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    From any of your experiences, when completing a feature and distributing it, where does most of your return(money) come from? VOD? Festivals?

    I'm putting together a feature and want to make sure I'm budgeting correctly. My biggest fear is not making nearly what is put into it. Obviously I'd fund it through kickstarter or some other crowd sourcing outlet.

    Anyone have any personal experiences where you could breakdown maybe by percentage where they saw the most return? and in what timeframe?

  • #2
    Festivals are expense, not income :)
    Screenwriter and script consultant: www.maralesemann.com

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    • #3
      Silly me, and here I thought winning festivals 'paid' off, haha, I guess it's just for exposure and the fact that it won?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Klay M Abele View Post
        Silly me, and here I thought winning festivals 'paid' off, haha, I guess it's just for exposure and the fact that it won?
        There are SOME festivals that have monetary awards, but yes it's mostly exposure and p.r.
        Screenwriter and script consultant: www.maralesemann.com

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        • #5
          return? Money? Wait, are we supposed to be getting money back from our films?

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          • #6
            Not looking good guys, haha

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            • #7
              it's a long and winding road....
              Screenwriter and script consultant: www.maralesemann.com

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              • #8
                I think you should thoroughly research and have a distribution plan first. In reality, it should actually be part of your business plan. Its not as easy as making a film and sending it out into the world and magically getting paid for it. If you really want to know how you will make money or recoup a budget you have to have an understanding of how the process works along with the costs associated. If you secure any sort of distribution beyond self-distribution (e.g. DVD/VOD or even limited theatrical) exhibitors and sales agents get $$$ first. Even with self-distribution, you'll deal with manufacturing and marketing costs, which means you most likely won't see any money for a long time, if you see any at all.

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                • #9
                  This thread is sad :(

                  Anyone else have a take?

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                  • #10
                    What budget, and what genre?
                    Distribber - Keep 100% of your film's revenue

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                    • #11
                      $25,000 lets say, Action/Horror/Sci-Fi

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Klay M Abele View Post
                        $25,000 lets say, Action/Horror/Sci-Fi
                        Depending on the quality you can double your money on a fully rights sale in the matter of months.
                        Distribber - Keep 100% of your film's revenue

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                        • #13
                          Double is good

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                          • #14
                            Thanks Nick!

                            Fully rights sale, what exactly does that mean?

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                            • #15
                              The distributor owns all the rights to the film and can distribute the film worldwide in whatever outlet possible, such as Redbox, Netflix, etc.

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