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Has anyone worked with Adler & Associates Entertainment Before?

I am shopping around for a sales agent for my new film and I spoke with these guys at AFM and twice since. I was wondering if anyone has had any experience positive or negative with them before?

Bradley Pontecore

Some people just want their stuff released.

Bradley Pontecore

Mine wasn't even done. Super rough cut and they sent me a contract.

Bradley Pontecore

Unless I'm the next Kubrick and haven't realized it yet, I don't usually get offers on uncompleted work. Ever.

John Thompson

Best of luck to anyone who goes with Adler. Worldwide deals are the worst deals to sign. You will not make any money as all your domestic sales will be eaten up by the expenses from international. Bes...

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Erik A. Jacobson

Just checked out opinions on FilmSpecific.com regarding Adler. The founder of the site, Stacey Parks, who has many years of distribution experience, warned against going with Adler, saying they were a...

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Has Anyone Uploaded Projects to Amazon?

I have a feature film that's not going to get theatrical distribution. (www.donovanquixote.com if you're interested) Has anyone uploaded to Amazon? What's the experience like? Pointers? Cautions?


Keith Hopkins

Ramon, do you mind sharing what kind of deal Distirbber was able to get for you? Thanks

Ramon Richardson

Sure, distribber.com has a FAQ page that answers all the points of each platform that they connect you with.

Jon Bonnell

Keith Hopkins There's no "deal." Amazon is a percentage deal. If the movie is in prime (and not just PPV) then Amazon defines how that works here: https://videodirect.amazon.com/home/help?topicId=2020...

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Cherelynn Baker

I so want to hear from someone that did the AVD deal and is actually getting plays on their film and making any sort of finance back! Please post your experiences!

J. R. S. Storch

My company, Open Sign Productions, has over 20 films available on Amazon Video. The experience thus far has been very positive. While there are options such as "Distribber", I would encourage you to u...

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Film ready for distribution

I have a feature length documentary that is finished and ready for distribution. Looking for theatrical release. Any distributors out there wanna talk?

Joe Becker

It's called DETROIT UNDER S.T.R.E.S.S. It's about a special unit that was implemented by the Detroit Police called S.T.R.E.S.S. Stope The Robberies, Enjoy Safe Streets http://DetroitUnderStress.com.

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Cherelynn Baker

Good luck Joe!

Jon Bonnell

Hey Joe, send me a link to an online, password protected screener. I have people that might be interested.

Donald Shafer

Joe please email me at gandsentertainm@aol.com

Joe Becker

Here's an exit interview video we did at a local premiere https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQVaaAAvA4k&feature=youtu.be. I'm getting the FilmFreeway link and password now I'll send those privately

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Digital poster at theater: who makes/ how/ what?

Theaters now use a digital movie poster - who makes it and how? I have a short film that has screenings at small theaters and I want to make a digital poster for it. Google is showing nothing! If you know the who/what/where hows of that, would you please link me? Thanks!

Jon Bonnell

If you are booking the theater, they will tell you the required dimensions and filetype for the poster art.

Cherelynn Baker

Thank you Jon!

How do I find the sales agent for a particular theater chain?

Hi Stage 32'ers! Quick question - how do I find/ where do I look/ is there a directory of sales agents? Like a LinkedIN of sales people for a particular movie theater chain? I want to pitch directly to the small southwest region I am in and finding the sales agent is like finding Waldo. The woman wh...

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Nicholas Jordan

My suggestion is to obtain a copy of Spike, Mike, Slackers, & Dykes Book by John Pierson And then this is best-bet right here ▬ I do not think you are going to rent directly to a chain unless you have...

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Jon Bonnell

First, don't call the theater. You need to call the corporate office and ask for the booker. If they have more than one theater they have a corporate office, no matter how small.

Streaming Online

Hi. I hope everyone is doing well. I am extremely green in this area and am looking for some guidance. I would like to utilize some online streaming companies for my short films, but don't know of any that are reputable. Does anyone know of any? Thanks in advance and have a wonderful weekend. 
Take Care, Chandra Gerson  

Steven Harris Anzelowitz

Just a suggestion on a Book that might help. It's called Reel to Deal by Doc S-S Simmons. He is a regular contributor here on Stage 32. And

Chandra Gerson

Thank you so much Steven. I really appreciate it. Take care.

Erik A. Jacobson

Talk to Linda Nelson at IndieRights. She handles feature streaming of indie features and has a great reputation. Ask her if she handles shorts as well.

Jon Bonnell

Amazon is taking shorts in their pay-per-view model. I know quite a few film makers that are doing that. There aren't too many distributors that will take on shorts, but there are some. You can self d...

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Film Festivals

Hey, I recently finished post production for my first feature film. The entire thing was made for $6,000 and I'm just looking to find some festivals that cater to films my size / budget. I've already been submitting to some in NY on WOB and FilmFreeway. Basically asking if anyone knows of festivals...

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Vitaly Kozlov

Kasha you have to crawl and climb like anybody else. Find more money. Hint: friends and family! Your best bet! And submit to big festivals. If you are good and lucky they might select you. If not try again and again. That is the process of every filmmaker. Good luck.

Kasha Slavner

Thanks Vitaly but I tapped out my friends and family and even strangers with 3 crowdsource funding campaigns already so I'll just keep plugging away like I have been and try to get more interest in th...

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Christine Albrecht

We (the Zurich Film Festival) are currently open for submissions! You may be interested in our competition sections (fiction and doc), which consist of 1st, 2nd and 3rd films by their directors. http:...

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Jim Defalco

Hey Christine, that sounds great, and I'd love to submit. I have to ask if it is at all possible for a submission fee waiver or discount code of any kind. If not, don't worry about it.

Christine Albrecht

Hi Jim, I'm sorry for the delayed reply, I tried to message you directly, but I'm not sure the message was sent... While we absolutely understand the challenges of a constrained budget, the submission p ...

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Promo code

How do I get a prom code on this sight to pay for and submit my pitch for someone to read ?

Insight on festival submissions from a festival founder

This interview covers the things a filmmaker needs to know about the submission process from the perspective of a festival director. Comment if you have any more tips or advice. Thanks!

Cannes Film Festival

Dose anyone will come to Cannes Film Festival?If yes so we can meet #Cannes2017 #CannesFilmFestival #Cannes70 #Filmmaking #SupportIndieFilm

Cherelynn Baker

Cheers to the event being fruitful for you!

Henry M.Buchmann

I am coming to cannes, together with hollywood reporter clinton wallace.

Anika Neubauer

We are leaving for Cannes tomorrow. Always interested in meeting new colleagues from Int. filmscene. Send me a PM, if interested in meeting up together.

Jean-Luc Julien

I'd be happy to meet up in Cannes between 21-25 May. www.anikafilms.com

Roy M. Martens

Sorry, only saw this now, there were several hundred members of TheFilmPortal, as every year.

First Time Screenwriter/Director/Producer NYC Suggestion of good books or articles on Distribution?

I have (3) copyrighted animated screenplays. I have cast. I have animators. I have a book 'BANKROLL'
by Tom Malloy- How to finance your independent film. What I am looking for is a recommendation on a book or article that can teach me the various channels of distribution Theatrical, SVOD, Domestic,Foreign. Any help is appreciated.

Approved Aggregators for Netflix

Just saw Chad Miller's webinar that recommends we ensure that we use distributors that are somehow approved by Netflix if we are interested in getting our film onto Netflix. 1)Can anyone advise me how to check? 2)This may sound naive but is there anyone at netflix who I can write to or call?

Leanne Campbell

Hi Rocky, I am looking for creative teams who already have a concept to assist them get it made and out to the public. We don't solicit films.

Rocky Dagha

Hello, ok you mean you need only creative stories or concepts for independent films? Also if a film is already made, can you assist in selling or distributing?

Rafael Pinero

Good question Rocky

Rocky Dagha

I am keen to join hands with overseas companies for selling / distributing films

David Christopher-Turner

not sure if your still looking Leanne Campbell but I am working on something at the moment that we need funding on, comedy and fresh. let me know and ill send you the details.

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