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

Natasha Halevi
How to Submit to Film Festivals on Your Own

Hi Everyone. I shared this with a friend recently and realized it might be helpful here. For context, I‘m an emerging filmmaker and I make genre (horror and sci-fi) and made some esteemed genre fests like Fantastic Fest (huge fest, JoJo Rabbit premiered there last year), FrightFest and FilmQuest. Un...

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Melanie Collup

Thanks for this! I am getting ready to start submitting my short to festivals. It's my first time and the whole process is a little overwhelming. Your information is super helpful!

Karen "Kay" Ross

This is AMAZING advice, thank you so much for sharing! Have you seen the doc feature Official Rejection? I remember watching it when it came to SDFF and it was immensely eye-opening about the film festival circuit.

And thanks for the Stage 32 endorsement! That's very kind of you!

Brian Largo

Hi Natasha Halevi and thanks! I'm a bit late but I wanted to ask you about point 6. A lot of festivals prioritize premier status. This thing about the press, couldn't be harmful? I didn't do any kind...

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Souvik Chakraborty

For me, the festival fees and other non-relevant gateway charges are a big let off, especially when you are asking someone to submit their no-budget film for thrice their budget it eats out the funding of my next project. What do you think?

Marina Potapova

hi! thank you very much for this post. l have recently made a very short film and started submitting it everywhere through Filmfreeway , so I see that i already did everything completely wrong, - subm...

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Karen "Kay" Ross
Why Japanese Adaptations are Heading to Hollywood
Execs Behind Sony's Brad Pitt Action Film 'Bullet Train' Explain Why More Japanese Adaptations Are Heading to Hollywood
Execs Behind Sony's Brad Pitt Action Film 'Bullet Train' Explain Why More Japanese Adaptations Are Heading to Hollywood
When Brad Pitt signed on in August to star in director David Leitch's upcoming action thriller Bullet Train, it gave Yuma Terada and Ryosuke Saegusa, co-founders of startup Japanese artist management…
Lindbergh E Hollingsworth

This is just another avenue on how Hwood will find new IP. Hwood already has book scouts in NY and looking at indie, self published authors to see who's hitting numbers; Hwood already looks at YouTube...

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Dan MaxXx

lol George Lucas did this in the 1970s with Kurosawa's movie "Hidden Fortress" but added space ships

Karen "Kay" Ross
Box Offices - Tenet Still On Top

Although After We Collided did well, as did the KPop event, Break the Silence. What have you heard? Are you going out to see anything?

https://www.screendaily.com/news/after-we-collided-soars-152-at-uk-irela......

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Karen "Kay" Ross
Why Start a Distribution Company During a Pandemic?

If you're flexible and willing to ride the wave, then maybe consider it! Honestly, having something on a slate that people can get excited about is enough to launch, IMO.

This one had me at SciFi Martial Arts films! <3

https://www.screendaily.com/news/highland-film-group-launches-us-theatri......

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Shadow Dragu-Mihai

This is the time for new distribution platforms (which is why we launched Facet TV and On Demand Global in July, with the premiere of our series Sin 13). But... theatrical? I see online and sell-throu...

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Tony Ray
An Interesting Take

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIXyhURF3qI

These guys make some very interesting points about the future of filmmaking, especially around 10:35. What do you all think about this? Warning: some language

Shadow Dragu-Mihai

Note: the antitrust law that just expired only related to ONE studio. So that is not an indicator of any change at all. The understanding of the economics of film distribution is not complete. Mulan,...

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Karen "Kay" Ross

Thanks for sharing this! Feel free to share any other great finds!

Karen "Kay" Ross
COVID Impact on Media hosted by Variety VIP

I posted this conversation in the Producing Lounge, but I thought y'all might want to contribute as well, if anyone here attended:

https://www.stage32.com/lounge/producing/Variety-VIP-on-Tuesday...

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Mohamed Kamel
how to find contact for Netflix, Amazon, Apple TV in Egypt, Africa , Middle East ?

We are Film Production Company and we have Projects suitable for platform based on Arabic content, how we can find aggregators in Egypt, Africe, Middle East ?

Karen "Kay" Ross

Hey, Mohamed Kamel! Definitely reach out to our Director of Script Services, Jason Mirch, who is excellent at matching projects with potential executives: J.Mirch@stage32.com...

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Michael Wormald
Hello folks from wintery, quarantined, Melbourne, Australia!!!

I am an editor, have made a bunch of shorts and have written a handful of scripts. My first feature 'Choir Girl,' a dark, confronting indie flick, in the style of 'Joker,' is about to be released on Itunes.

Interested in hearing if anyone has any advice/comments, especially to those who been forced...

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Shadow Dragu-Mihai

Well, no quick pointers, but an observation: self-distribution is really going to be the way things are from now on... So everyone is forced to do that and that will be to the advantage and profit of...

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Michael Wormald

True that.

Leanne Campbell

I was wondering what was going to happen with the film. It's more an art house film because it's too confronting for mainstream. I'd probably go down that path. Did Lucinda get you any distribution meetings with Art house companies?

Michael Wormald

How are things with you Leanne? Luce is still waiting to hear back from the sales agent. At the moment we're reaching out to reviewers, and looking at some of the lower tier, cheaper festivals, to get some kind of traction. Odd though, movie isn't 'that' confronting.

Jassi Parmar
Need Recommendations for Distribution Channels for Hindi/English Movie/WebSeries

Hello Friends,

I am directing a Suspense Thriller in Chicago, " KKC Kismat Karma Cash "

1. What is easier to market a 2.5-hour movie or 8-10 Episode Web Series?

2. Any recommendations for Distribution Partners?

Thanks

Jassi...

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John Ellis

Aggregators like FilmHub or Indie Rights, or distro directly in iTunes, Vimeo On-Demand and Amazon Prime Video. And there's always YouTube.

Jassi Parmar

Thanks John Ellis

Jassi Parmar

Erik A. Jacobson: We are working on the trailer, what I shared was just to give you some idea of what we have. The trailer will be shared in a couple of weeks. Appreciate your response....

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Shadow Dragu-Mihai

Two and a half hours is a harder sell. The perception is that audiences don't have that attention span. It had better be very engaging to to be that long. Also, there's the cost versus-price calculati...

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Jassi Parmar

@Shadow thank you so much.. your suggestion is well taken .. we can certainly trim it

Shadow Dragu-Mihai

Thanks for sharing. This is a great article and as you might guess, it's right in line with what I know to be true and what we at Facet-ODG are creating. Though the Napster reference is not really on...

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Leslie Rivera

Yep. Facts.

Nick Paul
Looking for production team

I looked for a production team. I've found actors over the months. I can't name names. Director is needed. Someone told me today your idea is awesome! She's right.

Kinney Scott

cut (: i did films and choreographing wild style and break n entering 1983 we were 15 years old

Nick Paul

Kinney Scott wild style is something I will need.

Karen "Kay" Ross
Online AFM Market 2020 - Free to Buyers
American Film Market Makes Buyers Passes Free For Online 2020 Edition
American Film Market Makes Buyers Passes Free For Online 2020 Edition
Buyers will receive complimentary credentials for the American Film Market's 2020 online edition, the org announced today. They normally cost $495. Buying companies that have not been previously accre…
Shadow Dragu-Mihai

Interesting. This year we at Facet TV-ODG are applying for buyer's accreditation at AFM.

Tasha Lewis

Thank you the information!

Karen "Kay" Ross

Awesome, good luck, Shadow! Let us know how it goes!

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