09 Dec 4 Ways To Make Sure Your Indie Film Gets Seen
The process of getting your indie film out there and noticed is not like it used to be. Even in just the last five years the game has completely changed. DVD’s used to be the way to go… it’s not like that anymore. Now that we’re in the digital age, there are multiple channels and outlets that allow your film to be seen and each have their pros and cons. So how does an indie filmmaker break onto the scene? Here are 5 ways to get your film in front of the RIGHT eyeballs:
- Film Festivals
Right out of the gate the first way to get seen is to work hard; and ironically, it’s about hitting the pavement to see people and not just digital. Going to film festivals means getting prepared, stepping outside of your comfort zone to network and meet new people, time on the road, and more. It’s not the easiest way, but if you’re willing to invest time and elbow grease, this is a great and still relevant way to get your film out there.
- Develop Your Own Online Following
If you want to generate buzz for your film, don’t begin when your film is ready for release, begin from the moment the idea enters your mind. Create pages and groups on social media and let them go through the journey with you. Encourage them to share and get excited about the upcoming film. It’s a great way to build an audience along the way and the anticipation will make your release that much better!
Video on Demand (VOD) is the new reality, and for indie filmmakers that’s actually a good thing because the barriers to entry vs. a more traditional theatrical approach are much lower and more easily accessible. The downside is that sometimes it’s really hard to get on there or if you do… get noticed… There are services and companies that will help you get on iTunes, Netflix, Amazon, etc, if that’s the way you want to go. Freestyle Digital Media’s digital distribution group offers filmmaker partners placement on all of the most notable platforms
- Hire A Sales & Distribution Agent
If you’re not sure whether you have the ambition and drive to call every distribution company out there and do all of the pitching and networking yourself, it’s time to contract with a distributor who will leverage years of experience and a vast network of resources to do all the heavy lifting for you.
Your best-case scenario is to find an experienced independent film distributor that takes care of all the work. Freestyle Digital Media is your number one choice for independent film distribution in the Los Angeles area. We’ve had the privilege and pleasure of distributing and promoting films of all budgets featuring Academy Award-winning actors and are ready to work with you!
Ready to get started? Freestyle Digital Media in Los Angeles would love to hear about your project. Get in touch with us today!