Distribution : What are Faith Based Films doing? by Anthony Varon

Anthony Varon

What are Faith Based Films doing?

Hey Guys, Working on two faith based features. Need some advice. What is the best way to get some faith based films distributed? Any recommendations are great!

Laurie Ashbourne

I believe there is a Stage 32 webinar coming up on this, check out the education tab.

Anthony Varon

thanks

Jon Bonnell

Check out PureFlix. They not only do traditional distribution, but also work with churches directly and just launched their own faith-based Netflix portal.

Anthony Varon

thanks John! I will look into them. The last time I checked, you needed to know someone in there but will check it out again.

Stage 32 Staff - Julie

Anthony, were you on the webinar yesterday? The advice was INVALUABLE from Anne Marie and Nikki. If not, it will be available on demand within a day: https://www.stage32.com/webinars/Developing-and-Financing-Faith-and-Fami...

Anthony Varon

Hey Julie, I have not yet. Unfortunately I have not had the money until another week or two.

Ash Ford

Hello Anthony, Black Wolf Media Group is accepting faith-based film submissions for distribution. We currently have three faith-based films scheduled for release in 2015 and are in negotiations for other films to fill out our 2016 schedule. We have agreements with several major retailers, including Walmart, to place films and would enjoy screening your films with an eye toward entering into a distribution agreement with you. You can submit a film to us via our web site at http://blackwolfmediagroup.com/film-submissions/ but of course you can contact me at any time to explore your options either through Stage 32 or directly at ash.ford@cox.net

Anthony Varon

Thanks Ash for the info! I will do that. Can you tell me what exactly you need to submit? I will check out the site now

Eric Bartsch

Faith-based productions are doing what grassroots and independents have always done: keep it within a budget, get the stars or name recognition they can muster, and tell the stories nobody else seems to be telling. The audience is built in too, so direct marketing, as far as distribution and exhibition, are often easier, especially in the age of VOD. You can expect your movie to make it onto the shelf at Family Christian even if Wal-Mart won't pick it up. There are also promotional tricks or gimmicks (which aren't meant to be patronizing terms) like FC is doing right now for 90 Minutes in Heaven. They're letting moviegoers donate the sale of their tickets to charity on the web, and providing in-store discounts when you present your stub. If you can do something like that, you might find backers, or the right attention.

Anthony Varon

Eric, Thanks for that great comment. I agree with you and I think it's just a matter of how you promote it!

Ash Ford

We at Black Wolf Media Group have several faith-based movies scheduled for release over the next few months, including "The Reconciler" featuring the late Roddy Piper. We are able to place films with Walmart and other big-box stores, and would enjoy screening your trailers or teaser reels. We pride ourselves on making distribution agreements that are very favorable to film owners so, if interested in seeing your film placed, please go to our website at http://blackwolfmediagroup.com/film-submissions/ where you can take a look at our upcoming releases as well as submit your trailer for review.

Anthony Varon

Perfect!! Thank you Ash!

Dale Lippman

You may benefit from a review by Movieguide.org.

Beverly Tan

Check out CMD Distribution. We are currently buying Christian Films for our distribution channels

Alvin Williams

There is a film distribution company in Atlanta, GA called Faithwerks. They have a great global sales team and television division. Have you created a one-sheet for your film yet? You will need this before you start calling distributors? Do you have a website up yet to review? http://faithwerks.com/ If you need some help I consult indie on distribution for free. Thanks

Anthony Varon

Hey Alvin, Can you please let me know how I can reach you either via e-mail or phone through private mail? Thank you!

Alvin Williams

Anthony you can reach me at alvin.awe@gmail.com

Anthony Varon

Hey Alvin, I emailed you as well.

Ash Ford

Hey Anthony, Just wanted to let you know Black Wolf is proud to announce that the faith-based film "Reconciler" starring Sherry Morris and the late "Rowdy" Roddy Piper is now on the shelves in Walmart Nationwide. Black Wolf also has several other faith-based films on Walmart's release schedule for early 2016. If you're still looking for distribution, please give me a call at 702-250-9513 or you can submit your film's information on our website at http://blackwolfmediagroup.com/film-submissions/ Thanks Ash Ford, CFO Black Wolf Media Group

Anthony Varon

Thanks Ash! We are still a long ways off. I thought we were a lot closer but still have a good set of hoops to jump through. Hoping we can reach out when we are there!

Abigail Yates

Ash I'd like to talk to you about some projects that are in development. I sent you a connect request.

David Outten

I wrote a script for a movie now on Amazon and Walmart (I Believe). Sadly I'm unaware of how well it's done. I simply sold the script to the filmmaker.

Damian Lloyd

"Faith-based" movies have little mainstream appeal, but can find an audience among believers. Target explicitly Xian audiences for a greater chance of success. There's another post I just saw from some individual who is trying to build a network of churches to promote "faith-based" projects to.

-- Damian

David Outten

In the 1920s through the 1960s many of the tip box office hits of the year were faith-based. The Sound of Music featured a would-be nun sent by the abbey to minister to a family in need of a governess. Maria told her mother abbess that her goal in life was to seek and do the will of God. The movie drew 81% of Americans into theaters. Avengers: Endgame drew 27%.The problem with modern faith-based movies is that they target a niche audience instead of a broad audience. My goal is to target a broad, international audience with movies that promote what the Bible calls the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control). These qualities, while based on Biblical instruction, are appreciated by people of all religions and beliefs. They make for better families, better neighborhoods, better countries and a better world. For example, I wrote a low budget musical titled Send Me Someone to Love about an elderly wife woman in Georgia who has been given a short time to live. Under God's guidance she makes friends with a young black boy and his grandmother. The three join forces to bring peace to a local prison experiencing strong racial division.

Damian Lloyd

I suggest that things may have changed in the last half-century.

David Outten

They certainly have. In the mid-sixties Hollywood changed drastically. With the coming of the MPAA rating system they were free to put all sorts of adult material in movies the old Motion Picture Code did not allow. Since then more R-rated movies have been made than any other kind. Seeking a Sound of Music style audience became embarrassing. It became fashionable to increase vulgarity and violence. Salzburg Austria offers Sound of Music Tours today. They estimate 300,000 visitors a year still come. MANY independent films do not draw an audience of 300,000, and many of these people travel thousands of miles. There is a sleeping giant audience out there. It may be hard to wake them up, but they're there.

Damian Lloyd

I think you give away your agenda with the term "vulgarity". You have a moral prescription for how movies should be. You are welcome to hold that (heck, you don't need my permission), but nobody is obliged to accept (or even respect) that opinion. "Embarrassing"? Ho ho ho!

David Outten

My agenda is no secret. I'd like the world to be more like heaven and less like hell. I don't anticipate hearing a lot of vulgarity in heaven, Yes, I have a moral prescription. the Bible calls it fruit of the Spirit: love., joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. I think this prescription would make for better neighborhoods, better schools and a better world. I think it would make for better movies as well, but that doesn't mean other people can't make whatever movies they wish for whatever audiences they wish to serve. I'm not out to deny others, simply to offer what I would love to see offered.

Damian Lloyd

The second half of your second-last sentence is quite correct! And we don't need your permission any more than you need ours. Live and let live!

Anthony Varon

Great comments guys! I appreciate everyone who took time to leave feedback. I realize that there are certain topics that can be touchy but also need to be looked at in depth as filmmakers. I am currently working on a second feature film about human trafficking that has faith based elements but am hoping to get it to the AFM in November to get picked up. Its a battle out there at times.

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