Has Amazon Changed Self-Distribution For Good? [PODCAST]

Scarlett Johansson Under the Skin
In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, we ponder the impact of Amazon's new Video Direct service, and dip our toes into the French Riviera with some news from Cannes. 

In a move that could be very significant to indie filmmakers, Amazon launched Video Direct, a streaming service that allows anyone to upload content and choose how to get paid for it. No Film School Producer Jon Fusco and I discuss the implications of this move, plus a federal investigation into gender discrimination in Hollywood, two awesome new female cinematographer collectives and Sundance's FilmTwo Initiative. We also bring updates from the 2016 Cannes Film Festival via our Managing Editor, Emily Buder, who is on the ground at the epicenter of international cinema, and who will join me on next week's show for a full report. As always, the show includes our Ask No Film School segment, plus grant and festival deadlines, gear news, upcoming indie film releases, and other notable things you might have missed while you were busy making films.

[Editor's Note: In the show, we express uncertainty as to whether Amazon Studios is still accepting submissions. Turns out, they are!]

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Featured image: Scarlett Johansson in 'Under the Skin'

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I think it won't change anything. Amazon policy has no influence on films.

May 19, 2016 at 5:06AM, Edited May 19, 5:06AM


Is there any easy non-iTunes way to listen to these podcasts off-line ?

What I am looking for is an MP3 download link.

May 19, 2016 at 9:30AM

Guy McLoughlin
Video Producer

Yup! You can download it right from the Soundcloud page using the DOWNLOAD button: https://soundcloud.com/nofilmschool/indie-film-weekly-5-19-16-has

I believe iTunes also allows for MP3 downloads.

May 19, 2016 at 9:53AM

Liz Nord
Documentary Filmmaker/Multi-platform Producer

I wasn't expecting so much traffic when I uploaded my feature to Amazon Video Direct - 7500 minutes viewed by Prime members in a week. Now, I just need to get CC's for my short films and upload those - many films, earning 15 cents an hour... little extra grocery money each month?

May 19, 2016 at 3:35PM

Erich Kemp