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

Best On-Demand Options

I'm considering releasing my thesis film on an on-demand platform. It's a 39 minute film that played at one festival. What is the best website to use to rent my film?

Erik A. Jacobson

Indierights.com puts your film on all the key platforms and gives you 80% of the resulting income. Best deal I've heard of.

Here's My Alert

Who has had a good experience with a film distribution company regarding their film? Let me know your stories! Here's my alert: https://www.stage32.com/blog/Four-ways-to-financially-protect-your-indep......

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Vitaly Kozlov

Good article and valuable suggestions for first time filmmakers. But you might overlooked a very important point. Never go on that swim with SA/distributors (besides your entertainment lawyer who is v...

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Gregory Green

Good points, Vitaly!

Erik A. Jacobson

Thanks for posting!

Gregory Green

You are welcome, Erik!

Movie Pitch

Hello everyone!

I currently have a script and a synopsis for a film and was wondering if anyone knows any production companies that are willing to listen to movie idea pitches?

Dan MaxXx

pay people to hear your pitch$$$$$$. Top of this page, under "Happy Writers", there are a bunch of eager folks willing to listen if you pay them

iTunes, Netflix, and Hulu

Hello S32'ers! Anyone here have any experience getting your film onto iTunes, Netflix, and Hulu? Specifically iTunes. I've come across an interview with Jason Brubaker on FilmCourage (see link below) and it got me curious to exactly how easy it is to get your film on iTunes, or if there are any alte ...

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Larry DeGala

Go through the pseudo-aggregator Distribber.com
Problem is your title gets lost in the ocean of titles. It's a matter of carving out your niche and developing your brand to stand out amongst the random chatter.

Larry DeGala

did I say pseudo-aggregator? oh my...

Gabe Reyes

Okay cool, thanks for the link. I've heard of using Distribber for music but not for films. Getting your brand to stand out is always the hardest problem, but I think having your content on a channel like iTunes is a great way to help build your brand.

Katrin Magrowitz

everything Distribber promises you can do yourself . they take money upfront and then let you 'enjoy' 100% of the proceeds. in other words they have no incentive to work hard for your distribution/sal...

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Distribution

Hi everyone I have three features in post production. The quality is top draw I am now on the final stage finding a distributor for the projects. I have included my IMDb and trailers for two of the films. Who can recommend me a good distributor. Regards http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3703061/ https://yo...

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Eddie Bammeke
Eddie Bammeke
Eddie Bammeke, Director: Talk of the Dead. Eddie Bammeke is an actor and director, known for Talk of the Dead (2016), First Impressions Can Kill (2017) and The Essex Warriors (2013).
Eddie Bammeke

What films did you get distributed? I have already done emblems ect. Intrested to look at your work, do you have a Imdb?

Eddie Bammeke

Also Ken I don't think you understand where I am coming from, I have dealt with and been contacted by a few distribution companies before, i posted a question asking if anyone knew of any distributors...

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Ken Koh

I got distribution for 'Crisis in The Congo' which got picked up worldwide except USA, the feature part 2 also got distribution in post now London. I keep on a low profile on that film because of thre...

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Rene Asch

GERMAN DISTRIBUTION NEEDED Films in Motion, GbR Berlin and Kineofilm, S.r.L Trieste are producing the highly emotional drama TO THE UNKNOWN GOD starring Award Winning Actor ULRICH TUKUR. Morefilms Gmb...

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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?

John Borowski

Is Denise a plant for Adler? Who knows...

John Borowski

We need to call out these scammer distributors ands share our experiences with others. I call out all these motherfuckers when they contact me and I see their scam a mile away. If they cannot make the...

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Denise Channing

Suggesting I'm a plant for Adler is just stupid. I haven't seen how things are going to go with them yet. I came on this thread to answer the OP with what experience I've had of them so far and certai...

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Christopher McDonell

And we thank you for it, Denise. John was out of line making that unwarranted accusation. It's difficult critiquing distributors on a public forum knowing they could be reading what people are saying. ...

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Denise Channing

Some of the information you find on discussions like this can be useful, but a lot can be way off base. Anyone new to a business should check out any advice for themselves rather than take something s...

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Sales Agent and Sales Projections

Hello, I am looking for a sales agent to put together a sales forecast/projections for a feature film, along with the distribution channels that would be used. Ideally a one to two page summary. Would be paid for the work but there is a low budget so looking for flexibility and open to negotiations...

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Vitaly Kozlov

Viable sales agents and you want only viable ones ! would charge 1,5K for this kind of work. If you are a member of Film Specifics community you can get generic one for your budget range for free. Worth to join.

Amanda Toney - Stage 32 Next Level Education

Hey Mark, this is Amanda from the Stage 32 team. I just wanted to let you know I moved your post from Your Stage to Distribution - I think you might get some more feedback there. Let me know if you ha...

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Erik A. Jacobson

Vitaly brings lots of experience and personal relationships with agents to the table. But for a less-detailed, VOD-only estimate, aggregator Linda Nelson at Indie Rights can give you some basic info.

Amazon Video Direct

Has anyone self distributed their film on Amazon Video Direct? I'm starting to look into it and trying to read every single thing about it. Just wondering if anyone has used the service and if it is worth doing?

Amanda Toney - Stage 32 Next Level Education

You should connect with Caytha Jentis - she just taught a webinar on her experience with Amazon: https://www.stage32.com/webinars/Creating-and-Marketing-A-Successful-Sho......

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Jay Croot

Hey Jim, Ive got films on Amazon video direct, one of the requirements is to have captions on your film the 3 rd party companies they suggest charge a fair bit to do this! if you have a savvy editor t...

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Who attended the American Film Market this year? How it went for you?

This was our first attempt at the AFM, and considering we only have two movies in development I have to admit it went quite good for us so far, and while we're still contracting with buyers, I was curious to know how it went for others, let's share stories and experiences, let's connect!

Amanda Toney - Stage 32 Next Level Education

Hi Alan, we attended this year - did you happen to catch Richard "RB" Botto 's panel on Sunday about film financing? Was really enlightening for indie filmmakers.

Christopher McDonell

Hi Alan, this was my first year attending the AFM. I spent days researching and compiling a list of target distributors by cross-referencing the film catalogue with companies. I have a feature-length...

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Alan M. Cossettini

Thank you Christopher McDonell for sharing, we also attended the AFM for the first year, and yes, I recommend this event to everybody out there looking for business. As you mentioned, response was exc...

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Christopher McDonell

Right on! I’m finding the same. The AFM is considered a litmus test by some. If response to your film is good, good things happen when you come home.

Rodney Wild

We also went to AFM, we got some interest from buyers but the one thing that helped us was the fact that we had partners in L.A. that helped us on our cartoon (for TV) project and that helped off set the risk. Would I go again next year .... not sure yet.

Are there too many film festivals?

Is it still the best route for a self made film? It's hard to get into a film festivals but it seems harder for film festivals to attract attention in their cities when they occur?

Ken Koh

Christopher you're right. You should always target the top tier festivals first and work your way down. However, if you cannot get into the big ones, the next one will do, it all helps with marketing...

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Christopher McDonell

Good discussion here. Thanks for all the tips, Ken!

Randy Gordon-Gatica

@ Ken Koh Deal. I will. It's a plan.

Ken Koh

You must put aside budget for distribution before you start production. If you don't have enough, wait until you do otherwise your film can drag on for years without getting anywhere. Know you can finish before you even begin.

James Drago

That's a great post Ken Koh

Film posters - what size?

Looking for the correct standard size and dimensions. The Festival de Cannes websites says this:

Electronic, 300 dpi, 13 x 18 cm
Printed, Din A1, 59 x 84 cm

Is that the baseline standard? Roughly a 4 x 6 inch ratio? Neither size is coming up as a standard in the photo editing software I'm using.

Erik A. Jacobson

Depends on its use. Remember, this same key art will be on the cover of your DVD, displayed full-size at theaters, and featured in your "look book" iPad sales presentation.

David E. Gates

UK Quad Posters are 30x40 INCHES. US are different. I suspect European ones to be different sizing too. I think it's entirely dependent on the use, country, kind of promotion, etc. There isn't a one-size fits all.

Where cab you take a short from the 48 Hour Film Project after the event is over?

I was City Producer for the Shanghai 2017 48 Hour Film Project and we gave out our awards at an EU Film Festival event where the Best of the fest were entertainment for the EUFF VIPs. Here is an article on the event. http://china-indie-film.com/2017/11/20/shanghai-48-hour-film-project-ann... But many...

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Shanghai 48 Hour Film Project announces 2017 Awards
Shanghai 48 Hour Film Project announces 2017 Awards
This was the for the kickoff of the shooting weekend beginning at 19:00 with a meetup at Shanghai's Cambio Coffee of more than 20 teams of more than 200 film makers that embarked on this wild weekend…
Ken Koh

If the short is good, it'll be ready for a crowd-funding campaign towards a feature length. Re-cut into 1 min trailer for a feature.

Dan MaxXx

get all the deal memos and legal paperwork of the project under your control/ownership first.

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