There are several ways to get film distribution. Yes, you want Netflix, but for that you need to win top-tier film festivals to get noticed. Your options are Self Distribution, Film Aggregators and Distribution Companies.
How to get Film Distribution
- First of all you need to build your Audience so that you bring value.
- Prepare your EPK Kit and deliverables
It really depends on your production budget and what can afford to spend on your team, equipment. Naturally you need to have a very defined audience.
Questions to ask yourself
- is your audience over 50,000 adoring fans
- do you have an A-list actor
- has the Director has just won a major festival
If yes to one or 2 of the above, try a distribution company.
Film Distribution Companies
How to find a film distribution company
Attend and pitch your film at prominent film markets like Cannes Film Festival, AFM or Berlin Film Festival.
Attend film festivals in your region and speak to the filmmakers, have they got a deal, who do they suggest.
Another way is to look for a film very similar to yours in genre, budget and audience on imdb.com and try find their distributor.
A film aggregator is a service that helps you get your films distributed on platforms including Google Play, Sony PlayStation Network and iTunes. They have direct relationships with streaming platforms which it much easier for you to get through the process.
Film aggregators help you through the encoding process and creating assets like subtitles or dubs for your film.
You might need to consider self distribution, upload your film to a streaming platform and sell tickets directly.