Film Sales and Distribution Masterclass | Filmmaking Series
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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.
4.5 (45 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
2,734 students enrolled
Created by Jason Buff
Last updated 2/2016
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What Will I Learn?
  • 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.
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  • 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

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.

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.
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Overview: Distribution for Indie Filmmakers with Ron Newcomb
3 Lectures 35:50

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Film Markets

Making A Deal and What You Will Need
Film Marketing with Film Trooper's Scott McMahon
5 Lectures 54:51
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
Working with a Sales Agent with Galen Christy
5 Lectures 25:38
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
Post Production Workflow and More from Alex Ferrari
3 Lectures 20:22
Post Production Workflow

What Format To Shoot In

Linda Nelson of Indie Rights
2 Lectures 09:04
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.
Jerome Courshon and the Different Distribution Markets
5 Lectures 49:17
Introduction to Distribution Channels

Theatrical Distribution

DVD Distribution

VOD Distribution

Television distribution
Jason Brubaker of Filmmaking Stuff and the Changing World of VOD Distribution
3 Lectures 12:16
The Changing Relationship between filmmakers and distribution companies.

Netflix, Amazon Prime and Transactional VOD or TVOD

International Markets
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0 Lectures 00:00

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

What is the purpose of marketing?
1 question

Do you understand branding?

1 question

When should you contact a Sales Agent?

Sales Agents
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About the Instructor
Jason Buff
4.3 Average rating
220 Reviews
11,647 Students
4 Courses
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.