You’ve spent all this time putting together your amazing film...
You’re getting close to the finish line.
You overcame every hurdle Development and Production put in front of you. The battle has been won!
It feels incredible to be ready to share your film with the world…
But how much planning did you put into the Distribution strategy for your film?
If you think you can just go to a festival and get your movie in theaters somehow, you are setting yourself up for a major downfall.
Only a few Film Festivals provide the opportunity to get a decent Distribution deal and they are very selective. For one of the prominent festivals, around 2% of submissions get accepted and maybe 2% of those get a decent deal.
Going to film festivals and hoping someone will pick up your film is like buying a lottery ticket. You spend money to throw your hat in the ring and you hope that it works out.
Hope is not a good business plan.
If you’re like me, you’ve invested so much blood, sweat, and potentially years of your life making your film and you want it to be seen by as many people as possible. Not to mention, you want it to make money.
So how do you do that?
1) You need to get the RIGHT Distribution.
Getting the wrong Distribution can feel worse than getting no Distribution at all.
The last thing you want is to sign with a Distributor who completely misrepresents your film or takes all the money. Or worse, does nothing with it at all but you’re locked into a contract.
2) You need to make sure you’re presenting your film the RIGHT way.
There are very specific things you have to have in place in order to even get Distribution. Documents, files, marketing materials.
If you don’t have ALL of them, it can kill your deal. And if they aren’t in the proper format or done well, it will crush all hopes of getting ANY Distribution.
“But my film is so good, they’ll love it.”
It doesn’t matter how great of a film you’ve produced. If you don’t have your ducks in a row, it’s very likely that no one will distribute your film.
This means no Distribution Deal. Investors don’t get their money back and this hugely impacts whether or not you’ll be able to make another film.
Since the goal is to make your next film, you need to make sure you’re set up for success.
Sales Agents & Distributors spend less than 5 minutes considering your film.
How do I know that?
Over the years, my producing partner and I produced quite a few independent feature films and we were fortunate enough to have those films distributed in many corners of the world.
We noticed a depressing trend, however. It seemed that although our films were making money, not much of that money seemed to find its way back to us, or our investors.
Someone was making money on our films along the way, but it sure wasn’t us...
In 2011 we fired all of the distribution professionals handling our films, and we decided to become our own Sales Agent.
Learning the ins and outs of distribution made us truly savvy producers.
It was an epiphany to see how LITTLE we knew about the BUSINESS side of show business.
As filmmakers our CREATIVE vision has always been clear. But now we learned the reality of what we have to do as filmmakers, in order to produce films that make money.
It’s enabled us to be more calculated about how we make our films, and ultimately how to maintain a more stable career.
I’m not suggesting you become a Sales Agent, but I’ve learned the Distribution business inside and out and I’d like to share those details with you.
Get ahead of the competition and learn EXACTLY what you need to do to give your film the BEST SHOT at getting lucrative Distribution.
This course outlines ALL THE DETAILS I’ve learned so you can give YOUR film the best shot at getting the right Distribution by making sure you know exactly WHAT to present, HOW to present it, WHEN & to WHOM.
This is an intensive 5 week course.
It's available ON DEMAND so you can do it when your schedule allows
AND I’ll also be able to answer your questions along the way.
WEEK ONE - FOUNDATION
Today’s Market, Understanding How Distribution Works & Common Myths
It's crucial to get an understanding of the current market. Old models don't work anymore and there are many misconceptions about Distribution floating around. Get the inside scoop on exactly what's working & how to position yourself in today's market.
WEEK TWO - THE SET UP
Grooming Your Film for Distribution in Development & Production
This week, we'll dive into how to categorize your film in a way that Distributors will recognize & be able to market. We'll also go over how to gather everything you need for Distribution while in Production. This step alone can save you thousands of dollars if you do it at the right time. Most filmmakers miss this entirely!
WEEK THREE - THE PLAN
Creating a Distribution Plan
This is where I teach you how to build your calculated plan of attack to get yourself a great Distribution Deal. We'll explore which Festivals are worth trying to get into, if any. I also share how to vet Sales Agents & Distributors. Most filmmakers sign deals that will never get them a return. Learn how to negotiate a good deal with a Sales Agent & Distributor so your film can have the best shot of making money.
WEEK FOUR - DISTRIBUTION ESSENTIALS
Delivering Your Film for Distribution & Key Sales Tools
The most crucial stage of Distribution. This is where so many deals fall through and they don't have to. Make sure you have all the proper files & materials in the RIGHT formats & design to actually complete your deal. I share you what to present and teach you the BEST way to present it that will save you money and get your film the best deal possible.
WEEK FIVE - PROMOTION
Self Distribution & Marketing
To Self-Distribute or to not Self-Distribute... Many filmmakers are going this route these days. It seems like an easy option, but is it profitable? Find out if this is the best option for your film. In addition, just how much promotion do you need to be doing? I'll share the details on what to do and why so your film doesn't disappear into the cloud.
PLUS! - WORKSHEETS & TEMPLATES
I'll give you documents from my private collection (sample budgets, top sheet, production budget, distribution resources & more) so you can move forward with confidence knowing you are gathering the right information. I'll also be giving you targeted worksheets to help you find your film's peak potential for distribution.
AND - A PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP!
Build Connections, Share Insights & Get Direct Feedback
Networking is everything in this business & I'm all about helping you build yours. You never know where your next resource will come from. You'll also get direct access to me through Facebook Live Q&As & via targeted posts designed to enhance the course.
I’m giving you all of my BEST STUFF and REAL WORLD EXAMPLES, so you can feel confident that you’re setting your film up for Distribution in the best possible way.
By the end of this course, you'll have ALL the information you need so you can CONFIDENTLY submit your materials to Sales Agents & Distributors to get the BEST DISTRIBUTION DEAL possible.
Obviously each film is different, and has its own unique needs.
I’m not promising distribution, but -
Once you go through the course, you’ll be able to breathe a lot easier because you’ll know:
Based on the information you’ll receive, you’ll be ahead of the curve.
Many filmmakers won’t have this information. They may not even care to know it. They may think their creativity will be enough, but you’ll know better.
You’ll be part of a small group of filmmakers who are bridging the gap between the creative and business.
Even if you have no knowledge of business, I’ve made this so SIMPLE that you can do this.
Try my Ins & Outs of Indie Film Development & Financing Course for an entire 60 days, 100% risk-free
I’m so sure that the knowledge I’m giving you will give your film the best shot at distribution, that I’m giving you a money back guarantee.
I can’t guarantee that your film get distribution. No one can.
What I'm giving you is the exact information, I, and others I've helped, have used to successfully distribute films worldwide.
But if I can't help you, I don't want your money.
If the information I give you does not help you at all, if it doesn’t help you prepare your files & marketing materials properly, if it doesn’t help you figure out how to negotiate contracts better, if it doesn’t help you find ways to figure out the best Distribution opportunities for you AT ALL - email me. Prove you did the work from the course, tell me why it didn’t help, and I’ll give you your money back.
This guarantee lasts 60 days. That's longer than the course and will give you more than enough time to put the information into practice. Go through the ENTIRE course. If you're not getting any benefit, email me within the 60 days, show me your work & I'll give you a full refund.
Anyone who has ever been involved in filmmaking, knows it often takes longer than just 60 days to find Distribution. You gotta be willing to put in the work and carve out your path to success and that takes time.
But by the end of this course, you will ABSOLUTELY be able to submit your film for Distribution & KNOW that you have EVERYHING in place to successfully negotiate a deal.
I want to help producers who want to be a success. Who want to have LONGEVITY in this business.
If that’s you, then this course is definitely for you.
Be one of the FEW who rise to the top.
No one wants to make a movie that no one sees & no one buys, but it happens far too often.
You don’t need to be a domestic box office smash to be successful in this business. You need to be clever and informed in your strategy & you can make a living as a producer and maybe even hit the big time.
There are numerous factors that go into getting a good Distribution deal.
Don’t you want to know what they are?
Don’t be that producer who thinks it’s as simple as going to Festivals & negotiating a deal with Netflix. That producer will most likely NEVER see a dime in return.
Be a savvy producer and present your film in the BEST WAY possible so you can KEEP making films.
The Total value of this course is over $1000.
Right now, I’m offering it for only $749.
If you feel like this could be exactly what you need to set your film up for successful Distribution, sign up now.
5 Intense Weeks, 10 Modules, Worksheets & Templates, & Access to Me in Our Private Facebook Group
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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING...
“I really enjoyed your distribution course. I had no idea about the distribution process before I took your course. The course gave me a complete different perspective and very important information of the film world. I think your course is worth a lot more than what you charge." - Vince, Producer
“Marc Clebanoff is the real deal. You want honest perspective on your project with someone who knows the ins and outs of the distribution labyrinth? He’s your one stop shop. No rainbows and unicorns, just a straight shot at what to expect.” - Fernando, Director of the NOVA Film Festival
“If you are serious about getting your film made and released, Marc’s workshop is a must.” David, NYU
“This workshop gave me an idea of how it all works, the MUST DO’s, and things to avoid. For a beginner who has yet to even make my first film, this information was invaluable. This gave me the confidence and mindset to make a film, and make it with minimal resources.” - Francesco, USC
“This workshop was great! All the real life costs and situations any producer needs to know.” - Claire, UCLA
“Clebanoff draws from a wealth of real-world experience and gives you the information you wish you’d heard in film school.” - Harman, USC Graduate Film Program
“Marc’s insights into the biz were worth more than my film school tuition.” - Adam, USC
Today’s market is volatile. Think of it like the Wild West.
Back in the days of Blockbuster Video, there was a very clear path.
A producer had to make a quality film with commercial appeal and the cream would rise to the top. The cream had to rise to the top because there simply wasn’t room on the shelf for the nonsense.
Today there is no restricted amount of shelf space because it’s all in the cloud.
That means there is room for everything – the good, the bad and anything in between. Some might argue that’s great but it’s easy to get lost in the crowd.
These days it’s about making your film stand out.
Sure, you could self-distribute and probably get your film on Amazon. But does that mean anyone will actually see your film? Does that mean you’ll make any money?
And what money will you be leaving on the table because you didn’t seek other Distribution opportunities?
Learn exactly what type of Distribution is right for your film and EXACTLY how to go about getting it.
You could waste years trying to figure it out on your own and end up losing your window of opportunity for a good Distribution deal. (Yes, there is only a short window.)
Or you could end up signing a bad deal simply because you didn’t know what a good deal is.
Do you really want to risk your movie’s chance at success because you didn’t learn everything you need to know?
I’ve walked in your shoes. I’ve learned first hand through trial and error. I know EXACTLY what it takes to get a film sold.
Follow my guidance and you’ll be in the best possible position possible.
Not only will I be teaching you this valuable information it took me years to learn, I’ll be there to support you. I’ll be taking questions in the classes and in the Facebook group.
You’ll have access to me & ALL of my experience at the low cost of $749.
Plus, the insight I'll give you, will likely SAVE you thousands of dollars by avoiding costly mistakes filmmakers make in the Distribution process.
By joining me in The Ins & Outs of Indie Film Distribution, you'll get access to me and my expertise.
Make the decision.
Are you going to join our Indie Film Lounge of filmmakers who bridge the creative & the business? Or are you going to do it your way?
Don’t screw up your Distribution deal because you didn’t know what you needed to know. Get all the details so you can CONFIDENTLY present your materials and give yourself the best shot at a lucrative deal.
If you’re one of us, make the commitment & join us.
5 Intense Weeks, 10 Modules, Worksheets & Templates, & Access to Me in Our Private Facebook Group
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