Distribution

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

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Geoff Hall
For the Kiyoshi Kurosawa fans out there

Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s new film ‘Cloud’ is in post-production. I first came across KK a number of years ago with his awesome psychological horror film, “Pulse” (Kairo). If there’s one filmmaker’s career I could emulate, it would be his. However I’m a tad old to be thinking about longevity, but then it m...

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Kiyoshi Kurosawa's thriller 'Cloud' in post-prod as Nikkatsu launches sales
Kiyoshi Kurosawa's thriller 'Cloud' in post-prod as Nikkatsu launches sales
Japanese studio Nikkatsu Corporation will introduce the film to international sales at this year's EFM
Geoff Hall

Maurice Vaughan yeah, Maurice I can’t wait to see it. Plus I need to play catch up and see Wife of a Spy, which looks wonderful.

Geoff Hall

Ashley Renee Smith thanks, Ashley. Do you have a favourite Kiyoshi Kurosawa film?

Geoff Hall
Ashley Renee Smith

I dont think I've ever seen one of his films, Geoff Hall. But I'll definitely be checking them out now!

Maurice Vaughan

Great scene, Geoff Hall! The slow build up, the woman's creepy walk, the suspense.

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Geoff Hall
Can UK independent distributors take any lessons from event cinema's success?

The Screendaily article begins:

This is growing market especially...

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Stephen Folker

Ashley Renee Smith great resource. And my thought is...if people don't want to be contacted, they won't list their phone or email. :)

Geoff Hall

Richard "RB" Botto something else to check out, RB for those incursions into Fathom’s territory! Thanks for the heads up.

Geoff Hall

Laurie Ashbourne with all due respect, I wasn't asking you to do that Laurie. I thought if you knew, you could always PM me and discuss it. And ‘nurture a relationship’, yes, we’ve connected on a numb...

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Geoff Hall

Stephen Folker Hi Stephen, I’ve visited their website on various occasions and they have email links to various departments. I thought they would monitor those accounts, but maybe I’m wrong to assume...

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Geoff Hall

Stephen Folker hi again, well the contact information on IMDb Pro is the one I’ve been using.

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Joyce Lee
Octane Multimedia

Has anyone done anything with Octane Multimedia or High Octane Pictures? They are the only ones I have ran across that are requesting submissions from writers and filmmakers... They claim to do funding, consulting, and distribution to theaters and claim to have connections with Netflix, Hulu, Max, P...

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Stephen Folker

There are a few companies out there that claim to do all that stuff, but instead they want you to pay 10k or more for them to pitch your project. I do not know anything about this particular company,...

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Debbie Elicksen
If Stage 32 Has Taught Us Anything, It's That the Entertainment Industry Is Global

Holes in the Hollywood calendar are being filled by international projects. The International film scene is looking to produce bigger and more blockbuster films.

"On the international market, particularly Europe, where P&A costs are lower and there is a stronger mix of mid-to-large independent player...

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As U.S. Film Deals Go Small, International Goes Big
As U.S. Film Deals Go Small, International Goes Big
Hollywood is dealing with the aftermath of the strikes, while international distributors are in need of blockbusters, meaning that domestic and international dealmaking could diverge in Berlin.
Fran Harris

not really! I love how Hollywood is now an “option” but not the only option! no real barriers to entry - anything is attainable — anyone with a dream, talent and idea can play! I luv it here!

Maurice Vaughan

Debbie Elicksen There's a part in the article that says, "The U.S. has long been known as the great arbiter of “bigger is better.” But being risk-averse, given current economic conditions and industry...

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Maurice Vaughan
How To Put Together A Recoupment Schedule For Audiovisual Projects

In today’s blog, David Zannoni (global consultant and executive producer at Zannoni Media) explains why and when a recoupment schedule is needed, and how the recoupment schedule is put together.

www.stage32.com/blog/how-to-put-together-a-recoupment-schedule-for-audio......

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Nick Phillips

A great read for sure. This is an incredibly important part of the process, and filmmakers need guidance like this!

Stephen A. O'Hearn
Infolist Oscar's Soiree- March 7

Anyone attending the March 7th Oscar soiree at Skybar? Me and my "Locked In" team will be in attendance and would like to meet everyone!

Debbie Elicksen

Very cool Stephen A. O'Hearn. Hope some Stage 32ers in the area take you up on that.

Debbie Elicksen
Amazon Prime Subscribers Start Class-Action Lawsuit

So this is interesting. Netflix beware?

"Amazon is facing a lawsuit accusing it of misleading Prime subscribers by charging them an additional fee to stream movies and TV shows without ads."

"In 2023, Amazon, which declined to comment, announced plans to turn on ads for all Prime Video viewers."

I mean...

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Amazon Prime Video Ad Tier Sparks Class Action Lawsuit From Subscribers
Amazon Prime Video Ad Tier Sparks Class Action Lawsuit From Subscribers
The lawsuit takes aim at the ecommerce giant turning on ads for Prime Video users and charging them an additional fee for its ad-free tier.
Maurice Vaughan

Interested in seeing what happens with this lawsuit and how it'll affect Amazon Prime and other streamers if Amazon Prime subscribers win, Debbie Elicksen.

Stephen Folker

It is complete bs Amazon is doing this. Everyone is getting so greedy nowadays. Only getting worse.

Geoff Hall
At Sundance, filmmakers say the space to get indie films made is shrinking

Here are two insights, from Sean Wang (Didi)

WANG: It seems like the industry is in a very uncertain place, not just in terms of sales and acquisitions. You know, you hear every other day that all these studios are letting go of hundreds and hundreds of people. You know, new heads come on. They're h...

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Stephen Folker

A friend of mine used to work for a prominent film festival as well. She said they would watch 5-10 minutes of film, and if they didn't like it, it went in a no pile. Then what was left the festival d...

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Dan MaxXx

Stephen Folker probably same for Oscar voters; there is no way a voter is watching entire movies. Vote on hype and whoever is paying bribes :)

Stephen Folker

Dan MaxXx sad, but true. Whole business is rigged.

M LaVoie

Geoff Hall It began with a T. Not an S. That's all I'll say about the festival I mentioned. The reality is that they can't actually watch all the films in their entirety. You'd need a full time team o...

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Geoff Hall

M LaVoie i’ve never heard of the Tundance Film Festival. Haha!

Geoff Hall
Events and Specialty Distribution

Since my posting about Jonathan Glazer’s amazing film, ‘The Zone of Interest’…

…I have become more interested in distribution. In my mind, if you are a producer, you should be excited by Distribution. Right? I must admit, when...

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About Us | Unveiling Our Cinematic Passion and Mission
About Us | Unveiling Our Cinematic Passion and Mission
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Geoff Hall

Sandra Isabel Correia thank you, Sandra!

Laurie Ashbourne

I work with Fathom; in fact just spoke to Ray on Thursday. They are having their best year yet, but they are NOT only faith based. They do a lot of other specialized distro. It all comes down to marketing with them.

Geoff Hall

Laurie Ashbourne thanks, Laurie. Well, that’s interesting to know and a definite blip now on my radar. This is us on IMDb Pro:

https://pro.imdb.com/title/tt6054692/?ref_=m_nm_known_for_3...

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Laurie Ashbourne

Geoff Hall Not sure what you mean by blip on the radar. Best of luck with your project.

Geoff Hall

Laurie Ashbourne y’know, now I know it exists and I have a bearing?

Karen "Kay" Ross
The India and Philippines Markets

Paramount+ Adds Branded Hubs Via Distribution Partners In India And The Philippines:

So, riddle me this - Paramount has come out to say that they are NOT going to produce international content domestically anymore, BUT apparen...

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Paramount+ Adds Branded Hubs Via Distribution Partners In India And The Philippines; Content Licensing Deals Aim To Boost Cash Flow And Reach
Paramount+ Adds Branded Hubs Via Distribution Partners In India And The Philippines; Content Licensing Deals Aim To Boost Cash Flow And Reach
With its streaming operations facing scrutiny as 2024 gets under way, Paramount Global continues to pursue a diversified approach to distributing its flagship, Paramount+. Pam Kaufman, President an...
Debbie Elicksen

Karen "Kay" Ross Doesn't Netflix already do this?

Karen "Kay" Ross

I'm not sure, actually, Debbie Elicksen

Ewan Dunbar

If you look at the creation of SkyShowtime, they are going to make local titles for local audiences, but if they have potential for breakout success (like The Bridge, The Killing, Call My Agent, Squid...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

I feel like that's what I was sensing, Ewan Dunbar. Like Paramount, as an American-based International distributor was like "we'll make American content, and if it catches on, we'll let it out further...

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Geoff Hall
NEWS ‘The Zone Of Interest’s Second Million Dollar Weekend; ‘Poor Things’ Hits Milestone – Specialty Box Office

Specialty Box-office.

For those of you writing or producing a film that is rich in social content, it’s great to see that The Zone of Interest is making the most out of the educational market. Check this out:

“More than half the audience has been under 35 (through last weekend) thanks to avid young fa...

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'The Zone Of Interest's Second Million Dollar Weekend; 'Poor Things' Hits Milestone - Specialty Box Office
'The Zone Of Interest's Second Million Dollar Weekend; 'Poor Things' Hits Milestone - Specialty Box Office
Two specialty films now in wide release hit the top ten this weekend with American Fiction at no. 8 and Poor Things, at no. 9 and claiming the mantle of the highest-grossing limited opening release...
Karen "Kay" Ross

POOR THINGS was exquisite - highly recommended! And honestly, I hope more people look to go to the cinema for an experience. BUT it still takes creative and extensive marketing.

Sandra Isabel Correia

Movies are changing, and people are also becoming more interested in conscious themes and characters that mix the absurd with real struggles and show how those things make us human. "Seeing Rachel," a...

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Geoff Hall

Sandra Isabel Correia that is also my hope, Sandra.

Pat Savage

Geoff Hall POOR THINGS is a brilliant production and story wise. highly recommended!

Geoff Hall

Pat Savage thanks Pat. I’ll have to check that out.

Geoff Hall
Tribeca Is Getting Into the Film Distribution Game (Again)

Well, this is interesting and welcome news.It will give an opportunity for up to 25 Independent films for distribution.

“This isn’t the first time Tribeca has gone down the road of digital film distribution. Tribeca has been investing in TVOD since 2010 and again in 2014 with an SVOD service that ho...

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Tribeca Is Getting Into the Film Distribution Game (Again)
Tribeca Is Getting Into the Film Distribution Game (Again)
Tribeca Films will acquire 25 features a year from across the festival circuit and release them through TVOD or AVOD via The Tribeca Channel.
Maurice Vaughan

I think it's great news, Geoff Hall. 25 more indie films are gonna be acquired per year. The indie world needs more opportunities. What's a New York release?

Geoff Hall

Maurice Vaughan A NY release as in our aim is to give SR its US premiere in New York. I think the crime genre would be well received there. We’ll see how that one pans out! Timing is everything....

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Maurice Vaughan

Oh ok, Geoff Hall. I think a NY release would be great for your film. Advertising SR in Manhattan would be a great idea -- might be expensive though. There are A LOT of outdoor screens and people....

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Geoff Hall

Maurice Vaughan oh, cool. I like the sound of the outdoor screens. That would create a wonderful atmosphere for the film. I also love the vibe of the Tribeca Film Festival and this article caught my e...

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