Chapter 23Distributing Your Documentary

Distribution refers to the process of getting your documentary out into the world and seen by audiences. Some documentary audiences may be very large and broad, while others may be highly targeted and specific. There are many ways of doing distribution, and the topic is complex enough to warrant its own book. In addition, platforms are changing very quickly. The changing nature of distribution requires filmmakers to educate themselves about the shifts and emerging opportunities of the moment. That said, there is one thing that will not change: distribution is hard and essential work. Filmmakers who take it seriously often say that making the film is only half the labor. Getting it out there is the other ...

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