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Yet another DIY film distribution article - NY Times

In anticipation of the upcoming Toronto Film Festival, the New York Times regurgitates what every filmmaker with an undistributed picture already knows:

The glory days of independent film, when hot young directors like Steven Soderbergh and Mr. Tarantino had studio executives tangled in fierce bidding wars at Sundance and other celebrity-studded festivals, are now barely a speck in the rearview mirror. And something new, something much odder, has taken their place.

Here is how it used to work: aspiring filmmakers playing the cool auteur in hopes of attracting the eye of a Hollywood power broker.

Here is the new way: filmmakers doing it themselves — paying for their own distribution, marketing films through social networking sites and Twitter blasts, putting their work up free on the Web to build a reputation, cozying up to concierges at luxury hotels in film festival cities to get them to whisper into the right ears.

Nothing new here but it's always nice when the major news outlets turn their attention to independent film and the problems we're facing now.

1 comment:

Yavor Batchev said...

Dear Sir/Madam,

My film is on YouTube,,, among many others.

Just type in: The Bulgarian Prophet

It is a comedy situated in the hippy years.

Could I sell my movie through your website? Could I list it with you?

Please read the critic’s reviews at

Thank you.

Here is a digital download of my film The Bulgarian Prophet.

username: download password: themovie

You will be given a choice of four links. Please right click on the first one (the film – asking $1.75 for a three day rental)

and the second one (the trailer).

The film is an amalgam of Eugene Ionesco, Boris Vian and Kafka. It is a dark comedy. Two themes emerge: anti-religious fanaticism (no particular religion is targeted) and anti-social doctrines (Communism, Nazism, etc…). And, in order to be “politically correct” there is not a single positive character. It is “Cinema of the Absurd” at its best. The film is conceived to please a large segment of the society from hard-core intellectuals to the average Joe. Please see it. (Full synopsis available.)

Yavor Batchev (Producer, screenwriter & director)