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Deliverables Demystified

If you manage to get a film distribution deal, you’re going to to receive a list of deliverables – Film Independent takes a look at the different kind of deliverables out there. Deliverables can come as an unpleasant surprise for indie filmmakers. When a distributor buys your film for release, they expect more than just Read MoreRead More

YouTube expands live streaming to all channels, adds option to directly launch a Google+ Hangout On Air

The Youbiquitous video sharing platform is rolling out live streaming for all channels soon. YouTube today announced it is expanding its live streaming service to all YouTube channels. The Google-owned company now only has two requirements: your account must be verified and it has to be in good standing. If you have both, but don’t see the feature yet, don’t Read MoreRead More

Project shows the Result of YouTube’s Digital Copying

Patrick Liddell ran an experiment. What would happen if you uploaded a video to YouTube then downloaded the version YouTube compresses and then upload the compressed version for YouTube to compress again? After 1000 iterations The result is surprisingly foreign and unhuman. From an FAQ on his site. I thought digital copying was lossless. Why does Read MoreRead More

ABC’s of International Pre-Sales

Kathryn Arnold interviews Joe Woolfe, Executive VP, Media and Entertainment Finance at One West Bank about the financial vehicle of PreSales and how they work internationally. A common financing vehicle for independent films is “Pre-Sales.”  The phrase is often thrown around among producers and distributors in every day conversation.  However, as more and more content creators Read MoreRead More

Top 14 tips for getting KILLER stills that will help sell your film

With a flooded marketplace, having that stand out still for your Press kit is essential to your film’s success. Here are a few things to consider in your journey to capture that killer still. 1. Understand that this is not art… pictures should look like the movie Get photos that look like they are from Read MoreRead More

Netflix Wants To Replace The Movie Theater

The internet streaming giant wants to displace the movie theater. If you hate spending money to see lame new Hollywood movies in theaters, Netflix wants to fix that for you, by letting you watch all of the lame new Hollywood movies on your own couch. This, in Netflix’s estimation, might actually make movies better. It Read MoreRead More

How Netflix Uses Piracy to Pick Its Programming

Tracking what’s popular among the pirate sites is part of the Netflix buying strategy. In addition what’s popular among TV viewers in a given country, “when purchasing series, we look at what does well on piracy sites,” Netflix VP of content acquisition Kelly Merryman said, according to a translation of her comments to Tweakers, a technology website based Read MoreRead More

12 Steps to Avoid Going Broke Applying to Film Festivals

Film Festivals can cost a lot of money to enter with acceptances few and far between. Dan Mirvish offers a few tips how to keep the entry fees from breaking the bank. 1. Be Selective Yes, there are thousands of festivals around the world, but do your homework. If you see a festival that sounds nice, see Read MoreRead More

Ira Deutchman – The Numbers and The Truth about Festivals and Distribution – TIFF

Ira Deutchman gives this keynote at the Toronto International Film Festival talking about the realities of festival distribution, what festivals are for and how they are different from film markets, and how to use the festival circuit in your favor.Read More

Tips For Getting Into Sundance from Sundance Programmers

Film Independent asked Sundance programmers Kim Yutani and Lisa Ogdie to give us the scoop on how the process works and tips to help filmmakers give their films a fighting chance. 1. Focus on the film. What is the most important part of the submission package? Do press materials make a major difference to programmers? Read MoreRead More

It Takes a ‘War Room’ to Launch Netflix’s Series

Go behind the scenes of the of a Netflix launch as their premiere new episodes of “Orange is the New Black” Netflix’s Internet video subscription service works around the clock, but it’s unusual for more than two dozen of the company’s engineers and top managers to be huddled in a conference room at 10:30 on Read MoreRead More

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