What we are able to do for a given work greatly depends on the film and our client base. Once we have viewed a work, we will discuss a distribution strategy with you and you can then decide if you wish to place the film with us.
Distribution at the CFMDC is always non-exclusive, which means you can promote your own work (independently, as well as through other distribution organizations) while also being supported by us.
Here's the Distribution Deal
Work with you to develop a distribution strategy for your film.
Make your work available to national and international curators, programmers, educators and researchers.
Act as a sales agent for your work to broadcasters, institutions, galleries, libraries and museums worldwide.
Negotiate all related fees on your behalf and provide you with activity reports at any time. The CFMDC's policy is to work only with clients that pay fees and we are committed to securing fees for any public exhibition of your work.
Pay a one-time lifetime membership fee of $75.00*, which includes your first title.
Pay an administration fee of $50.00 each time you place a new title with us.
Receive 70% of royalties generated through rentals and sales
Work with us to develop a distribution strategy for your film. Successful distribution is a partnership that benefits from your participation.
*$50.00 FOR STUDENTS
If I place my work with CFMDC, can I continue to submit to festivals on my own?
CFMDC believes that artists should be paid for any public exhibition of their work, so we do not submit to festivals that do not pay artist fees. However, there may be reasons that you want to submit to festivals that don't or cannot pay rental fees. If you do so, we ask that you list CFMDC as your distributor for the print source (so we can support future screener requests/bookings and secure artist fees). If your work screens or exhibits somewhere, please keep us informed for premiere status.
It is okay to put my work on-line through a site such as YouTube or Vimeo?
If you are submitting your film to festivals or hoping for a broadcast sale, it is best to wait until these possibilities have been exhausted before posting online. This is because a public on-line posting through YouTube, Vimeo or the like, is considered a "broadcast." As such, it will make your film ineligible for broadcast sales that require a first window, and also for most festivals that require premieres.
It is safe, however, to post a trailer version online. If you would like to make your entire film available for preview on-line, you should make the file password-protected (possible on Vimeo, for example). As long as it is not available freely to the public it is not considered a broadcast, and will not disqualify you from festival screenings or broadcast sales.
What exhibition and preview materials do I need to supply?
For productions finished on film:
1 Exhibition print (Super 8/16mm/35mm)
Archival Can & Reel (or you can purchase these from CFMDC)
ProRes 422 (for a screener, and if you wish, digital exhibition)
For productions finished digitally:
What is the benefit of providing a DCP copy?
If you have finished digitally, it is a good idea to make a DCP copy so that your work will be eligible for festivals that require a DCP for exhibition. Having only a digital file may restrict your festival possibilities. CFMDC can make you a DCP for a fee. To inquire about rates, please contact Edward Sharpe, Technical Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I borrow my exhibition copy if I need it for a screening?
Yes, but the festival or exhibitor is required to pay for shipping/digital fees and the handling fees for print or file inspection. If they are unable to, filmmakers are required to pay those fees. We recommend that if you will be submitting to festivals on your own, to make sure that you have extra exhibition copies.
Can I pay my membership fee or other fees out of future rentals?
Unfortunately we cannot debit membership fees or other fees from futures royalties. CFMDC is a member-driven organization and we depend on membership fees as part of our operating revenue. All filmmakers who wish to place work with the CFMDC become members.
How and when do I receive royalties?
We process royalties twice a year for Canadian filmmakers, once in June and once in December, and once a year for international filmmakers, in June. For the royalties processed in June we will consider rentals and sales that occurred during the time period of September 30th to March 31st and for the royalties processed in December, we process rentals and sales that occurred between April 1st and September 30th. If you have a Canadian address, we can send you a cheque for the amount to be paid out to you. For artists residing outside of Canada, we can process a PayPal payment.
Please let CFMDC know if you have moved to ensure we have the most up to date address on file.
If I also have this film with another distributor or am considering having this film with another distributor, does this affect our agreement?
We only hold non-exclusive distribution agreements, therefore you can have your film with other distributors as well as us. Please let us know if you do also have other distribution and note any restrictions. If you have another distributor and they are exclusively in one market or territory, we can note this and not pursue distribution in those areas.