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Film Distribution Series Part 1: U.S. Distribution - Negotiating the Theatrical Agreement

  • Wednesday, August 25, 2010
  • 7:00 PM - 8:29 PM
  • Ken Edwards Center, 1527 Fourth Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401


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With Akua Boyenne, Esq.

DESCRIPTION: All too often in the independent film world, making a movie is not nearly as difficult as securing a distribution deal. Getting distribution is frequently more challenging than raising financing and producing the film. Even so, many filmmakers mistakenly believe if they make a good film, distribution will be easily obtainable. This is a huge mistake.  Distributors must feel confident that they can make a make a solid return on their investment to cover the cost and time involved in distributing a film.  Although not necessary, having a name director or star can improve the chances of securing distribution. Often film festivals are used to get distribution.

• In this introductory class we will look at the various ways to obtain U.S. film distribution as well as how to negotiate a U.S. theatrical distribution agreement.

This workshop is Part 1 of a four-part series on film distribution. Registration for all four workshops is encouraged but not required.

SPEAKER: Akua Boyenne, Esq. is a graduate of Seton Hall Law School, Tufts University and extensive programs at UCLA Entertainment Law Studies. She is admitted to practice in California, New York and New Jersey, is a member of the American Bar Association (Entertainment Law Section), the Beverly Hills Bar Association (Entertainment and Intellectual Property Section), Film Independent, Inc. and the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc.

This workshop was made possible, in part, by support provided by the California Arts Council, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and the California Community Foundation.



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