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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.

Thu 18 August 2022, 6 - 9 pm   
(Registration deadline is Thu 18 August 5:00 pm)

Instructor: Hilary Hart

Hilary Hart's career in film began with an internship in short film distribution at Ouat Media in Toronto. From there she moved onto the Canadian Film Centre (CFC), working first in development and later being taken on as staff in administration. During her time at the CFC she also contributed to an online film magazine, The Seventh Art. At The Seventh Art she managed a Live Directors Series, which brought prominent directors including Paul Schrader and Whit Stillman to Toronto to screen and discuss their work. In 2015 Hilary joined the team at Meridian Artists, where she worked for three years in talent management. In 2018 together with Will Woods she co-founded Game Theory Films, a Toronto based independent film distribution company. To date Game Theory has released twenty-four films theatrically and on VOD in the Canadian market and has recently begun releasing titles in the US and UK. Their catalogue is a mix of narrative and documentary features, and includes both Canadian and international titles. They offer targeted and dynamic release strategies, and work closely with filmmakers through out the lifecycle of each film. Hilary is a member of WIFT, the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, and in 2021 was selected for the Berlinale Talents program.

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