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

Need help in distributing my content

Hii, I’m an independent film maker, created more that 200 short films and web series and have more 35 awards recognition in last 3 years, I have great team & Investor on my side. I want to secure distribution for it, so can you help me, where I can distribute my content and does anyone know how to s...

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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

Denise, true.

Jose, is there anyway to check out 1 1/2 Hora? do you have subtitles yet?

David Starr

Adler wants my movie 27 Matches, they have hit me up twice now. Has anyone received a payment from them?


Vitaly Kozlov

Everything over 20-25K in marketing - you are screwed!. 60K-80K - you will never, ever see money again. That is how they all make money on desperate people looking for distribution. Adler, shoreline a...

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Erik A. Jacobson

David, it would be a huge mistake to go with them. Vitaly is right, Adler offers anyone/everyone "distribution" so they can build their catalog bigger, getting perhaps 10K to 15K for your product from...

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Vitaly Kozlov

And I just want to add another important thing to remember when it comes to distribution - never ever sign those 10-15 years agreements. This is a legalized slavery and there is no way out without pay...

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Looking for ideas on the best way to “relaunch” a popular sitcom from the Golden Age of television

I'm hoping you'll be able to give me advice on the best way to reintroduce a sitcom which was tremendously popular in the forties and fifties with viewers. My educated guess is that this has never happened to anyone before so there's precious little information on the best path to follow. What “this...

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David Trotti

If you're looking for syndication, you might want to reach out to Shout! Factory TV or Get TV. They handle classic TV material. It's probably too obscure with very little subscriber-boost for services...

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Wayne Graves

I sent you a message and request. I have a couple ideas for you, depending on what you're looking for.

Deliverables

Hi everyone. It's been a long time since I've been on here. Glad to be back. We are currently in post-production of our next feature and want to be proactive about getting "deliverables" together for a prospective Sales Agent. What do we need? I know we need E&O Insurance and 100-200 digital stills. ...

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David Lowe

Robert, there is a Master Delivery Schedule. You'll need depending on what the medium the film was shot and edited on separate M & E tracks, music license, releases (talent), story rights agreement, E & O policy (which you mention), etc. DL.

Amanda Toney - Stage 32 Next Level Education

Glad to have you back in the community Robert. If you're asking about sales agent deliverables, then that means you're done with a film - congrats! Bradley & Blake touches on some theatrical deliverab...

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Vitaly Kozlov

Every SA has its own list of deliverables. Prepare to spend up to 10K on that.

David Trotti

Every company is different. Here are some of the more common things I've been asked for (this only applies to low budget, non-theatrical): 1) Video: A 24P Digital file in the best available format (HD ...

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Vimeo: has anyone had success in sales of projects on Vimeo?

Looking for some insight and opinions on the VOD platform of Vimeo? Have you sold any downloads/rents through them? Thanks for your thoughts and sharing your experiences!

Vitaly Kozlov

That is indie rights' marketing expenses? 10, 20, 30K?

Eric Paul Chapman

Rahim, all I know is I could not entice anyone to pay to watch a feature length movie of mine on Vimeo On Demand a few years ago. There isn't much of a fee - I think it was $200 - but I would look at...

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Eric Paul Chapman

FWIW, Indican made an offer for my comedy Craig Quits His Day Job earlier this year, but we could not agree to terms. Their communication style was haphazard and unprofessional, which didn't help. Gra...

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Rahim Branch

Thanks for your insight Eric, it's very helpful. I do see what you mean about Vimeo. Though I do like the split, it would have to be a viable option. I hope everything works out for your film on indie rights, I'll be looking out for it.

Cherelynn Baker

Eric Paul Chapman Thank you so much for your thoughtful and insight filled answer - that's exactly what I was looking to hear - resources! I too noticed that Vimeo does not have any comments. I'm look...

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PR manager

Does anybody know a pr manager who has experience in launching comics universes? My team and me are building a huge project, we started with a pilot of a graphic novel (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075GQFLZF/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1504934211&s...). If there's a man who knows how to market it in the ri...

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Los Angeles Film Festivals

Hey everyone, I wrote, produced and directed a feature film last summer and have been doing the film festival thing. I have already been accepted to a bunch of New York based film festivals and have even won Best Feature Film at one. My question is this, which Los Angeles based film festivals are wo ...

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Vitaly Kozlov

If you spent 6 month on that festival circuit with success or no success its time to get out and start approaching SAs with your material. AFM is a good place to look for SAs and show your film. Start...

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Jim Defalco

Thanks for the advice. It's only been on the festival circuit over the course of the summer as of now. The film has been selected to a few festivals and won best feature film in one of them. I'm still...

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Vitaly Kozlov

Jim, only Tier one festivals count and mean much in the biz. SAs and buyers go only to those festivals. Don't spend much money on other festivals focus on packaging your projects instead!!!

Jim Defalco

Austin Film Festival and Slamdance are both 'tier one' festivals, my budget for festivals was economical. I contacted both of these festivals (as well as others I ended up not submitting to) and had g...

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Spanish low budget film( 15,000 euros)

Hello, My name is Alejandro. I am first time director from Spain. What I mean is, that I just made my first low budget film in Spanish. It has English subtitles. It is a dark comedy. None of the actors are well known. So my question is. What can I do now with the film? Besides being a great learning e ...

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David Trotti

I watched the video. Great job. It has a really nice film look, especially for 15,000 Euros. And the actors all come across as professional. I especially like your two young guys. You should be able t...

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Alejandro G. Etola

Hello David,
Thanks for the tips.

Vitaly Kozlov

You have good and great visuals, good choice of music and that is your main strength but I would shorten some of your lengthy dialogs, you just continue on spinning your wheels in places where it shou...

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Vitaly Kozlov

Another suggestion to you as a director/writer - affectively use inserts. That will separate you from students films and films made on the back yard with friends. That trick will allow visually cut aw...

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Alejandro G. Etola

Hello Vitaly,
Thanks for watching the film.

International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema aka Film Fest International, questions.

Hi. I'm Looking for info from any film makers who have experience dealing with the "International Filmmaker Festival of World Cinema" , Also known as 'Film Fest International'. Its run in a few different European cities. I'd like to know the good, and the bad. If its legit?. Any success stories out...

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Vitaly Kozlov

Only Tier one festivals matter and this is where SAs/Distributors are going to make deals. The rest of festivals do not mean much in the biz and a waste of money. If you need a vacation go but you will not achieve much there as a filmmaker. Spend your money on better packaging!!!!!

How to distribute a 25 minute short with no known names online or VOD?

I have a 25 minute very Twilight Zone inspired short film (called The Recursion Theorem) that I've recently released online (on our website via YouTube) after a festival run (where it played at some pretty minor festivals). I think the length hurt us on the festival circuit, as a 25 minute film is h...

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Damon Stout

Hi Ben, I had distribution "luck" with my short via SHORTS TV network (on Directv and others) - not a ton of money but licensed for 3 years... I also used Distribbr for iTunes and Amazon distribution (you pay them $ against future sales)

Ben Sledge

Thanks both for the ideas. Is the Amazon direct you get access to via self distribution the same as what aggregators like Distribbr get you on? I was under some impression there were a couple differen ...

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Dawn Brown

Hi Ben, I have been in your position and can sympathize. I would like to share two things I have learned the hard way. First, monetizing your short (iTunes, Vimeo On Demand, Amazon, etc.) may get you...

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Eric Reynard

The 25 minutes length 1000% hurts in the festival circuit. Takes nothing away from your film which is pretty well made. Great demo to help secure $$$ for your next project.

Damon Stout

-Ben, didn't see how to email you, so feel free to contact me via my link(s) in my profile and I'll try to shed some light on my distribution experience

A exciting way to distribute your video

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James Drago

He's a disruptor.

Rew Jones

I'm really interested to see how this goes. More transparency in accounting is certainly a positive movement.

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