I'm a documentary filmmaker. Several years ago, I paid a "filmmakers' representative" a lot of money to find me a distributor. The contract stipulated that she had to find at least two distributors who would cover US and world-wide rights. On my own, through festivals, I found distributors for three others of my other films. My latest doc film has a very reputable distributor who picked it up himself. From all these agents and distributors, I have not made a single penny in a period of about 5 years. Seriously. Not one penny. I did an experimental distribution of one of my doc films by mailing out a flyer to 450 educational institutions, from a mailing list that I purchased. I targeted departments of African history, anthropology, social studies, international relations and others that are relevant to my work. I sold about 245 DVDs this way - about a 50% success rate. I fully understand that my films are so-called "small" - ie they have not won awards at festivals and are therefor harder to market. Yet whenever I personally accompany a screening, I not only get lots of praise and applause, even a standing ovation once, but I also sell many copies of my DVD. I'm thinking of just going out on my own to market my own films. It's a full-time job, and it's clear that as the filmmaker, I am far more invested in the work than any distributor. What do you think?? I have been invited to moderate a panel discussion Film Distribution in Africa at the Zanzibar International Film Festival in July. If you are trying to get your film distributed in Africa, I would love to hear from you. What difficulties are you facing? What successes have you enjoyed? What is your distribution strategy?