? Jamaica, Trinidad etc? Do they have to be series or are shorts also welcome?

Aaron Falvey
Ascendance - Distribution Success!

I'm pleased to share that I finally scored a distribution deal with Gonella Productions for our short sci-fi/action film, Ascendance. Its been an almost 4 year journey! The budget was 15K USD. Would love to hear what people think?

https://vimeo.com/ondemand/ascendance/405391658

Watch ASCENDANCE Online | Vimeo On Demand
Watch ASCENDANCE Online | Vimeo On Demand
LANGUAGE: English Genre: Science Fiction Running Time: 27:17 Year of production: 2018 SYNOPSIS In a dystopian nuclear future, renegade corporations profit...
Shadow Dragu-Mihai

congratulations

Maurice Vaughan

Hey, Aaron Falvey. The trailer is exciting! As I was watching it, I was thinking about the budget. Then I saw that you put $15K USD in your post. From the trailer, the movie looks like it cost a lot more to make. I've subscribed to the Gonella Productions Vimeo.

Maurice Vaughan

Congrats on the distribution deal!

Timo Puolitaipale

Congrats!

Dana Moe
Need sales agent/distributor for upcoming feature

I have an amazing anthology feature called "San Francisco Stories" in post production. Need a sales agent or distributor. Can you help with leads? dmoehalley@gmail.com

Patricia Reiner

Dana, let's connect!

Dana Moe

HI Patricia - would love to talk. Do you have a website or LinkedIn profile?

Lauren Bartling

Patricia can you email me? lrbartling@gmail.com

Patricia Reiner

Indeed! Add me at anytime and let's connect https://www.linkedin.com/in/patriciareiner/

Timo Puolitaipale

What genre is this? Drama?

Also... Cinando is one good site for gaining connections.

Terence Donnellan
Fine Art Film Festival - Artists in NYC

We are pleased to announce that Artists in NYC will premiere at the Fine Art Film Festival! June 8 – 14!

FAFF is sponsored by the Venice Institute of Contemporary Art. FAFF is dedicated to showing the finest films in the world about art, the art world, an...

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FINE ARTS FILM FESTIVAL - ViCA
FINE ARTS FILM FESTIVAL - ViCA
Presented by the Venice Institute of Contemporary Art, The Fine Arts Film Festival is moving online this year - which means audiences worldwide can enjoy the Festival. We are dedicated to showing the…
Karen E Ross
Theatrical Distribution is Still Viable

Reports The Hollywood Reporter:

What would your conditions be to sit in a cinema?...

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Many Moviegoers Would Return to Theaters Within One Month of Reopening
Many Moviegoers Would Return to Theaters Within One Month of Reopening
Many consumers would return to movie theaters within a month of cinemas reopening if there was a title they wanted to see, according to a new poll from Atom Tickets. The survey of 1,500 people found t…
Shadow Dragu-Mihai

I am not paying wild amounts of cash. Period. And it better be a good movie, not yet another super-hero rehash, comic book rehash, or a remake or reboot of something that a corporate producer greenlit because it was a "safe" decision which wouldn't get him or her fired if it tanked.

Dan MaxXx

Before the shelter in place shutdown, I was seeing 10-15 movies per month at AMC theaters. I had their monthly membership pass.

I’ll probably see “Tenet” in July, but I want theaters to fix their Indoor ventilation and space out aisles.

Joe Arjona
Unreel

Hi! I've been contacted by a distributor/aggregator called Unreel Media Management from Chicago. For our first meeting I can say they're nice and professional and I think they're offering me a good deal, but If someone has been working with them and can give me some references, they are very welcome. Thank you!

Shadow Dragu-Mihai

I cannot find anything about them anywhere except a facebook page. It is good to remember that the large aggregators have gone bankrupt in the last couple years for a reason. That reason is that peopl...

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Joe Arjona

Hey, thank you Shadow! I really appreciate the time spent! You're completely right, I also believe that kind of distribution is not useful anymore.

Harry Dzumhur
The Dark Underbelly of Predatory Film Distributors – BEWARE!

I am redirecting this great post from filmmaker Alex Ferrari, award-winning writer/director with 25 years of experience in the film industry. He's pissed off of getting emails, messages, and calls from filmmakers who have been or are going to get taken advantage of by a traditional film distributor....

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The Dark Underbelly of Predatory Film Distributors - BEWARE! - IFH
The Dark Underbelly of Predatory Film Distributors - BEWARE! - IFH
Please Note: Once you press play it will take a few seconds for the episode to start playing. I'm pissed off guys. I'm tired of getting emails, messages, and calls from filmmakers who have been or are…
Harry Dzumhur

Thanks for the info. I appreciate it and I will look into it when you are going live.

April Jones

Thanks for sharing! All great information. I love Indie Film Hustle, always on top of everything it seems.

Chris Bournea

Great information, thanks for sharing. The problem is that many so-called “traditional” or “good” distributors turn out to be wolves in sheep’s clothing. Distribber was a “good” alternative until it wasn’t.

Angelo Raza

Thank you guys this very informative

Veronica J Woodard

If you are seeking to get your film in front of an audience, I can help you. STGN 49 is an OTT and OTA as well as a digital platform on ROKU, Glorystar, Charter DirectV and more. We require one yer li...

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Julian Baner
To festival or not to festival?

Figured this might be a good discussion for lots of folks. I am about to complete post-production on my first feature ($25,000 budget, no names) and am trying to figure out my distribution strategy. I am leaning towards ramping up my audience-building (which I've been doing for quite some time) and...

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Julian Baner

Thanks Shadow! Just sent an email

John Ellis

Julian Baner connection request sent. I'd love to keep in touch and be kept apprised of your progress. As an indie writer-producer, this topic is very important to our efforts....

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Julian Baner

Thanks for the request John! I'll be sure to keep you in the loop!

Jae Sinclair

I hired a sales agent. Part of the contract is that they must attend the three major film markets. They also don't get paid until they sell. When you don't have "names," film festivals are best for ni...

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Stephen Foster

My film won 24 film festival awards. I say FESTIVAL IF you work them!

Lauren Bartling
Making money on your film

Hello i am Lauren Bartling I am an 18 year old filmmaker who is working on pre production for my first feature. I have no crew at the moment and about $6000 as a budget. But I am going to make it happen! I was wondering about film distribution, how to find distributors or, (probably ending up) self...

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Dan MaxXx

My 2 cents. Don’t film anything this year. LA production is shut down Indefinitely this summer and you don’t want to be the first indie production. Too many legal stuff undetermined (like what happens...

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Lauren Bartling

Thank you for your comment! That meant a lot! any suggestions on what to do to stay productive and keep pre production moving along until it is okay to start production? Supprisingly I already have co...

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Dan MaxXx

Lauren Bartling lol My 10-year old niece is teaching me how to make TikTok videos. So many people are making incredible TikToks

Shadow Dragu-Mihai

Lauren Bartling Hi, I am EIC of Facet TV-ODG, a new platform designed on part to assist indie producers in marketing their content profitably. You are about to enter one of the most challenging Indust...

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Lauren Bartling

Hello Shadow. My email is lrbartling@gmail.com may I email you? Or can you reach out to me?

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