GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – TAKING THE (INDIE FILM SALES) TEMPERATURE AT BERLIN/EFM 2013.
In baseball terms, the indie film world hit solid singles at Sundance, and now we rounded first and eyeing second base at Berlin/EFM. But, we’re certainly not safely into second base yet. Hell, we haven’t even tried to stretch our single into a double yet. Like I said, we’re just rounding first…
Posted on February 19, 2013 by Hammad Zaidi
The word for today is “Mauritius.” No, that’s not some hip, new German slang I picked up last week, it’s a gorgeous island country of 1.3 million people, twice the size of Berlin, that’s tucked away in the Indian Ocean about 1,100 miles east of Madagascar. Mauritius is the word of the day, because it offers a newly created 30% cash rebate for qualifying production expenditures.
Posted on February 12, 2013 by Hammad Zaidi
If you’re wondering what the Super Bowl has to do with film distribution, the NFL’s biggest stage slayed the weekend box office. Weekend earnings were at about $68.5 million for the top 12 films, proving once again that film studios would be wise to not open their gems opposite the NFL’s annual crowning moment…
Posted on February 5, 2013 by Hammad Zaidi
It’s time to get moving on your script for your soon-to-be-financed indie feature, because the distributors’ checkbooks are back and waiting to buy your cutting-edge, cinematic voice. All you have to do is make it good!
Posted on January 29, 2013 by Hammad Zaidi
As The Sundance Film Festival kicked off last Thursday in Park City, Utah, one surprising trend has emerged; docs are selling! Thus, today we’re exploring this appetite for documentaries. So, bundle up kids, because docs are as cool as the air in Park City.
Posted on January 22, 2013 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – (ALMOST) CRIMINAL CONTRACT CLAUSES, PART 2
In the last edition of “Going Bionic,” we revealed four horribly deceiving contract clauses that are detrimental to your film. Since once of my missions is to keep you safe from the blood-soaked jaws of unethical distributors, today I’m revealing four more contract clauses that you should avoid…
Posted on January 15, 2013 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – (ALMOST) CRIMINAL CONTRACT CLAUSES, PART 1
What I’m presenting to you today is excerpts from very recent distribution contracts from distributors, along with my explanation of the clauses. The distribution company names have been omitted to protect the guilty (and to protect me from retaliation from them). Should you be wondering how I got these contracts, they come from filmmakers who signed them, and suffered their consequences…
Posted on January 8, 2013 by Hammad Zaidi
Welcome to 2013. Today is the first day of the best year since 2007, so today we’re going to put our collective fingers on the pulse of key markers that will shape the film outlook for 2013. So, without further ado, let’s get into 2013 on a Geddy Lee high note!
Posted on January 1, 2013 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – THE 2012 “YEAR-END” REVIEW + CHRISTMAS BONUS!
Merry Christmas and welcome to our 2012 Year-End Review and Christmas Bonus! I know the politically correct salutation is to say “Happy Holidays,” or “Seasons Greetings,” but hot damn, it’s Christmas Day, and this column will have to wait until 2018 to be published on Christmas Day again – so I have to give a shout out to my favorite holiday.
Posted on December 25, 2012 by Hammad Zaidi
Today we’re going to explore five more tactics to help jumpstart your 2013. So, before you punt on the rest of 2012 like 98% of Hollywood is doing this week, (or has already done last week), check out these five moves.
Posted on December 18, 2012 by Hammad Zaidi
As we barrel through the last 20 days of 2012, if, of course, the world doesn’t end on the 21st, today ignites part one of a two part series on, “Things To Do Before 2013.” These tactics are designed to focus and inspire your about the opportunities that lay ahead…
Posted on December 11, 2012 by Hammad Zaidi
Since the 2013 film festival season is officially started, with Sundance announcing their picks, today I’m going to answer a handful of film festival related questions…
Posted on December 4, 2012 by Hammad Zaidi
As promised, today’s article is focused on this year’s record-shattering Thanksgiving box office, as well as trends that routinely emerge during Turkey week. So, without further ado, let’s dive into how this Thanksgiving rewrote the history books…
Posted on November 27, 2012 by Hammad Zaidi
Today’s continuation of our Reader Q&A series is an appetizer before this week’s Thanksgiving feast. While next Tuesday we’ll analyze the distribution trends that routinely emerge during turkey day weekend, today we’re going to answer more questions from my electronic mailbag…
Posted on November 20, 2012 by Hammad Zaidi
GOING BIONIC: DISTRIBUTING INDEPENDENT FILMS INTERNATIONALLY – READER Q&A, FROM DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION TO SELLING SHOES AND BEYOND!
Today I’m going to answer five questions that recently found their way to me, via phone or email. My answers below may assist you in either reinforcing or reimagining your strategy, but either way, they’re intended to help!
Posted on November 13, 2012 by Hammad Zaidi