In the interest of furthering the discussion on distributing short films, I wanted to share our latest short film and a bit about how we monetized it. While we only managed to recoup costs, it allowed me to go back and pay everyone and put aside money for festivals, etc. rather than it coming out of our pockets.
I was approached by a board game company who were interested in seeing my latest "tale of the strange" short based on the poster and social media postings. We sent it along and they offered me a deal for non-exclusive distribution on their website. They have been pumping the short up on social media, via their newsletters, etc. and we've gotten a lot of great responses.
The nature of the deal allows me to continue to use the film in other spaces.
The two things that I have taken away from this are:
1. Always have a poster (I am hit and miss on this, but won't be anymore), and
2. Perhaps there are other opportunities out there for short films, if we can think outside the box. This was such an interesting, and fun, partnership.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this, and if you've had any experiences distributing short films in unexpected places.
You can watch the film at: https://www.huntakiller.com/soto/