Distribution Gurus Panel at Hot Docs

by | May 11, 2023 | Newsletter

It was great to be on an IRL panel again at Hot Docs, one of my favorite festivals (really conducive to meeting people – they do a great job providing space for making connections). People felt it was very informative and all three of us panelists (me, Rachel Gordon and Scott Glosserman) wouldn’t shut up. This was helped by the amazing panel prep that Winnie Wang did. A nearly full house with lots of talk about setting goals and creating your own path beyond a dependence on gatekeepers in this down sales market. We also talked about how funders and film orgs need to step up to start funding independent film distribution and marketing and not just fund development and production. EG helping to take care of the full life of the films that are funded instead of just helping those films get made and then letting the filmmakers fend for themselves. Hot Docs did not record the panel – but I did – something all filmmakers should do on their Q&As, even if just on an iPhone. You can then use this for content later. I’ll be sharing a link to a transcript of the panel soon and D-word said they would put the audio up online. I’ll be sending links to both of these in the near future. 

Note -I know this is a no-brainer – but so many filmmakers don’t do it:  If you don’t have a photographer – just get someone to take photos during your Q&As for social – usually people are nice enough to do it – but try to get someone who feels they are good at it. This time I lucked into a cinematographer in the audience to take photos and I traded my books for a few shots!