Buyers were in a damn good mood. That’s how the week started. But like most great flash-in-the-pan romances, the love affair between buyers and the content they were there to buy turned into a messy divorce by midweek…
Posted on April 15, 2014 by Hammad Zaidi
I was going to wait until next Tuesday to give you my overall report on this market, but I believe covering MIPTV’s most important day sooner as opposed to later is more beneficial to you. So, here’s how day one of MIPTV looked from the inside.
Posted on April 8, 2014 by Hammad Zaidi
Today we’re diving into part two of our focus on MIPTV 2014. I’m heading to Cannes for MIPTV this Saturday, so I’ll surely give you a real-time update of the happenings in the South of France in the coming weeks. Until then, here’s more about MIPTV, the World’s premiere content market for “screens of all sizes”…
Posted on April 1, 2014 by Hammad Zaidi
I’ll be attending the 51st annual MIPTV conference in Cannes, France from April 7-10, so I thought today I’d start a two-part mini-series on getting you familiarized with MIPTV 2014…
Posted on March 25, 2014 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – IN HONOR OF AUSTIN: MAKING A SUCCESSFUL MICROBUDGET INDIE IN TODAY’S MARKETPLACE
In honor of Austin, the city that cultivated the indie film movement with such classics as Richard Linklater’s “Slacker” (1991) and Robert Rodriguez’s “El Mariachi” (1993), today we’re discussing five things that will help your micro-budget indie feature thrive in today’s marketplace…
Posted on March 18, 2014 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL’S “GRAND” PER SCREEN AVERAGE!
Today we’re discussing Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, because it just became the single highest per screen average for a limited release live action release in the history of cinema.
Posted on March 11, 2014 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – THE ‘LITTLE FILMS’ NEARLY SWEEP THE OSCARS!
The 86th Academy Awards offered few surprises, but one thing it did offer is a tremendous amount of hope to smaller films….
Posted on March 4, 2014 by Hammad Zaidi
Welcome to Going Bionic, #200! Today’s column marks our second century mark, so we should do something special, shouldn’t we?
Posted on February 25, 2014 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – “THE LEGO MOVIE”: A BLUEPRINT FOR SUCCESS
While you may not think a toy-inspired studio film has anything to do with your indie film career, you may want to think outside of your indie box today. Hollywood is full of copycats, and once an industry leader (i.e. in this case Warner Brothers) is successful on a low-risk/high return formula, all others tend to follow their lead…
Posted on February 18, 2014 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – GREETINGS FROM THE BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL/EUROPEAN FILM MARKET – 2014!
Since it seems as though half of the globe is represented here, such representation brings millions of dollars of development and production funds. Thus, filmmakers who are interested in co-production opportunities would almost certainly enhance their Rolodex here in Berlin…
Posted on February 11, 2014 by Hammad Zaidi
Lets reach into the depths of your recent questions and see what we can do about offering some clarity to some of the issues that litter our world of independent cinema…
Posted on February 4, 2014 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – SUNDANCE 2014 REVEALS NEW FILM ACQUISITION TRENDS
The financial value of indie films may be falling, and the platform on which they are distributed may be changing, but the sum of those two parts doesn’t spell doom. In fact, they spell “bloom,” because a greater number of independent visions and voices will find an audience in 2014 and beyond…
Posted on January 28, 2014 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – HOW WOMEN MOVIEGOERS HELPED ‘RIDE ALONG’ SET BOX OFFICE RECORDS!
Today we’re exploring how women moviegoers drove Ride Along to box office supremacy, and how the female audience has been crucial to the success of many films that have won MLK weekend since 2001.
Posted on January 21, 2014 by Hammad Zaidi
With Sundance turning 30 this week, I thought today I would fill you in on some trends to follow through Sundance 2014, and how those trends will shape independent cinema in 2014 and beyond…
Posted on January 14, 2014 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – WHY JANUARY IS A GREAT MONTH FOR HORROR
Today we’re examining a curious trend that has recently emerged: major studios are releasing key horror and supernatural films in January, instead of October.
Posted on January 7, 2014 by Hammad Zaidi