Films distribution is often unknown to the general public, but the people who work in the industry know that this is the most important step for the film to come out to the public, people can actually know about it and they can choose it among others movies in the movie theater.
But what is beyond that? Today I ‘ll tell you 5 things you did not know about film distribution.
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1. The distributor is the intermediary between production and exhibition (cinema)
When you finish a movie, it should be welcomed by a distributor in order to reach cinemas or other display windows. To reach these distributors, the typical way is to send your movie to the films festivals and if your movie is chosen you will be able to make some connections.
2.A lot of times producers and directors of movies resign all rights to their movie for years.
As director or producer, all they want it’s the movie is released into the world and to reach many people as possible but this sometimes leads to the signing of contracts with clauses unclear. Often they resign to the film’s rights where the distributor has full control over it.
3.A distributor releases on average between 20/25 films per year.
Even for a large distributor, it is impossible to release every week. First, because cinemas are not so many and also, they would be competing with themselves. When we talk about big distributors it’s because they make a lot of money and most of their films are blockbusters, they don’t have any problems with distribution.
4.The blockbusters have distribution since the script.
There are films that from the draft of the script, they know they will make a lot of money and this, in fact, gives them a worldwide distributor. We know it is a big production because of the budget (we are talking about millions of dollars) and we know the acting is in charge of first level actors.
5.Negotiation is essential in all stages of films distribution.
All films are unique and for each one must be a special negotiation, we can start from the contract with the distributor until the percentage to be obtained when the movie is in movie theaters. That percentage varies sometimes from week to week. From spaces in theaters, circuit, copies and the marketing plan, everything is a negotiation.
Which of these points did you already know? or which one you can’t believe? Leave your comments below.