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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 makeup film distribution can be brutal. Since I’m now going down the same dangerous road with my film This is Meg, I decided to write up a few rules I found useful over the years when it comes to film distribution.

  1. Split Up Your Rights
  2. The Bigger the Deal the Less Control You Have
  3. Cap Your Film Distribution Expenses
  4. The Middle Men – Beware of the Deal
  5. Nothing is Guaranteed
  6. Cost vs Sale or R.O.I.
  7. Film Festivals Help…Sometimes
  8. Beware of Exclusive 5 Year Distribution Contract
  9. Don’t get caught with your pants down in Post Production
  10. E/O Insurance…gotta have it

I go into great detail about the list below in the podcast episode so take a listen. I hope to have the transcript for this episode up by next week. Happy selling.

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