DIY Distribution for Filmmakers
The B&H Event Space (420 9th Ave., Manhattan)

In the late summer of 2005, Andrew P. Byrd walked out of Graduate school and into producing his first feature film. With a great vision, dedication, and persistence, Andrew poured his blood, sweat and tears into his debut comedic film, Johnny Appleweed. Although Andrew’s feature film was hailed as a success with a great script and technically flawless production, being a first time filmmaker permitted him very little access to distributors. Andrew’s determination to have his movie be seen led him to distributing his feature film all on his own. Within a matter of months, his movie went from being underexposed to highly publicized as a result of blogging, website promotion, email marketing, branding, film festivals, and working with the press. Through Andrew’s network of industry professionals, he successfully launched the promotion of his own film. Join Andrew for his step-by-step presentation that will provide useful information and advice for aspiring and experienced filmmakers whose goal is to get their movies seen and distributed.

Next there will be a round table discussion on packaging materials for film markets such as Cannes and AFM. This will include showing examples of budgets, schedules, posters, and treatments, as well as what a filmmaker needs for perspective investors in order to secure financing. Also discussed will be how to work film festivals if you’re an Official Selection. This will include helpful tips on how to get your film the most favorable treatment within the festival and most importantly its organizers.