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Distributor Guide: (Almost) Everyone You Need to Know at TIFF 2015

Distributor Guide: (Almost) Everyone You Need to Know at TIFF 2015

In this overview of indie film distributors at this year’s festival, you’ll find both traditional theatrical distributors as well as companies focused on VOD, streaming and television rights. Note that we’ve limited it to U.S.-based distributors. Whenever possible, we’ve included information about previous titles they’ve released.

Filmmakers and sales agents will want to get familiar with the names listed alphabetically below. 

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A24

Location: New York
Number of films released a year: 1-10. Open to all.
Sample Titles: “Spring Breakers,” “Under the Skin,” “Room”
Distribution platforms: Theatrical, VOD
Contact Info: info@a24films.com
Nicolette Aizenberg
Matt Bires
David Fenkel
Daniel Katz
Noah Sacco
Heath Shapiro
Web site

Alchemy 

(Formerly Millennium Entertainment)
Location: 
Los Angeles, CA
Number of films released a year: 10-20. Millennium’s focus is on cast-driven narrative films. 
Sample Titles: “Zipper,” “Meet the Patels
Distribution platforms: Theatrical, VOD, TV, Non-theatrical, DVD
Contact Info: info@ouralchemy.com
Bill Lee
Samantha Fabin
Steve Break 
Jeff Deutchman
Web site

Amazon Studios

Location: Santa Monica, CA
Distribution platforms:
Digital
Contact info:
Bob Berney
Michael Chong
Ted Hope
Roy Price
Josh Kramer
Web site

AMC Networks: Doc Club & Shudder

Location: New York
Distribution Platform: TV & Digital
Contact info: Linda Pan

Amplify Releasing

(Formerly G/O Digital and Variance Films)
Location: Los Angeles / New York
Number of films released a year: 1-10.
Sample Titles: “Tom at the Farm,” “God Help the Girl”
Distribution platforms: Theatrical, VOD, TV, Non-theatrical, DVD
Contact Info: info@amplifyreleasing.com
Dylan Marchetti
Jason Leaf
Addison Mehr
Web site

Apple, Inc.

Location: West Hollywood, CA
Distribution platforms: Non-theatrical, VOD
Contact Info:
Spencer Yee

Bleecker Street

Location: New York
Number of films released a year: 3-5.
Sample Titles: “Danny Collins,” “Pawn Sacrifice”
Distribution platforms: Theatrical
Contact Info:
Jack Foley
Kent Sanderson
Andrew Karpen
Web site

Breaking Glass Pictures 

Location: Philadelphia, PA
Number of films released a year: 30-40
Sample Titles: “Marfa Girl,” “Laurence Anyways,” “7 Boxes,” “Sand Dollars,” “Coldwater”
Distribution platforms: Theatrical, VOD, DVD
Contact Info: mike@bgpics.com
Michael Repsch, Rich Wolff
Web site

Broad Green Pictures

Location: Los Angeles, CA
Number of films released a year: Will distribute up to 16 specialty and wide release film per year. Interested in filmmakers with fresh voices/auteurs – both those just arriving on the scene and those who have been long respected. Open to any country of origin, budget or genre.
Sample Titles: “The Infiltrator,” “Last Days in the Desert”
Distribution platforms: Theatrical
Contact Info: info@broadgreen.com
Dylan Wiley
Marc Danon
Web site

CBS Films

Location: Los Angeles
Number of films released a year: 1-5. Quality films in all genres.
Sample Titles: “The Woman in Black,” “The DUFF,” “Inside Llewyn Davis”
Distribution platforms: Theatrical
Contact Info:
Scott Shooman
Terry Press
Lauren Fisher
Steven Friedlander
Web site

Cinedigm

Location: Los Angeles and New York
Number of films released a year: 10-20. High quality, filmmaker driven content spanning all genres and including both narrative and documentary films.
Sample Titles: “Meadowland,” “A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story,” “The Invisible War”
Distribution platforms: Theatrical, VOD, TV, Non-theatrical, DVD
Contact Info:
Chris McGurk
Bill Sondheim
Yolanda Macias 
Kristin Harris
Web site

Cinelicious Pics

Location: Los Angeles, CA
Number of films released a year: 10-15. Eclectic mix of U.S. indie and foreign features and docs. Also handles 4K-restored arthouse and cult classics.
Sample Titles: “The Mend,” “Butter on the Latch,” “Thou Wast Mild and Lovely”
Distribution platforms: Theatrical, TV, VOD, DVD
Contact Info:
David Marriott
Web site

The Cinema Guild

Location: New York
Number of films released a year: 5-7.
Sample Titles:
“About Elly,” “Counting”
Distribution platforms: 
Theatrical, Non-theatrical, VOD, DVD
Contact Info:
info@cinemaguild.com
Ryan Krivoshey
Web site

Cohen Media Group

Location: New York and Los Angeles
Number of films released a year:10-20. Independent, Foreign and Arthouse.
Sample Titles: “Standing Tall,” “My Old Lady”
Distribution platforms: Theatrical, VOD, Non-theatrical, DVD
Contact Info:
Daniel Battsek
Web site

Dada Films

Location: Beverly Hills, CA
Bio: Quality narrative and documentary films.
Sample titles: “Ten Thousand Saints,” “Alex of Venice”
Distribution platforms: Theatrical, Non-theatrical, VOD, TV
Contact Info: mj@dadafilms.net
MJ Peckos
Web site

DIRECTV

Location: El Segundo, CA
Distribution platforms: VOD
Contact Info:
Andrew Lee – Director, Content Acquisitions
Silvana Moretti
Hanny Patel
Rene Weaver

Docurama

Location: New York
Number of films released a year: 10-20. Cutting edge and classic feature documentaries.
Distribution platforms: TV, VOD, TV, Theatrical
Contact Info:
Susan Margolin
Web site

Drafthouse Films

Location: Los Angeles, Austin, New York
Number of films released a year: 1-10. Things that fit the Alamo Drafthouse brand – Movies we love. Content a bit off center, have an edge to them. Movies that are groundbreaking. We are movie lovers who want to share movies with other movie lovers.
Sample Titles: “Roar,” “Spring”
Distribution platforms: Theatrical, VOD, TV, Non-theatrical, DVD
Contact Info: info@drafthousefilms.com
Tim League
Web site

Fandor

Location: San Francisco
Number of films released a year: Over 20. Short Films, Narrative Features and Documentaries of all durations across the entire history of cinema (1895 to the present) from essentially every country in the world.
Distribution platforms: VOD
Contact Info: info@fandor.com
Jonathan Marlow – Chief Content Officer
Amanda Salazar
Web site

Film Movement

Location: New York
Number of films released a year: 8-10. Foreign films, American independents, documentaries, as well as restored arthouse classics on DVD and Blu-ray.
Sample Titles: “Amour Fou,” “Human Capital,” “The Lesson,” “Breathe”
Distribution platforms: TV, VOD, DVD & Blu-Ray, Theatrical, Non-Theatrical
Contact Info: info@filmmovement.com
Michael Rosenberg
Web site

FilmBuff

Location: New York
Number of films released a year: Over 20. Feature length narratives and documentaries
Sample Titles: “Prince,” “This Changes Everything”
Distribution platforms: Theatrical, VOD, TV, Non-theatrical, DVD
Contact Info: info@filmbuff.com
Janet Brown
Jake Hanly
Web site

Focus Features

Location: Santa Monica, CA
Number of films released a year: 1-10
Sample Titles: “The Danish Girl,” “The Theory of Everything”
Distribution platforms: Theatrical, VOD
Contact Info:
Peter Schlessel
Adrian Alperovich
Abby Ex
Josh Peters
Web site

Fox Searchlight

Location: Los Angeles
Number of films released a year: 5-15.
Bio: World-class auteurs and exciting newcomers. By blending specialty films with trademark arthouse fare, Fox Searchlight’s leadership has solidified its position in the independent film marketplace.
Sample Titles: “He Named Me Malala,” “Birdman,” “Grand Budapest Hotel”
Distribution platforms: Theatrical
Contact Info:
Sean Berney
Web site

Freestyle Releasing / Digital Media

Location: Los Angeles
Number of films released a year: 20-25. All genres.
Sample Titles: “The Suicide Theory”
Distribution platforms: Theatrical, VOD, TV, Non-theatrical, DVD
Contact Info:
Mark Borde
Chris Charalambous

Gravitas Ventures

Location: Los Angeles and Cleveland
Number of films released a year: Over 20. Narratives and Documentary.
Sample Titles:  “Ping Pong Summer,” “I Believe in Unicorns,” “Unbranded”
Distribution platforms: Theatrical, VOD, TV, Non-theatrical, DVD
Contact Info: info@gravitasventures.com
Nolan Gallagher
Michael Lange
Web site

HBO

Location: Santa Monica, CA
Previous titles acquired at Toronto: 
Distribution platforms: TV, Non-Theatrical
Contact Info:
Helena Bernardi
Amanda Trokan 
Web site

Icarus Films

Location: Brooklyn, NY
Number of films released a year: 40-50, documentary only
Sample Titles: “The Iron Ministry,” “Level Five”
Distribution platforms: Non-theatrical/Educational, Theatrical, TV, Home Entertainment DVD/Digital
Contact Info: mail@icarusfilms.com
Jonathan Miller
Livia Bloom
Web site

IFC Films and Sundance Selects

Location: New York, NY
Number of films released a year: 10-20. Specialty films.
Sample Titles: “Sleeping with Other People,” “Queen of Earth”
Previous titles acquired at Toronto:
Distribution platforms: Theatrical, VOD
Contact Info: ifcfilmsinfo@ifcfilms.com
Jonathan Sehring
Arianna Bocco
Aijah Keith
Lisa Schwartz
Mark Boxer
John Vanco
Matthew Hechinger
Web site 

Image/RLJ Entertainment

Location: Woodland Hills, CA
Bio: Numerous genres, over 5,000 titles.
Sample Titles: “Pay the Ghost,” “The North Star”
Distribution platforms: Theatrical, Non-Theatrical, VOD, TV, DVD
Contact Info:
Mark Ward
Web site

Ketchup Entertainment

Location: Sherman Oaks, CA 
Number of films released a year: 
10-12. Strong genre titles with recognizable talent or commercial indie films with a strong marketing hook.
Distribution platforms: Theatrical, non-theatrical, VOD, DVD, TV
Contact Info:
Stephen Stanley
Web site

Kino Lorber

Location: New York
Number of films released a year: Over 20
Sample Titles: “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night,” “The Kindergarten Teacher”
Distribution platforms: Theatrical, VOD, TV, Non-theatrical, DVD
Contact Info: contact@kinolorber.com
Richard Lorber
Gary Palmucci
Web site

Lionsgate

Location: Santa Monica, CA
Sample Titles: “The Skeleton Twins”
Distribution platforms: Theatrical, TV, VOD, DVD
Contact Info:
Steve Beeks
Jason Constantine
Web site

Long Shot Factory

Location: NYC
Number of films released a year: 1-5. Documentaries.
Sample Titles: “Being Elmo,” “Cartel Land”
Distribution platforms: Theatrical
Contact Info:
Erin Owens
Web site

Magnolia Pictures/Magnet Releasing

Location: New York
Number of films released a year: 30. High quality films in every genre. Also foreign/independent.
Sample Titles: “Life Itself,””Happy Christmas,” “Frank”
Distribution platforms: Theatrical, VOD
Contact Info: acquisitions@magpictures.com
Dori Begley 
Eamonn Bowles
John Van Thaden
Web site

Miramax

Location: Santa Monica, CA
Number of films released a year: 5-15
Distribution platforms: Theatrical, DVD, TV, VOD
Contact Info:
Rosanne Korenberg
Web site

Monterey Media

Location: Thousand Oaks, CA

Number of films released a year: 10-15

Sample Titles: “Half of a Yellow Sun,” “Like Sunday, Like Rain,” “Keyhole”
Distribution platforms: Theatrical, VOD, DVD

Contact Info:  acquisitions@montereymedia.com 
Scott Mansfield
Web site

Monument Releasing

Location: New York
Number of films released a year: 2-5.
Sample Titles: “Charlie’s Country,” “She’s Lost Control”
Distribution platforms: Theatrical, VOD, TV, Non-theatrical, DVD
Contact Info: releases@monumentreleasing.com
Lita Robinson
Ania Trzebiatowska
Web site

mTuckman media, inc.

Location: New York
Number of films released a year: 1-10. Documentaries, American independents.
Sample Titles:  “Detropia,” “Upstream Color,” “American Promise,” “The Square”
Distribution platforms: Theatrical
Contact Info: info@mtuckmanmedia.com
Michael Tuckman
Web site

Music Box Films

Location: Chicago, IllionisForeign language, American independent, and documentary
Sample Titles:  “Meru”
Distribution platforms: Theatrical, DVD, TV, VOD
Contact Info: info@musicboxfilms.com
Brian Andreotti 
Web site

Netflix

Location: Los Angeles
Number of films released a year:  1-10. Documentary films.
Sample Titles:  “Mitt,” “The Square”
Distribution platforms: VOD
Contact Info:
Pauline Fischer
Lisa Nishimura
Adam Del Deo

Open Road Films

Location: Los Angeles, CA
Number of films released a year: 1-10
Sample Titles: “Dope,” “Mother’s Day”
Distribution platforms: Theatrical
Contact Info:
Tom Ortenberg
Jason Cassidy
Kassee Whiting
Web site

Oscilloscope

Location: New York
Number of films released a year: 10-20
Sample Titles: “Mother of George,” “The Second Mother”
Distribution platforms: Theatrical, VOD, TV, Non-theatrical, DVD
Contact Info:
Dan Berger
Web site

Paladin

Location: New York City
Number of films released a year: 8-10. American Independent feature films, both fiction and non-fiction.
Sample Titles: “A Short History of Decay,” “Boulevard”
Distribution platforms: Theatrical
Contact Info:
Mark Urman
Web site

Panorama Entertainment

Location: New York
Number of films released a year: 6-12
Sample Titles: “What’s Left of Life,” “Fall To Rise,” “Neon Sky”
Distribution platforms: Theatrical, VOD, Non-Theatrical, DVD, TV
Contact Info: PanEnt@aol.com
Stuart Strutin
Web site

Participant Media

Location: Beverly Hills, CA
Bio: Films that inspire social change. Participant launches campaigns that bring together government entities, foundations, schools, and others to raise awareness and drive people to take action on issues from each film or television show.
Sample Titles:  “The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz”
Distribution platforms: Theatrical, DVD, VOD, TV
Contact Info:
Rob Williams
Jennie Morris
Web site

RADiUS-TWC

Location: New York
Number of films released a year: 10-20. Drama, Comedy, Horror, Documentary
Sample Titles: “The One I Love,” “It Follows,” “20 Feet from Stardom,” “Cutie and the Boxer”
Distribution platforms: Theatrical, VOD
Contact Info: radius.info@weinsteinco.com
Jason Janego
Liza Fefferman
Elissa Federoff 
Jason Wald 
Web site

Roadside Attractions

Location: Los Angeles
Number of films released a year: 10-20
Sample Titles: “Z for Zachariah,” “Love & Mercy”
Distribution platforms: Theatrical, VOD
Contact Info:
Jennifer Berman
David Bowlds
Dennis O’Connor
Web site

Saban Films

Location: Los Angeles, CA
Number of films released a year: 8-10. High quality indie feature films.
Distribution platforms: TV, VOD, Theatrical
Contact Info:
Bill Bromiley 
Jonathan Saban
Ness Saban
Web site

Samuel Goldwyn Films

Location: Los Angeles and New York
Number of films released a year: 10-20. Films targeted to a range of niche audiences in all genres, including documentaries and foreign language films.
Sample Titles: “Franny,” “Yakuza Apocalypse”
Distribution platforms: Theatrical, VOD, Non-theatrical, DVD
Contact Info: info@samuelgoldwyn.com
Peter Goldwyn
Ian Puente
Angel An
Web site

Screen Media Films

Location: New York City
Number of films released a year: 8-12. Comedies, Dramas, Horror, Documentaries, Westerns
Previous titles acquired at Sundance: “10,000 Saints,” “Ride”
Distribution platforms: Theatrical, VOD, Non-theatrical, DVD
Contact Info:
Tom Yagielski 
Seth Needle
Web site

7th Art Releasing

Location: Los Angeles
Number of films released a year: 5-10. Independent documentary and foreign films
Sample Titles: “Transit,” “The Sturgeon Queens”
Distribution platforms: Theatrical, VOD, Non-theatrical, DVD, TV
Contact Info: info@7thart.com
Udy Epstein
Web site

Sony Pictures Classics

Location: New York
Number of films released a year:10-20
Sample Titles: “Whiplash,” “Land Ho!,” “Love is Strange,” “Diary of a Teenage Girl”
Distribution platforms: Theatrical
Contact Info:
Tom Bernard
Michael Barker
Dylan Leiner
Web site

Strand Releasing

Location: Culver City, CA
Number of films released a year: 10-20. Foreign, Arthouse, Documentaries, LGBT, features and short films.
Sample Titles: “Stranger By the Lake,” “Wetlands,” “Girlhood”
Distribution platforms: Theatrical, VOD, TV, Non-theatrical, DVD
Contact Info: strand@strandreleasing.com
Jon Gerrans
Marcus Hu
Web site

Syndicado

Location: Las Vegas & Toronto
Sample Titles: “Elena” “FAT” “Stop the Pounding Heart” “The Resurrection of a Bastard”
Distribution platforms: VOD, Theatrical
Contact Info: info@syndicado.com
Greg Rubidge
Web Site

SundanceNow Doc Club

Location: New York City
Bio: The idea for SundanceNow Doc Club came from the lack of a single online destination where real independent film fans could find, watch instantly and discuss a broad range of independent, hard to find films from around the globe.
Distribution platforms: Non-theatrical, VOD
Contact Info:
Simone Barsky
Web site

The Film Arcade

Location: LA
Number of films released a year: 4-6
Sample titles: “James White,” “Song One”
Distribution platforms: Theatrical, Non-theatrical, VOD
Contact Info: info@thefilmarcade.com
Miranda Bailey
Jason Beck
Andrew Bohn
Ayo Kepher-Maat
Web site

The Film Collaborative

Location: Los Angeles
Number of films released a year:
20. Narrative features, documentaries, and shorts. Art house, indie, and world cinema.
Sample titles: “The Armor of Light,” “The Hunting Ground”
Distribution platforms:
Theatrical, Non-theatrical, VOD, TV
Contact Info:

Bryan Blick
Web site

The Orchard

Location: New York
Distribution platforms: Theatrical, VOD, TV
Sample Titles: “The Overnight,” “Digging for Fire”
Contact info: Danielle DiGiacomo
Web site

The Weinstein Company

Location: New York City
Number of films released a year: 10-15. Mainstream, genre, specialty films.
Sample Titles: “No Escape,” “Southpaw”
Distribution platforms: Theatrical, Non-theatrical, VOD, DVD, TV
Contact Info:
David Glasser
Daniel Guando
Jennifer Malloy
Web site

Vertical Entertainment

Location: Los Angeles
Number of films released a year: 10-20. Genre films with a-level cast, animation, and live-action family-friendly.
Sample Titles: “Playing it Cool,” “Into the Grizzly Maze”
Distribution platforms: Theatrical, VOD, Non-theatrical, DVD, TV
Contact Info: peter@vert-ent.com
Peter Jarowey
Web site

Virgil Films & Entertainment

Location: New York
Number of films released a year: Over 20. Documentaries.
Sample Titles:  “I Am Chris Farley,”
Distribution platforms: VOD, TV, Non-theatrical, DVD
Contact Info: joe@virgilfilmsent.com
Joe Amodei 
Web site

Well Go USA, Inc.

Location: Plano, Texas
Number of films released a year: 3-5. The best in Action, Genre and Independent films.
Sample Titles: “The Timber,” “The Beauty Inside”
Distribution platforms: Theatrical, Non-theatrical, VOD, TV, DVD
Contact Info:
Doris Pfardrescher 
Web site

Wolfe Releasing

Location: San Jose, CA
Number of films released a year: 15-20. Films with LGBT content. Wolfe is the oldest and largest exclusive distributor of gay and lesbian films in the world.
Sample Titles: “Henry Gamble’s Birthday Party,” “Naz & Maalik”
Distribution platforms: Theatrical, VOD, TV, Non-theatrical, DVD
Contact Info:
Abraham Brown
Jim Stephens
Web site

Zeitgeist Films

Location: New York
Sample Titles: “Elena,” “Trouble the Water”
Distribution platforms: Theatrical, Non-theatrical, DVD
Contact Info: mail@zeitgeistfilms.com
Nancy Gerstman
Emily Russo
Web site

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