PANEL: THE CHANGING ECONOMICS AND DYNAMICS OF FEATURE FILM DISTRIBUTION
***This program is pay-what-you-wish***
You have a passion for storytelling and you made a film. Now what? The issue here is that most indie filmmakers eventually have to figure out how to reach more audiences as well as get rewarded financially in order to continue their filmmaking endeavor. Some filmmakers hope to sell their film to a distributor or studio at a major film festival. Some filmmakers are obsessed with getting their movies up on online streaming platforms. Is one approach better than another? Sales agents, distributors, and investors frequently emphasize the importance of “name talent” for the commercial viability of an indie feature. Is this still relevant for indie filmmakers nowadays?
AAIFF40 invites industry professionals in production, distribution, and acquisition to offer perspectives and insights into the changing economics and dynamics of feature film distribution
Eugene Park is a filmmaker and producer working in narrative and experimental forms. Eugene’s films have screened at hundreds of festivals, micro-cinemas, museums, galleries, and alternative screening venues around the world, including SXSW, BFI Flare, Frameline, Outfest, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Athens International Film + Video Festival, Antimatter, Asian American International Film Festival, Jornadas de Reapropiación, and many others. Eugene is also the executive director of Full Spectrum Features, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to diversity in film and media.
Arman Oner, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Ammo Content. Arman Oner is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Ammo Content, LLC., a multiplatform digital distributor and aggregator based in New York City. Since launching Ammo Content with partners Reid Brody and Rick Baruch, in early January, the company now manages more than 250 titles, works directly with nine Video-On-Demand portals, generating several hundred thousand hours viewed per month.
Aijah Keith, Acquisitions Manager, IFC Films. After graduating from Sarah Lawrence College with a concentration in Cinema Studies, Keith was accepted into NBCUniversal’s Page Program. While there, she held assignments at Oxygen Media, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and Saturday Night Live. After that, she was a publicity coordinator with Starz Entertainment. For the past four years, Keith has served as the Acquisitions Manager at IFC Films, aiding in securing over 240 titles for the company’s three film labels: IFC Films, Sundance Selects and IFC Midnight. She currently resides in New York City.