IFH 343: The Dark Underbelly of Predatory Film Distributors – BEWARE!

The Dark Underbelly of Predatory Film Distributors – BEWARE!

I’m pissed off guys. I’m tired of getting emails, messages, and calls from filmmakers who have been or are going to get taken advantage of by a traditional film distributor. THIS NEEDS TO STOP! So many filmmakers have been taken advantage of by predatory film distributors over the years that is has become a punchline. It’s not funny.

These predatory film distributors are destroying the lives of filmmakers. I know filmmakers with families that extended themselves financially to make their films. Then once they sign on the dotted line with a predatory film distributor never hear from them again. These poor filmmakers have little to no recourse. They basically made a non-tax deductible donation to the distributor.

This is a moral issue. This shouldn’t be business as usual. Things need to change!

It’s disgusting and it needs to stop. In this episode, I expose a lot of tricks these predatory film distributors use to con and steal from filmmakers. I also talk about some other options filmmakers have and discuss what a good film distributor looks like. I even call out one of the good guys in the film distributor game.

Even self-distribution is not safe. I’ve been a big supporter of the film aggregator Distribber over the years because they were of great help releasing my film This is Meg. But many of the people I worked with there have left the company. The Distribber I promoted for years is not the same company that is in business today. I have been hearing way too many stories about filmmakers not getting paid, can’t get anyone to return their calls, and I just need to call this out.

“I NO LONGER recommend that ANY filmmaker use Distribber to self distribute their film.”

This is just a taste of what you can expect to hear in this episode. I truly hope this helps filmmakers out there and please spread the word.

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  1. Richard on September 10, 2019 at 9:14 pm

    I’m currently being scammed by Distribber who, weeks after demanding a refund, and 5 months after submitting my film to them (a second time as they lost it the first time) claim that my film is actually on iTunes despite not receiving any notification from them or from iTunes. Currently seeking discussing my options with a US entertainment lawyer.

  2. Richard on September 10, 2019 at 9:33 pm

    I’m currently being scammed by Distribber who, weeks after demanding a refund, and 5 months after submitting my film to them (a second time as they lost it the first time) claim that my film is actually on iTunes despite not receiving any notification from them or from iTunes. Currently discussing my options with a US entertainment lawyer.

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