Film Distribution - Beyond the Fantasy
We’ve been there, you kill yourself to make your film: max out your credit cards, fundraise, grant write, and beg your friends and family to get that film made. Now what? The fantasy of getting the sweet distribution deal after your festival premiere feels more and more like, well… just a fantasy.
This interactive panel will discuss the ins and out of indie film distribution. Featuring festival programmer, film distributor and founder of Argot Pictures, Jim Browne and producer/ writer Rachel Fraser Ofori who has found success in finding festival and distribution opportunities.
We’ll talk strategy on how to find the audience for your film and…gasp!…monetize it!
Jim Browne brings three decades of film industry experience to Argot Pictures. His innovative, hands-on approach to distribution emphasized innovation and collaboration, helping independent filmmakers navigate a highly competitive marketplace while elevating the profile of their projects. Argot Pictures has distributed dozens of films, including Marshall Curry’s Academy Award- nominatedStreet Fight; Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll; Throw Down Your Heart; Crips and Bloods: Made in America; and Big Sonia. Jim is also an experience international film festival programmer, working for the Tribeca Film Festival, the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, and the Shanghai International Film Festival.
Rachel Fraser Ofori is highly motivated to elevate not only the art of the film business, but the productivity as well. She’s worked in entertainment and production for over the past decade, as a personnel manager and event producer for events such as world-wide pharmaceutical launches, Made NY Fashion Week, US Open Golf and US Open Tennis. She is a published award-winning writer, a former on-air personality for ABC with the Philadelphia Eagles, and has worked on projects ranging from local PBS commercials to blockbusters under Warner Brothers Studios. Her first self-produced feature,What Death Leaves Behind, is currently making the festival rounds, with multiple distribution offers.