How to Submit a Film
In most cases, we have a submission review process and an acceptance process. In the submission review process, we review your film from your DVD or an online screener.
Once we have received and screened your film, we will contact you. If your film is accepted or we've contacted you for acquisitions, please refer to Acceptance Process below. We do not stream movies on our site from the DVDs that are sent to us.
To qualify for IndieFlix, films must have received an award or an "official selection" at a recognized film festival, however, we do occasionally make exceptions. Pornography and instructional videos are not accepted.
The film submission is a two part process. Just follow these steps:
1. If you do not have an account with IndieFlix, create one for free. IMPORTANT: Please create the IndieFlix account as the profile of the Director or Producer. This will be the filmmaker profile attached to the film on our site.
2. Click "Start the submission process" above.
3. Follow the on-screen instructions for entering your metadata for your film. "Lock and Submit" your film once you are complete. Once you "Lock and Submit" your film, you cannot make changes to the info for your film through your Dashboard. You must submit a change request to email@example.com to update any of your info.
4. Please send us a link to an online screener or mail us a DVD screener. (One DVD per movie or per episode. Please do not put a paper label on DVD.) Send us your DVD to: 4111 E. Madison St, Suite 310, Seattle, WA 98112.
5. Wait for us to notify you if your film has been accepted. Look over our Movie Format and Asset Requirements section and view the sample of our Filmmaker Agreement to speed up the process if we accept your film.
• You must retain the license for all music in your films. Furthermore, if you have non-original licensed music please be sure to include a music cue sheet.
• We also require a chain of title in the rare cases your film has transferred several legal owners.
1. Once your film has been accepted, we need you to send us a Filmmaker Agreement [SAMPLE] and the appropriate tax form. If the film rights holder is in the U.S., that will be a W9 tax form, and if the film rights holder is outside the U.S. we will need a W-8BEN tax form.*
2. We require you to send us all your high quality content including a QuickTime film and trailer master, title card, movie poster, subtitles (if any), director headshot(s), press kits and any assets you use to promote your film. See the Movie Format and Asset Requirements page for details and specs. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions regarding anything technical.
3. You can send us your assets through Dropbox or Google Drive. We can accept film assets sent on hard drive through snail mail. Refer to our How to Send Us Your Assets page for instructions on how to send us your materials.
*In order to be released we must have both the filmmaker agreement and appropriate tax form. We will NOT release your film if we are missing these documents. Your information remains strictly confidential.
Filmmakers DO have options. You CAN be an independent success. Here's how it works:
IndieFlix is a “filmmakers first” online marketplace and distribution company created to empower filmmakers (both as artists and as entrepreneurs) and to make film festival selected works from around the world available to a broad multi-platform audience.
IndieFlix is not the typical distribution company, so please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.
Even if your film becomes available on IndieFlix, or third party platforms, it doesn’t mean you will automatically start making money. Getting your film onto these platforms is just the first step. You have to help drive traffic and get people to watch your film. This is why building an audience is so important. Download our marketing packet to help you market your film.
With IndieFlix, filmmakers are not locked in and are always free to explore other outlets. You may also choose to opt out of any of our main revenue sources at anytime.
The Money Part
Filmmakers with films on IndieFlix.com will share the royalty pool based on minutes viewed of their film by paying subscribers.
Filmmakers with films on third party sites such as Hulu and iTunes will receive 70% of the net revenue received.
Available Revenue Sources
Online Streaming on IndieFlix.com: We offer both a monthly and annual streaming membership that grant unlimited access to all movies on IndieFlix.
Third-Party Distribution: Revenue and associated costs vary for each distribution outlet. To find out more, please contact us for more details.
As advancements in technology continue to close the gap between the internet and television, IndieFilx stays up to speed – ensuring that our filmmakers benefit in the most meaningful ways.
We also make some of our titles available on key online delivery platforms such as Hulu and iTunes thereby offering filmmakers more revenue opportunities at the same 70/30 split.
IndieFlix subscription and streaming royalties are paid out on a quarterly basis. However third-party royalties may be paid out separately since typically those parties take longer to pay us. You may choose the method of payment – either by PayPal account or check – and expect it to arrive 90 business days after the quarter ends. Please note, your filmmaker backend accounting currently only tracks sales from IndieFlix.com.
About The Marketing
Once your film is officially listed as an IndieFlix, we help with the marketing component. All available digital assets are utilized such as preview scene clips, trailers, stills and reviews as well as other communication methods like blogging, facebooking and tweeting.
Other Ways We Can Help
IndieFlix can customize the distribution of your film by delivery method and territory. For instance if you would like to distribute your film only in digital format, and only to Canada and Portugal, it’s no problem.
Furthermore, if there is a site where you would like to sell your film but it does not accept content from individual filmmakers, please let us know. We can check them out and possibly deliver your film for you.
Third-Party Platforms (limited selection only):
For select titles, IndieFlix distributes to a growing network of digital platforms that currently reach millions of viewers worldwide. These third-party platforms include iTunes, Cable VOD providers, and Hulu.
Please alert our Filmmaker Relations staff if you'd like your title to be considered for third-party submission. The platforms we work with have term lengths, deliverable requirements, and different royalty splits and payment deadlines. Each of the platforms has a limited number of films they accept each month, and they have the right to decline any film submission.