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THE HISTORY OF INDEPENDENT FILM DATABASE:
The concept of this company was born on October 2012, as an idea to be an alternative to the outdated and broken system of submitting your film to numerous film festivals with the hopes that:
- A Distributor just happens to attend the festival,
- He just happens to attend a viewing of your film,
- He just happens to like your film,
- He just happens to be looking for a film just like yours (considering genre, length, and content),
- He just happens to be ready to purchase a film at that time,
- He is able to strike a deal with you that works for both you and his company,
- On top of all this, you film must be selected from thousands of other films being submitted to the festival.
With quality digital cameras readily available and affordable by many, including the technology for editing digital video, there has been a surge of independent films being made each year and submitted to thousands of film festivals around the world.
(There are approximately 9700 film festivals around the world, and of those, approximately 3000 of them are considered “active.” Active, meaning they have hosted a film festival within the past few years. Stephen Follows did a great article on this subject. See: https://stephenfollows.com/many-film-festivals-are-in-the-world)
Consider Sundance Film Festival for example: As early as 1995, a producer had almost a 50% chance (45.9% to be exact) of getting screened. (Total number of submissions = 375, total number of films screened = 172).
That was the end of the “glory days.” The very next year, a producer’s chances dropped dramatically to only 9.4% (Total submissions = 1950, total number of films screened = 184).
Each year since 1995, there has been an exponential growth of films submitted to Sundance Film Festival.
The number of submissions for the 2017 festival is not encouraging: Submissions = 13,053, number of films screened = 181. Filmmakers had, at best, only a 1.4% chance of getting their film screened at Sundance. (See: http://www.sundance.org/festivalhistory for more details.)
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WOW! It’s no wonder a filmmaker’s chances are so low at typical film festivals.
YOU MAY AS WELL GAMBLE YOUR MONEY AT LAS VEGAS!
Because the odds at Vegas are much higher than 1.4% (and remember, these are just the odds of getting your film on the screen, not the odds that a distributor will happen to purchase distribution rights to your film).
During July 2012, Brook Nuttall, (one of the producers of “The Boys At The Bar,” a $150,000 student film) thought, “There must be a better way.”
After searching for one and finding none, by Oct. 2012, the complete concept of Independent Film Database had been born. Due to life’s many challenges and difficulty in finding affordable website programmers willing to take on this project, Independent Film Database was under construction nearly 6 years. Finally, our website went live on Apr. 5, 2018.
This “database” of independent films is an online website that hosts filmmakers’ films for a period of time (5 years, and renewable) allowing distributors and film lovers around the world to search, watch, and find the films that suit their specific needs AT ANY GIVEN TIME OF THE YEAR. Distributors will be able to distribute films more profitably and efficiently.
This website also offers to producers the ability offer their film for a transactional video on demand (TVOD) service and to set the “pay per view” or “Video on Demand” price between $2.00 and $10.00. Film lovers would then be allowed to pay their price and watch the film as many times as they wish within 48 hours after their purchase. Producers will receive 60% of the net revenues from the VOD purchases for their film on a quarterly basis.
What makes our service unique and better than other TVOD service providers available on the internet is the fact that there are no middle men and we have very low overhead. What this means is, 60% of the net revenue from us, is more than 70 or 80% of the net revenue from other TVOD service providers.
MORE TO COME