‘Adapt or Die': The Changes Indie Films Have Made to Survive | PRO Insight

”Many independent distributors are struggling and taking on less content,“ XYZ Films co-founder Aram Tertzakian says

Ah, the good old days. Make an indie genre film, keep the costs low, and you were almost guaranteed to make a profit — even if the film wasn’t any good. Now? Many revenue streams have dwindled or outright vanished, and indie producers are facing unprecedented competition from the entire world. 

It’s been tough for years. DVD/Blu-Ray revenue is basically gone. Foreign sales for U.S.-made indies have been shrinking, in part due to market over-saturation, as well as foreign production companies producing more content than ever before — which translates to reduced demand for American indie movies from international buyers. Unless your feature gets picked up at a film festival as a Netflix or Amazon original, it’s tough to make money streaming. A savvy foreign sales agent used to be able to guess a film’s potential revenue within 10-15%, according to Artist View Entertainment President Scott Jones.

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Jim Cirile

Jim Cirile is an L.A.-based writer, producer and musician and the founder of CoverageInk.com. He's written about the biz since 2002 for Script and Creative Screenwriting magazines, among other outlets. He is co-writer and co-executive producer of the animated horror feature "To Your Last Death," starring Morena Baccarin, Ray Wise and William Shatner.