Film Sales and Distribution Masterclass | Filmmaking Series

Making a feature film is now easier than ever. Learn how to make a living as a full-time filmmaker.
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  • Lectures 26
  • Length 3.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 12/2015 English

Course Description

Now more than ever the opportunity to become a full-time filmmaker is within reach for those who are willing to take a few risks. The key to building a career in show business is the ability to consistently get projects funded and then make money back for your investors. In this course, an abridged version of the Indie Film Academy's November Masterclass, we talk with 10 experts in film distribution about what you can do to make sure your film sells.

Experts In this course include:

  • Jason Brubaker of Filmmaking Stuff
  • Scott McMahon of Film Trooper
  • Alex Ferrari of Indie Film Hustle
  • Mia Bruno of Seed & Spark
  • Chris Holland of Film Festival Secrets
  • Linda Nelson of Indie Rights
  • Ron Newcomb of The Forge Studios
  • Jerome Courshon of Secrets to Distribution
  • Ben Yennie of The Guerrila Rep

Key Topics:

  1. How to make sure your film will sell before you make it.
  2. They key documents distributors need.
  3. What you need to do in post production to have all deliverables.
  4. What is the best option for your film's launch.
  5. How to distribute your own film
  6. A simple hack to get thousands of fans quickly.
  7. How to get on Rotten Tomatoes.
  8. Why Netflix should be your last stop.

And much more.

What are the requirements?

  • Basic Understanding of Filmmaking
  • You will need a general understanding of how films are made, from screenwriting through to post production.
  • A basic understanding of platforms such as Netflix, Hulu and iTunes
  • General understanding of Independent Film

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand the things they need to do before they start their film so that they will be able to make a distribution deal.
  • Get an idea of the key documents and video files they will need to give to distribution companies.
  • Understand the fastest and most effective way for building a fan base.
  • Learn the best launch sequence for a film from Film Festivals to Theatrical to VOD Release.

Who is the target audience?

  • Filmmakers who want to build a career.
  • Screenwriters who want to understand distribution
  • Producers who want to understand better things like the American Film Market and working with Sales Agents
  • People who are interested in becoming a distributor or sales agent.
  • Marketing Consultants who wish to gain insight into the world of film sales and marketing.

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Overview: Distribution for Indie Filmmakers with Ron Newcomb

In this video, Ron Newcomb of The Forge Films gives students an overview of film distribution and how they have been able to become profitable as film producers.

Film Markets
Making A Deal and What You Will Need
Section 2: Film Marketing with Film Trooper's Scott McMahon
Understanding Your Position in the Market
Where Can Uber Indie Filmmakers Go?
The Bigger Picture: Licensing
The New Distribution Model
Hack Your Markeging Plan! Mind Blowing Concept
Section 3: Working with a Sales Agent with Galen Christy
What are Sales Agents Looking For
How The Film Market is Changing
How to Guarantee You Can Sell Your Film
Budgets and Projections: How Much Can Your Film Make?
How To Connect with a Sales Agent
Section 4: Post Production Workflow and More from Alex Ferrari
Post Production Workflow
What Format To Shoot In
Section 5: Linda Nelson of Indie Rights
Look Out! What filmmakers need to be careful of when signing a distribution deal
Use a limited theatrical release to build buzz and get reviews.
Section 6: Jerome Courshon and the Different Distribution Markets
Introduction to Distribution Channels
Theatrical Distribution
DVD Distribution
VOD Distribution
Television distribution
Section 7: Jason Brubaker of Filmmaking Stuff and the Changing World of VOD Distribution
The Changing Relationship between filmmakers and distribution companies.
Netflix, Amazon Prime and Transactional VOD or TVOD
International Markets
Section 8: Test Time!
1 question

Most people don't understand what branding and marketing are. Here's a simple test to see if you get it.

1 question

Do you understand branding?

1 question

When should you contact a Sales Agent?

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Instructor Biography

Jason Buff, Award-Winning Graphic Designer, Filmmaker & Screenwriter

I am the owner of JABU Studio and have been a freelance graphic designer for almost 20 years. My design work has won various awards including a Webby and I currently make a living working for large graphic design firms as well as working directly with clients. I have also been featured in a number of design magazines.

I am also the founder of the Indie Film Academy, an online resource for filmmakers including the Indie Film Academy Podcast available on iTunes.

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