With seventeen years of acquisitions, distribution and sales experience, I conceived of The Film Collaborative because I was sick of the layers of middlemen standing in between filmmakers and the revenues they deserved but were often not receiving. I was further bothered by the wasted money and ineffeciency, to say nothing of greed and cheating. Money on layers of business-to-business marketing that could go to reaching audiences and consumers. And frankly, the old model of giving up rights never made any sense to me. So I wanted to find a way to work with film based on a service model in which my team could get paid for our time, experience and work, but not be given ownership and control of a film. It was out of this feeling of frustration and commitment to fairness that TFC was born. We’re non-profit, on purpose, and we truly believe in and stand by our two taglines: “filmmakers first.” and “we don't own your rights…you do!”
THE FILM COLLABORATIVE is the first non-profit committed to distribution education and facilitation of independent film.
Launched in early 2010, TFC offers independent filmmakers a full range of services, including fiscal sponsorship, education about distribution, and distribution and marketing service (including sales representation, service theatrical releases, hybrid distribution, grassroots marketing, traditional marketing, digital aggregation, distribution consultation and contract consultation).