Distribution/Film Festivals

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

How to make a DCP (Digital Cinema Package) on your own computer

When it comes down to projecting your film for the big screen, the DCP is quickly becoming an industry standard. But how can you get your film in this format and most importantly – can you do it on your own computer? Up until now the words Digital Cinema Package (DCP) had usually been followed Read MoreRead More

Why There Are So Many Terrible Movies on Netflix

Meghan Neal explains how Netflix with it’s wealth of data on consumer streaming habits may have revived the B-Movie industry: It’s finally happened: I’ve run out of things to watch. The blockbuster hits and grand Oscar-chasers and addictive TV shows are on summer break, and I’m left scraping the bottom of the Netflix barrel on Read MoreRead More

Vimeo or YouTube? Where Should You Post Your Videos?

Ron Dawson provides a few thoughts on the difficult question of which service to post your content to: I often get asked whether it makes more sense to post a video to YouTube or Vimeo. As far as I’m concerned, that’s the wrong question. In truth, if optimizing the number of people to see your video, and if Read MoreRead More

A Short History of Coming Attractions

 Jason Kehe and Katie M. Palmer trace the history of movie trailers in this Art of Trailer for Wired Magazine. We’re obsessed with movie trailers. This year fans watched more than a billion on YouTube and searched for trailers three times more than in 2008. And these numbers continue to grow as studios focus film-advertising Read MoreRead More

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