Tips for Distributing Your Film in 2021: What Distribution Deals Look Like Today

Tips for Distributing Your Film in 2021: What Distribution Deals Look Like Today

This Stage 32 Blog comes from Martin Gooch, a director and screenwriter based in London, England. 

When should you first start talking to distributors to sell your film? Unless you’re an industry veteran, I bet you’ll be surprised to find out the answer. In this article, I’m covering Stage 32’s Film Finance Summit 2021 – the distribution portion.

In the first portion of this article, we go over where distributors look for films, when to talk to them, and what’s in demand. In the second portion, I share wisdom from the panelists about backing into your budget, what films are going to theaters, what contracts look like in streaming vs. all rights distribution deals, and predictions for the future of the entertainment industry.

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