SHORT FILM SUBJECTS – Distribution deals

How do I get my Short Subject project a distribution deal?

I’m going to assume your project is actually good enough to get a short subject distribution deal. That means, you have a solid story, good acting, excellent production value.

The first thing I’d offer is that if you intend to distribute for money, DON’T POST IT ON YOUTUBE. Don’t post it at all, in fact.
iTunes, Netflix, and other video sites do deals for short subject projects on occasion, but small distribution companies are more likely your answer. No one is going to pay you for a film that has been on public display for any period of time. Some distributors bundle a number of shorts into a package deal…

1. Send your short to film festivals… as a start.
2. Set up a website and talk about the project, Show a trailer or two. BLog about the film, build a buzz about it.
3. Post your trailers on social media to help you build buzz
4. Create a one-sheet about your project. Its a cross between a business document and a marketing flyer.
5. Contact small indie distribution companies and talk to them, if you can convince them to review your project, send them the one-page ad have them check out your trailers. Then if they are still interested they’ll make you an offer. If not, move on to the next guy. Remember, there are thousands of short and features made every year that never see the light of day.

Don’t forget to chase the foreign markets… they are bigger than the US market for short subject material.

Amazon has a great book on Short Film Distribution that’s worth a read:

Here are some other links for you:


Apollo Cinema
Short Film Distribution
1160 Alvira Street | Los Angeles CA 90035
Tel 323 939-1122 | Fax 323 939-1133

Attn: Submissions
114 Sansome Street, 10th Floor
San Francisco CA 94104

Big Film Shorts
3727 W. Magnolia Blvd. Suite. 189 |
Burbank, CA 91505
Tel 818 563-2633
Fax 1.818.955.7650

1024 N. Orange Drive
Hollywood, CA 90038

WTTW/Channel 11
5400 North St. Louis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625

The Independent Film Channel
200 Jericho Quadrangle,
Jericho, NY 11753.

Omni Short Films
PO Box 64397
Los Angeles, California 90064 U.S.A.
Phone 310.478.4700 Fax 310.478.7147

Seventh Art Releasing
7551 Sunset Blvd. | Suite 104
Los Angeles CA 90046
Tel 323 845-1455 | Fax 323 845-4717

Short Movies
Tel: 310-586-9678 | FAX: 310-586-9688
1223 Wilshire Boulevard, # 421
Santa Monica, CA 90403-5400


Zoetrope Virtual Studio

Britshorts Limited
25 Beak Street
Soho London W1F 9RT
Tel: 020 7734 2277

Dazzle Films
The Impact Studios,
12-18 Hoxton Street,
Shoreditch, London N1 6NG, UK
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7739 7716

Publicity, Marketing, Distribution
Agar House, 12 Agar Street,
Covent Garden,
London, WC2N 4HN
00 44 7932 696974

81 Berwick Street
London W1F 8TW
Tel: 020 7287 3833

Short Circuit
15 Paternoster Row
Sheffield S1 2BX
Tel: 0114 221 0569

Film Council
10 Little Portland Street London W1W 7JG
Tel: 020 7861 7861

Talantis Films
36 Rue Milton
75009 Paris
Tel: +33 (1) 45 26 13 02