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Strand Releasing was formed in 1989 as an independent distributor handling auteur-driven films.
Strand has been honored with two decade retrospectives in 1999 and 2009 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, as well as honors at the Seattle International Film Festival, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, the Provincetown Film Festival and Outfest in Los Angeles. This year the company is being honored at both the George Eastman Center in New York as well as the Chicago International Film Festival.
Types of films in distributor’s slate:
Strand’s eclectic lineup has included films from around the world, representing diverse issues and topics but all with an eye towards auteur-driven/critically acclaimed projects.
Advice for filmmakers:
Do your research and make sure the distributor is the one you want to go down the road to handle your film. Ask the prospective distributor questions about the release. Ask other filmmakers handled by that distributor about their experience.
Who handles acquisitions:
We have a team at Strand that goes to festivals and markets across the globe. We sit down and review titles as a team.
Number of films released theatrically each year:
Just over a dozen a year.
Distribution platforms other than theatrical:
VOD, home video, broadcast and keeping an eye on new platforms.
Number of films released exclusively via VOD/DVD or “alternative” means of release:
At this time, six to 10 a year.
Number of films acquired at festivals:
Most of our films are acquired from festivals and a few at markets.
Festivals where distributor has acquired films in the last two years:
Sundance, Rotterdam, Berlin, Cannes, Toronto, Tribeca
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