The world of movie distribution is a tough place. After fighting and sweating to finish a movie you’re emotionally and physically exhausted.
You should take a break and rest, but you can’t because finishing a movie is only half the battle. It’s time to enter the world of movie distribution.
Movie distribution is a tough place for filmmakers new to the work soap2day. It’s hard to modify off the creative mind to deal with the business side of selling movies.
What I’ve learned the hard way is the movie distribution really starts with promoting and marketing a movie.
Social media is an inexpensive way to get the word out about your movie and create a killer viral buzz online.
It’s cool to go the film happening ( blank ) to get your movie seen by viewers and potential film buyers, but over the years from talking to other filmmakers there is a common feeling that the film happening scene is too congested now.
U. T. filmmaker Wayne Daniells from LiarDice Films said his last trip to The Cannes International Film Happening was a questionable feeding frenzy.
There were a glut of movies and producers were fighting to get the attention of movie distributors.
All in all Wayne expressed that it was a waste of time and money pitching his film there. I’ve heard the same opinion from other filmmakers that are frustrated with the film happening scene and no longer notice as a sensible way to secure movie distribution.
Exercise like the direct route of contacting movie distributors to see if they’re interested in being sent a screener. This is where it helps if you have already been promoting and marketing your movie online using social media.
Movie distributors are keen on acquiring movies that already have a strong online presence.
I’m strictly speaking from a true independent movie perspective. Dojo budget movies are an entirely different animal when it comes to the world of movie distribution.
When it comes to movie distribution for an indie produced film the way it normally happens are independent producers and filmmakers take the risk making the movie without any guaranteed movie distribution deal in place.
They generally have to shop it around to sell it. That’s been our experience so far. I’ve never created content with a movie distribution deal in place.
It’s like writing a movie script on spec, but you’re dealing with a movie. Promoting and marketing a movie through social media is an absolute must.
Start early before you’re movie is even finished. That way medicine contacting movie distributors you’re movie will already have more appeal because people are talking about it.
Movie distributors that cater to releasing independent movies do very little marketing for most of the titles they release.
If you’re movie doesn’t have any actresses or celebrity names attached to it then it will not get marketed not in the standard insert in a movie distributor catalog.
So once you do secure a movie distribution deal you’re already giving your movie a good start by promoting and marketing yourself.
My mind is all over the place today, so let me make contact with finding a movie distribution deal. Hold up please. A nice Miller Lite would help me focus right now.
That’s much better now. There are other ways to land a film distribution deal. You can spend the money doing the film happening route. Deals get struck all the time at film fests.
But honestly there is a glut of film fests. The number of film fests is solution of strike when compared to the number of movie distributors that release independent films.
Skipping the film happening rounds works for many independent movie producers that don’t have name actresses in their film or know their story won’t appeal to an art form house crowd.
Hiring a film sales representative is a good call if you skip the film happening scene all together. A film sales representative or producer’s representative has contacts with movie distributors to get your movie screened-in.
Plus many of them can get you into magazines like Indie Slate and MovieMaker to make your movie look more appealing to movie distributors.
They also watch your back when it comes to movie distribution agreements. When filmmakers look at movie distribution agreements it can be overwhelming.
There is lots of legalese “mumbo jumbo” in there designed to lessen the amount of money you make from movie movie stars payments or a straightforward buy-out of your movie.
Should you not have experience reading movie distribution contracts the process under way get taken advantage of. I’m in the habit know even if I have a films sales representative like “El Tigre” watching my back I still read all contracts completely.
You will be surprised at the hidden fees and costs some movie distributors try to get over on a filmmaker with in of all places, the contract updates section.
My film sales rep and I once found a flat fee of $50, 000 for marketing costs in the updates section.
Hiring an entertainment attorney is another good move, but usually is too costly for a truly independent filmmaker. Plus from my own experience an entertainment attorney is not as helpful as a film sales rep with securing a movie distribution deal or getting you some press.
That’s not really the job an entertainment attorney. They’re great when it comes to fighting your movie distribution contract. But most won’t get you a deal like a film sales rep. You can bring them in after you have a deal on the table.
I had two sharp entertainment lawyers that saved my ass from getting burned when it visited sell a reality show I produced called “America’s Wildest Bachelors Parties. inches They got me a producer friendly contract and got me paid on time each 1 / 4. I’m glad I hired them.
Whether or not it’s just not in your budget you ought to hire a film sales rep or entertainment lawyer you can still secure meaningful movie distribution hustling hard yourself.
Promoting and marketing your movie online is followed up by putting together a clean and neat film package to send to movie distributors. Keep it simple with a DVD screener, one-sheet artwork, tight synopsis, tagline and also short bios for key cast or crew that have previous IMDB credits.
To get a list of potential movie distributors see what companies are releasing movies in the same sort as yours. The internet makes it pretty easy to find contact information nowadays.
Movie distribution companies usually have a contact page for film submission moves. Follow the guidelines and mail off your film package. They get a flood of film submission moves, so wait and see if you don’t hear back right away.