Although it is always recommended for independent filmmakers to work with professional distribution firms who have the experience and expertise in this aspect of filmmaking, there are certain benefits to choosing the self-distribution route. One of the top reasons to go with this method is the cost savings. If you are on a tight budget, hiring a professional may not work for you. Fortunately, there are various online platforms which allow independent filmmakers to distribute their work. Here are some of the top ones.
With an absolutely massive number of users, distribution your film on iTunes is a great idea. It is quite possibly the biggest and most popular platforms available today. Choosing iTunes means that you can place your film in the same platform as mainstream and big-budget motion pictures. In a certain sense, it gives you a form of legitimacy so that users can easily buy and watch your film.
Vimeo on Demand
Vimeo is another big and up and coming platform that independent filmmakers tend to favor. Setting up is easy - you just need to sign up for a pro account, upload your film, and Vimeo will charge the people who want to view the same film. It’s a great option for new filmmakers since this is an open platform that is accessible to a lot of people. If you are an established filmmaker with a good following, this is also a good choice since you can easily redirect your audience to the platform.
Netflix is another giant platform for distributing your film. They have a huge user base that is only expected to expand more in the coming years. Experts recommend using an aggregator (like Archibald Film) if you are looking to use Netflix as your primary platform. The only disadvantage with this platform is that they offer an upfront fee that is quite inflexible. It is ideal if you produced a no-budget film and your only aim is to get noticed. However, there are definitely better options out there when it comes to monetizing your film.