DISTRIBUTION: What are your options?
A one day workshop that provides insight into a range of opportunities for distribution of screen content, looking at the principles of distribution applied to case studies and working examples. Presented by Screenworks as part of the Byron Bay International Film Festival.
The guest speakers represent both traditional and non-traditional distribution models and are highly experienced in selling Australian screen content around the world.
Fiona Gilroy, Content Sales & Acquisitions Director of Flame Distribution represents the work of over 180 independent producers selling factual content to TV, inflight, educational buyers and VOD platforms worldwide.
Victoria Baldock, Distributor and sales and marketing professional and founder of Verve Entertainment, with more than 25 years experience has worked across all genres of programming including Drama, Factual, Lifestyle, Entertainment, Comedy, Children’s and the Formats Business and has been responsible for the placement of thousands of hours of programming to broadcasters around the globe.
Michael Robertson is the Managing Director of Prodigy Movies and a leading figure in the Australian film industry. Michael will discuss how to derive an income in this ever-changing market and will explore how worldwide indie films can no longer rely on the traditional “premiering” at a festival, securing a distributor and releasing on cinema screens, before moving to a digital outlet. Michael will also discuss how indie filmmakers are going directly to online platforms and these online platforms are also producing their own content before posing the question – so where to from here?
Attendees will be provided with an insight into:
- Distribution opportunities available to independent filmmakers
- What to expect from a distributor
- How to find a good distributor and set up a distribution deal
- Daunting and changing landscapes for independent filmmakers
This event offers a unique opportunity for filmmakers to connect with distributors and to explore opportunities for distribution of their content.
Friday Oct 19 | 9:30am – 3:30pm
Byron Bay Community Cabin, Carlyle St, Byron Bay
Tickets $90 general admission / $55 members
With a team of highly skilled sales and acquisitions professionals located in Sydney, London, Singapore, New York and Greece, the team is headed up by Fiona Gilroy, who started the business in 2011. Fiona has held the roles of Sales & Marketing Operations Manager at Film Australia where she was also the staff-elected Director and Content Sales Manager at SBS. Fiona currently Co-Chairs the Australian International Documentary Conference.
Working with producers at all stages of production, Flame Distribution’s ethos is to offer buyers solutions to their programming needs and to feedback to producer’s market trends and opportunities and maximise their productions audience and returns.
VICTORIA BALDOCK, Distributor and sales and marketing professional and founder of Verve Entertainment
Victoria is a marketer. She Identifies and connects the dots, putting pieces of the puzzle together – selling ideas, concepts and talent.
Victoria believes strongly between creating a bridge between arts and industry – connecting creative talent with commercial opportunities and her mission has always been to personify the definition of Verve – to enable energy and enthusiasm in the expression of ideas, especially in artistic endeavours – through vitality, liveliness and intuition.
With over 25 years experience in the entertainment and television industry, Victoria founded Verve Entertainment International in 2003. She has worked across all genres of programming including Drama, Factual, Lifestyle, Entertainment, Comedy, Children’s and the Formats Business and has been responsible for the placement of thousands of hours of programming to broadcasters around the globe.
Victoria has attended all major festivals and television markets speaks regularly at conferences and is invited to judge a number of industry festivals. Her strengths are her unwavering ability to know what content can be placed where – identifying market trends, creating a need, and successfully filling those gaps.
MICHAEL ROBERTSON, Prodigy Movies
Michael is known for producing original and exciting genre films, including Black Water, Road Train and The Reef. His latest film The Pack is described by The LA Times as “making Cujo look like a cuddly toy”. Michael is a member of Ateliers du Cinéma Europeén (ACE), the Amsterdam-based producer’s network and specialises in alternative film financing to leverage tax rebates, tax credits and ‘soft money’ initiatives with UK and US production groups.
THIS EVENT IS MADE POSSIBLE WITH SUPPORT FROM CREATE NSW AND IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE BYRON BAY FILM FESTIVAL
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Published on September 20, 2018 7:02 am