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Quickly Learn How To Sell and Distribute Your Documentary

As a first-time filmmaker, it can seem overwhelming all the choices for distribution. How to find a buyer? How to reach your audience? How to make revenue from your film and make the biggest impact? We've broken it all down for you inside this distribution 101 course:

  • Designed for complete beginners and first-time independent filmmakers

  • Step-by-step: how to access any market including Netflix/Streamers, Cable TV, Educational, Foreign Sales, Niche Markets and more!

  • Searchable Database of 200+ Distributors, Buyers and Sales Agents

  • Downloadables & PDF Resources including Pitch Deck Sample, Sponsorship Sheet, Press Kit Samples, Distribution Budget Template, Check-Lists, Deliverables and more!

  • Live Distribution Q&A Zoom Calls

  • 2-Year Access Pass

"Excellent"

by Sam Clarke/Indie Filmmaker

"The attention to detail in this course is phenomenal. I have come away feeling like I know what my next step will be!"

"Don't leave money on the table because you don't know your options and you don't have a plan."



Course Description:

In this course, you’ll go step by step through the film distribution market place exploring the strongest and most lucrative opportunities available to you; including TV broadcast and streaming (Netflix, BBC, HBO, Paramount+, PBS, etc), educational licensing, corporate & non-profit sponsorship, film festivals, foreign sales, public television, theatrical, niche markets and much more!

You'll learn how to successfully package, pitch and sell your unscripted film or docuseries - including short docs and older films - to maximize sales across every market.

What could be an overwhelming process on your own, the instructors take you step by step through every opportunity in an easy-to-understand and fun way.

After you have completed and applied this course, you will have a personalized step-by-step distribution business plan for your film!

Your Insider's Distribution Guide to NETFLIX, Disney+, Hulu, HBO, PBS, STARZ and many more.

Learn how to make distribution deals in Theatrical, Semi-theatrical, SVOD, TVOD, VOD, Broadcast, Educational and International Markets.

What's Inside

  • Step-by-step video tutorials: how to maximize your film's sales across every market including Netflix/Streamers, Cable TV, Educational, Foreign, Niche Markets and more!

  • Distribution Database: Searchable list of 200+ distributors, film buyers and sales agents.

  • Downloadables & Resources including Pitch Deck Sample, PBS Corporate Sponsorship Sheet, Press Kit Samples, Budget Template, Check-Lists, Deliverables and more!

  • Tactics and guides on how to pitch, negotiate and make deals with Streamers and Channels (NETFLIX, Discovery+, Hulu, BBC, iTunes, etc)

  • Options for selling documentary short films and even older archived films!

  • How To Sell and Pitch at Film Markets, Forums & Film Festivals

  • Distribution Budget Template + Budgeting Tutorial - a special bonus training covering every line item and budgeting consideration during the distribution phase


  • 4+ Hours Bonus Trainings - Watch real-time Distribution Strategy Sessions with 5 filmmakers; a 76-minute in-depth training on Distribution Contracts; plus get the latest 2022 Distribution Trends.

  • Live Quarterly Distribution Q&A Zoom Calls exclusive for enrolled students

  • And much, much more!

FREE BONUS! Budget Template + Budgeting Tutorial


With your enrollment, get a free 3-page Distribution Budget Template and Budgeting Tutorial covering every line item and budgeting consideration during the distribution phase.

About Your Instructors

Anna Darrah and Jilann Spitzmiller

Anna Darrah is an experienced film buyer, negotiating with and licensing 800+ films in her 15 years working for Gaiam and Spiritual Cinema Circle. She is currently the Head of Development for Film Nest Studios.

Jilann Spitzmiller is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has premiered in competition at Sundance, SXSW, DOC NYC and Edinburgh. Jilann's films have been broadcast around the globe on BBC, NBC, Sundance Channel, Aljazeera, PBS, Discovery Networks, and many more. She successfully implemented a hybrid distribution plan for her film, STILL DREAMING, which was broadcast on PBS with corporate underwriting. She is also a Director, Co-Producer, Writer and Editor of the documentary MEOW WOLF: ORIGIN STORY which recently showcased on AppleTV, Amazon and many airlines around the world. 

Your Documentary Business Plan

By the end of this course you will have a completed DOCUMENTARY DISTRIBUTION & MONETIZATION PLAN, a step-by-step blueprint, for generating income across multiple platforms for any length, budget or genre of film.

WHAT STUDENTS ARE SAYING:

"Valuable... and well thought out"

by Heidi Reinberg - ITVS/HBO/Hot Docs

"I'm an experienced producer... this is one of the better presentations I've seen. Overall, it contains valuable information, the delivery and pace are good, the handouts are well thought out..."

"Absolutely Relevant"

by Seun Adeleye/Enhance 360

"This has been most enlightening for me. I have been a filmmaker for about 15 years... Honestly, I feel like a veil has been taken off my eyes and I am only just seeing now. This course is absolutely relevant and most essential. Thank you."

"Grateful"

by Michael Speltz/Dir., Seastainable Documentary

"I'm on a mission, and you and your team helped me find my focus and direction. I cannot tell you how much you have helped me in getting my project completed and more importantly ready for distribution."

"Amazing course"

by Kelly Moneymaker/Creative Media Producer

"This is the most comprehensive and well-curated online course I have ever taken. Jilann Spitzmiller and Anna Darrah are generous knowledge-sharers. Thank You!"

Documentary Distribution 101

The Definitive Guide To Successfully Selling and Distributing Your Film

*2-Year Access Pass*

Buy Now: $195 $97.50

"This is amazing. I've learned more in the first two modules than I did in almost four months with a "coach". Thank you. I'm in tears and so grateful!" 

- Georgia Whirl Productions LLC