How to Find the Best Distribution Partners For Your Documentary

Top documentary distributors convened at a recent panel at AFI Docs. We were on the scene.

As the distribution landscape continues to evolve, it's difficult for filmmakers to keep up. How can one possibly anticipate trends in an ever-changing marketplace? Documentaries, in particular, are subject to extreme variability; forecasting success at the box office for nonfiction films can be akin to reading tea leaves.

"We all work in the shadow of Michael Moore," said Molly Thompson, founder of A&E Indie Films, at a recent panel at the 2018 AFI Docs forum and film festival. "Fahrenheit 9/11 did $150 million in the box office. Nobody has the magic formula!"

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