How to sell a short film : Distribution (part 9)

Film markets such as AFM, Berlin and Cannes help you sell your short films. To get the max out of these festivals, plan screenings, and get people excited about your movie. Market your screenings online, and get people to know about the film.

DON T show your film on youtube or upload it to any video-sharing network. This automatically disqualifies you from TV distribution. Screenings should be kept private if on your computer, played at festivals on the big screen or on DVD for distributors to look at. (A trailer can be uploaded instead for video sharing websites)

Send your film out to distributors. Call them up, tell them about your movie. Has it played at festivals? Why should they see it? Develop a pitch, and make them adore you.

Do you want one distributor to take care of worldwide rights or do you want to send it to several? Be careful when signing any document. Always get a second opinion.

Best of luck!

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  • anya

    thanks for the tips. i love them. ciao.

  • subrata kumar jash

    i’m making a shortfilm ” Rabi Thakur ” – A boy sudeenly came to Santiniketan..
    now he love this place…
    where i sell this short film…

  • subrata kumar jash

    i’m making a shortfilm ” Rabi Thakur ” – A boy sudeenly came to Santiniketan..
    now he love this place…

  • nary singh

    hi we r making on drugqueen, short films an pictrusis in drugqueen hindi film songs, so ple how we cn sellin market allover world, help me my no is 9821167650 india no

  • somi pal

    Dear sir
    my first sort film is terorism pls tell me, sell my film on distubutors thanks

  • Palash Debnath

    I made documentry short movie & shot film.
    Could you tell me how can I make money with that?
    How to sell to my short film.please contract all distributor and helping person.
    March 10, 2011

  • Palash

    I am Indian short film maker.How Send my film out to distributors with online?

  • Palash Debnath

    How to sell to my short film.please contract all distributor and helping person.

  • http://www.anoushsaeednia.com Anoush Saeednia

    I made documentry short movie that it would be get Award from VESAK Film festival in Sri Lanka 2010

    Could you tell me how can I make money with that

    Best Regard

    Anoush

  • http://www.filmindustrynetwork.biz/wp-login.php?action=register Filmindustrynetwork

    Depending on the film festival you can normally upload a movie file or send it in the post. Make sure you read the requirements of the film festival you apply to.

  • hussain

    Hi, I have couple of videos but are posted on YOUTUBE. Is there no way that i can send them to film festivals. there should be some festivals who might accept my videos. please do let me know.

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  • Juri

    The most important thing about getting a short film distributor is knowing if you're right for them. Do your research – find out what they're selling and talk to other filmmakers who may have experience with them.

    There are also things to understand when negotiating a distribution deal with a company – including keeping your right to sell you films on your own website.

    For any further questions, you can email me…

    morethankin@yahoo.com