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Course Description:

By the end of this course, you will will have a personalized DOCUMENTARY DISTRIBUTION & MONETIZATION PLAN that could generate $$ thousands, tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars in extra revenue!

You'll learn how to find buyers and successfully package, pitch and sell your unscripted film or docuseries - including short docs and older films - to maximize sales across every market; including TV broadcast and streaming (Netflix, BBC, HBO, Paramount+, PBS, etc), educational licensing, foreign sales, theatrical, niche markets and much more!

"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!"

"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!"

Your Insider's Sales & Distribution Guide to attract film buyers at NETFLIX, Disney+, Hulu, HBO, STARZ and many more.

Learn how to sell your film to theaters, Broadcast, Streaming, Educational and International Markets.

What You Get

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

  • Downloadables, PDFs & 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!

  • Negotiating Contracts – What Rights You MUST Keep


  • A guide for navigating Theatrical, Semi-theatrical, SVOD, TVOD, VOD, Broadcast, Educational and International Markets.

  • Live Group Q&A Coaching Zoom Calls with Instructors (24-month Access Pass)

  • Certificate of Completion; and much, much more!

FREE BONUS #1! Budget Template + Budgeting Tutorial


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

FREE BONUS #2! Distribution Database


As an extra bonus, get an interactive Distribution Database with a searchable listing of 210+ distributors, film buyers and sales agents; includes contact names, emails & phone #s. An invaluable resource for selling your film!

"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."

Generate $$ Thousands...

By the end of this course, you will will have a personalized DOCUMENTARY DISTRIBUTION & MONETIZATION PLAN for your film that could generate $$ thousands, tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars in extra revenue!

About Your Instructors

Anna Darrah and Jilann Spitzmiller

Anna Darrah (left) 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 (right) 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. 

Documentary Sales & Distribution 101

The Insider's Guide To Successfully Selling and Distributing Your Film

Includes Live Q&A Group Coaching and 24-Month Access Pass

Buy Now: $195 $97.50

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I haven't yet completed my film. Is this course appropriate for me?

    Yes! The sooner you can start crafting your monetization & distribution strategy the better.

  • Can I download class materials?

    Yes! Any PDF assets, templates or other resources inside a course are yours to download and keep!

  • How long is this course?

    The course is comprised of 20+ videos -- total length 270-minutes (4.5 hours). Plus access to a library of recorded Q&As and webinars.

  • Who can I contact if I have a question?

    Please contact Customer Service by sending an email to support@desktop-documentaries.com

"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!" 

- Miranda Childers