Finding Movie Distribution – 23 Filmmakers Share How They Did It

Watch the video interview on Youtube here


Filmmakers often have two questions, how do you get a film financed and how do you get distribution?  This video addresses the second question by having filmmakers themselves tell us how they found distribution for their movies.  In addition to those stories, these filmmakers also provide us an unfiltered look at how they see independent film distribution.

(P.S. – Here‘s a video on how filmmakers found financing)

0:00 – Introduction
0:59 – Bill Duke
4:08 – Patrick Creadon
9:30 – John Schneider & Alicia Allain
15:08 – Lydia Smith
23:51 – Hunter Weeks
31:07 – Blayne Weaver
34:16 – Janet Grillo
35:37 – James Cullen Bressack & Zack Ward
38:39 – Sean Dunne
40:49 – Justin Lerner
43:23 – Alan Howard
44:00 – Paul Osborne
48:47 – Chris Byrne & Diane Bell Byrne
56:18 – Pascal Payant
1:00:05 – Jeff Krulik
1:04:16 – Mike Hedge
1:06:32 – Andy Gillies & Joe Haas
1:14:36 – Mike Hedge
1:19:21 – Raj Amit Kumar
1:20:23 – Brian Jun
1:23:24 – Chris Byrne & Diane Bell Byrne
1:26:49 – Emily Best
1:31:33 – Michael C. Donaldson & Lisa A. Callif




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Watch The Special Need on Vimeo here

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Watch Problemski Hotel on Vimeo here

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Watch Surviving Skokie on Vimeo here

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