Sundance: Distrib Doctors are in Session

by Anne Thompson
January 21, 2010 6:31 AM
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At this year's Sundance, as changes in the distribution marketplace continue to dog indie filmmakers, two back-to-back panels aim to help filmmakers figure out how to make the best of their crazy-quilt options. Already, three Sundance selections will debut on YouTube before they screen at the festival.

On Monday at Prospector Square at 2:30 pm, The Doctors are in the House! panel offers rotating groups of filmmakers and strategists to explore case studies and help attendees to apply them to their own projects.

Then at Shadow Ridge at 5:30 pm, hybrid distribution guru Peter Broderick mounts an intensive nut-and-bolts Distribution Clinic to help filmmakers create customized distribution strategies. At the workshop, Broderick will outline the latest distrib models, along with producers Cora Olson and Jennifer Dubin of Present Pictures (Good Dick) and producer Mark Stolaroff, founder of No Budget Film School. They will team up with other filmmakers and experts to improvise solutions for filmmakers in the audience. (Sign up here.)

Broderick promises to show filmmakers how to:

* Harness social media
* Reach core audiences directly
* Maximize revenue from multiple distribution avenues
* Build a fan base to support current and future work

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