Day 1 Schedule: Film Distribution Summit 2019

8.30am Registration

Collect your pass and meet other delegates... The adventure begins!

9.00am Distribution 101 – Everything You Need to Know To GET your Film Seen in 2019 and beyond...

Making films is a hard and often exhilarating roller-coaster ride. The tough news so many of us don't really want to face is that it doesn’t end when you complete the edit and attend your own premiere. A whole different journey is about to begin, one that will define how you are seen as a filmmaker, how you and your investors are rewarded and is the foundation for your NEXT film. EVERY person you will meet while making your second film will ask 'so how did your first one go? ' and you had better have a positive answer.


10.00am 'I JUST released our film and here's what we learned

Meet the filmmakers who actually done it and recently released a feature film in the UK theatres with varying degree of success. They will openly and honestly tell you the gains and losses, and how they got to the point to have it released. Learn how THEY did it so you can copy their successes and avoid their failures.


11.00am (15 mins)

Coffee and Networking

11.15am  Audiences: HOW to fit YOUR vision into THEIR needs

What are those essential elements in your title, poster, trailer, genre promise, cast... that trigger a person to buy a ticket, click a button or begin streaming? How do sales and marketing experts leverage YOUR hard work and turn that into the elements that cause people to spend THEIR money on your film and not another film?  


12.00pm The Sales Agents and Distributors of Today

What do Sales Agents and Distributors truly look for in a project when they consider buying it? Is it cast, awards, genre, story? Where does YOUR film fit in this business?


1.00pm (60 mins)

Lunch and Networking


2.00pm The Alternative Route

You don’t want to work with a Sales Agent or a Distributor? Meet the people who are out there who are disrupting and innovating and making their own way and success. With today's technology and array of opportunities it has never been easier to self-distribute - however it's also never been harder to stand out from the millions of different type of entertainment that is in the race for our attention and time. Listen closely to build a blueprint you can tailor to your own specific needs. 


3.00pm Case Study / Workshop

You have a project in mind, it might be in development, may be in post or already finished touring the festivals. Perhaps it's a short, but perhaps it's a feature. The aim of this workshop is, that YOU know what to do with it and how to achieve your goal! We will send you some simple homework before the summit so you can prepare for this session. Then we will work on it together and experience how sales and distribution really work at the coal face.


4.00pm Coffee and Tea (30 mins)

 Coffee and Networking


4.30pm Dragon's Den

If you completed the homework about YOUR OWN PROJECT we can get to work LIVE on it in the room. This is your time to test out an audience and how your project fairs, identify the strength and weaknesses and build on them.


5.30pm The Waterfall Explained

Understanding the cashflow and payment schedules... the waterfall... for your film is crucial. Money does not just come in, there is a highly structured process your sales revenue will pass through BEFORE it arrives in your bank account and it's crucial to grasp this financial process.


7.00pm Networking Drinks


Day 2 Schedule: Film Distribution Summit 2019

9.00am We DID IT... Only OUR WAY!

Meet the filmmakers, who faced insurmountable challenges trying their films get to an audience and used innovative and daring ideas to do it so. How did they do it? What aids they got? Who were the people and bodies, who supported them along the way? Festivals and Markets

What does a festival nomination / win really mean for a filmmaker’s future career? And how do festivals truly work? What proportion of your budget should you put aside? When should you start thinking about a festival strategy? What is the difference between a festival and a market? Which one does your project need? How many should you go to, and why? Which festival is better than the other? What is the outcome you'd like to achieve with your festival run? Whether you have a short or a feature this panel is ESSENTIAL!


11.00am (15 mins)

Coffee and Networking

11.15am The Magic Ingredients... Marketing and PR

Why would you need a marketing expert, what do they actually do and how? If people don't know about your film, they can't choose it. If they DO know about your film, you need to persuade them to give you money and / or time. In the very noisy marketing world we now live in, that is no small feat to achieve. Meet the magicians who will bring audiences to your film and peek behind the curtain to find out HOW they do it. There is serious strategy behind every success and you better get planning yours!


12.00pm The Art of Posters

Find out how producers, distributors and poster designers work together through this series of presented case studies. We can all use Photoshop, or have a mate 'who can', but the difference between 'pretty good' and 'world class' KEY art will be reflected in dollars at the markets. DO NOT DROP THE BALL HERE as so many filmmakers do.


12.30pm The Killer Trailer

Nothing sells a movie like a trailer. This sessions was one of the most popular sessions in the past, and we listened your feedback and made it longer! Meet the experts who have mastered the art of cutting trailers and find out how they do it. 


1.00pm (60 mins)

Lunch and Networking

2.00pm How a Lawyer will save your film

What lawyers do to protect you and your film. What are the most essential and crucial steps you should be aware of, things you can't get around and will be good for you in the long-run to know? And how to spot and avoid the crooks, or at least, those who will attempt to fleece you for every penny. 


2.30pm Making tech delivery: What, how much and what you can skip

Technical delivery is the stage where you hand over the files, documents, contracts, copies of masters... YOUR FILM... To the sales agent and/or distributor. This is an extraordinarily detailed technical list of elements that any distributor, sales agent, aggregator or platform will need in order that they can sell your film. We share what you can cheat, and also what you MUST deliver! How much will it cost (more than any of us would like) and how long will it take?


3.30pm (30 mins)

Coffee and Networking

4.00pm Shaking The Money Tree To Get Money To Distribute

You get it, the sales, the distribution, the marketing – but HOW to get money to do it? How much do you need for it realistically? There is money out there: you can apply to government bodies, or source it form more nontraditional routes.


5.00pm Surviving Sales and What’s Next?

If we thought making the film was hard, then distribution is the second hidden step we know happens but we also kind of lie to ourselves about. Anyone who makes a film will at some point find themselves at this all important threshold. In this closing session, we will reflect on the journey and recap on the hard won truths, building a cheat sheet for success on a financial level, success on a carrier development level, success on a personal satisfaction level, and perhaps even success deep inside our artistic souls.