Whether a film is good or bad, without distribution it may never be seen and therefore never make any money..
Film distribution can be a confusing topic for many new film investors. Learning about the ways your film will be distributed can help you best understand where your film investment is going. First, let’s start with a definition of film distribution.
The process of film distribution refers to the launching and sustaining of new films in the film market
In more recent years, the way companies distribute films has changed a great deal. With the invention of streaming services, presenting your movie to a large audience has never been easier. However, box office viewings are still the main way films are distributed around the world. The type of film and the type of company making the film will determine how the film is distributed and how large an audience it will reach.
Here at Films4U, we connect film investors and filmmakers to produce some of the best films in the industry. We have partners throughout the film world, both in digital streaming and traditional box office viewings. Our unique advantage is that we combine all aspects of fund raising, production and global distribution within our group of companies.
ABOUT HIGH FLIERS
Films4U has grown on the back of our founder company High Fliers Films, which for 30 years has been one of the UK’s most successful distribution companies.
High Fliers is a truly independent, and highly respected, leading film distribution company based at the world famous home of James Bond and Star Wars – Pinewood Studios.
We have been a market leader since being founded in 1988, and we take great pride in the amount of time, energy and attention to detail we afford all our titles. Our expertise lies across all movie platforms – theatrical, home video, VOD, digital and TV, with every aspect of a films life cycle taken care of in house by a dedicated and knowledgeable team.
In 2014, as part of our ongoing growth strategy we started to diversify into production, to take advantage of our hugely valuable relationships with Buyers. We proved concept with the hugely successful One Direction documentary and haven’t looked back since, producing numerous titles, all of which have delivered above forecast returns.
With an ever growing catalogue of films, we pride ourselves on the high quality and diverse subject matter of our movies, ranging from big budget star led features to lower budget independent productions – ensuring our continued success and keeping us at the forefront of UK film distribution market, and making our investors’ money along the way.
The UK remains the 3rd largest consumer market for filmed entertainment in the world and expected to overtake Japan by 2018
► The biggest-selling video of last year was the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, which sold 1.7m copies, two-thirds of which were in a physical format.
► Physical is down, but it is definitely not out, and is still considered a £1.4bn retail business. Physical formats are still the key to scoring a blockbuster hit. Every one of the year’s top 10 biggest video hits sold more on DVD and Blu-ray than they did digitally.
► The top 5 sellers include:
▸ Avengers: End game
▸ Toy Story 4
▸ Mary Poppins Returns
▸ A Star is Born
“Research shows that video discs represent an emotional purchase and form of owning content that can be enjoyed again and again. Despite new ways to buy, the figures show DVD is still the most popular way to watch a video” Source Chief Executive of BVAit.
► Changing viewing behaviour during the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the growth of streaming services such as Netflix and amazon, according to Ofcom’s latest annual study of the UK’s media habits.
►As of Q1 2020, Netflix had over 18 million paying subscribers.
►As of January 2020, there are 150+ Million Amazon Prime Video users.
“Retailers have invested hundreds of millions of pounds in new digital services, which have historically presented challenges to the entertainment business, and these numbers suggest the public is responding in their droves.”
Every year there are a number of important film festivals that take place across the world. Film Festivals provide companies an opportunity to network, showcase their projects to potential buyers and act as a market place for the buying and selling of films. High Fliers attend each of the major festivals throughout the year.
LONDON FILM FESTIVAL
The BFI London Film Festival is an annual film festival founded in 1957 and held in the United Kingdom, running for two weeks in October with co-operation from the British Film Institute. It screens more than 300 films, documentaries and shorts from approximately 50 countries.
CANNES FILM & TELEVISION FESTIVAL
The Cannes Festival is an annual film festival held in Cannes, France, which previews new films of all genres, including documentaries, from all around the world. Founded in 1946, the invitation-only festival is held annually (usually in May).
AMERICAN FILM MARKET
The American Film Market (AFM) is a film industry event held each year at the beginning of November in Santa Monica, California. The 2019 AFM took place November 6 – 13. More than 7,000 people attend the eight-day annual event to network and to sell, finance and acquire films.
BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
The Berlin International Film Festival, usually called the Berlinale, is a film festival held annually in Berlin, Germany. Founded in West Berlin in 1951, the festival has been held every February since 1978. With around 300,000 tickets sold and 500,000 admissions each year, it has the largest public attendance of any annual film festival.
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