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Distributor Profile: Film Movement

A scene from Pedro Gonzales-Rubio's "Alamar." [Photo courtesy of Film Movement]

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Company History

Launched in 2003, Film Movement is a full-service North American distributor of award-winning independent and foreign films, based in New York City. Film Movement has released more than 180 feature films and shorts from 37 countries on six continents, including top prize winners from Sundance, Cannes, Venice, Toronto, Berlin, Tribeca, SXSW and other prestigious festivals. Film Movement releases its films through numerous distribution channels, including thousands of art-house cinemas, universities and libraries; home video (Blockbuster, Netflix, Amazon and their signature DVD-of-the-month club); television outlets (Sundance Channel, HBO, IFC and Showtime); Cable Video on Demand (including its very own branded cable VOD platform, Film Festival on Demand, available in more than 30 million US homes); in-flight entertainment and broadband outlets (iTunes, Hulu and Amazon Unbox). For more information, please visit www.filmmovement.com. In 2010, Film Movement launched a Canadian arm; for more information visit www.filmmovementcanada.com.

Company Focus

Types of films in distributor’s slate:
Film Movement acquires award-winning features and shorts from the world’s top film festivals. Foreign-language narratives figure heavily in our slate, but we also pick up select American indies and documentaries.

Advice for filmmakers:
It is best to reach out to a distributor after your film is completed and accepted to a major film festival. Have all of your rights cleared, and materials ready for delivery. Also, hold off on booking your film at regional festivals until you reach a distribution deal and produce a strong trailer to help market the film.


Quick Stats

Who handles acquisitions:
Adley Gartenstein (president), Meghan Wurtz (vice president), Rebeca Conget (V.P., acquisitions and distribution), Mike Neal (acquisitions coordinator)

Number of films released theatrically each year:
Approximately 8 films a year.

Distribution platforms other than theatrical:
DVD: Rental -- Netflix, Blockbuster, kiosks; Purchase -- Amazon; nation-wide retail chains, including big-box stores

DVD Early Release Club: premiere sneak-peak DVD-of-the-month club

Non-theatrical: Art-house/ community theaters, universities, libraries, museums, etc

TV: Cable and free TV, including Sundance Channel, HBO, IFC and Showtime

Cable VOD: Transactional VOD (new releases, including day and date theatrical and DVD releases) available in approximately 38 million homes via Comcast, Time Warner, Verizon, Charter, Cox, Dish, etc.; Free VOD: (library titles) Film Festival on Demand AKA Film Festival Channel available on Comcast, Verizon, Cox (approximately 33 million homes)

Broadband VOD: Transactional and ad-supported VOD outlets. Partners include iTunes, Hulu and Amazon Unbox.

Inflight Entertainment: Several domestic airlines

Number of films released exclusively via VOD/DVD or “alternative” means of release:
Approximately 6-8 films/year on DVD and cable VOD

Approximately 25-40 films/year on cable and/or broadband VOD

Number of films acquired at festivals:
Nearly all

Festivals where distributor has acquired films in the last two years:
Cannes, Toronto, Sundance, Berlin, SXSW, Tribeca

[For more information, visit the company's website.]

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