Film Distribution and Marketing 

THROWBACK FRIDAY: The Ultimate Guide to Film Distribution & Marketing w/ Jon Reiss

By Alex Ferrari | May 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

Please note: Throwback Fridays are archival episodes from the Indie Film Hustle Podcast. After many requests from the IFH Tribe to bring back some of the show’s best episodes, I decided to create Throwback Fridays. These episodes will not be posted every week but at least twice a month…if not more.  There’s so much amazing info and knowledge bombs…

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Understanding the 5 Stages of Indie Film Production

By Matt Webb | May 10, 2017 | 0 Comments
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Understanding the 5 Stages of Indie Film Production Film Production is created in 5 phases: development, pre-production, production, post-production and distribution. Each phase has a different purpose, with the overarching goal to get to the next one, and ultimately on to distribution. Each stage varies in length, and different roles suit different stages. Sadly, some…

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THROWBACK FRIDAY: How I Made Over $90,000 Selling my Short Film + Video Tutorials

By Alex Ferrari | Apr 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

I know it’s Thursday but thought I’d release it early. Please note: Throwback Fridays are archival episodes from the Indie Film Hustle Podcast. After many requests from the IFH Tribe to bring back some of the show’s best episodes, I decided to create Throwback Fridays. These episodes will not be posted every week but at least twice a…

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THROWBACK FRIDAY: Why Filmmakers are Always So Damn Broke & What They Can Do to Change It

By Alex Ferrari | Apr 21, 2017 | Comments Off on THROWBACK FRIDAY: Why Filmmakers are Always So Damn Broke & What They Can Do to Change It

Please note: Throwback Fridays are archival episodes from the Indie Film Hustle Podcast. After many requests from the IFH Tribe to bring back some of the show’s best episodes, I decided to create Throwback Fridays. These episodes will not be posted every week but at least twice a month…if not more.  There’s so much amazing info and knowledge bombs…

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Breaking Down Shane Carruth’s Enigmatic Film Upstream Color

By Alex Ferrari | Apr 19, 2017 | Comments Off on Breaking Down Shane Carruth’s Enigmatic Film Upstream Color
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Breaking Down Shane Carruth’s Enigmatic Upstream Color Upstream Color is an indie science-fiction film written by Shane Carruth. He is best known for his 2004 debut movie ‘Primer’. His next film, Upstream Color first premiered  January 21, 2013, at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. Shortly after that a theatrical release in U.S.A on April 5,…

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Digital Box Office: New Streaming Platform Sparks Revolution for Indie Filmmakers

By Alex Ferrari | Apr 17, 2017 | 1 Comment
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Digital Box Office: New Streaming Platform Sparks Revolution for Indie Filmmakers We’ve just discovered a new global streaming platform that’s looking to completely disrupt the status quo of the traditional entertainment distribution model. Digital box office (DBO) which launched their public beta just a few weeks ago, is already currently streaming films in 256 countries/territories…

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IFH 150: How to Launch Your Indie Film on iTunes with Brad Raider

By Alex Ferrari | Apr 11, 2017 | Comments Off on IFH 150: How to Launch Your Indie Film on iTunes with Brad Raider
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How to Launch Your Indie Film on iTunes with Brad Raider If you want to see a self-distribution pathway to get your film on iTunes and actually make some money meet actor/director Brad Raider. His film Kensho at the Bedfellow was released on iTunes this year and he shares his marketing and distribution strategy with…

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THROWBACK FRIDAY: Surviving the Hollywood Implosion with Scott McMahon

By Alex Ferrari | Mar 10, 2017 | Comments Off on THROWBACK FRIDAY: Surviving the Hollywood Implosion with Scott McMahon

Please note: Throwback Fridays are archival episodes from the Indie Film Hustle Podcast. After many requests from the IFH Tribe to bring back some of the show’s best episodes, I decided to create Throwback Fridays. These episodes will not be posted every week but at least twice a month…if not more.  There’s so much amazing info and knowledge…

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IFH 146: Adventures at Cinequest with the Cast of This is Meg

By Alex Ferrari | Mar 7, 2017 | 1 Comment
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Adventures at Cinequest with the Cast of This is Meg It’s a been a long journey but This is Meg finally had it’s World Premiere at the Cinequest. I was fortunate enough to have a bunch of the cast make the trek up to San Jose, CA from Los Angeles. We had an amazing time.…

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THROWBACK FRIDAY: Theatrical Self Distribution of Indie Films Made Easy with Tugg

By Alex Ferrari | Mar 3, 2017 | Comments Off on THROWBACK FRIDAY: Theatrical Self Distribution of Indie Films Made Easy with Tugg

Please note: Throwback Fridays are archival episodes from the Indie Film Hustle Podcast. After many requests from the IFH Tribe to bring back some of the show’s best episodes, I decided to create Throwback Fridays. These episodes will not be posted every week but at least twice a month…if not more.  There’s so much amazing info and knowledge…

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IFH 144: The Reel Truth on How to Survive Making an Indie Film with Reed Martin

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 24, 2017 | 2 Comments
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The Reel Truth on How to Survive Making an Indie Film with Reed Martin Have you ever wish that you could avoid pitfalls and mistakes that other filmmakers made before you? Today’s guest does just that. Reed Martin is the author of the best-selling book The Reel Truth: Everything You Didn’t Know You Need to Know…

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IFH 143: How NOT to Shoot a $50,000 Short Film – Lessons Learned

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 20, 2017 | Comments Off on IFH 143: How NOT to Shoot a $50,000 Short Film – Lessons Learned
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How NOT to Shoot a $50,000 Short Film – Lessons Learned So as filmmakers we all want to make the best films we can. Sometimes filmmakers think that a bigger budget is the answer, that bigger is better. This is what I thought when I went down the road and create my short film Red…

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Indie Film Marketing: How to Design a Website for your Film

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 17, 2017 | Comments Off on Indie Film Marketing: How to Design a Website for your Film
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Creating an Image for Your Project: Design a Website! Most filmmakers and artist do not even think about marketing or distribution when creating a new project. This is where many projects fail. The first line of defense in creating a brand or image around your project is YOUR WEBSITE. Now how do you Design a Website? Designing a…

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IFH 141: Turbo Kid & How to Create an Indie Film Ecosystem with Shaked Berenson

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 14, 2017 | Comments Off on IFH 141: Turbo Kid & How to Create an Indie Film Ecosystem with Shaked Berenson
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Turbo Kid & How to Create an Indie Film Ecosystem with Shaked Berenson I speak a lot on IFH on how filmmakers should create their own ecosystem and revenue streams, today’s guest has done just that. Shaked Berenson is the co-founder of Epic Pictures Group, a film financing, production, and international/domestic sales company based in Beverly…

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Film Production Books You Need to Read – Top Ten List

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 13, 2017 | Comments Off on Film Production Books You Need to Read – Top Ten List
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Film Production Books You Need to Read – Top Ten List 1) Indie Film Production: The Craft of Low Budget Filmmaking Indie Film Production explains the simple, basic, clear cut role of the independent film producer. Raising funds to do your dream project, producing award-winning films with a low budget, putting name actors on your indie film-it’s all…

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What’s a Private Placement Memorandum (PPM) & Why Do You Need It?

By John Rodsett | Feb 6, 2017 | Comments Off on What’s a Private Placement Memorandum (PPM) & Why Do You Need It?
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What’s a Private Placement Memorandum (PPM) & Why Do You Need It? Now I know this is the sexy part of the film business byt stay with me here. In the late 1990’s, I was asked to be involved with a film that was to be funded via a Private Placement Memorandum/an LLC. My company…

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IFH 136: How to Break into the Film Industry with Stage 32’s RB Botto

By Alex Ferrari | Feb 1, 2017 | 1 Comment
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How to Break into the Film Industry with Stage 32’s RB Botto SPECIAL SUNDANCE EDITION of the Indie Film Hustle Podcast One of my most downloaded episodes ever was my interview with Film Industry vet and CEO of Stage32.com, RB Botto (Click here to listen to that interview). Ever since then I’ve been wanting to…

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IFH 133: Sydney Freeland: Working with Netflix & Maintaining Creative Freedom

By Alex Ferrari | Jan 27, 2017 | Comments Off on IFH 133: Sydney Freeland: Working with Netflix & Maintaining Creative Freedom
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Sydney Freeland: Working with Netflix & Maintaining Creative Freedom SPECIAL SUNDANCE EDITION of the Indie Film Hustle Podcast I ran into many filmmakers while fighting the blizzard at this year’s Sundance Film Festival but one of the most impressive of the bunch was director Sydney Freeland. Sydney has had a challenging journey to become a…

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IFH 130: Elijah Wood and the SpectreVision Team – Creating a Brand & Making Killer Films

By Alex Ferrari | Jan 24, 2017 | Comments Off on IFH 130: Elijah Wood and the SpectreVision Team – Creating a Brand & Making Killer Films
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Creating a Brand & Making Killer Films with Elijah Wood and the SpectreVision Team SPECIAL SUNDANCE EDITION of the Indie Film Hustle Podcast I wanted to do something special for the Indie Film Hustle Tribe this year. I’m in Park City, UT interview some AMAZING filmmakers, producers, agents and actors. In celebration of Sundance I’ll be…

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How to Get Your Film into the Sundance Film Festival with Trevor Groth

By Alex Ferrari | Jan 23, 2017 | 1 Comment
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How to Get Your Film into the Sundance Film Festival with Trevor Groth So I can safely say most filmmakers want their films played at the Sundance Film Festival. Getting in to Sundance is like winning the lottery. Former guest and all around cool guy Sebastian Twardosz, had the pleasure of sitting down with Sundance Film Festival Director…

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THROWBACK FRIDAY: Life After Winning Sundance with Diane Bell

By Alex Ferrari | Jan 20, 2017 | Comments Off on THROWBACK FRIDAY: Life After Winning Sundance with Diane Bell

Life After Winning Sundance with Diane Bell I always talk about not counting on the “lottery ticket” mentality that so many filmmakers today count on. Winning Sundance is not a distribution plan. Well, I was involved in a project, written and directed by Diane Bell, that did just that. It won not one but two…

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IFH 129: 5 Rules to Make Money Selling Indie Films

By Alex Ferrari | Jan 16, 2017 | 2 Comments
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Making Movies for Fun and Profit! I feel that one of the reasons I was put on this earth was to help filmmakers and artist make money selling their films and art. There’s no reason why filmmakers shouldn’t be able to make a steady income from their films. You can here my inspiration rant on…

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IFH 128: How to Get Your Film on Netflix, Hulu, iTunes & Film Distribution with Nick Soares

By Alex Ferrari | Jan 11, 2017 | 5 Comments
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Film Distribution: How to Get Your Film on Netflix, Hulu & iTunes We have all heard the horror stories of indie filmmakers getting a “film distribution deal” with a traditional distributor and never receiving a dime. In today’s digital world there are many options for indie filmmakers to monetize their content. In the film distribution game there’s iTunes,…

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IFH 124: What is Your Film Really Worth?

By Alex Ferrari | Dec 20, 2016 | Comments Off on IFH 124: What is Your Film Really Worth?
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What is Your Film Really Worth? So you are thinking of making an indie film or you’ve just finished making one…now what? When filmmakers go on the long journey of making a feature film they rarely ask the question that could make or break the success of the movie, “What is my film worth in…

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Marketing Star Wars: 5 Secrets Indie Filmmakers Can Learn

By Alex Ferrari | Dec 19, 2016 | 1 Comment
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Marketing Star Wars: 5 Secrets Indie Filmmakers Can Learn Star Wars grapes? Seriously? I always thought that George Lucas and LucasFilm did an amazing job marketing the Star Wars franchise. Do any of you remember the Pepsi can collection from the release of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace? But the publicity campaign I’ve seen for the latest…

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Roger Corman: How to Never Lose a Dime Making Indie Films

By Pablo Carranza | Dec 14, 2016 | 2 Comments
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Roger Corman: How to Never Lose a Dime Making Indie Films Who knew you could take films with such titles as “Attack of the Crab Monsters” and “The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent” so seriously? But that’s exactly what has happened for 50 odd…

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Film Marketing: How to Get Eyeballs on Your Indie Film

By Joe Jenkins | Dec 14, 2016 | Comments Off on Film Marketing: How to Get Eyeballs on Your Indie Film
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Film Marketing: How to Get Eyeballs on Your Indie Film So you’ve made your indie film and you want to move on to the next step – getting your film seen. Two words, film marketing. There are two ways in which you can do this, though you can do both of them if you wish…

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Are Film Festivals Even Relevant Anymore? – Film Festival Hacks 007

By Alex Ferrari | Nov 3, 2016 | Comments Off on Are Film Festivals Even Relevant Anymore? – Film Festival Hacks 007
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Film Festivals: Are They Relevant Anymore? Film Festival Hacks is the podcast that explores the festival circuit “from both sides of the badge.” Alex Ferrari is an award-winning filmmaker with nearly 600 international film festivals under his belt. He’s joined by Chris Holland, author of Film Festival Secrets: A Handbook for Independent Filmmakers who has…

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IFH 109: Top 10 Film Distribution Rules for Success

By Alex Ferrari | Oct 25, 2016 | Comments Off on IFH 109: Top 10 Film Distribution Rules for Success
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Film Distribution: Top 10 Rules for Success When filmmakers go out into the world to try to sell their indie film it can be a bit dangerous. The shark infested waters that make up film distribution can be brutal. Since I’m now going down the same dangerous road with my film This is Meg, I…

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IFH 105: Secrets of Indie Film Producing with Suzanne Lyons

By Alex Ferrari | Oct 10, 2016 | Comments Off on IFH 105: Secrets of Indie Film Producing with Suzanne Lyons
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Secrets of Indie Film Producing with Suzanne Lyons This week on the show we have a returning guest, Indie Film Producing guru Suzaane Lyons. Suzanne Lyons is president/producer of Snowfall Films, Inc. and to date has produced or exec produced twelve feature films with budgets that range from $200,000 to $10 million.  Suzanne has worked with…

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