Judith Dancoff NewFilmMarketing is a breakthrough consulting service for do-it-yourself film distribution to universities, K-12, libraries, and specialty markets.

We are impassioned to establish the right distribution platform to meet your film's needs and to shape the right strategy. In addition, we offer hourly consultation, coaching, workshops, and an informative blog. Contact us for a free consultation and dates of upcoming workshops. Our focus is on educational and specialty distribution but will share whatever useful information comes our way.

We believe the strongest market and viewership for most documentary filmmakers lies in academic and specialty markets. Let us help you transform that promise into a reality.

Your Film Just Won the Lottery… Now What?

January 27th, 2011

A filmmaker contacted me recently with an interesting dilemma.  His film, just off of several strong festival screenings, was starting to attract tempting distribution offers, including educational distribution from one of the best houses in the country.  Then he heard about Academic DIY and began to wonder if that could offer anything equal.

I gave him my usual rap…how much he’d make per year (after you get up-and-running, as much as $25-$30,000, for several years), the limited amount of up-front work and money required to get started, and so forth.  He wasn’t convinced.  How could Academic DIY compete with a company like the one offering him the contract?  What could I say to convince him?

Then over coffee this morning, the answer came.  Worldcat.org, the international database of all library holdings on earth, held the key.   Any filmmaker considering a distributor should go first on Worldcat, choose several of the distributor’s top titles, and search the number of library and university holdings for each.   Is the distributor actually placing films?    And if it is, how many film placements would be needed, at the cut they’re offering you and film price, to make your annual DIY profit?

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Around the World in 60 Minutes

January 20th, 2011

Check out my January 6th webcast on the Nuts & Bolts of Academic DIY produced by Doc Talks.  Throw out the rule books and your pre-conceptions.  Academic DIY is NOT what you think it is, it is NOT where films go to retire, and you CAN make money with this stuff, maybe more than with any other method of DIY.  Succeeding, though, takes a clear marketing head, a solid understanding of academia, and most of all, the willingness to try something new.

The webcast reached over 160 listeners from around the world.  Questions ranged from the best time to roll-out academic distribution, to effective websites, to good calendar dates for sales campaigns.  Jilann Spitzmiller of Doc Talks and I both had a blast!

Click here to listen to the entire show!

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