Distribution Course

ABOUT THIS COURSE

FilmSkills Distribution Course
 
 
  • 3-month course
  • 5-lessons
  • 2 hours, 19 minutes of video
  • Projects and Exercises
 
  • Illustrated Companion Guides
  • Downloadable Class Materials
  • Industry-Leading Instructors
  • Certificate of Completion
 

COURSE OBJECTIVE

You Made It... Now Sell It
 
You’ve made your cinematic masterpiece, now what? One of the most secretive and difficult processes of filmmaking is selling your movie to distributors.  When you’re at the negotiating table, of all the people at the table – sales agents, distributors, agents, and managers – you are the least knowledgeable person there, and they know it.
 
The FilmSkills Distribution Course takes you behind closed doors to teach you how the sales end of the industry works.  We take you to the American Film Market and the Sundance Film Festival to see how deals are struck.  Learn from the VP of Distribution of Lucas Film how to navigate the sometimes-tricky waters of domestic and foreign distribution. Learn how to market your movie at a film festival and ultimately get the best deal possible.
 
You will learn from Hollywood’s top producers and distributors as they walk you into the heart of the Hollywood sales machine to arm you with the knowledge to be the smartest person sitting at the negotiating table.

THE LESSONS

Each lesson will take you through each step of Distribution Course process.

Intro to Distribution

Learn how the distribution process works, the way studios approach the process, the windows and time frames of distribution, how to approach self-distribution, and knowing your audience.

Domestic Distribution

Learn the distribution process so you know what to expect, what materials are needed, and most importantly how to protect yourself in the high stakes game of film distribution.

Foreign Distribution

Learn how foreign sales agents work, how to find a reputable agent, common scams used to steal your movie without paying you, what you will be expected to deliver, how to collect your money, and hundreds of other tips.  We take you to the heart of it all at the American Film Market to see – firsthand, how the foreign distribution process works.

Internet Distribution

Learn how to properly distribute your movie online, how content aggregators work, how to find a unique presence online, and how to leverage your online movie to get your next movie deal.

Film Festivals

Learn how to find a qualified producer’s rep, how to get into top film festivals, what to do once you are accepted, how to attract the right audiences at the screenings, and how to leverage the opportunity for your next production.

THE INSTRUCTORS

FilmSkills features top industry professionals, any of whom are leaders in their field. You will be learning from best.

Anne Marie Gillen

Executive Producer, "Fried Green Tomatoes," former COO of Morgan Freeman's Revelations Entertainment

Louise Levison

Expert on film financing and author of the business plan for The Blair Witch Project

Suzanne Lyons

BAFTA-winning Producer, "The Calling," "The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things," and "Undertaking Betty"

Jason J. Tomaric

Emmy-winning director/Cinematographer

Barbara Doyle

Chair of Chapman University Film Department

Lloyd Kaufman

President, Troma Entertainment, Chairman International Film and Television Association

Jeff Ulin

VP of Worldwide Distribution, LucasFilm; Former Senior Executive at Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios

Alexa Amin

Executive Editor, Studio System News, and Former VP of Development, Sony Pictures Animation

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