Hive Films present ‘Distributing Your Film‘. We follow the distribution journey all the way from initial concept through the stages of production to festivals, premiere and sales. By workshopping your projects and real world examples we show how you can sell your film too.
During the course participants will learn how to identify target audiences and markets, and how to reach them through maximising a films sales potential; how to find a distributor, demystify contracts, enter negotiations and secure the deal; make deliverables cheaply and effectively ,and ensure delivery is met; and maximise the chances of getting an international release.
Utilising the tutor’s real-life experience on Zombie Undead,and 43 Pounds and American television shows the course will help you to write, pitch and plan your way to success in the film industry.
Week One – Planning for the deal. How to plan your distribution strategy before you start and during filming. Identifying your target audience and market, and how to reach them through maximising your films sales potential. Planning to succeed; getting a foot in the door, developing relationships, pitching, mentors and maximising opportunities. Pre-requisites of distribution – how to make sure you have everything you need to secure a deal.
Week Two – Securing a deal. Securing the deal that’s right for your film; Overall/Split Rights, Theatrical/Home/Digital, DIY/Hybrid, Domestic/Foreign. How to make a DVD/online secure screener. Finding distributors, and entering negotiations. Minimum Guarantees. Selling your film, selling yourself. Demystifying contracts; terminology, clauses, and traps; What to ask for and what to demand to get the best deal.
Week Three – Delivering on the deal. Pre-requisites of distribution; collating and constructing an Electronic Press Kit, Trailer, Digi-beta and Digital Cinema Print. How to make your deliverables cheaply and effectively and ensure delivery deadline is met and compliance standards reached. Zombie Undead – Case Study.
Week Four – The release. Planning a festival strategy to maximise publicity. Festival premieres and markets. Utilising Without A Box. Day/Date release, DVD, Rental, Television and VOD. Self distribution – social media, website design, online distribution, selling from your website and public appearances. Crowdfunding the release. Theatrical – Premieres, Conventional/DIY release. Foreign territories; Pre-requisites for foreign release, M and E mix and the benefits of a Sales Agent. Quarterly statements – how to understand them and ensure you get paid. Mum and Dad – Case Study.
Phoenix Square, Leicester
Dates: Tuesday 3 – 24 June (4 sessions)
Cost: £48 / £44 conc.
Bookings: For more info or to book please call Phoenix Square Box Office on 0116 242 2800