If you would like to submit your independent film to Echelon Studios for review please email us first as we would like for you to fill out a Preliminary Aacquisition Questionnaire so that we can better understand your film. You can also download the form by clicking on the link.
Please email us a video link of your completed film and our Acquisition Team will view your film online or you can also mail us a screener.
Email us at: [email protected]
Please make sure you include all your contact info in your email. Thanks and we look forward to watching your film and evaluating it for Domestic & International Sales/Licensing!
You finished your film and you now feel uncertain about what to do next. It happens so often—even with savvy indie filmmakers. In some cases paralysis sets in. And, at worst, you simply let your film die. Don't let this happen to you.
Our ECHELON STUDIOS DISTRIBUTION Program offers opportunities to successfully and economically launch your film:
* An opportunity to book your film in a prestigious art house theater in New York and/or Los Angeles.
* An opportunity to market your film to the digital platforms (iTunes, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Google, and Sony).
* An opportunity to market your film to TV stations and networks (domestic and international).
* An opportunity to market DVDs of your film to retail chains, schools, colleges, and libraries.
DON'T GIVE UP!
We'd like to point out that some noteworthy directors never won an Oscar. And yet they plowed on. They were never discouraged. They kept directing films, and some very memorable ones. Here are a few examples and their films that were nominated but never won:
Alfred Hitchcock: Rebecca, Spellbound, Rear Window, and Psycho.
Orson Welles: Citizen Kane, The Magnificent Ambersons, and Touch of Evil.
Stanley Kubrick: Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, and Barry Lyndon.
Robert Altman: MASH, The Player, Short Cuts, and Gosford Park.
The lesson to be learned from the above is that filmmakers should do everything humanly possible to launch their films, no matter what. If you don't try, you'll never know!
RULES FOR FILMMAKING
Rule #1. Open your film in a well-established theater in New York and/or Los Angeles. It's the best way to give your film exposure and credibility.
Rule #2. Hire only a media-savvy publicist to contact the film critics, write and mail press releases, set up interviews, and compile and distribute production notes.
Rule #3. Start early on the three most important ancillary markets: (a) the digital platforms (iTunes, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Google, and Sony), (b) TV Sales (both domestic and international), and (c) DVD Sales (retail chains, schools, colleges, and libraries).
Rule #4. Promote your film on the search engines (Google, Bing, and Yahoo) and the Social Networks (Facebook, Twitter). Be pro-active. Depending on others can be dangerous.
Rule #5. Make sure your film is feature length (minimum 70 minutes).
Rule #6. Adhere to the 50/50 percentages. Allocate 50% of your budget for producing the film and 50% for marketing and promoting your film. Unfortunately, this is the rule most frequently ignored.
Rule #7. Don't edit your own film. Trust me. It won't be easy to be objective.
Rule #8. Don't rush to distribute nationally. Establish a track record with a successful New York or Los Angeles run.
Rule #9. Don't overspend on filmmaking equipment. A key to your success will be keeping down your costs. Remember, it's going to be your vision and talent that will produce a worthwhile film and not the money you spend for the latest high-tech equipment.
Rule #10. Use professionals to create your website, produce your trailer, and design your poster. These are not places to squeeze the nickel.