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The clock is ticking, and I'm trying to archive as many valuable IMDb posts as possible. This one concerns selling copies of your movie at the premiere or a film festival.
» Sat Dec 24 2016 14:09:22 Flag ▼ | Reply |
IMDb member since July 2005
Recently, it's been suggested to me that when I release my movie I should sell copies of it at the premiere. My thing is I want to hold off on selling the DVD til I'm done making the rounds on the festival circuit and I'm done shopping for a distributor.
I just wanted to know what everyone's thoughts on this is. Thank you!
» Thu Jan 5 2017 12:54:47 Flag ▼ | Reply |
IMDb member since May 2006
I can't remember who the filmmaker was, but there was someone who did this like 10 years ago, and him selling copies, is what actually got the movie a distribution deal cause the right person came along and bought a copy, and that spread the movie around, and got a distribution deal after. So maybe it's a good thing in that case?
Brian Stoller wrote in Filmmaking for Dummies that he left a copy of a film of his at Blockbuster to see if anyone would notice. When he came back to retrieve it, the employee told him that someone had rented it. It later got legit distribution. However, Stoller doesn't necessarily recommend this method. But selling copies at your premiere shouldn't hurt.by
» Tue Feb 7 2017 21:38:10 Flag ▼ | Reply |
IMDb member since July 2006
Yeah, I did it at mine. We didn't have the DVD's printed yet, but we took pre-orders and sold them an empty case, then mailed the actual disc when they were ready a couple of weeks later. Was good, we sold a few hundred. It's also really nice to see people buy your movie after just having paid to see it. Plus you can sign it for them.
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