What is a film distributor and what do they do ? A film distributor is an independent company or occasionally an individual which acts as aagent between a film production company and a film exhibitor. In the film business, theterm distribution refers to the marketing and circulation of movies in the cinema and forhome viewing. A film distributor distributes films to cinemas for the target audience toview, this is key as the distributor does not understand the concept of the film they will notbe able to distribute to the correct companies.
Coffee Films Coffee films established as a short film collective playing with camcorders in 1996, Coffee Films incorporated in 2003 and within a year was recognized as one of Europes leading young production and distribution companies. Progressing to documentaries on music and wildlife they gained critical acclaim for the film Last of the Scottish Wildcats as only the second company to film Britains rarest mammal. At the moment they are currently producing a slate of exciting feature length projects including; The Death and Resurrection Show , Lucid a psychological drama/thriller and numerous wildlife projects. Coffee films are looking forward to creating many more independent films for as long as possible.Key major films they have released• Last of the Scottish Wildcats• The Death• The Death and Resurrection Show
Caravan films Caravan Film is a London, UK based independent film production and distribution company, artistically helmed by award winning feature and documentary filmmakers Leon & David Flamholc. They also make a number of films including Flip a coin a romantic comedy, Sherdil; a family adventure film about the love between a girl and her horse and lithivm a typical thriller.Key major films they have released• Flip a coin• Lithivm• Sherdil
BBC Film Network BBC Film Network is the BBCs short film distribution showcase, screening short films from new British Filmmakers, with four new shorts every week. The site also provides filmmakers with tools to create online profiles and exchange tips, advice and ideas and allows audiences to comment on and rate the films. In addition to this the BBC Film Network provides links to all the great online that already currently exist.Key major films they have released• The awakening• Perfect sense• We need to about Kevin
DNA Films DNA Films is an independent film production and distribution company set up in 1997 by Duncan Kenworthy & Andrew MacDonald. They have produced a relatively small number of films which have been successful both commercially and critically, including:28 Weeks Later, Sunshine, Notes on a Scandal, The History Boys, The Last King of Scotland and 28 Days Later. DNA films have a distribution agreement with Fox Searchlight, a subsidiary of 20th Century Fox which specialises in independent and British films. 28 Days Later is probably their most successful since it made enough money to spin off into a franchise, with the sequel 28 Weeks Later released in 2007 and 28 Months Later which may also be produced.Key major films they have released• 28 Days Later• 28 Weeks Later
Vertigo films Vertigo Films is a UK Media company founded in 2002 to create and distribute commercially driven independent cinema. 2010 was a sensational year for Vertigo with Europes first 3D live action movie, street dance 3D, entering the UK Box Office charts at No.1 beating Disneys Prince of Persia and becoming one of the most successful UK independent films of all time as it opened around the world. In addition, Vertigos co- production AJAMI was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Film and our genre busting MONSTERS received exceptional buzz, acclaim and a host of awards including three British Independent Film Awards. In 2011 Vertigo produced and released a 3D feature film of the childrens franchise Horrid Henry which became a box office hit taking £6.5 million pounds.Key major films they have released• Street Dance 3D• Prince of Persia• Horrid Henry
What distribution company could we use… Coffee films Although coffee films have produced a feature length music documentary it is based on athriller and has similar elements to our film. It is also British like ours and involves deathwhich is a code and convention of our teen horror film. As coffee films is a well establisheddistribution company we could use it for our film as they are interested in young productioncompanies such as ourselves. At the moment they are working on a thriller drama sot theymay not be interested in our film. On the other hand as they are working on a thriller theymay be interested in doing a horror film as it would be something different/ a challenge forthem. A poster of their thriller documentary The Death and Resurrection Show is below
Caravan films Whereas the production and distribution company Caravan films have actually made anumber of films from a wide range of genres one of which being a typical thriller so theymay want to broaden their horizon and produce our teen horror film. Below is a number ofposters of the film flip a coin of a romantic comedy although it is of a different genre thebudget was similar to ours and it is considered a British film when marked against thecriteria. The three posters used to help distribute the film BBC film Network BBC film network is another production company that I did research on after looking attheir feature films I found that their production and distribution company’s films producedand distributed were rather short so we would not be able to use them to create a hourlength film. On the other hand it would be good to upload our opening two minutes soothers can comment on what they have seen and exchange ideas that may help us improvethe whole film.
DNA films DNA film’s is one of the companys I found that really caught my attention as it has made a number of films including 28 days later and 28 months later that involved zombies which is a sub genre of our film inhumane. Also they are both about people, not necessarily teenagers, surviving from the zombies; this follows the concept of our film and I feel that it would be the best production company to use. Futhermore DNA films is a British independent film company which is one of our main criterias as we are producing a no budget British film’s. Below is a poster of both the films 28 days later and 28 months later.The posters of the film 28weeks later and 28 MonthsLater as 28 months later isthe sequel to 28 weeks laterthe posters follow a similarlayout colour scheme andconcept Vertigo films Vertigo films would be a could company to distribute our film as it would be shown in independent cinemas. However this means that the film would not be mainstream so it may not meet the audiences expectations. On the other hand they are use to producing films that are British however these have been based on well known concepts and have given been in 3D.This would be unrealistic in our case as we would be distributing a no budget British film that has less brand awareness.
Also the genres of film they have created have been extremely different from our teen horror; inhumane. From looking at the research I have conducted it is clear that this distribution company would not be a good idea as the pros out weigh the cons in this particular case. 3 different posters displaying/promoting the film Street Dance 3D My opinion of the most appropriate institution From looking at different distribution companies it has become apparent that the most useful distribution company would be DNA films this is due to a number of reasons firstly, they have produced films that have a similar concept/storyline to ours and follow the same genre and would most likely to be willing to work with our sub genre of teen. In addition to this their major film successes have been predominately British would follows our brief of producing a no budget British film. I believe that if Vertigo films distributed our film there would be a fairly good chance of it being great film and maybe even better than what we expect.