If you’ve been reading my filmmaking stuff for any length of time, you know that when it comes to film distribution, I love Distribber. Over the years, I have happily worked for, consulted with and promoted the company as a great alternative to traditional distribution. And here are my reasons why…
Distribber is a digital film distributor that helps filmmakers get movies seen and selling in popular video on demand marketplaces. Unlike traditional film distributors, the company operates on an upfront payment model. You simply chose the platforms you want, pay a fee and they go to work!
If Distribber is successful in getting your movie into the desired platform, you get to keep 100% of your movie’s revenue. If for whatever reason your desired platform “passes” on your film, the company will refund the majority of your submission fee.
[Update: If you read the trades, you may have also noticed Distribber is growing!]
For a little history, a few years back I served as the director of operations for Distribber. At the time, the company was owned by Indiegogo. And one of our filmmaker clients was Nick Soares. Him and I often had frequent, enthusiastic phone conversations about the future of distribution and overall movie promotional strategy. I could tell Nick loved the idea of creating a film distribution utopia.
I left Distribber in 2013 and worked for several other film distribution companies. I was pleasantly surprised one day, several months later when I got a call from Nick.
“Jason. I’m buying Distribber.”
In the months that followed, Nick was able to staff up the company with account managers, software developers and some seasoned film distribution veterans like Michael Sorenson. (Michael now serves as the director of operations and one of the most knowledgeable distribution technicians I’ve ever worked with.)
Given the company-wide mission and growth, it didn’t take a lot of convincing when Nick asked me to once again work with Distribber. I accepted and one of my initial jobs involved representing the company in Toronto. Since then, my focus is now business development, marketing and film acquisitions.
For a little context on why I love working for the company, it is important to understand traditional distribution. With traditional distribution, in order to access the marketplace, you hand over a percentage of ownership to a middle-man. And even if the deal is terrible, you either take it “for exposure” or your do not reach the marketplace. You can guess why many filmmakers dislike distribution.
This is where Distribber helps. For an upfront fee and without being forced to sign an exclusive deal, filmmakers can cut out the traditional middle-man and access mainstream marketplaces. With this transparent model, the company is very filmmaker friendly.
To get started:
1. You choose your preferred VOD platforms (affiliate link) and pay for access.
2. Distribber then works to get your movie into the platform.
To repeat what I mentioned earlier: If your film is not accepted into your desired platform, they refund the majority of your submission fee.
The roadmap for the company puts the filmmaker first. The continual goal of the company is to add new territories and new tracking tools for filmmakers. With new distribution partnerships and capabilities, combined with the ability to retain ownership, filmmakers have more viability in the marketplace.
Here is a snapshot of the Distribber reporting tools:
Modern Film Distribution Made Easy
Distribber was created to help filmmakers maximize payback from their work.
“We acquired Distribber simply because it completed our robust game plan. The service allows filmmakers to receive every option imaginable from funding to distribution, while maximizing their potential to not only return their investment, but to actually make a living producing movies.”
– Nick Soares CEO
More specifically, the goal of Distribber is to put the power of a large distributor in the filmmakers hands. To find out more about the Distribber service offering, follow this link. And if you have questions, please feel free to add them to the comments below.