Film Market Prep & Consulting Services
A strategic advisory focused on helping filmmakers leverage international film markets to bring their projects to the marketplace - both at the script stage and in the post-production or completed stage.
We work with our clients throughout the process of bringing their films to market, creating custom strategies, walking you step-by-step through implementation, and providing essential guidance to maximize opportunities and results.
For films at the script/development stage:
We work with you in the lead-up to the film market to evaluate and strengthen your project's viability and throughout the market to guide you through your presentations.
How we work with clients:
- Work with filmmaker to strategize the best path to market for the project
- Advise on budget and packaging strategy
- Advise on the most effective ways to build immense added-value into the project before bringing to market
- Set up market meetings and provide guidance on how to present your project in meetings at markets
For films in post or completed:
We guide you through all aspects of the submission, negotiation and delivery processes. We help mitigate inherent risks, and provide expert guidance and access to our established relationships. We help you find the best partners for your film and work with you from strategy through delivery.
How we work with clients:
- Curate a list of hand-picked sales agents and/or distributors most appropriate for your film
- Present your film directly to foreign sales agents
- Vet all distribution options and offers
- Carve out filmmaker-friendly recoupment corridors, as appropriate
- Assist with rights-splitting
- Provide guidance through the deliverables process
- Advise on alternative strategies for distribution (in the event that you do not secure a suitable deal)
Pricing is $3500 for the 3 month engagement
*Clients are accepted by application only.
About Stacey Parks
Stacey Parks has over 16 years experience in independent film as a sales agent, producer, and consultant for independent filmmakers. As a former foreign sales agent she's sold hundreds of films worldwide. As a consultant, Stacey advises on all aspects of finance, distribution, and marketing for her clients' films including providing strategic guidance on finance and distribution plans, serving as a EP, sourcing finance, packaging for pre-sales, audience-engagement campaigns, and facilitating distribution for finished films. Her clients include Sundance, Cannes, Berlin, and Toronto award-winning filmmakers and producers who have successfully secured studio and mini-major distribution for their films
Stacey has conducted extensive lectures and workshops on film distribution, finance and marketing for the British Film Institute, the American Film Market, the South Australia Film Corporation, the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP), FilmArc for FilmPool Nord, UCLA, Women In Film, Berlin Film Festival and the Raindance Film Festival. Stacey has also spoken on or led panels at the Cannes Film Festival, the American Film Market, and Slamdance, and for organizations including the Producers Guild of America, NALIP, Women in Film, and the Alliance of Women Directors, among others. Additionally, Stacey has been profiled or interviewed in MovieMaker Magazine, Student Filmmakers Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor and the Los Angeles Business Journal.
What Clients Say...
“As a first-time filmmaker, I had no idea how to navigate the film market and distribution waters. I could not be more thankful to Stacey for her guidance, knowledge and expertise. In a nutshell, Stacey is literally the GPS for filmmakers! She’ll help you avoid pitfalls and guide you to where you want to go in the best way possible”
— Chuti Tiu, Writer/Producer "Pretty Rosebud"
“Stacey Parks’ knowledge about indie film distribution and her connections opened up a world of opportunities for our film, Eat The Sun. She is indispensable and without her, we would never have the distribution opportunities Eat The Sun now has.”
— Diana Iles Parker Co-Producer, "Eat The Sun"
“Distribution was one of the scariest parts of producing my first feature. After having worked so hard, for so long, I then needed to keep up the energy and motivation and do the absolute best during distribution. Having Stacey consult me was a godsend. Instead of worrying and making costly mistakes (inevitable when you lack experience), I instead had someone to turn to for guidance.
When I did manage to sell my film, there was one, single line item in my distribution deal in which she stepped in with advice and saved me so much money — that one, single line item alone, more than covered what I paid for her consultation.
I recommend including Stacey’s consultation fee in your budget from the start, no matter how small the budget is. (Mine was under 100K). Making your film while knowing that there’ll be someone knowledgeable to meet you at the other end, to help you through the maze of distribution, is priceless.”
— Ela Thier, Director "Foreign Letters"
“As a filmmaker, I was already experienced in how to get my film made but mystified by the world of distribution and how to get it sold. Hiring Stacey as my coach was one of the smartest investments I made in my film.
With her help and contacts, I had multiple offers from Sales Agents to represent my film and within the first month the foreign broadcast deals were already rolling in. She has helped me negotiate contracts, and has personally connected me with people who are now helping with every phase of distribution, including a huge grassroots marketing and DVD self-distribution campaign.
Whenever I have questions or need an advocate, she is there for me. I know now that my film will be seen by thousands of people (and won’t be sitting on a shelf collecting dust) thanks to her support and coaching.”
— Jennifer Steinman, Director, "Motherland"
"Before working with Stacey, I was completely lost and facing the depressing decision of giving up on a script that I devoted years to. After working with Stacey, I’m now developing my project with an Oscar-winning producer and an Oscar-nominated director, who are both responsible for some of my favorite films, with 75% of financing for my film’s budget within reach, and more options for financing on the table—all in five months. Simply put, working with Stacey was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I cannot recommend her enough, especially her warmth, her deep expertise, and her brilliant feedback. She will teach you how to speak the language of this crazy business, and empower you with the knowledge you need to secure meetings with top talent and move forward in ways you had only dreamed of. Your friends will think you have a Midas touch, but that Midas touch is Stacey’s help."
- Andrea C., Writer/Producer
Working with Stacey was one of the best investments I made on my feature film. She helped me dodge so many pitfalls first time filmmakers make. Her knowledge and expertise are invaluable. I highly recommend her and hope to continue to work with Stacey in the future.
- Paulina Lagudi, Producer