Past Workshop Descriptions

Distribution Strategies for Independent Films

This workshop is an overview on the role of the distributor in the life cycle of your film. Students will learn the basics of how a film is released into theaters, on broadcast networks and on VOD platforms, and about additional opportunities for exploitation like airline and educational sales. We’ll cover ways to connect with distributors and what to look for in a partner, as well as when to bring a distributor on board your film. Topics will include working with Telefilm, the role of a sales agent vs. a distributor, what deliverables you’ll need, PR and marketing strategies and festival planning. We’ll review the basics of contracting, and discuss possible pathways for short films.

Prior to the class, please create a profile on Zoom and download the free version of the application. You will receive an email from LIFT with an invitation link to join the workshop one hour before the classbeginswhich will prompt you to open the application or web browser. Please ensure that you log in using a Zoom account with a profile name that appears as the same name registered for the class. If not, for security reasons, you may not be permitted to join. During the workshop, we advise that you keep your microphone on mute to minimize external noise and that you unmute when participating in class discussions. Please also arrive to the session on time for attendance and class participation. ONLINE workshops may be recorded for staff and facilitator assessment. Recorded material will not be made available to participants. Review all workshop policies before registering.

Past Instructor: Hilary Hart
Category: Producing
Maximum Capacity: 15
3 hours of instruction $65 /member$90 /nonmember

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