Orly Ravid

Founder Exec Dir
The Film Collaborative/MSK

Orly Ravid has a 17-year career in film including: acquisitions, sales, film festival programming, theatrical & festival distribution, and business affairs. An entertainment attorney at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp (MSK) and the founder of non-profit The Film Collaborative (TFC), Orly advises filmmakers about film and television deals, licensing, digital/VOD, splitting rights, and production and distribution overall. Orly advised and contributed to Sundance's Artist Services / Transparency Project and has spoken about distribution on panels and conferences at film schools and festivals such as: Sundance, SXSW, UCLA, USC, IDFA, IDA, and Cannes. She has written numerous articles about distribution, some of which have debuted on Indiewire and Ted Hope’s blog Hope For Film before appearing on TFC’s website. Orly is committed to helping artistically and intellectually rigorous and important films reach their respective audiences via a financial model that is sustainable for filmmakers. Called a “big picture” thinker, Orly founded TFC in response to a dominant and overarching structure that favors middlemen, not filmmakers. She is passionate about protecting filmmakers’ rights and revenues as much as she is about good film. Orly also co-authored the distribution case study book series Selling Your Film Without Selling Your Soul and contributed to How Not to Sign a Film Contract.

Previously Orly was a Programming Associate for documentaries at Sundance and a programming consultant at Palm Springs International and MEIFF. Other past affiliations include Senator Entertainment (VP Acquisitions and Distribution); Wolfe Releasing (Director: Acquisitions, Theatrical, Non-Theatrical/Festivals, Business Affairs and Digital Distribution); Ravid Film Consulting (Distribution and Marketing for filmmakers and distributors); Maxmedia (Development); and Outfest (Board of Directors and Associate Programmer). Orly was born in Israel, raised in Manhattan and now lives in Los Angeles.

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