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CustomFlix Launches Free Guide to Indie Film Distribution

Top industry experts demystify independent film distribution process (September 30, 2004)

CustomFlix, the pioneers of on-demand DVD production and fulfillment, and Mark Steven Bosko, a leading independent filmmaker, author, and rep, today announced the "Top Ten Tips to Film Distribution", a free industry guide to assist independent filmmakers and producers who are seeking deals, audiences and sales of their film to better understand the business and methods of distribution in today's busy media marketplace.

"Distribution is regarded as a black-art aspect of the filmmaking process," said Bosko. "While filmmakers can obtain the knowledge, gear and financial resources to create a film, they always get stuck when it comes time to selling what they've made. This guide provides a good footing for filmmakers to learn what it takes to find buyers, prepare their film for sale, land a distribution deal, or successfully independently distribute their film."

The "Top Ten Tips to Film Distribution" guide also leads readers on exercises that help identify the most appropriate and receptive markets for their projects, create a film festival strategy, profit from online sales and successfully self-distribute a movie to its niche audiences.

Woven throughout the guide are key tips and advice from a host of top experts in the independent film community, including Chris Gore, FilmThreat founder; Eduardo Sanchez, co-creator of The Blair Witch Project; Gill Holland, famed indie film rep/producer; Harris Tulchin leading entertainment lawyer; Doug Schwab, CEO of prolific direct-to-DVD distributor Maverick Entertainment, Tom Emma, president of Reliant Digital Media and former Artist View Entertainment and AFMA executive; Arik Ben Treston, Vice President, Home Entertainment of Cinema Libre.

The Top Ten Tips to Film Distribution is written by Mark Bosko in association with CustomFlix. The guide is also supported by a wide range of leading independent film industry companies and organizations, including: Film Threat, indieWIRE, AIVF, IFP, MovieMaker, Indie Slate, Michael Wiese Productions film books,, Film Arts, Roy W. Dean Film and Grants Association, and CustomFlix.

As the tools and technology of filmmaking becomes more and more accessible, more films are being produced. Many of these projects have commercial distribution potential, yet the producers and filmmakers involved lack knowledge and direction on how to go about the process. The information included in Mark Bosko's "Ten Top Tips to Film Distribution" guide is especially timely and appropriate for these producers, filmmakers, distributors and others in the media/entertainment industry.

The guide is freely available to subscribers at:

Subscribers will automatically receive the following chapters daily:
Tip 1 - A Stranger is Watching Your Film!
Tip 2 - It's a Big World. Learn how to find the folks that want your film!
Tip 3 - Getting Your Film Prepared for Its Markets
Tip 4 - Getting Ink - Secrets on Gaining Media Coverage for Your Film
Tip 5 - Negotiating the festival gauntlet - picking the right events for your film
Tip 6 - It's a Big World - Part II: Learn how to find an audience of millions online
Tip 7 - Staying Independent - How to Find Buyers in a Self-Distribution Scenario
Tip 8 - Distributors Speak Out - A Roundtable Discussion on Getting Distribution
Tip 9 - Handling the Sale - Making the Goods and Getting Them Shipped
Tip 10 - The Rolodex. A must-have list of industry contacts

About Mark Bosko
Mark Steven Bosko, author of The Complete Independent Movie Marketing Handbook, works as a distribution representative, public relations and marketing professional, assisting the sales and promotional campaigns for filmmakers' product through his company The Bosko Group. Recent work includes the reality-based horror feature, June 9, a documentary, One House At A Time and the dramatic features Bloody Boy, Unto Thee and Insanity.

He speaks frequently at film festivals and other entertainment industry events, having recently been featured at SXSW, Moondance, The Cleveland Entertainment Conference, FilmExpo Texas, Rhode Island International Film Festival and the University Film and Video Association's annual conference, among others. In addition, he is a frequent contributor to MovieMaker, Indie Slate, Film Festival Today, and Videomaker magazines.

Bosko has also served in various capacities as writer, producer, director and distributor on six independent features, including the cult classic horror comedy Killer Nerd. The movie, made for $12,000, could be found in major video chains across the country, featured on CNN and Entertainment Tonight, and was licensed in Mexico, Sweden, Malaysia and other foreign markets.

About CustomFlix
CustomFlix Labs, Inc., the pioneers of on-demand video publishing, is democratizing film distribution to help independent filmmakers, video makers, educators, and content owners make their programs available to a worldwide audience. With its unique on-demand video publishing and fulfillment service, CustomFlix has brought together the best components of just-in-time production, e-commerce, and the Internet to give filmmakers a revolutionary new way to easily and affordably distribute their programs as physical DVDs and VHS tapes.

CustomFlix eliminates the financial risks associated with traditional video publishing and increases profitability by allowing producers to pay for production and promotion of their product as they make sales. There are no minimums or exclusivity, and film and video makers maintain complete control of their works at all times. Founded by the same team that initially developed Media Cleaner Pro, the award-winning industry-standard application for encoding video, and, an extensive online resource of video encoding technology, CustomFlix management has a proven track record of successfully delivering solutions for film and video professionals.

More information is available on the company's website at


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