Understanding Indie VOD Distribution & How To Deliver Your Film

Hosted by Zahida Kazar

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Zahida Kazar

Webinar hosted by: Zahida Kazar

Former Director of Operations at Gravitas Ventures

Zahida works as Director of Operations with independent film distributor, Gravitas Ventures, working with Karia Brown and Mark Lyons to help deliver Gravitas films to a variety of internet and cable platforms. Zahida’s passion for all things film-related also led her to various roles at Warner Bros. and Twentieth Century Fox before joining the Gravitas team in the fall of 2014. Zahida helps guide indie filmmakers through the delivery process and helps to ensure the release of these movies on the ever-growing VOD space. She loves meeting new filmmakers and helping them through the final step in the movie making process. She continues to produce short films, watch copious amounts of movies, and expand her knowledge of independent distribution. An LA native, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Film from UCLA and has since worked behind the scenes on various shorts, indie features and a web series. Full Bio »

Webinar Summary

You’ve spent months, maybe even years, preparing your movie and shooting it, but then what? The next step is distribution, but what does distribution mean in today’s world of video on demand and what does it mean to deliver your film to this ever expanding VOD realm? 

In this Stage 32 webinar, host Zahida Kazar, Operations Manager at independent film distributor Gravitas Ventures, will provide you with a greater understanding of the VOD space, how to prep your film for delivery, why delivery is so important to the bottom line, and what to expect when your movie is released. She works with independent filmmakers every day facilitating the delivery of their film to the various online platforms and cable operators.

Zahida will help walk you through the steps of film delivery, from getting your movie and trailer files to an encoding lab for quality control, creating closed captioning and subtitles, the movie poster and artwork, and what happens when your movie gets to the marketplace. 

Whether you have yet to shoot a movie, are in production, or looking into distribution, this information will help prepare you for that final step in the filmmaking process.

What You'll Learn

  • Understanding the VOD Space
    • Delving into the straight to VOD market 

    • Touch upon day and date theatrical 

    • What is delivery? 

  • The different rental and VOD platforms
    • From Amazon to iTunes 

    • Netflix to Hulu 

  • Back to the Beginning
    • What are distribution companies looking for
    • Building distribution into your budget 

  • Delivery 

    • Overview of what to expect for delivering your film to your distributor
  • Why your editor/post person is important
  • Encoding your film and delivery to Amazon, iTunes, and other VOD platforms
    • Encoding labs, specs, captions and beyond
    • Understanding the costs involved in encoding and technical deliverables 

  • Art, art, and more art; the importance of your poster 

    • What to keep in mind for artwork
  • Metadata
    • The importance of your synopsis 

    • Providing different synopsis options; from short to long 

  • Legal deliverables 

    • Copyright report, title report, E&O and other fun stuff
  • Getting your movie ready for release
    • Social media hype 

    • Overview of marketing and PR 

  • Blast off!
    • Your film has launched! Now what? 

    • Things to keep in mind upon and after release 


Plus, a live and interactive Q&A with Zahida!

About Your Instructor

Zahida works as Director of Operations with independent film distributor, Gravitas Ventures, working with Karia Brown and Mark Lyons to help deliver Gravitas films to a variety of internet and cable platforms. Zahida’s passion for all things film-related also led her to various roles at Warner Bros. and Twentieth Century Fox before joining the Gravitas team in the fall of 2014.

Zahida helps guide indie filmmakers through the delivery process and helps to ensure the release of these movies on the ever-growing VOD space. She loves meeting new filmmakers and helping them through the final step in the movie making process. She continues to produce short films, watch copious amounts of movies, and expand her knowledge of independent distribution. An LA native, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Film from UCLA and has since worked behind the scenes on various shorts, indie features and a web series.

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Reviews Average Rating: 5 out of 5

  • Very informative for filmmakers to understand the deliverables & marketing for your feature film. highly recommend.

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