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Old November 15th, 2005, 08:09 AM   #1
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Proper way to find a distributor.

I've made a couple short films and was wondering what is best the way to try to get one distributed. Sending out a preview? Or the whole movie? Any advice?
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Old November 15th, 2005, 06:24 PM   #2
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Short films don't get distributed to my knowledge...

I may be wrong, but the point for distribution is to make a profit... and features are the main attraction nowadays.

Best way to get an audience is to submit to festivals and post it on the internet!
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Old November 15th, 2005, 08:37 PM   #3
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I've seen shorts in collections that are distributed. I'm planning on making a feature sooner or later. Im just kind of curious how someone goes about finding a distributor.
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Old November 16th, 2005, 12:14 AM   #4
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Internet sites like atom films dot com isn't it? Either that or contests but they usually want something fresh for the competition. I could be wrong but I think those shorts that get picked up for a compilation distro get picked up from someplace really cool. If we only knew from where. (insert suspense music here)
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Old November 16th, 2005, 09:17 AM   #6
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Getting in your shorts

Try IndieFlix.com.

They take shorts and features. And I know they sell them, because I just got my first monthly check from them yesterday.

Break a leg.
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www.theshotlist.com looks interesting.

Best thing to do is be in a few film festivals and maybe one of them will go on to being part of a collection.

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Old November 25th, 2005, 10:28 PM   #9
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Try IndieFlix.com

They take shorts and features. And I know they sell them, because I just got my first monthly check from them yesterday.
What did you submit and how much did they pay you if you don't mind my asking?
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Old November 26th, 2005, 09:41 AM   #10
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Charles, what did you submit and how much did they pay you if you don't mind my asking?
I submitted a feature ("Get Goosed"). They pay 1/3 of their retail price, which is $9.95. My film has been selling pretty decently... nothing to write home and get all excited about, but decently.
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I just signed up and am excited. The price is better than CustomFlix, though I really like CustomFlix, especially now that Amazon.com owns them.

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Old December 7th, 2005, 10:37 AM   #12
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Try IndieFlix.com.
I noticed they are still "beta". Did they explain this at all when you signed up with them?
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Charles, I noticed they are still "beta". Did they explain this at all when you signed up with them?
They didn't explain it, but I saw it on their site, so I knew.

I resisted the idea of signing on when they first pitched it last summer. They wanted exclusive rights for a year, domestic and overseas. They finally realized no one with any cerebral folds was going to do that, and they dropped the requirement. They also grant producers a 30-day "opt out" now.

I don't know how this will work, but I'm willing to give them a chance just because I like their creativity.. people who whine and snivel instead of coming up with workable solutions, they aren't. I like them.

I've had a steady trickle of sales, by the way. Not what I'd like to see, but much better than nothing.
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Yes, I definately like their agreements and the way they are doing things. I still need to do some homework but it looks like it might be a good choice for a project that we're wrapping up and I'm still not sure the right "channel" for.

I was getting excited but then I saw the "beta" and panicked a little, but your explanation makes sense.

One other question I have, it says "add to disc" where you would select a film for purchase; how does that work exactly? When you recieve the disc (I assume you've seen the purchased product) how is the fit and finish, etc.?

Thanks again for the info!
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