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YekraFor independents and studios alike, the online distribution of movies is a game that’s heating up rather rapidly. There’s already a handful of players in the game, so the first question I always ask to new platforms is: what are you offering that the others aren’t? Funded with $3M in venture capital last year, YEKRA launched today, and they have a lot to say about online distribution. They have a really interesting affiliate program in which you can earn money by curating or sharing movies that are hosted on their platform. However, instead of trying to solely funnel people into their streaming platform, they are bringing their platform to you. So what does a VOD movie theater experience look like anyways? Let’s find out. More »

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As curation becomes more important, it becomes about how we carve out small pockets of culture online for audiences who are hungry for unique, uncompromising and refreshing work. Vyer Films is a new subscription service that not only selects a robust catalogue of independent movies, but also strives to coax their audiences deeper into the culture of their movies. I see what Vyer Films is doing with the curatorial streaming model as pretty representative of where things are headed, so I asked founder K.C. McLeod to chat with No Film School about their commitment to sharing great films, their take on the streaming subscription model and where it all fits in the future of film distribution. More »

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Menthol on Vimeo on Demand

Now that Menthol was finally released online last week, let’s check in with the release status and watch the 3rd part of our interview series with the makers of the film. This post will complete my 6-part series on releasing the film with a $0 marketing budget. With direct distribution I’ve learned that what appears to be the end of a long road usually leads to be the beginning of a new one, but for this post I’ve selected some big takeaways and put them together in a Direct-Distribution Lesson Roundup. Read on. More »

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Snowpiercer Release Video on Demand RadiusThe world of film distribution is constantly changing. While we’ve seen that the Netflix/Hulu/VOD model is becoming more competitive with the standard theatre date release, we’re not living in the age of theatre model dismissal just yet. However, studios are beginning to experiment with dual releases, and Bong Joon-ho‘s Snowpiercer, having now earned $3.8 million via VOD, is an incredible example of such a disruptive innovation in releasing films. These videos give a great recap of the Snowpiercer release situation, as well as some of the analysis on why this particular release is unique: More »

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indieflix indiegogo campaign indie independent cinema film filmmaking revenue profit movies viewing streaming web video content monetize seld direct distribution festival service logoIn our direct distribution roundup, we went over IndieFlix as basically the ‘indie version of Netflix.’ Subscribers pay $5 per month or $50 per year to stream an ever-expanding library of films. This may sound familiar, but unlike everybody’s favorite binge-watching enabler, IndieFlix makes earning money for independent filmmakers central to its mission. You can stream on any device with an internet connection, but IndieFlix is still missing a proper mobile app – and that’s where you come in. Though an app is already in the works, IndieFlix has embarked on an Indiegogo campaign to help it reach or surpass its development goals even sooner. More »

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Menthol Release on August 4th

Menthol is finally done playing film festivals and we’re in the clear to release online. It’s been a long road getting to this point, navigating various distribution strategies and seeing what we can implement with a $0 marketing spend. Menthol will finally enjoy its online release today, August 4th through Vimeo on Demand and Reelhouse. To whet your appetite for the film, here’s the next installment in the Behind the Story interview series and some words on what we’ve learned. More »

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Creativity BundleWith technology advancing so quickly, and with the internet’s supreme dominion over our entire lives, distribution doesn’t look anything like it did in the past. In this day and age, independent filmmakers have to find creative ways to not just get their work out there into the ether, but to find an audience somewhere within it. Using VOD platform VHX, film strategy company Bond/360 is now experimenting with a “distribution and filmmaker collaboration” that offers award-winning films in a bundle and allows moviegoers to pick the price they want to pay for it. The directors of Indie Game: The MovieSign Painters, and Beauty is Embarrassing weigh in on their experience. More »

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Here at No Film School, we focus a whole lot on the process of making feature films. However, long-form storytelling like television narratives and web series are entering a golden age in which in-depth character development is key and content and structure can be as creative as ever. For independent and low-budget filmmakers looking to take advantage of the creative freedoms of long-form storytelling, while simultaneously working on honing their craft, web series are definitely a great way to go (just ask our fearless leader, Ryan Koo, whose series The West Side won critical acclaim). But how does one go about getting started with creating a dramatic web series? It’s certainly not easy, but today’s interviewee, Terrell Lamont, has some answers. More »

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Matt Mason and Evan Husney Talk The Future of Film DistributionBitTorrent has long been a pioneer and a strong voice in the conversation about digital distribution, and now they’re bringing us a video interview series called BitTorrent Sessions. Off the heels of a successful Bundles collaboration (over 3.5 million downloads) with Drafthouse Films for The Act of Killing, BitTorrent’s Matt Mason sat down with Evan Husney (the then creative director of Drafthouse Films, now with Vice) to talk about the current state of film distribution and where we’re headed. More »

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Direct distribution platforms have made finding an audience for independent, no budget movies a real possibility. And though much of your effort might be focused on just getting your film online and monetized, there is a whole area of distribution that could provide potential profits that may be slipping past your attention: bonus content. VHX, a direct-to-fan distribution platform, has crunched the numbers on which content options are the most popular for the documentary STRIPPED – a project that has harnessed the power of bonus content to appeal to their fan base, and has put more money into the pockets of the film’s creators.

This is a guest post by VHX. More »

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Our festival run is almost complete and we’re preparing for our imminent online launch. Direct distribution is a moving target, and we’re constantly shifting our release strategy and making adaptations we feel are necessary. Our latest adaptation is going to be making the film available on more than one platform when we release. For this post I’ve also put together the first of three videos from hours of interview footage on the cast & crew’s experience of making Menthol. Click through to keep following along and to watch the video. More »

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thunderWith studios closing their independent film divisions over the last few years and Miramax no longer the cultural powerhouse it was in the 90s, new models are being tried in the indie film world: while some venture capitalists are promoting the idea of an accelerator model, borrowed from the tech-startup world, others, such as the program recently announced by Thunder Studios, which is offering $12 million to twelve indie features each year, are planning to do away with cash altogether, though not in the way you’d expect. Click through to learn about this new way to get your movie made, and how you can submit your film. More »

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Ebenezer-Former-SlaveHere at No Film School, we’re massive fans of Stillmotion. Not only was their transformation from small wedding videography outfit to an Emmy-winning production company an incredibly inspiring one, but their dedication to the craft of storytelling and their commitment to educating the next generation of storytellers are truly admirable. Last December, the Portland-based company unveiled the trailer for their first independent feature-length documentary, simply entitled #standwithme. After several months of touring the film around the country, Stillmotion has returned home and released the film to the public through the online distribution platform Yekra. Read on to hear more about the film. More »

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Menthol at 18th Sofia International Film Fest

The process of releasing and distributing my first film has been a challenge, and as we enter the last month or so of pre-release work I will be sharing more a long the way. In the previous two posts in this series I talked about cutting a trailer and shared philosophical ramblings after our world premiere. In this post, I’m gonna talk about our international premiere experience, putting on our own screenings and preparing for the next steps before release. Hit the jump to read more. More »

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Panel 2 at the 15th Annual IFTA Production ConferenceWith a keynote speech from producer-of-the-moment Cassian Elwes (Ain’t Them Body Saints, Dallas Buyer’s Club) and a selection of some of the most successful individuals from producing, financing, sales, marketing and distribution, the sold-out 15th annual IFTA (Independent Film & Television Alliance) production conference was held in Los Angeles on April 25th. No Film School was invited to attend the conference to help extend the conversation to all the independent filmmakers who couldn’t fit in the room, so click through to read some major takeaways from the event. More »

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Gary VaynerchukWhat is at the core of filmmaking? It’s the same thing that made us want to pick up a camera in the first place. Storytelling. But, as things tend to do, the landscape of media consumption has evolved to match our changing needs and desires. Platforms like Twitter, YouTube, and Netflix have sprung up to accommodate this change, but have the ways we tell stories followed suit? Gary Vaynerchuck doesn’t seem to think so. In this 99U talk, the best-selling author and founder of VaynerMedia describes how to be better storytellers in today’s “A.D.D. Culture.” More »

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WuTang ClanOne of the most influential musical groups of the last 20 years, the Wu-Tang Clan, recently announced the release of their secretly produced album, The Wu — Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, which will surely be one of a kind — literally. The hip-hop group has decided to release a single copy of the double album with a purchase price somewhere in the millions, hoping to shine a light on the value that is put on art and intellectual property — a hot button topic that has been in the mouths of many filmmakers since the proliferation of VOD. How much is art really worth in the modern age, and who stands to lose or gain as the value goes up or down? Join the discussion after the break. More »

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I don’t know about you, but I’m always frustrated when I get excited about a good movie at a festival, only to see the film descend into the bowels of obscurity after distribution dead-ends. Why is it so hard for anyone but a handful of good independent films to make their way onto my screen at home? After a year of hard work, I am excited to see the atmospheric, underdog film Hide Your Smiling Faces finally making it somewhere. Around this time last year, director Daniel Patrick Carbone sat down with No Film School over Skype. Checkout our original interview below, and find out where you can download the film now! More »

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Veronica MarsKickstarter is slowly becoming a mainstay of independent filmmaking. Since its launch in 2009, the crowdfunding platform has generated over $1 billion in pledges, funding everything from food to gaming projects, big names in filmmaking, like Spike Lee, Kristen Bell, and Zach Braff, have brought crowdfunding into the mainstream — somewhat. Kickstarter has created their very own iTunes channel that showcases films financed using the site, giving filmmakers’ movies more access to an audience and vice versa, and hopefully giving crowdfunding more mainstream exposure. More »

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Simple Machine's Nandan RaoA huge challenge for independent filmmakers is getting eyeballs on their movies. Many new tools aim to solve this problem, but Nandan Rao’s DIY screening platform Simple Machine is going one further: they are offering cash for you to create your own live event, your own film festival — as long as it can be accomplished for $1,000 or less. Read on for the full details and a quick word from Simple Machine founder Nandan Rao. More »