Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Calling all filmmakers: You CAN distribute films yourselves!

As many burgeoning filmmakers know, figuring out how to distribute your finished product can be difficult, terrifying and/or frustrating. Queer Lounge hosted a strong panel today filled with experts from all areas of the spectrum, ready to answer the toughest of questions from the audience, many of whom were filmmakers and distributers themselves.

Two indie directors, Maurice Jamal (Dirty Laundry) and Hunter Weeks (10mph) were on hand to share their own experiences with self-distribution. Leslie Nuccio (Cafe Press) and Maria Lynn (Wolfe Video) were available to discuss marketing. There was even a representative from YouTube, George Strompolos, to talk about the option of having an entire original film posted on the site and even ad revenue sharing opportunities. Frameline's Michael Lumpkin moderated the panel.

Maurice Jamal described how he self-distributed and promoted his two films, Ski Trip and Dirty Laundry.

He also gave some advice to young filmmakers on how to market their work.

No comments: