The fourth edition of Distribution Rewired will take place as part of the EIFF industry programme on June 25-26.

This 2-day event is dedicated to a more creative approach to distribution featuring new developments in the distribution landscape like cinema-on-demand and event cinema and with an emphasis on VOD platforms, digital and direct distribution. The aim is to establish a forum and market place for new trends outside of the buzz of major film markets, and to provide an opportunity for filmmakers and the film industry to get an overview of possible pathways to the players in a fast changing market place.

DISTRIBUTION REWIRED will provide attendees with direct access to key representatives from a variety of companies informing them on diverse distribution methods including self-distribution, direct distribution and mixed models which combine conventional sales and distribution with direct distribution with the aim of forging future collaborations.

Attendees can take part in a number of discussions, talks, presentations, one-to-one meetings and networking events to help clarify the opportunities and possibilities available for filmmakers and will look at the change in approaches to marketing when distributing through digital avenues. Past guests included representatives from a variety of local and global VOD platforms (Vimeo, Mubi, Filmin, We Are Colony, BFI Player and Curzon Home Cinema) as well as Our Screen, More2Screen, PR companies (PorterFirth, Multitude), Marketing consultancies (WeAreTonic, IHeartCinema) and independent cinema bookers (Miracle Communications).  


Distribution Rewired 2018 Events

MONDAY 25 JUNE 2018

DISTRIBUTION REWIRED: Social Screen Breakfast
09:30 - 10:30
TRAVERSE BAR CAFÉ
EIFF Press & Industry Centre

Access: EIFF Passholders

Join Social Screen bright and early for a scrumptious breakfast to kick-off our Distribution Rewired series of events! Armed with coffee and croissants, this is a great opportunity to network with our guests, the selected project participants, as well as your fellow filmmakers and industry experts keen to find out more about all things distribution, exhibition and marketing.

Sponsored by Social Screen.  

 


 

DISTRIBUTION REWIRED
How to Use a Festival for the Distribution of Your Film

10:30 – 12:15
TRAVERSE THEATRE 1
EIFF Press & Industry Centre

Access: EIFF Passholders

Festivals are our focus topic this year at Distribution Rewired and this panel will explore the role of festivals in the distribution process. There has been a lot of discussion about the disconnection of festivals and markets. Is this really true?

We will look at the diverse roles of today’s festivals: as distributors of films, as launching platforms for theatrical and online distribution in the local and/ or international marketplace and we will re-evaluate their role as a market place where films seek to secure distribution. How can we translate festival success into audience appeal?

Panellists for this session will include Marit van den Elshout, IFFR PRO at International Film Festival Rotterdam, Bobby Allen of MUBI and International Sales Consultant Clare Crean.

 


 

DISTRIBUTION REWIRED
Roundtables: Meet the Experts

13:30 – 15:30
TRAVERSE THEATRE 1
EIFF Press & Industry Centre

Access: EIFF Passholders - Please apply via Eventbrite for the individual roundtables below. There may also be limited places available on the day on a first-come first-served basis.

DR Roundtable 1: Miracle Communications - Martin Myers

DR Roundtable 2: Mubi - Bobby Allen

DR Roundtable 3: Under The Milky Way - Arnaud Reaute

DR Roundtable 4: Cosmic Cat - Ged Fitzsimmons

DR Roundtable 5: Together Films - Rebecca Ashdown and Sarah Mosses

DR Roundtable 6: Multitude Media - Will Wood

DR Roundtable 7: LUSH/Burning Bridges - Paul Williams

DR Roundtable 8: ourscreen - Philippine Mignot

 


TUESDAY 26 JUNE 2018

 

DISTRIBUTION REWIRED
Lush Film Fund Breakfast

09:30 – 11:00
TRAVERSE BAR CAFÉ
EIFF Press & Industry Centre

Access: EIFF Passholders

Start your day by joining the inventors of fragrant bath bomb and bath art, Lush, for the as equally delicious smell of coffee, tea and pastries at the Traverse Bar Cafe.

Each year the Lush Film Fund commits £250,000 to help finance small-to-medium-sized film projects that focus on raising awareness around the issues of animal protection, environmental preservation, and human rights. So if you need help making film with a point of view, or are struggling to find funding for a film or animation that inspires action, please contact: film@lush.co.uk.

Sponsored by LUSH. 

 


 

DISTRIBUTION REWIRED
One to One Meetings: Festivals and Co-Production Markets

10:00 – 12:00
TRAVERSE BAR CAFÉ
EIFF Press & Industry Centre

Access: EIFF Passholders - Please apply via Eventbrite. There may also be limited places available on the day on a first-come first-served basis.

You may only sign up for three 1-2-1 meetings in total, with a max. of one meeting per expert. You must be an EIFF passholder to book a meeting.

Sign up for a 15 minute focused meeting with Marit van den Elshout, Head of IFFR PRO, to get professional advice and discuss your projects.
 
Marit van den Elshout has been a part of the IFFR management since 2008 and in that capacity heads IFFR PRO and manages Hubert Bals Fund, CineMart, Rotterdam Lab, Film Office and industry related services and events.

Marit acted and acts on several selection committees, including the Rotterdam Media Fund, HBF, the Netherlands Film Fund (feature film and co-productions committees) and the Dutch Cultural Media Fund. She is an EAVE 2009 graduate, has served on several juries for project markets, member of the International Advisory Board for the Jerusalem Filmlab and a member of the European Film Academy. Besides the IFFR, she was industry liaison for the Melbourne International Film Festival and has worked as an advisor and international liaison on the development of Durban FilmMart, South Africa.

In partnership with Cinemart. 

 


 

DISTRIBUTION REWIRED
Brain Storm

11:30 - 12:45
TRAVERSE THEATRE 2
EIFF Press & Industry Centre

Access: EIFF Passholders

We are now in year 4 of running Distribution Rewired at EIFF and it is time to see if we are hitting the spot. We’ve seen a lot of experiments and tremendous efforts in bringing films to audiences, but the new model that will fix it all remains elusive.

Instead of a panel of experts we'd like to get our audience’s input into what their challenges and needs are in terms of distribution, and how we can address them as an event and as an industry. Bring your stories to share and learn. The session will be moderated by Distribution Rewired consultant Beatrice Neumann.

 


 

DISTRIBUTION REWIRED
Case Studies

15:00 - 16:30
TRAVERSE THEATRE 2
EIFF Press & Industry Centre

Access: EIFF Passholders

Every film has a different story. We will look at selected feature films and documentaries, some of them former Distribution Rewired projects and trace their journey through the distribution process. How did they manage to connect with audiences?

Speakers will include Paul Williams of the Lush Film Fund / Burning Bridges, and Sarah Mosses and Rebecca Ashdown of Together Films.

 


 

DISTRIBUTION REWIRED
Exhibitors and Festivals

17:00 - 18:30
TRAVERSE THEATRE 1
EIFF Press & Industry Centre

Access: EIFF Passholders

Presented in partnership with Film Hub Scotland, this panel will look at the relationship between venues and festivals. What’s the value of festivals these days? We’ll talk about the role festivals play in programming, which festival laurels are working for cinema audiences and look at the festival/cinema relationship; what are the benefits and challenges of festivals and cinemas working together?

Panellists will include Damian Spandley of Curzon Cinemas and Melanie Iredale from Sheffield Doc/Fest.

In partnership with Film Hub Scotland. 

 


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Please send any questions you may have to industry@edfilmfest.org.uk 

Distribution Rewired is supported by the Scottish Government's Festivals EXPO Fund and by Creative Scotland.        

Scottish Government and Creative Scotland