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How to Distribute an Independent Film

First, it's important to understand that distribution is the process of getting your film to an audience. There are many different ways to do this, including traditional theatrical release, digital streaming, and DVD sales.

Before you start the distribution process, it's important to have a solid plan in place. This includes identifying your target audience, determining the best distribution channels for reaching that audience, and setting a budget for the process. One popular distribution option for independent films is through film festivals. Submitting your film to festivals can help gain visibility and exposure, and potentially lead to distribution deals with companies or streaming platforms.

Another option is to self-distribute your film through digital platforms such as Vimeo, YouTube or other VOD platforms like Amazon Prime or Netflix. These platforms allow you to reach a global audience and make money through rental or purchase of your film. Finally, you can also consider partnering with a distributor or sales agent who can help get your film in front of buyers and audiences.


In summary, distribution of your independent film is an essential step in getting your work seen by an audience. It's important to have a plan in place and consider all available options, such as film festivals, digital platforms, and working with a distributor or sales agent.


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