Many short filmmakers struggle to find an audience for their films, and very few ever get compensated for their efforts. Don’t short filmmakers deserve an opportunity to showcase their skill and talents? This panel discussion seeks to explore short filmmakers’ experiences with a new, distribution paradigm for their work, self-distribution. This is about how artists, when they think about distribution, become entrepreneurs.
These artists will describe their challenges, their victories and their engagement with this newfound distribution, in their own words. There are many options and formats: film festivals and the Internet for distribution; short film and webisodes as formats and blogging and other forms of social media as marketing tools. These panelists are filmmakers, marketers, bloggers and social media experts. They will address real concerns of filmmakers such as right protection and revenue production. The discussion will offer a template for how short filmmakers can distribute and market their films, establish themselves as artists and find their audience and contribute to the short film community.