Film Distribution and Marketing 

THROWBACK FRIDAY: Life After Winning Sundance with Diane Bell

By Alex Ferrari | Jan 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 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 | 1 Comment
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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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IMDB: How to Get Your Film Listed and Other Secrets

By Alex Ferrari | Sep 30, 2016 | Comments Off on IMDB: How to Get Your Film Listed and Other Secrets
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IMDB: How to Get Your Film Listed and Other Secrets Sometimes I feel people believe IMDB.com (Internet Movie Database) is the great and powerful OZ, and to an extent they are right. If you are a filmmaker, actor or anyone in the film business and your not on IMDB (owned by Amazon.com) you might as well be invisible.…

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IFH 096: Gravitas Ventures – Confessions of an Indie Film Distributor

By Alex Ferrari | Sep 1, 2016 | Comments Off on IFH 096: Gravitas Ventures – Confessions of an Indie Film Distributor
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Gravitas Ventures: Confessions of an Indie Film Distributor If you have ever given any thought to the process of distributing your feature film, you know it can be nutz! The film distribution landscape has changed, and changed again as I’m writing this article. Finding a good and reputable film distributor in today’s world is hard to say…

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IFH 093: How to Brand, Market and Build an Audience Using Social Media & Marketing Hustle

By Alex Ferrari | Aug 17, 2016 | Comments Off on IFH 093: How to Brand, Market and Build an Audience Using Social Media & Marketing Hustle
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How to Brand, Market and Build an Audience Using Social Media & Marketing Hustle So I had the plesure of speaking at the HollyShorts! Film Festival at a “fireside chat” with my brotha from another mutha RB Blotto from Stage32.com. We sat down and discussed How to Brand, Market and Build an Audience Using Social Media & Marketing Hustle.  I…

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Film Festivals: Guide to Screening Formats & Technical Specs – Film Festival Hacks Podcast: 006

By Alex Ferrari | Aug 12, 2016 | Comments Off on Film Festivals: Guide to Screening Formats & Technical Specs – Film Festival Hacks Podcast: 006
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Film Festivals: Screening Formats & Technical Specs 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…

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IFH 090: Life After Winning Sundance with Diane Bell

By Alex Ferrari | Jul 28, 2016 | 1 Comment
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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 088: Why Filmmakers are Always So Damn Broke & What They Can Do to Change It

By Alex Ferrari | Jul 18, 2016 | 21 Comments
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Why Filmmakers are Always So Damn Broke I hope I got your attention with that title. I’m truly PISSED OFF guys and am tired of seeing my fellow indie filmmakers and artist struggle to make a living doing what they love. I decided to put together a list of steps that every indie filmmaker needs to do…

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Networking Like a Pro at Film Festivals – Film Festival Hacks Podcast: 005

By Alex Ferrari | Jul 8, 2016 | Comments Off on Networking Like a Pro at Film Festivals – Film Festival Hacks Podcast: 005
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Networking Like a Pro at Film Festivals 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…

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IFH 083: 11 Golden Rules for Filmmakers on Social Media

By Alex Ferrari | Jun 28, 2016 | Comments Off on IFH 083: 11 Golden Rules for Filmmakers on Social Media
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11 Golden Rules for Filmmakers on Social Media With social media taking over the world it is more necessary than ever to use it to get the word out on yourself, your film project or your production company. Most indie filmmakers have no idea of how to build an audience or how to use social media to promote…

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The Power of Humor in Festival Submissions – Film Festival Hacks Podcast: 004

By Alex Ferrari | Jun 16, 2016 | Comments Off on The Power of Humor in Festival Submissions – Film Festival Hacks Podcast: 004
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Film Festival Hacks Podcast: The Power of Humor in Festival Submissions In this episode we discuss the power of humor not only in the film itself but in the film festival summission process as well. Filmmaker really under estimate the power of humor. You have to remember that people enjoy to laugh, in the movie…

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IFH 080: FREE Crowdfunding Course & Why I Choose Seed & Spark.com

By Alex Ferrari | Jun 14, 2016 | 3 Comments
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Why I Choose Seed & Spark.com to Crowdfund THIS IS MEG With all the choices out there to crowdfund your film, it can get kinda crazy! Kickstarter and Indiegogo are the two Goliath’s in the arena with Seed&Spark.com playing David. If you know the story the two Goliaths don’t fear David but this David has a hella…

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Best Film Festival Submission Practices – Film Festival Hacks Podcast: 003

By Alex Ferrari | Jun 7, 2016 | Comments Off on Best Film Festival Submission Practices – Film Festival Hacks Podcast: 003
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Film Festival Hacks Podcast: Best Film Festival Submission Practices Our third episode is the second part of our discussion of Withoutabox and FilmFreeway, the two most commonly used film festival submissions platforms. We talk about some of the best practices for using both platforms, including the importance of strong still images from your film, the…

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Decoding WithoutaBox & Film Freeway – Film Festival Hacks Podcast: 002

By Alex Ferrari | May 31, 2016 | Comments Off on Decoding WithoutaBox & Film Freeway – Film Festival Hacks Podcast: 002
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Film Festival Hacks Podcast: Decoding WithoutaBox & Film Freeway In this second episode we explore the essential tools of submitting to film festivals. Withoutabox and FilmFreeway are the two most prominent festival submissions platforms online. Although there are a number of prominent festivals that do not accept submissions on these submissions engines, together the sites…

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IFH 076: How to Blaze Your Own Path in the Film Industry

By Alex Ferrari | May 23, 2016 | 1 Comment
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How to Blaze Your Own Path in the Film Industry Have you been banging your head against the wall trying to figure out what you need to do to break into the film industry? Me too. This episode  is dedicated to all the indie filmmakers out there trying to make a living as a filmmaker.…

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Secrets on How to Submit to Film Festivals – Film Festival Hacks Podcast: 001

By Alex Ferrari | May 20, 2016 | Comments Off on Secrets on How to Submit to Film Festivals – Film Festival Hacks Podcast: 001
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Film Festival Hacks Podcast: Secrets on How to Submit to Film Festivals This is it! The inaugural episode of Film Festival Hacks, 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,…

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IFH 075: What Does It Really Take to Make in Hollywood with Sebastian Twardosz

By Alex Ferrari | May 18, 2016 | 1 Comment
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What Does It Really Take to Make in Hollywood with Sebastian Twardosz Every once in a while we all need to get a gut check. A “gut check” is when some new situation, or in this case knowledge, that tests your belief on what it takes to achieve your goal. I invited Sebastian Twardosz to give…

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How to Attach a Movie Star to Your Indie Film

By Alex Ferrari | May 17, 2016 | Comments Off on How to Attach a Movie Star to Your Indie Film
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How to Attach a Movie Star to Your Indie Film So you have a screenplay or film idea that could definitely be financed and produced only if I could get a movie star attached and there’s the rub! Attaching a movie star at any level to a un-produced screenplay or indie film is the dream…

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IFH 074: How to Make Money TODAY Selling Your Indie Film with Amazon Video Direct!

By Alex Ferrari | May 16, 2016 | Comments Off on IFH 074: How to Make Money TODAY Selling Your Indie Film with Amazon Video Direct!

How to Make Money TODAY Selling Your Short or Feature Film with Amazon Video Direct! We making money selling your short film, feature film or web series just got a whole lot easier. Amazon.com has thrown it’s hat into the Independent creators VOD ring with the launch of Amazon Video Direct. This move is designed to…

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IFH 069: Michael Polish – How to Make Money Selling a No Budget DSLR Indie Film

By Alex Ferrari | Apr 27, 2016 | 10 Comments
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Michael Polish: How to Make Money Selling a No Budget DSLR Indie Film I’m always looking for indie filmmaking models to study. I like to analyze how other filmmakers make successful indie films while doing through a new DIY method, self distributing their film or achieving critical and fan respect for their work. Well I found a film…

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IFH 067: Film Festival Secrets – How to Crack the Festival Code with Chris Holland

By Alex Ferrari | Apr 21, 2016 | 1 Comment
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Film Festival Secrets – How to Crack the Festival Code with Chris Holland Submitting to film festivals is a torture. Did I get in? Did the programmer watch it yet? When will I know? How much to submit? You wait by your email to see if Sundance or SXSW accepted you? Wouldn’t be amazing if…

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IFH 065: Lloyd Kaufman & Troma: How I Make Money Selling Movies

By Alex Ferrari | Apr 13, 2016 | 2 Comments
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Lloyd Kaufman & Troma: How I Make Money Selling Movies What can I say about Lloyd Kaufman? Director. Writer. Producer. Indie Filmmaker. Innovator. Nice guy. Pain in the ass of main stream media. I believe all of those statements are true and then some. Lloyd Kaufman is one the original indie filmmakers going back to the…

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