Sales and Distribution Day is a Marketplace event designed specifically for filmmakers who want to learn more about taking their project to an audience through sales and distribution. The event welcomes delegates with a film or TV project at a late or finished stage who are looking to sell and distribute. 

The event included a host of sessions and networking, providing attendees with the opportunity to meet with international sales agents and distributors. All of the events takes place in our brand new Marketplace hub, Cutlers' Hall.


Sales and Distribution Day comprised the following elements:

The Who’s Who 

Kicking off the day with the Who’s Who, where we gathered a host of international sales agents and distributors for a quick and casual rundown of what they are currently looking for and what new projects they are excited about. The Who’s Who aims to give a good sense of the international distribution landscape within the space of just one hour.

Decision Makers included:

Jake Hanly FilmBuff | Debra Zimmerman Women Make Movies | Kristen Fitzpatrick Women Make Movies|  Kim Christiansen DR Sales | Caroline Stern Kaleidocope | Jonathan Miller Icarus Films | James Collie Violet Pictures | Missy Laney BitTorrent | Jon Reiss Hybrid Cinema LLC | Audrey Sheils Element Pictures | Ben Barret DRIVE | Kazz Basma Sideways Film | Robin Smith Kino Smith | Bryan Glick Film Collaborative | Tijana Djukic Taskovski Films | Emma Simpson Journeyman Pictures | Jan Rofekamp Films Transit International Inc. | Gorka Gallier Doc & film international | Karen Young Orange Smarty | Pamela Martinez Boulder Creek International | Stefanie Fahrion Universal | David Tames Documentary Educational Resources | Heather Millard Spier Films Iceland / Compass Films


Sales and Distribution Day Finished Film Spotlight 

Following from the Who’s Who, our assembled group of sales agents and distributors brainstormed distribution and sales possibilities for selected case study films which were programmed in the 2016 Festival and in our MarketPlayer.


Sydney Neter SND FILMS

Louise Rosen Louise Rosen ltd

Kimerley Warner Ffilm Cymru Wales

Presented films:

Two Trains Runnin'


Lobanovskyi Forever


The Round Table 

The Round Table is a session of 90 minutes featuring six tables, with one expert on each table. The six experts each do 15-minute meetings, with each table hosting around eight delegates who meet with the Decision Makers and talk to them about their particular area of responsibility. Rather than pitching, these sessions focus on what a particular expert needs from potential collaborators, and for delegates to gain a better understanding of what kind of sales/distribution the Decision Makers are looking for. 

Decision Makers included:

Ruth Diskin Ruth Diskin Films

Irena Taskovski Taskovski Films

Mat Levy Passion River Films

Frauke Knappke MAGNETFILM

Katy Cundall DRG

Isabelle Graziadey Terranoa

Sean Wheatley FremantleMedia International

Philippa Kowarsky Cinephil

Elina Kewitz NEW DOCS

Diana Holtzberg & Cynthia Kane East Village Entertainment

Daniel Cantagallo Cargo Film & Releasing


The 10-Minute Meets

The 10-Minute Meets form a session of 60 minutes featuring six tables, with an expert on each table. The six experts each do six match-made 10-minute meetings, one-to-one with delegates. This is a context in which delegates introduce their projects, but the meeting is also to understand what a particular expert needs from potential collaborators. 

Decision Makers included:

Vesna Cudic Dogwoof

Tracy Beckett PBS International

Jan Daae DR Sales

Sue Turley ro*co films

Kathryn Bonnici Java Films

David Hooper Espresso Media International

Marketplace Drinks

Rounding off Sales and Distribution Day and kicking off a week of Marketplace activity, the Marketplace Drinks offered an opportunity to get to know Decision Makers better at the Marketplace Cafe. The event welcomed everyone involved in Sales Sunday, the MarketPlayer and other MeetMarket, Alternate Realties Market and Marketplace initiatives.

Sales and Distribution Day was open to all Festival delegates, including MeetMarket and Alternate Realities Market participants and filmmakers in the programme.