Impact Global VOD: Films, Free for Good

Mar 16, 2021

10:15am – 11:10am CT

VOD audiences aren’t typically renting or buying most indies, especially documentaries. And corporate worldwide VOD streaming giants are licensing fewer independent films. But if critical films are not seen, no impact is made—nothing changes. Which international VOD platforms and financial sources can filmmakers avail themselves of to achieve impact-oriented distribution? This panel will discuss how to distribute docs in a way that treats VOD as part of a robust impact campaign strategy, including how to reach audiences, impact the planet via global VOD exhibition on numerous international platforms, and get financial support from philanthropic and/or responsible corporate sources. Note: After this panel was recorded, Amazon announced that it is restricting unsolicited docs for submission to their Amazon Video Direct portal, a move that will profoundly affect not only doc films doing DIY distribution, but also distributors and aggregators.

Programming descriptions are generated by participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SXSW.

Wendy Bernfeld

Rights Stuff

Yi Chen

C35 Films

Tracie Holder

Means Of Productions

Orly Ravid

The Film Collaborative


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