Distribution : What's the future of distribution? by Tresa Bennett

Tresa Bennett

What's the future of distribution?

I'm wondering how the future will shake out with all the new distribution channels that are available to film makers? How will the market be affected by VOD, streaming, Youtube, Amazon and Netflix for indie film makers? I ask because I want to position myself to take advantage of what may be coming in the future (or near future). Any opinions, predictions, forecasts, best practices?

David Bensley

CAN ANYONE ONE HELP TO MARKET MY FILM "JOURNEY TO KAMAKHYA"-A FILM ON INDIAN BLACK MYTH, THOSE WHO GOES TO KAMAKHYA TO PRACTICE "TANTRA", OFTEN TURNS INTO A SHEEP.

Eva Pohler

Tresa, I believe the same thing that is happening in the book publishing industry will happen in the film-making industry. Technology has made it possible for just about anyone with a bit of talent and resources to break in, but breaking in and getting noticed are two different things. I believe we will see a bottom-up model, in which everyone will jump in at the bottom, and the best projects will rise up to the top.

Eva Pohler

"It's a hopeful and optimistic view that the 'best' material will rise to the top, but if no one knows about your project, it doesn't get seen." I totally agree with this statement. What I meant is that instead of the best projects starting at the top (hand-picked by the big people) and holding on for dear life, they're pulling themselves up from the ranks. But I absolutely agree that the rise requires a hell of a lot of work in marketing and promotion.

Stuart Wright

Direct distribution is one future path is going to take

Stuart Wright

The word Film is missing

Tresa Bennett

Thanks everyone for the feedback. I think change starts with a conversation and this is a great one. Everyone made good points and it seems that I am not the only one concerned about the marketplace shifting and being on the good end of that shift.

Mark Simon

TV will stick around, but OTT services (Netflix, etc) offer other opportunities to get our shows out there. Luckily, Amazon is open to all ideas and they have huge budgets. Their animation budgets are higher than the networks.

Stuart Wright

Check out my most recent podcast with Beatrice Neumann who is crowd funding for an Edinburgh international film festival event about the subject of distribution http://www.britflicks.com/blog.aspx?blogID=16643

Stuart Wright

For every self published phenomena there's 1000s of graveyards across the internet of writers dreams getting covered in virtual weeds and overgrowth ... Terrible metaphor but you know that I mean.

Tresa Bennett

Stuart thanks for posting the link, great information there.

Stuart Wright

You're welcome

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