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    Where Would the Money Come From? On Film Festivals, Distribution and the Economies of Change

    "Fair Trade for Filmmakers," an article by Sean Farnel that we published last week, attracted a lot of attention from filmmakers, festival programmers and other industry members, who carried on an intense debate in the comments about the feasibility of Sean's suggestion that festivals ...

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    The 5 Tips for Managing Self-Distribution from 'Middle of Nowhere' Director and Entrepreneur Ava DuVernay

    The distribution teams behind “Middle of Nowhere” and “Bones Brigade,” both of which premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, unveiled details of their windowing and marketing strategies at a two-hour panel at the Sundance Filmmaker Lodge earlier this month.

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    Six Reasons Topspin Believes In Direct-to-Fan Distribution After 'Bones Brigade' Beat Traditional Deals

    After a few years operating primarily as a direct-to-fan distributor for musicians, Topspin Media helped Kevin Smith deliver on his bold claim at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival that he would go against the industry standard and self-distribute his festival film "Red State."

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    How Sundance Institute's Artist Services Program Is Growing Its Ability to Connect Indie Filmmakers With Their Fans

    Launched in 2011, the Sundance Institute’s Artist Services initiative was designed to help Sundance alumni filmmakers get their work in front of audiences in a shifting industry environment that was developing increasing options for self-distribution. The effort has been one of executive direc...

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    International film distribution 101

    Filmmakers fortunate enough to receive distribution offers for their films are often confronted with complex deals to distribute their films. These can bewilder those unfamiliar with the customs and practices of the industry. Let's begin with a discussion of international film sales.

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    Domestic Film Distribution 101

    When it comes to film distribution, "Domestic" is usually defined as the U.S. and Canada, as well as their possessions, territories, commonwealths, protectorates and trusteeships. However, many domestic deals also encompass the Bahamas, Bermuda, Saba Island, St. Eustatius Island, St. Kitts Island ...

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    Filmmakers Create a New Platform for Crowdfunding and Streaming Distribution in the Same Place

    With the new Seed&Spark, Emily Best and a group of fellow filmmakers want to make it easier for filmmakers to raise money, complete productions quickly, and have control over their distribution.

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    PUMit & Crowdstarter Push Into the DIY Distribution and Self-Marketing Game

    Add the bare-bones DIY platform PUMit to the growing list of potential solutions for filmmakers looking to self-distribute their films.

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