Negotiating a Distribution Deal

Negotiate film distribution
There are several schools  of thought when it comes to film distribution, whether it’s the traditional platform release, or DIY or partial DIY. In all cases, having an understanding of, and an ability to connect with, your core audience is key. In the case of a film distribution deal, it offers a filmmaker the most leverage when negotiating a deal with a distributor.

If you’re like most filmmakers, you’re not famous, you’re not in Sundance or one of the other top 5 festivals, and you don’t have major stars in your film. Even if you do, finding a great distribution deal is very tricky and requires a broad overview of the market, legal assistance, and the willingness to stick to your guns.

For further information about distribution and core audience, as well as DIY options, read my column here:

For further information and some great free information, check this out as well…

It’s part of a pitch to take his “master classes” on distribution, and on that count, I can’t recommend him because I haven’t taken the classes. Up to this point, I’ve felt my money was better spent elsewhere, but nevertheless, the information he provides is valuable, and definitely worth a read. Good luck, and please comment about your success and I’d be happy to consult with anyone about their projects!

If anyone has great stories to tell about their experiences making movies, I’d love to hear them, for a series of webisodes called Hollywood Hell…it’s all about Perseverance!

Peace, and best wishes in 2010!

Juri Koll


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  • Sam Lavington

    My partner and I have a large amount of unseen and rare footage from the 1950s OH Boy sow and we have made a trailer for a film we will be submitting to Distributors, we are seeking to take on help in finishing this exciting project and have copies of our trailer about the film.
    What is the best way of getting this 90mn exciting documentary on to TV.
    yours faithfully
    Sam Lavington
    Tel 01889 590593 daytime 07969449745 mobile

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  • Mauro Caporale

    FOR PRODUCERS: I work as Project Manager for CINEMA INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS by Producer Giuseppe Colombo (Argento, Brass, Anghelopulos…). We can Value your Projects for a Co – Production for Italy, as we have many Partners, we prefer USA, UK, ES, FRA. You can email me it at:


    Thanks, waiting for your Proposal. Happy New Year, Mauro