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

Ed Hartman
Adventures in Distribution

I am a composer and now producer. I produced a rather unique never-before released film from 1938, that has found it's way into distribution. I am happy to share my adventures with this film. The film, "As the Earth Turns" is a silent-sci-fi film by Richard Lyford, a 20-year old Seattle filmmaker wh...

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Gustavo Sampaio
North Hollywood CineFest

Announcing the 1st Annual North Hollywood CineFest!! Check out the website for more information! www.nohocinefest.com

North Hollywood CineFest | Film Awards Festival | Los Angeles
North Hollywood CineFest | Film Awards Festival | Los Angeles
NoHo CineFest is a major film festival, in the heart of LA, taking place in a new, state of the art movie theater. Hollywood Cine takes independent film to the highest level, offering numerous awards.…
Matt Ip Shaw
Distribution for Animation??

Hey all you lovely artists! Myself and a small team have been putting a tremendous amount of work into a pitch bible for a new animated series and we are almost ready to start pitching this thing! As we get closer to our due date, I started wondering about distribution options for Animated Series. I...

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Karen "Kay" Ross
Still Want to Do Business With Amazon?

I'm sure you've seen the calls to break up Amazon, and now that it's starting to plow into the streaming of sports, a gargantuan move into the space once dominated by Disney (i.e. ESPN), it begs the question again. Is Amazon "too big to fail"?

So... what are your thoughts about working with Amazon? A...

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Shadow Dragu-Mihai

If you follow my commentary, you know I am absolutely anti-Amazon. Largely due to ab abusive business model which essentially uses independent production which, they monetize only marginally, to bait...

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Christiane Lange

I was in publishing for many years – small, independent publishing. As with film, the key conundrum for publishing is distribution. You can always make it, but how will they find it and buy it?

The ea...

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Shadow Dragu-Mihai

Christiane Lange Yeah, what everyone forgets is that Amazon, YouTube, et al are all private websites following the standard internet business model which is, basically, theft: provide a "platform", ge...

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Christiane Lange

Shadow Dragu-Mihai Amazon bought one of the largest book distributors in the US, Baker & Taylor, which was notorious for late payments, demanding huge discounts, unexplained credit memos etc., and imp...

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John Ellis

There's always Vimeo for distro. Not as big, so the marketing has to be done by the filmmakers (as they have to do anyway), but so much more control over your projects.

Karen "Kay" Ross
European Film Market?

I'm not sure I ever knew about the EFM, but it makes sense there would be one. Is is also like AFM where it's more about selling completed films and less about securing funding for productions?

Also, any inside scoop? Would love to know the word on the street!

https://www.efm-berlinale.de/en/home/home...

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It all starts here
It all starts here
The European Film Market is one of the top three meeting places of the international film and media industries. Its close links with the Berlinale as a public film festival, and its position at the he…
Christiane Lange

Good question. I am in Greece, and EFM has not pinged on my radar. Other fairs and events seem more prominent, like Cinefondation, the director's showcase associated with the Cannes festival, and othe...

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Kiril Maksimoski

Haven't clue but I've attended BFM (Balkan Film Market) twice and was very pleased with organization and offerings. Many European distributors, producers and in general film-makers were present, great...

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Joe Orlandino
Questions for distributors

As filmmaker with a finished film, when vetting distributors, do you see yourself as a seller of a product or a buyer of services? If the latter, do you expect a potential distributor to share their success stories and the associated financials with you?

Karen "Kay" Ross

EXCELLENT questions, Joe Orlandino! I would love to hear the answers myself.

Shadow Dragu-Mihai

Absolutely a buyer of services, though perhaps even a joint venturer . As such, I vet the potential distributor exhaustively, for their business history, references, and yes, the personality of the pe...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Hey, Joe Orlandino! Are you seeking out the distributor through a film festival or at a market? I feel like where you approach them may also influence how you interact with them. Also, you may be inte...

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Karen "Kay" Ross
Drive-In Film Festival?

Have you guys heard about this? Has anyone attended a drive-in since the lockdown? What did you love about it? How could you see this new "thing" become a longer-term "thing"?

https://variety.com/2020/film/news/beyond-fest-pandemic-festival-genre-d......

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Thanks to the Drive-In, Beyond Fest Pulls Off Something Beyond Belief: A Non-Virtual U.S. Film Festival in a Pandemic
Thanks to the Drive-In, Beyond Fest Pulls Off Something Beyond Belief: A Non-Virtual U.S. Film Festival in a Pandemic
The idea of a U.S. film festival sticking to its dates in 2020 with a fully programmed, all-physical, non-virtual slate of screenings? It might seem beyond possibility, but then, the suspension of dis…
Laura Lewis-Barr

Just had my film in one. Fantastic. Fun to see our film on that big of a screen!

Karen "Kay" Ross
Strategic Timing of Borat Sequel

They have an international online release date of... DRUM ROLL...

THE DAY BEFORE THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION!

Discuss...

https://deadline.com/2020/09/borat-sequel-release-date-sacha-baron-cohen......

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'Borat' Sequel Acquired By Amazon Studios; Sacha Baron Cohen Film Will Bow On Prime Video Right Before Election Day
'Borat' Sequel Acquired By Amazon Studios; Sacha Baron Cohen Film Will Bow On Prime Video Right Before Election Day
EXCLUSIVE: Amazon Studios has acquired worldwide rights to the sequel of the 2006 film Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. The film, which stars Sacha…
Duke Sheppard
Distribution company´s, what´s the best right now ?

What are the best distribution company besides Indie Rights ?

I work with a portuguese production company, and we have received various proposals for distribution from : Wild Eye Releasing, Green Apple Entertainment, Summer Hill Films, what can you tell me about these 3 company´s ? Thanks in advance

Duke Sheppard

We already used them, and didn t changed anything.

Karen "Kay" Ross

Have you looked them up on IMDb Pro? Are you just confirming they are legit companies or are you looking for personal references?

Duke Sheppard

I dont have imdb pro, im just looking for personal references, because a lot of reviewers said bad things about them, that if we make a contract with them we wont see a dime, and all the contracts are...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Just skimming through, there is an excellent webinar on navigating the international distribution market. Definitely worth checking out: https://www.stage32.com/webinars/Shifts-in-Distribution-for-Fil...

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Ramon Richardson
Tubi

Any of you have any titles on the Tubi platform? If so how is it working out? Thanks

Karen "Kay" Ross

Great question! I'd love to know as well.

Karen "Kay" Ross
Timing of Release

Distribution timing is so SO important, although we may not have had to think about television in the same way before now.

https:...

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'This Is Us' Season 5 Premiere Date Moved Up By Two Weeks By NBC
'This Is Us' Season 5 Premiere Date Moved Up By Two Weeks By NBC
Good news for fans - the hit family drama will be back sooner than expected. The fifth season of the NBC show will launch with a two-hour premiere on Oct. 27, the Tuesday before the Presidential elect…
Karen "Kay" Ross
What to Buy from TIFF and Venice
Memo to Distributors: Buy These 2020 Movies from TIFF and Venice
Memo to Distributors: Buy These 2020 Movies from TIFF and Venice
Even in a pandemic, distributors are buying movies, but these gems still deserve homes. Somebody do something! Even in a pandemic, film festival buzz can drive sales: This year's fall season has inclu…
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