If you ever asked yourself: How do I sell my movie on Amazon, you are not alone.
One of our Filmmaking Stuff readers wrote in, asking some very good questions about how to find a VOD platform and how to choose a website domain. Here is the question:
I have had one frustrating year of trying to launch my film for sale onto the internet and I am really interested in what you have to offer. After listening to your audio downloads and having read your blog, I have many questions running through my head. How do I sell my movie on Amazon? Aren’t they a middleman? So how much of a fee do they charge? Also, my film is 700 MB big and will I be able to upload onto whatever you are offering? And I have not bought a domain name for the film yet. I am thinking of using GoDaddy.com. How many years should I subscribe for the domain?
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First of all, congratulations on finishing your film. This is a feat that very few filmmakers get to experience. And it is something that you should be proud of.
In response to your movie distribution questions, there are quite a few platforms that allow you to promote and sell your movie online. Since you mentioned Amazon, let’s start there.
If you live in the United States, it is fairly easy to get your movie seen and selling in the Amazon marketplace.
Before I go further – just know the companies I’m about to mention pay me to promote.
Sell Your Movie On Amazon
Simply visit CreateSpace and send them a copy of your DVD.
In addition to Amazon, I recommend you research both iTunes and Hulu as two other options.
Hulu operates on a slightly different model than Amazon and iTunes. Unlike transactional video-on-demand platforms, Hulu operates in ways similar to traditional TV.
Their revenue is based on advertisements. After submitting your movie to Hulu, they will then pepper your movie with blocks of advertisements. Hulu then splits ad revenue with the filmmaker.
If you are based outside the United States, and you wish to enter the US Amazon marketplace, you will have to go through a third party, US based aggregator. One such company is called Distribber.
Regarding your question related to website domains, GoDaddy.com is a pretty straightforward service.
However, if you are looking for a way to reserve both your domain and hosting, I also recommend researching bluehost.com – In full disclosure, while both of these companies are good, they do pay me to promote. So make sure you conduct your own due diligence.
In terms of length, I suggest that you reserve your website domain for at least two years, if not longer.
If you need additional help, check out the Indie Producers Guide on How To Sell Your Movie.