Q. I have directed and produced 4 feature films (running length is 80-95 min) in my country. They are subtitled in English. I’m producing 4 more films in 2009.
I would like to know how to I approach managers/agents for representation in selling my movies in US markets. I know about the American Film Market and film festivals. And I know about cold calls. Are there any more options for selling my movies in US market?
Film distribution is outside my field of knowledge. Does anyone know of another route to getting your foreign film distributed in the States beyond calling the indie film distributors?
Labels: distribution technology
The trick is to always match the right film (or in this case, package of films) with the right distributor who:
a) handles this material well...marketing, market penetration, creative thinking and selling.
b) has a sterling reputation for payment...
c) is known to you - a referral.
I don't know your films (genre, quality, etc...) but I do know that in most cases you will need an english dubbed version. Unless we're watching Penelope Cruz, Michelle Yeoh or Chow Yun Fat onscreen we don't want to read subtitles.
Even with my little knowledge of the biz, I fear Cunningham is right. It's a pitty that people won't read subtitles, but that's the way it is.
Some of the greatest films are foreign. And obviously some awesome martial arts films. I can't encourage people enough to see the following martial arts films:
- Dragon Tiger Gate
All not in English. All amazing.
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