02-03-2009, 07:59 AM
I am about to contact film distributors in Asia (Japan, Indonesia, and Thailand) to offer them the rights to my short film*, and I was wondering what sort of money I should be asking for. And what sort of contract. I have read in Kevin Lindenmuth's "Making Movies On Your Own" that the usual contract is X amount of money for the rights to a movie for 5 years. Is this accurate?
*The film is 23 minutes long, with Greek audio and English subtitles.
02-04-2009, 12:47 AM
I don' t know about shorts but for full length films....
Japan ask 25 take 5K
Indonesia ask 5 take 2K
Thailand ask 5 take 2.5K
Accept only cash up front buy out offers from out of the USA. No percentage deals.
02-04-2009, 07:14 AM
Thanks for the information. Do you have figures for other countries as well, or know how I could get hold of them?
02-04-2009, 07:41 AM
I would also suggest researching how lucrative short-film distribution is in these markets. Distributors are obviously looking for a product they can sell, either to retail stores or to rental outlets. It all comes down to the same question -- how many people are willing to pay money to see a short film? Usually the consumer tends to opt for a feature length product, so a 23 minute movie by itself would be a hard sell. IF the movie was combined with 2 or 3 more movies of comparable length, then you might be able to sell it as a compilation of short films.
Someone else on this site recently asked a similar question -- how much money can I expect to make with my short film. The answer that came back (might have been directorik who replied) ask a question in return -- how many short movies have you purchased for your own collection?
02-04-2009, 10:52 AM
Short films don't sell in Japan, Indonesia, and Thailand. You will not be
asking for money, they will make you an offer if they are interested.
The usual contract of X amount of money for the rights to a movie for
5 years is typical for features. A 23 minute short won't get that kind
Please let us know what the distributors in Asia say, okay?