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TFC congratulates alums Lyric R Cabral, David Felix Sutcliffe and Abigail Disney for their Emmy™ wins for Independent Lens' Outstanding Investigative Documentary for (T)ERROR and Outstanding Social Issue Documentary for The Armor of Light.


Hooligan Sparrow wins a Peabody Award and a Spirit Award (Truer Than Fiction Award).

The Light of the Moon and The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin win SXSW 2017 Audience Awards.

Small Talk wins Teddy Award for Best Documentary at Berlinale.

Unrest wins U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award: Editing, Motherland wins World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award: Commanding Vision and I Dream in Another Language wins World Documentary Cinema Audience Award at Sundance 2017.

TFC congratulates three of our films (Cameraperson, Hooligan Sparrow and Tower) for being shortlisted in the Best Documentary Feature category of the 2017 Academy Awards®!

TFC is proud to announce our new initiative, Collaborative Releasing (click to see PDF of press release), which offers films the opportunity not only to work with us more closely, from the beginning of their journeys, but also to partner, when appropriate, with some of the biggest distribution experts in the independent film space. The intiative, limited to documentaries for the time being, combines film sales and licensing with a hybrid release plan. All the aspects of distribution that TFC is known for will be part of this initiative, including general advising, strategy, sales, festival distribution, theatrical, educational, and digital, and more. TFC will strategize with each filmmaking team to map out customized sales plans, as well as a “back-up” plan for any rights that are still available for licensing after the initial sales push. Please also see the annoucment in Variety.

TFC is pleased to announce that we, in conjunction with Michelle Mower of Imagination Worldwide, have a new book! Written by Roberta Marie Munroe, author of How Not To Make A Short Film, with contributions by our own Orly Ravid, How Not To Sign A Film Contract: Know What You’re Saying Yes To is now available in electronic formats on iBooks and in both paperback and Kindle editions on Amazon.

TFC’s Theatrical Distribution Program, serviced by TFC offshoot Collaborative Releasing, specializes in low-cost, Hybrid-DIY theatrical releases of the best of the best from the festival circuit. Our growing list of titles includes award winners from IDFA, Sundance, Berlin, SXSW, and Tribeca Film Festivals. Most of our films’ theatrical engagements consist of over 20 bookings, and are critically acclaimed: our films average well above 90% on Rotten Tomatoes. Check out our new Theatrical page.

  • Orly Ravid will be on the panel of the “Distribution and International Co-Producing Master Class” on Sat., Oct. 14 at the IDA offices in Los Angeles, 3470 Wilshire Blvd. Ste. 980.
  • Jeffrey Winter is serving on the Stubbornly Independent jury at the Tallgrass Film Festival in Wichita, KS, October 18-22.
  • TFC @ panel at the Tacoma Film Festival (Oct 5th-12th)
  • Orly Ravid @ the 6th Finnish Film Affair in Helsinki, Sept. 19-12, 2017.
  • TFC @ IFP Film Week, Sept 17-21, 2017.
  • TFC @ Outfest 2017. Jeffrey Winter was on a panel about DIY and alternative methods of Distribution with Wendy Cohen, Taj Paxton, Adam Chapnick, and Kevin Iwashina on July 13, 2017.
  • TFC @Frameline41
  • TFC was an Industry Decision Maker at the Sheffield Doc/Fest MeetMarket, June 10-13, 2017.
  • Orly Ravid was on a Marketing Panel at InsideOut Toronto, June 3, 2017
  • Orly Ravid @ Cannes! On a Doc Talks panel entitled Future Distribution Models, on Sat. May 20, 2017, 5:30-6:30pm, at The Doc Screening Room. Marché badge required for access.
  • Orly Ravid @ Cairo Cinema Days
  • Orly Ravid will be on three panels at the Film Marketing, Distribution and Finance Symposium on Sat., May 6 & Sun, May 7, 2017 in Richmond, Virginia:
    • Saturday, 1:45-3:15pm: “The Distribution Deal” — a conversation about distribution deals moderated by Kirk Schroder with panelists Scott Glosserman, Orly Ravid, Bill Reeves, and Emily Best
    • Sunday, 9:00-10:30am: “Find Me An Audience!” — a conversation about audience engagement and the role of the Producer of Marketing & Distribution, with Orly Ravid, The Film Collaborative; Jo Jensen, founder & CEO, Causeumentary, Bill Reeves, WTA Services, and Emily Best, Seed & Spark
    • Sunday, 10:45-12:15: “DIY Resources” — A conversation about resources and partnerships for filmmakers, with Orly Ravid, The Film Collaborative; Scott Glosserman; Gathr (via Skype); Emily Best, Seed & Spark; and Erik Anderson, Quiver
  • TFC will be at Hot Docs, April 27 - May 7, 2017
  • Orly Ravid will be participating at a Distribution Roundtable at the Producer’s Guild of America on April 27, 2017 at 7pm, with fellow panelists Chris Charalambous (Freestyle Releasing), Damian Pelliccione (Revry), Steven Farneth (Cinetic Media), Shaun Hill (Indican Pictures) and Joe Wilka (Viva Pictures) [PGA members only event]
  • Jeffrey Winter will be on the documentary jury at the Florida Film Festival, April 21-30, 2017
  • TFC @ Tribeca Film Festival, April 20-29, 2017
  • Orly Ravid will be speaking as a mentor on the Women’s Film Challenge Mentor Roundtables as part of the 2017 Audience Awards Film Festival (#AudFest) on Friday, April 7, 2017.

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introducing distripedia

We’ve set up a number of external sites to help filmmakers navigate through the minefield that is film distribution and digital distribution.

  • The newest addition to distripedia, ResourcePlace™ provides a one-stop-shop for a plethora of resources geared especially for filmmakers, such as post-production, social marketing, online distribution, and more.
  • Our Digital Distribution Guide provides an overview and insight into the myriad of digital platforms out there. You'll need to join TFC to access this guide.
  • The TFC Blog, written by the TFC staff, focuses on what's new in the world of digital distribution and other topic of interest to filmmakers.

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