December 31, 2016 at 9:30AM
I made my first 90-minute feature film - what now?
I am a filmmaker from Germany and after a five year struggle, some crowdfunding, and a lot of my own money, I finished my first feature film. It is close to 90 minutes long; roughcut is completed, and some more or less famous actors are in the lead (at least famous in Germany). It is a strange timetravel story, more artistic than heavy on effects.
A company, based in Hollywood, contacted me and is interested in worldwide distribution. Is this a good idea?
Another company wants to become a co-production to help me raise money for the post (sounds, effects and grading are still missing). Is that a good idea or will I lose too many rights?
A good friend told me to wait, before selling anything, and start with a festival tour next year.
In short, I don´t know what to do. I am sure it's not the next Star Wars, but I want it to reach the audience it deserves, while not making all the first time producer mistakes.
What do you suggest? What would you do? What should I avoid? What are the best steps to make in distributing my own film?
Thanks in advance for any tips and hints.