Pros And Cons Of Film Festivals – Glen Reynolds

Glen Reynolds, Founder of Circus Road Films: This has not been exposed anywhere in the world, no festival or anything. I’m giving you and a few other people a look at it first. Sometimes that’s a better message to a distributor.

Film Courage: Glen, how do you get paid? Please tell us. 

Glen: A couple of different ways. So always a commission, a percentage of whatever my filmmaker makes. So there’s an advance from the distributor or royalties paid later on, I usually get a commission on whatever and that’s a negotiable commission depending on the circumstances of the film, whether it’s already in a major festival or if I’m working on it from the beginning, we can negotiate what the commission is. Often I also work for a consulting fee as well because I spend most producer reps I would say tend to throw films against the wall to see if they stick. If they don’t make the deal, move on. I deal with very much true independent films that need a lot of hand-holding and a lot of tender loving care and so I fashion myself both as a producer rep and a consultant. I’m usually paid an upfront fee in addition to my commission really to help with the fact that I’m going to negotiate the contract. I’m going to handle all that. I’m going to spend time with them to make sure they understand the industry, understand the buyers, help out maybe getting them an international sales agent. I try to fashion myself as kind of a distribution consultant and a producer rep…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).



Glen Reynolds founded Circus Road Films in 2006 to provide strategic advisory services to filmmakers. Circus Road guides filmmakers through the festival and distribution process and negotiates licensing agreements on their behalf. Glen has participated in the sales of over 900 narrative and documentary feature films with many of them premiering at Sundance, Slamdance, SXSW, Cinequest, Tribeca, Hot Docs, Fantastic, Telluride and Toronto. Distributors of these films include Fox, Sony, Warner Bros, Universal, Lions Gate, Magnolia, IFC, Strand, Oscilloscope, Drafthouse, Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Showtime, Starz, Lifetime, ESPN and Syfy.   Some favorite films sold include the first films of some successful filmmakers such as Absentia, written and directed by Mike Flanagan (Midnight Mass); Pop Skull, written and directed by Adam Wingard (Godzilla vs Kong); and Newlyweeds, written and directed by Shaka King. (Judas and the Black Messiah).   Recent work includes Clean (Tribeca/IFC) with Adrien Brody, My Dead Dad and 18½ with Willa Fitzgerald (101 Films).   Glen has also co-produced twenty films to date including his favorite Conversations with Other Women which premiered at Telluride and stars Aaron Eckhart, Helena Bonham Carter, and Olivia Wilde.  Other great production experiences include developing two projects with Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow) and co-producing five films with Ram Bergman (Knives Out, Star Wars: The Last Jedi).   Glen holds a JD from the University of Texas at Austin, a BA in English from NYU and is a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. He serves as a judge for the UCLA Screenwriting Competition and on the jury for the Woods Hole Film Festival. 







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