The Insider's Guide to Independent Film Distribution

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9780240809229: The Insider's Guide to Independent Film Distribution

Innovation in technology means that almost anyone can make an independent film these days. Although this may be good news for aspiring filmmakers, it also means that the oversupply of independent films on the market has caused acquisition prices to dramatically decrease. As a result, producers and investors rarely recover their initial investment in the films they make. But don't be discouraged! Use this book to learn the realities of the market in advance and map out a winning distribution plan.

This comprehensive manual for filmmakers and producers dedicated to film distribution and the marketplace could mean the difference between getting your film out to the public and keeping it "in the can." Learn how to sell your movie to a studio, a cable network, a video distributor, or an international buyer. Self-distribution and other alternatives to traditional distribution are also considered. As well, you'll hear some success stories from producers and hear exactly what buyers are seeking.

Stacey Parks has worked with dozens of hungry filmmakers to get their films a distribution deal and knows how frustrating the whole process can be. Let her tell you how you can take control of your filmmaking career and start getting your work seen by audiences with a few little-known distribution secrets.

Features include:
* Interviews and case studies with producers and distributors
* Ten Ways to Market Your Film for Self-Distribution
* Sales Projections per Territory
* Distribution Resource Listings
* Negotiation tips for distribution agreements
* Sample distribution agreements

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Would you like to know how to make a movie for a few hundred thousand dollars, recoup your investors' money, and start making profits for yourself? This comprehensive manual for filmmakers and producers dedicated to film distribution and the marketplace may mean the difference between getting your film out to the public and keeping it "in the can." Learn how to sell your movie to a studio, a cable network, a video distributor, or an international buyer. Stacey Parks has worked with dozens of hungry filmmakers to get their films a distribution deal and knows how frustrating the whole process can be. Let her tell you how you can take control of your filmmaking career and start getting your work seen by audiences with a few little-known distribution secrets. Wouldn't it be great to know... * What to look for when negotiating distribution contracts? * What services are out there that can help you reach buyers directly? * How other filmmakers did it, or what they wish they'd done differently? Bonus materials include: * Sales Projections per Territory: A breakdown of what kind of returns you can expect from the various distribution territories. *Distribution Resource Listings: A goldmine of information including personal recommendations on which agents offer the best services, plus tips on how best to approach them and present your product. *Anatomy of a Distribution Contract: Know exactly what you'll be asked to sign when you do a distribution deal. This report offer tips on what to watch out for and what to avoid. Don't get taken advantage of by unscrupulous distributors.

About the Author:

Stacey Parks is the author of the "Inside Guide To Independent Film Distribution” (Focal Press), a comprehensive educational program for filmmakers and producers dedicated to film distribution and the marketplace. Stacey has worked in independent film for over 10 years, and is currently a sales executive at the BBC Worldwide in Los Angeles. She was previously a foreign sales agent for many years. You can join her film distribution community on the web at www.FilmSpecific.com.
Stacey Parks is the author of the "Inside Guide To Independent Film Distribution” (Focal Press), a comprehensive educational program for filmmakers and producers dedicated to film distribution and the marketplace. Stacey has worked in independent film for over 10 years, and is currently a sales executive at the BBC Worldwide in Los Angeles. She was previously a foreign sales agent for many years. You can join her film distribution community on the web at www.FilmSpecific.com.

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