How To Find Distribution For Your Indie Film

The Ever-Evolving Worldwide Distribution Process and How to Secure the Right Home for Your Feature Film
Hosted by Tiffany Boyle

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Tiffany Boyle

Webinar hosted by: Tiffany Boyle

President of Packaging & Sales at Ramo Law PC

Tiffany Boyle has been with Ramo Law for nearly a decade, where she works with the attorneys to review, collaborate, develop, submit and supervise creative materials on behalf of clients within the Firm. Boyle actively works with clients in connection to production and distribution opportunities that bring their new material to life. From television (unscripted/scripted) to feature films to internet properties, she oversees all creative content represented by the firm. Her recent projects include REBIRTH (Netflix original film), YOUTH IN OREGON (starring Christine Applegate, Billy Crudup and Frank Langella), SPRING (premiered in TIFF), THE 12TH HOUR(documentary narrated by Jeff Bridges), STUCK IN LOVE(starring Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Connelly), FRANKIE GO BOOM (starring Charlie Hunnam), SOME GIRL(S)(starring Adam Brody), and FREE SAMPLES (starring Jesse Eisenberg). She also executive produced I-LIVED (directed by Franck Khalfoun). Prior to joining Ramo Law, Boyle was the Director of Sales at Crystal Sky Pictures (GHOST RIDER, TEKKEN). Her responsibilities included the creation of marketing materials, coordination of marketing and delivery materials for international buyers and planning and selling at markets and festivals (including EFM, AFM, Marche Du Film, MIPCOM, Sundance and Toronto). She also acted as the financial intermediary for buyer collections and proper bank filings. Boyle was previously a development assistant at Crystal Sky, working under head of production Benedict Carver (UNDERWORLD, RESIDENT EVIL) and head of international sales Daniel Diamond (THE BELIEVER). She worked in all aspects of production on the company’s films, including DOOMSDAY, BIG STAN and BRATZ. Tiffany Boyle graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 2006 with a Bachelors Degree in Film Production. Passionate about the entertainment industry, she immersed herself in internships at HBO Films, CFP Pictures (under the Paramount umbrella) and Frameworks Productions, among others.   Full Bio »

Webinar Summary

When making an independent film, finishing the film is only half the battle. You need people to actually see the film you’ve worked so hard on. When it comes to distribution, it’s important to know how to get your film into the worldwide marketplace. Once it’s there, you need to know how to generate interest toward it so the film can make its money back for the investors and back-end participants. Distribution comes in all shapes and sizes, but what kind of distribution is right for your indie film?

Sometimes it means getting your film distributed by a studio; sometimes it’s creating a self-distribution path. Sometimes —- most typically — the distribution lands somewhere in between. Every film is different and therefore requires a different marketing plan, release strategy, and team behind it that have the passion and drive to get the most out of its release amongst the myriad other movies available.

In this on-demand Stage 32 Next Level Webinar, host Tiffany Boyle will get into the details of what the independent distribution process looks like. She will go over how to get the right representative, foreign sales agent, and domestic distribution, and the different options for each based upon the size, genre and execution of a film. She will also discuss what the key points are to look at when reviewing a foreign sales agent and/or domestic distribution deal. Filmmakers should be making an informed decision when choosing who will be handling the licensing of their film for the next 3-25 years, and Tiffany is here exclusively for Stage 32 to help you navigate the ever-evolving world of indie distribution.

Tiffany Boyle is the President at Ramo Law and works with producers, financiers and writer clients to bring their new material to life. Having been a Director of Sales at Crystal Sky Pictures, Tiffany has an extensive background in foreign sales. She now works with the attorneys to review, collaborate, develop, submit and supervise creative materials on behalf of clients within the firm. Tiffany has worked on over 100 features including, Stuck In Love, Pawn, Gimme Shelter, Maladies, and I-Lived. She has been to AFM, Berlin, Tribeca, TIFF, Sundance, and Cannes and is constantly expanding her knowledge of how to match films with production and distribution companies.

What You'll Learn

  • When to start thinking about and looking for distribution.
    • Hint: It’s earlier than you think!
  • Film Festivals.
    • How they can potentially help you get distribution.
  • Domestic Reps.
    • When is the right time to work with one?
    • Do they make sense for your film?
  • Domestic Distributors.
    • Who are some of the players in each category?
    • Breakdown of studios, mini-studios, independents, aggregators, etc.
    • Theatrical vs. Non-theatrical releases.
  • Foreign Sales Agents.
    • When to bring them on.
  • Film Sales Markets.
    • How your film is sold in foreign territories.
    • Why it’s important to know this process!
  • Domestic and foreign distribution deals.
    • What main deal points should you focus on?
  • Collection Accounts.
    • When should you use these and why?
  • How distribution is currently changing in the industry.
  • Recorded, in-depth Q&A with Tiffany!

About Your Instructor

Tiffany Boyle has been with Ramo Law for nearly a decade, where she works with the attorneys to review, collaborate, develop, submit and supervise creative materials on behalf of clients within the Firm. Boyle actively works with clients in connection to production and distribution opportunities that bring their new material to life. From television (unscripted/scripted) to feature films to internet properties, she oversees all creative content represented by the firm. Her recent projects include REBIRTH (Netflix original film), YOUTH IN OREGON (starring Christine Applegate, Billy Crudup and Frank Langella), SPRING (premiered in TIFF), THE 12TH HOUR(documentary narrated by Jeff Bridges), STUCK IN LOVE(starring Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Connelly), FRANKIE GO BOOM (starring Charlie Hunnam), SOME GIRL(S)(starring Adam Brody), and FREE SAMPLES (starring Jesse Eisenberg). She also executive produced I-LIVED (directed by Franck Khalfoun).

Prior to joining Ramo Law, Boyle was the Director of Sales at Crystal Sky Pictures (GHOST RIDER, TEKKEN). Her responsibilities included the creation of marketing materials, coordination of marketing and delivery materials for international buyers and planning and selling at markets and festivals (including EFM, AFM, Marche Du Film, MIPCOM, Sundance and Toronto). She also acted as the financial intermediary for buyer collections and proper bank filings.

Boyle was previously a development assistant at Crystal Sky, working under head of production Benedict Carver (UNDERWORLD, RESIDENT EVIL) and head of international sales Daniel Diamond (THE BELIEVER). She worked in all aspects of production on the company’s films, including DOOMSDAY, BIG STAN and BRATZ.

Tiffany Boyle graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 2006 with a Bachelors Degree in Film Production. Passionate about the entertainment industry, she immersed herself in internships at HBO Films, CFP Pictures (under the Paramount umbrella) and Frameworks Productions, among others.

 

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Reviews Average Rating: 4.5 out of 5

  • Loved it. Clearly speaks from a lot of experience.
  • This video is just ok in my opinion. She does shoot a crapload of info at you, so there are some nuggets to ingest, but she's more of an analyzer than an instructor. And, because she rambles so quickly, she's not walking you through "HOW TO DO's". More times than not, she leaves you hanging on just finding the right rep to explain things to you, rather than actually explaining things to you. The best part of the video is the very end with the questions because the questions are pointing at specifics that call for specific answers. But don't expect "specific" throughout most of the video. Lastly, the slideshow is totally off of what you hear her talking about so that's extremely annoying...but that could very well not be her fault. Overall, it's probably worth $39 though.
  • Good video. Seems a little messed up at the start but got better.

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