Chooses which films to distribute
Attends Film Festivals
Decides on the number of prints
Pays for the cost of each print
Negotiates the release date and site of
exhibition - WHEN
Sends trailers and publicity to cinemas
NEGOTIATES BUDGET & PAYS FOR THE
ADVERTISING & MARKETING
Secures a contract agreeing the % of gross
ticket sales paid to the distributor
Divides up the rest between the cinema,
production company, 3rd party agents
Monitors exhibition (times/screens)
Implements changes (when appropriate)
Ensures the prints are correctly returned to
Advertising in the Media – television/cinema
trailers, press, outdoor, social networking, viral,
interactive, online, posters, radio.....
PR (Public Relations) – maintaining a brand
image e.g. Interviews/Appearances...
POS (point of sale) e.g. displays in cinemas
Market Research – before, during and after
Film ideas are often pitched to Studio Executives in the hope
they will receive funding for Production and Distribution.
High Concept Films are often blockbuster films that are based on
a simple idea and can be easily marketed in 2/3 sentences e.g.
“It’s a big ship that sunk, everyone knows the story, we’ll bring Di
Caprio an Winslet and turn it into a high production value
“We’ll get Samuel Jackson, a plane and put some snakes on
SO, WITH THIS IN MIND....
You have 5 minutes only to discuss with the
person next to you the following task:
Decide on a title for a new High Concept Film
Summarise the narrative in 2 sentences, where is
it set, what is happens in the film and in the
Choose your actors……
Explain why it will be COMMERCIALLY successful
Be prepared to tell me about it on the Mic.
2013 British Historical Thriller
Directed by Ben Wheatley
Shot in B/W, set during English Civil War
Budget - £300,000, 12 days filming
Developed and finance by Film 4.0
(innovation hub)/BFI New Models Fund
Variety Magazine: “A psychedelic trip
into magic and madness”: Art House
6IZWLL84 (possession scene – 5.31)
Multiplatform release – cinema
(Picturehouse), Film4, VoD (online), DVD
and BluRay: 5th July 2013
“Building a maximum amount of industry
buzz, we can hopefully reach an
audience it can be hard to connect
Coordinating all platforms ensured
audiences could see the film how and
when they chose.
Limited funds spent on advertising –
Teaser Trailer and Posters but mainly viral,
industry and social networking hype.
Cinema release – Picturehouse Chain
(Weltons brewery brewed a limited
edition ale to give to cinema-goers).
Tagline – “Open up and let the Devil in” linking
with drug use in the film.
Film4 release „curated‟ by the Director
DVD/BluRay – 75 min extra material.