What’s the Deal? Buying and Selling the Independent Film

Just how does a film get from a market or festival screening to your local theatre? And what is the deal-making process that filmmakers and distributors go through to get the film out there? Advances, prints and the ads, cross collateralization, percentage splits, delivery materials, home-video rights and the elusive definition of net profits are just a few of the topics to be covered. Types of films that will be discussed range from the marginally commercial (The Golden Boat), the art house hot (Poison). And the larger budget big-name independent feature (Night on Earth).

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