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SXSW 2021

Impact Global VOD: Films Free for Good

There is no point in filmmakers making change-making films if there is no guaranteed impactful distribution. When critical films are not seen, no impact is made -- nothing changes. Most people do not want to pay transaction costs to see most indies, especially documentaries. The big global video on demand streaming platforms are not licensing many independent films anymore. But films can reach audiences and impact the planet via global VOD exhibition with some financial support from charitable and safe corporate funds. This panel will explain which VOD platforms and what financial sources are options for filmmakers to achieve more robust distribution and impact and not stay on the proverbial shelf or be left undiscovered on corporate platforms catering to studio and commercial content.

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  1. The many VOD platforms worldwide that filmmakers perhaps never heard of that are alternatives to the big corporate platforms that often reject indies.
  2. Financial support options for impact distribution.
  3. Ways filmmakers can compare doing all rights deal w/ a distributor vs. direct-to-platform distribution (even if via an aggregator) & evaluate options.

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Orly Ravid, Founder / Co-Executive Director, The Film Collaborative

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  • Tags: Film & TV Industry
  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Transforming the Entertainment Landscape
  • Level: Intermediate
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