Workshops and Seminars






"I’m Making a Movie: What’s Next?"
Preparing Your Film for the Global Marketplace

You’re prepping a film. You’re shooting a film. You’ve finished a film.  Have you done everything needed to ensure its eventual success? Do you have the right team to launch your film to the world? Do you have all of the deliverables and documentation that distributors require?  Do you have the right images, publicity and key art? Do you know which festivals or markets are most appropriate for your film?

In short, do you have a plan?

Preparing Your Film for the Global Marketplace takes you through the steps – from pre-production to production to post-production to distribution and exhibition – that you need to consider as you move through the filmmaking process. This practical seminar includes insider tips about legal and insurance requirements, rights and clearances, PR planning, technical standards, creating a marketing plan and navigating the world’s film markets and festivals.

At Preparing Your Film for the Global Marketplace, learn what you need to know – before you even shoot a frame – about designing a festival and acquisition strategy. What is the difference between film festivals and film markets? Which fests make sense for your film? How do you get it in?  How are film festivals ranked? What can you expect from your festival or market experience? What role do producers’ reps, attorneys and sales agents play? What do distributors, broadcasters and exhibitors expect? Who can help you with this process? These questions and more will be addressed at this essential seminar, led by Mitch Levine, president of The Film Festival Group.

For a video introduction to the seminar and Mitch Levine, please click here: Seminar Intro

"Preparing Your Film for the Global Marketplace"
A Comprehensive Seminar – Available in 2-hour, 4-hour and 2-day versions


  • The Primary Question: Who Is My Audience?
  • The Next Most Important Question: How Do I Reach Them?
  • What is My Responsiblity as a Filmmaker in Promoting My Film?
  • Building an Internal/External Team
  • Know The Law
  • E&O (“Errors and Omissions”) Issues and Insurance
  • Right Clearances
  • Music and Clip Clearances
  • Screenwriter Rights and Contracts
  • Literary Rights and Copyright Issues and Procedures
  • On-Screen Appearances and Clearances
  • Union and Guild Arrangements and Obligations
  • “Life” Rights Other Legal Encumbrances
  • International Legal Issues
  • Essential elements:
  • Unit Photography
  • PR
  • "Behind The Scenes" video
  • Cash Flow, Bookkeeping, Accounting and Reporting
  • Deliverables:
    • Print, Tape and Sound Formats
    • Dialogue Lists
    • Technical Standards
    • M&E Tracks
  • The “Producer” Conundrum – Who Gets the Credit(s)?
    Who Gets “Final Cut?”

And then we get down to the actual marketing of the film, including:

  • Creating a Marketing Plan
  • Finding Your Audience
  • The Festival Game
  • Film Markets and the Commerce of Film
  • PR/Media Relations
  • Packaging
  • Press Materials and EPKs (Electronic Press Kits)
  • Websites and Other Internet Presence
  • Email Strategies
  • Screening Showcases
  • Use of Producers Reps and Sales Agents
  • Consultants & Sales Agents
  • The Place of Agencies/Law Firms
  • Acquisition/Distribution Deals
  • International Sales
  • Relations with Distributors and Exhibitors
  • Payment/Recoupment Schedules
  • Participation in Distributor Marketing/Advertising Campaigns
  • Theatrical Premieres
  • Self-Distribution
  • DVD/Home Video/Netflix options
  • Broadband
  • VOD
  • Special Features, Commentary Tracks and “Director’s Cuts”
  • Knowing What’s Next: Pitching the Next Project


Comments and Coverage on Mitch Levine’s

Preparing Your Film for the Global Marketplace


"Thanks Mitch for a wonderfully informative and inspiring lecture at the 2008 NM Filmmakers Conference.  Our audience walked away with a treasure of new information, and a sense that the crazy world of film festivals just might be navigable after all."  - Jodi Delaney, Program Director, New Mexico Film Office


"The issue of distribution becomes a major concern of the new filmmaker... to that end the panel on "Multiplying Eyes" was well attended. Mitch Levine's input as a filmmaker, Festival director, and consultant was invaluable to the young artist as well as the more mature among us." - Debra Miller, Ann Arbor Film Festival


"Mitch Levine spoke about getting your film into the global marketplace. He was terrific, infusing the audience with a sense that anything was possible - if you research your market. He offered common-sense advice, like: get a photographer to shoot stills from your movie for publicity purposes; hire a lawyer to help with the contracts; if you have a short film, don't put the entire thing on YouTube or nobody else will want to show it; and get permission if you want to shoot in front of Burger King!" - Robert Nott, The Santa Fe New Mexican


"Preparing Your Film for the Global Marketplace was well received by Screen Actors Guild members interested in producing or directing at our LifeRaft presentation. Mitch Levine broke down the process of preparing a film for market in a logical and extremely insightful manner.  The Foundation is extremely thankful for his knowledge and the way he was able to clearly communicate this valuable information.  96% of the 200 SAG members who attended indicated that their overall experience was 'good' and 'excellent' and 98% indicated that the information presented was extremely 'useful and relevant.'" - Simon Anthony Abou-Fadel, Director of the Screen Actors Guild's LifeRaft


Workshops are available in lecture or panel format and are led by The Film Festival Group founder Mitch Levine.

For booking or further info, please contact:




The Film Festival Group
2245 India Street
Los Angeles, CA  90039
Tel: 1.323.667.1714