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“Historically many films get into Cannes’ film festival with no distribution at all.” What are your thoughts about this dust up between Netflix and Cannes? It is true that some films play Cannes and may not even get a French distribution deal so why the theatrical requirement now? 

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If one of your goals in making a documentary is to "change the world" you should probably know how your film will impact public policy. Here's advice from the policy makers. 

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"Under the Amazon Video Direct FFS program, rights holders who opt in to the terms receive a one-time, non-recoupable cash bonus up to $100,000 based on qualifying categories. The filmmakers or distributors can use that money at their discretion, but it’s intended to go toward marketing the film in pre-SVOD windows. Films are required to be windowed into Prime Video within 11 months of the festival’s conclusion." #digitaldistribution

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"For indie filmmakers seeking alternative means of marketing their films online, a new promotional tool could be on its way before the end of the year." A bot that pretends to be a human so filmmakers don't have to deal with audiences on social media. It'll be a hit.



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Facebook is cracking down hard on fake accounts. If you are using a dummy log in to access your Facebook page, change it immediately. 

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The first part of this article sets my teeth on edge because, as indie filmmakers today, there is NO excuse not to know that the distribution landscape for independent films has been changing for at least 7 years. There have been panels, articles, case studies, ever more stats available if you are willing to look for this information. You should not be surprised that your film probably will not see a theatrical, or a significant one, and digital revenue and viewer information will be shrouded in secrecy if you are only selling streams on 3rd party platforms (like Amazon, Vudu, iTunes etc) or viewable on subscription services. Anyway....

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When selling film rights in Cannes, you’ll want to have a physical presence somewhere at the festival. Here is how much that would cost. +Stephen Follows

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Happy to see this kind of commitment to documentaries by PBS...
 "PBS is tripling its budget for social media marketing of its independent film series and  stepping up its game in acquiring films for multiplatform distribution."
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