Selling, Marketing & Distributing Film: The Process, Demystified

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Selling, Marketing & Distributing Film: The Process, Demystified

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 to Sat, 29 Apr 2017

Duration: 2 days
Times: Approx. 9.30am - 5.30pm (plus networking drinks on first evening)
Capacity: Max. 25-30 participants
Fee: £300  10% Early Bird discount available until 1st March.

Do you know how your project fits into the marketplace, and what practical things you can do to ensure a greater chance of success? Do you want to make films, but have no idea of how to get them to be seen by an audience?

Do you know exactly how the international and domestic marketplaces work? Do you know exactly what a sales agent and distributor does and why?

Have you been involved in making a film and found that part easy but been completely mystified by the sales, distribution and marketing process?
Do you worry about how the business models are changing but not know how to keep up?

In this intensive 2-day workshop, Oscar winning producer and marketeer Mia Bays presents an A-Z guide to the current sales marketing and distribution landscape, with advice and contacts from over 20 years in the film industry.

The workshop features:

  • Industry guests, including leading independent distributors, sales agents, marketeers, digital specialists, producers and cinema bookers. They'll be discussing strategy, implementation and results across UK and International.
  • Case studies of recent and forthcoming UK cinema releases.
  • Extensive access to the facts, figures and tricks of the trade from an insider's point of view.
  • Networking drinks at LFS.

Ideal for producers, writers, directors and other film professionals at all levels from entry level to veterans – top up your knowledge!

Click here to download the schedule for Mia's most recent course (July 2016).

Watch Mia in action! The following videos are excerpts from the 2012 Fast Forward Producing programme at LFS. 


Tutor profile: Mia Bays, Producer / Distribution Consultant


Mia Bays's workshops at LFS

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MIA BAYS is an Oscar winning twice BAFTA nominated creative producer working across fiction and docs, with a proven track record of launching careers with over 22 years experience in film on over 50 features.

Mia has produced SIX SHOOTER the Oscar winning film by Martin McDonagh, EX MEMORIA by Josh Appignanesi the BIFA nominated short film of 2007 ; acclaimed music doc SCOTT WALKER 30 CENTURY MAN featuring David Bowie, Jarvis Cocker and Damon Albarn by Stephen Kijak, with whom she’s just completed BACKSTREET BOYS – SHOW EM WHAT YOURE MADE OF which will premiere in January 2015 on over 1500 screens worldwide.

From 2007-14 Mia has made 8 micro budget features as Creative Producer for the acclaimed Film London BBC Films Microwave scheme, including one of the most acclaimed UK debuts of 2008, SHIFTY by Eran Creevy which won Best Script at Stockholm Film Festival and garnered a BAFTA nomination for Best Debut 2010, and the forthcoming LILTING starring Ben Whishaw which opened Sundance Film Fest 2014 World Dramatic section and sold to over 16 territories inc Scandinavia and North America (Strand). LILTING has been on release since Aug 8 in UK via Artificial Eye/Curzon Cinemas and grossed £160,000 from a small number of screens garnered strong critical reaction and several BIFA 2014 nominations including Best Debut.

Films for 2014/15 are the first feature doc on The Backstreet Boys for Pulse Films, Reteaming with director Stephen Kijak ; ‘WITHIN’ an original feature script by Jay Basu reteaming him with actor Johnny Harris, and a slate of U.S set projects with the crème de la crème of U.S indie filmmakers such as an Untitled project with Sundance alumni Matt Porterfield, on his 4th U.S feature ; a gonzo thriller with Sundance winner John Maringouin WHITE CROSS written and to be directed by Stephen Kijak.