Who Needs Traditional Distribution?

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As a filmmaker, selling your movie usually involves traditional distribution – film festivals, schmoozing, phone calls, follow up and a whole bunch of NOs and crappy distribution offers. And even when you get your movie into the market, there are still no guarantees that your movie will be a success. This can be discouraging…

Why Filmmakers Fail At Film Festivals

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I have been speaking at quite a few film festivals. And what I find is, many filmmakers are still stuck in an old paradigm that no longer exists. In the past, most filmmakers dreamed of getting their movies seen and sold at festivals, followed by a 3 picture deal. But the reality is, these types of deals are…

Film Festival Directory

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Film festivals provide an invaluable way for filmmakers to get movies in front of an audience. Additionally, garnering acceptance to the various film festivals can provide avenues for networking, career promotion and possible a three-picture deal. A few months back, we reached out to our Filmmaking Stuff Newsletter subscribers and asked them to recommend their favorite film festivals. The response was…

Filmmaker Levi Abrino Hits The Big Time

Before I moved to Los Angles, I stopped by my Pennsylvanian hometown for the Harrisburg Arts Film Festival. And there I saw a short movie called Burying Dvorak by a little known filmmaker named Levi Abrino. I gotta tell you, the film was awesome. Levi is talented…

Film Festival Workshop

Over the next year, I am hitting the road. I’m going from city to city to spread the word about modern movie distribution tactics and how YOU can benefit. I am doing this because the independent movie market is saturated with competition. Do you know of any film festivals seeking someone to put on a film festival workshop? If so, please send them a link to this page.

Movie Marketing: Are Film Festivals Losing Relevance?

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YOU are now responsible for marketing, promotion and distribution of your movie. And inline with this strategy, you must view regional and second tier festivals as an opportunity to build your audience list. But instead of handing out postcards to other filmmakers, your marketing strategy will be smarter.

Filmmaking For a Living

The veterans of the movie industry tell us that all this distribution deal disappointment is a result of improved technology. They optimistically tell us that our lost DVD revenues will be recouped by Video On Demand. Some refer to this as simply a market correction, implying that someday, somewhere, someone will figure out how to once again pay the big bucks for movies. But this is a pipe-dream.

Filmmaker David Allen Talks Modern Moviemaking and VOD Distribution

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Earlier this week, I caught wind of an indie production company based in Australia called Rapidfire Productions. This is a production company that operates as a self sustaining modern moviemaking business. They develop movies, get money, make their movies and through their own distribution arm, the company reaches the masses.