A New Grant Aims to Let Filmmakers Take Control of Distribution

Ever wished you could own your film's release?

Distribber, a digital distribution resource for filmmakers, and the International Documentary Association (IDA) want to hand you the reigns for your documentary's release.

The grant will empower four filmmakers per year to directly distribute their content across major platforms—like iTunes, Google Play, and Netflix—while retaining 100% of their rights and revenue. Once selected, grantees will receive counsel and technical support for the distribution of content across multiple digital distribution platforms via Distribber's service.

The catch? You can't apply cold. The program is only open to a film already receiving fiscal sponsorship from the IDA, Pare Lorentz grant recipients, or films nominated for the IDA Annual Documentary Awards. 

The first grant recipient is Oscar-nominated director Josh Fox’s How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change. The documentary premiered at Sundance and will be touring 100 cities worldwide. It will also air on HBO on June 27.     

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How does one submit for this grant? Sounds really cool.

June 2, 2016 at 8:16AM

Ed Caz

Quiver Digital(http://www.quiverdigital.com/) is a great alternative to Distribber. They are a distribution platform for independent filmmakers that allows them to distribute their film to up to 18 different cable or VOD platforms. Unlike some other distributors, Quiver takes no back end share of filmmaker revenue. They provide distribution services with one flat rate allowing the filmmakers to keep all of their profits.

September 19, 2016 at 4:29PM