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

Matt Ip Shaw
Film Markets and Distribution Deals

Hey Everybody!

I am quite new to producing and distribution. A couple of creative friends and I are creating an animated series and are in the process of writing a film. What has always intrigued me is Film Markets and Distribution and how to actually go about selling your film etc. I was thinking ab...

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Dan MaxXx

confused. Are you making an animated series or one movie? Two different business models & paths.

Shadow Dragu-Mihai

What phase is your animated series at, and what is it about? If you want to know about potential distribution for your series, go to ondemand.global and check out some of the info there.

Matt Ip Shaw

Dan MaxXx I'm working on two separate projects. One Animated Series and one Feature (although the feature is just now being written). I think I'm just looking to soak up knowledge and become more fami...

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Matt Ip Shaw

Shadow Dragu-Mihai Thanks for the link! I'm heading there as I type!

Tasha Lewis

Several articles in Stage 32 Blog, Thescriptlab.com and Backstage.com . Also Inktip.com .

Karen "Kay" Ross
What's going on with Quibi?

Has anyone seen anything on Quibi yet? Seen anything you've fallen in love with?

https://www.indiewire.com/2020/06/quibi-slow-start-analysis-1202235050/...

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Quibi's Slow Start Is Due to Having No Popular Titles, Poor Marketing - Analysis
Quibi's Slow Start Is Due to Having No Popular Titles, Poor Marketing - Analysis
Despite execs arguing that the pandemic hurt the service, analysts counter that Quibi is floundering due to strategic flaws from the outset. One of the defining strengths of Quibi, the short-form stre…
Shadow Dragu-Mihai

My understanding is that Quibi is designed from the ground up to be an "ephemeral" platform. Meaning that content is minutes long and shot in alternate formats so that it can be viewed on a mobile dev...

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Dan MaxXx

Lots of big name stars and celebrities. I've watched an action series starring Chris Helmsworth's brother, Lebron James Documentary, Anne Kendrick's comedy series.

But I haven't paid any $$. I signed...

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Mitch Ross

I think that in this world of DIY content creation, distributors need to remember that not all content needs to be high-concept or star-driven. There is lots of room in the marketplace for smart, smaller-scale content that Quibi would be perfect for.

Shadow Dragu-Mihai

Mitch Ross Except that Quibi is a big budget operation. They don't want smaller content.

Jay Han-San

I kinda like the 5-10 min format. It's not that easy. It's not a simple feature script slicing process. Anyways, if it's not Quibi, then somebody else will fill the opportunity. The market is there, i...

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Karen "Kay" Ross
U.K. Stage32-ers - Going Back to Cinema?

I can imagine the hesitancy, of course, but where do y'all come down?

I think one way to go is to buy extra tickets so you have space around you.

https://variety.com/2020/film/box-office/u-k-cinema-christopher-nolan-te......

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Brits Won't Rush Back to Cinemas, But Will Return If Reassured, Survey Finds
Brits Won't Rush Back to Cinemas, But Will Return If Reassured, Survey Finds
Only one in five British people say they are willing to go to movie theaters when they first reopen in July, according to new research. However, three out of four say they would want to go back to cin…
Limited Series Literary Agent Search

Hi everyone! I am working on a limited series, and I’m in search of a literary agent that can help pitch to certain streaming services! If anyone has any advice on where I can go or who to reach out to, please feel free to email me @ asprescott19@gmail.com Thank you for your help!...

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Marilia Angove

Greetings from Cardiff - Wales, hope you are all keeping well. Wonder if you can signpost me in the right direction, I am reaching out for suggestions on how to offer our latest production feature doc...

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Mike Smith
Garnering interest for unfinished film?

Does anyone know if it’s appropriate to show a portion of an unfinished film to producers/distributors to gain attention? Or does the project always need to be completed?

Mike Smith

That’s a good idea. But my plan was to shoot guerilla-style in public places, many of which are now either closed or deserted. So now I’m not sure how doable the whole project will be. Will things ope...

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Kevin Jackson

Why not cut a trailer?

Mike Smith

I’ve thought of that; but I don’t know when I’ll be able to film the rest of it. I hope it’s soon! But I don’t know if it’s worth trying to get people interested, when I don’t know how long it’ll be till I can complete the project.

Kevin Jackson

I see what you are saying. Definitely go the route of choosing a compelling scene with a hook then.

Mike Smith

i hope it works! :)

Rajesh Banga
New OTT Platform

We are a new OTT Platform for indian sub continent and Middle East... Please let us know on the content library as we need content for our region... We are interested in Libraries and we would love to pick up some independent film / series which have not been aired / streamed in our region.. Thank you

Kevin Jackson

Are you open to Caribbean content? Jamaica, Trinidad etc? Do they have to be series or are shorts also welcome?

Dana Moe
Need sales agent/distributor for upcoming feature

I have an amazing anthology feature called "San Francisco Stories" in post production. Need a sales agent or distributor. Can you help with leads? dmoehalley@gmail.com

Rajesh Banga

We can help in some parts of the world, Do you have a distribution cut ?

Patricia Reiner

Dana, let's connect!

Dana Moe

HI Patricia - would love to talk. Do you have a website or LinkedIn profile?

Lauren Bartling

Patricia can you email me? lrbartling@gmail.com

Timo Puolitaipale

What genre is this? Drama?

Also... Cinando is one good site for gaining connections.

Terence Donnellan
Fine Art Film Festival - Artists in NYC

We are pleased to announce that Artists in NYC will premiere at the Fine Art Film Festival! June 8 – 14!

FAFF is sponsored by the Venice Institute of Contemporary Art. FAFF is dedicated to showing the finest films in the world about art, the art world, an...

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FINE ARTS FILM FESTIVAL - ViCA
FINE ARTS FILM FESTIVAL - ViCA
The Award Winners: Best Student Film - 100% Girl, Dir. Chen Liangyu (Taiwan) Best Experimental Film - StreamX Best Score - Snowflake, Dir. Rauno Vahtre (Estonia) Best Animated Film - Surfer Joe, Dir.…
Karen "Kay" Ross
Theatrical Distribution is Still Viable

Reports The Hollywood Reporter:

What would your conditions be to sit in a cinema?...

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Many Moviegoers Would Return to Theaters Within One Month of Reopening
Many Moviegoers Would Return to Theaters Within One Month of Reopening
Many consumers would return to movie theaters within a month of cinemas reopening if there was a title they wanted to see, according to a new poll from Atom Tickets. The survey of 1,500 people found t…
Shadow Dragu-Mihai

I am not paying wild amounts of cash. Period. And it better be a good movie, not yet another super-hero rehash, comic book rehash, or a remake or reboot of something that a corporate producer greenlit because it was a "safe" decision which wouldn't get him or her fired if it tanked.

Dan MaxXx

Before the shelter in place shutdown, I was seeing 10-15 movies per month at AMC theaters. I had their monthly membership pass.

I’ll probably see “Tenet” in July, but I want theaters to fix their Indoor ventilation and space out aisles.

Joe Arjona
Unreel

Hi! I've been contacted by a distributor/aggregator called Unreel Media Management from Chicago. For our first meeting I can say they're nice and professional and I think they're offering me a good deal, but If someone has been working with them and can give me some references, they are very welcome. Thank you!

Shadow Dragu-Mihai

I cannot find anything about them anywhere except a facebook page. It is good to remember that the large aggregators have gone bankrupt in the last couple years for a reason. That reason is that peopl...

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Joe Arjona

Hey, thank you Shadow! I really appreciate the time spent! You're completely right, I also believe that kind of distribution is not useful anymore.

Harry Dzumhur
The Dark Underbelly of Predatory Film Distributors – BEWARE!

I am redirecting this great post from filmmaker Alex Ferrari, award-winning writer/director with 25 years of experience in the film industry. He's pissed off of getting emails, messages, and calls from filmmakers who have been or are going to get taken advantage of by a traditional film distributor....

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The Dark Underbelly of Predatory Film Distributors - BEWARE! - IFH
The Dark Underbelly of Predatory Film Distributors - BEWARE! - IFH
Please Note: Once you press play it will take a few seconds for the episode to start playing. I'm pissed off guys. I'm tired of getting emails, messages, and calls from filmmakers who have been or are…
Harry Dzumhur

Thanks for the info. I appreciate it and I will look into it when you are going live.

April Jones

Thanks for sharing! All great information. I love Indie Film Hustle, always on top of everything it seems.

Chris Bournea

Great information, thanks for sharing. The problem is that many so-called “traditional” or “good” distributors turn out to be wolves in sheep’s clothing. Distribber was a “good” alternative until it wasn’t.

Angelo Raza

Thank you guys this very informative

Veronica J Woodard

If you are seeking to get your film in front of an audience, I can help you. STGN 49 is an OTT and OTA as well as a digital platform on ROKU, Glorystar, Charter DirectV and more. We require one yer li...

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Julian Baner
To festival or not to festival?

Figured this might be a good discussion for lots of folks. I am about to complete post-production on my first feature ($25,000 budget, no names) and am trying to figure out my distribution strategy. I am leaning towards ramping up my audience-building (which I've been doing for quite some time) and...

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Julian Baner

Thanks Shadow! Just sent an email

John Ellis

Julian Baner connection request sent. I'd love to keep in touch and be kept apprised of your progress. As an indie writer-producer, this topic is very important to our efforts....

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Julian Baner

Thanks for the request John! I'll be sure to keep you in the loop!

Jae Sinclair

I hired a sales agent. Part of the contract is that they must attend the three major film markets. They also don't get paid until they sell. When you don't have "names," film festivals are best for ni...

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Stephen Foster

My film won 24 film festival awards. I say FESTIVAL IF you work them!

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