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This podcast shows you how to turn your filmmaking into a viable business. We do a deep dive into marketing, branding, growth hacking, micro-budget filmmaking, and creating revenue streams from your indie films. They don't teach you this in film school. Host Alex Ferrari interviews some of the film industry's most successful and prolific filmmakers, industry professionals and Filmtreprenuers. If you want to learn how to make money with your independent films then take a listen. Start thinking like a Filmtrepreneur today!

This podcast shows you how to turn your filmmaking into a viable business. We do a deep dive into marketing, branding, growth hacking, micro-budget filmmaking, and creating revenue streams from your indie films. They don't teach you this in film school. Host Alex Ferrari interviews some of the film industry's most successful and prolific filmmakers, industry professionals and Filmtreprenuers. If you want to learn how to make money with your independent films then take a listen. Start thinking like a Filmtrepreneur today!
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This podcast shows you how to turn your filmmaking into a viable business. We do a deep dive into marketing, branding, growth hacking, micro-budget filmmaking, and creating revenue streams from your indie films. They don't teach you this in film school. Host Alex Ferrari interviews some of the film industry's most successful and prolific filmmakers, industry professionals and Filmtreprenuers. If you want to learn how to make money with your independent films then take a listen. Start thinking like a Filmtrepreneur today!

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Episodes

FT 014: Self Distributing Your Indie Film Internationally with Julian Galea

9/23/2019
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Today on the show we have filmmaker Julian Galea. We discuss his self-distribution​ strategy, how to he got his film Made in Malta seen internationally and how he rocketed up the charts of iTunes with little or no marketing budget. In addition to my interview, Julian has written a remarkable detailed account of what he did with his film Made in Malta.

Duration:01:24:46

BONUS EPISODE: Distribber Bankrupt? // How to Protect Yourself

9/16/2019
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In this bonus episode, I update filmmakers on the emergency situation going on with the film aggregator Distribber. In last weeks episode, I spoke a bit about what is going on with this company. After that show I kept getting emails, messages, and tweets of filmmakers telling me their horror stories of no one return email, no people picking up calls, nonpayments​ for months and so on. I'm in the same situation with my film This is Meg.

Duration:00:26:57

FT 013: How to Make $500,000 Selling a No-Budget DSLR Indie Film with Michael Polish

9/9/2019
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I'm always looking for indie filmmaking models to study. I like to analyze how other filmmakers make successful indie films while doing through a new DIY method, self-distributing their film or achieving critical and fan respect for their work. Well, I found a film that checks all the boxes, For Lovers Only create by the Polish Brothers, Michael and Mark Polish (more on that film later). These filmmakers have been making films, on their terms, for over a decade now. Michael Polish sat down...

Duration:01:37:10

BONUS EPISODE: The Dark Underbelly of Predatory Film Distributors - BEWARE!

9/6/2019
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I'm pissed off guys. I'm tired of getting emails, messages, and calls from filmmakers who have been or are going to get taken advantage of by a traditional film distributor. THIS NEEDS TO STOP! So many filmmakers have been taken advantage of by predatory film distributors over the years that is has become a punchline. It's not funny. These predatory film distributors are destroying the lives of filmmakers. I know filmmakers with families that extended themselves financially to make their...

Duration:00:35:47

FT 012: Can a $500K Indie Film Make Money Self Distributing with Naomi McDougall Jones

9/3/2019
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Today episode is probably one of the most important shows I have released in some time. On the show is filmmaker Naomi McDougall Jones the writer, actress and producer behind the indie film Bite Me, a subversive romantic comedy about a real-life vampire and the IRS agent who audits them. The filmmakers of Bite Me have decided to take a radical approach to distribute their film: they're doing it themselves. For 3 months, they traveled in an RV around the U.S. and screening the film wherever...

Duration:01:31:09

FT 011: How to Become a Filmtrepreneur (Hollyshorts! Workshop)

8/26/2019
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As promised on today's episode I bring you the Filmtrepreneur Workshop I conducted at the 2019 HollyShorts! Film Festival. The workshop was recorded at the world famous Chinese Theater in Hollywood, CA. I go over the basic principles of being a Filmtrepreneur as well as touch on other film industry topics. Enjoy!

Duration:01:14:35

FT 010: Making Money Four Walling Your Indie Film with Antonio Pantoja

8/19/2019
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You should never four wall your indie film in your hometown. That is what most industry professional would say but they don't know Filmtrepreneur and filmmaker Antonio Pantoja. He decided that four walling his indie film One Must Fall in his hometown of Louisville, KY was the way to go. In the film industry, four wall distribution (also known as four-walling) is a process through which a studio or distributor rents movie theaters for a period of time and receives all of the box office...

Duration:00:59:06

BONUS EPISODE: How to Pay Off Your Film School Student Debt FAST!

8/15/2019
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BONUS EPISODE: This is too important of an episode not to share. Today's guest, filmmaker Hari Mitar Khalsa, figured out how to pay off $30,000 in student debt in 11 months working as a freelance videographer and editor. We go into a deep dive on his methods, habits and tips on how you can pay that student debt off fast.

Duration:01:02:32

FT 009: The Art of the $6000 Feature Film with Joshua Caldwell

8/12/2019
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I had the pleasure of meeting Joshua Caldwell, a brother in “indie filmmaking” arms. He directed a $6000 feature film called LAYOVER, which World Premiered at the 2014 Seattle International Film Festival where it was nominated for the New American Cinema Award. The story of how he made the film was educational, rebellious and funny. Many things he said mirrored my experience making This is Meg. Josh really has a great philosophy about making films and content. Check out the trailer below to...

Duration:01:36:53

FT 008: How to Create an Indie Film Brand with Zombie with a Shotgun's Hilton Ruiz

8/5/2019
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As a Filmtrepreneur you should be building a fan base and making art or products that can be sold to that audience. Well, today's guest is doing just that with his viral sensation Zombie with a Shotgun. Creator Hilton Ariel Ruiz created this film property and is really knocking it out of the park. He has comic books, posters, a web series and soon to be released feature film. I ask Hilton on the show because I kept seeing him pop up on my social media feeds. The man knows what he's doing....

Duration:00:46:11

FT 007: How to Create Revenue Streams From Your Indie Film

7/29/2019
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So you want to make money with your film. Who doesn't? I've always been a hustler, and I used that word in the most positive way I can. Filmmakers need to stop just thinking about art and start thinking about the business of filmmaking. They need to become Filmtrepreneurs. That is the only way filmmakers from this and future generations will survive in the business. Sure for every Chris Nolan, they're millions of indie filmmakers that are broke, frustrated, angry or just quit the business...

Duration:00:31:03

FT 006: How to Sell Ancillary Products for Your Indie Film with Drew Marvick

7/22/2019
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For years now I've been preaching how filmmakers need to create ancillary products for their indie films. Today's guest is the definition of a Filmtrepreneur. Drew Marvick is the writer/director of the 80's style horror indie film Pool Party Massacre. Drew not only made his film, which took over a year to complete, but decided to target his core audience and sell amazing assortments of products based on his film. The audience ate it up. Check out a few examples of his product line that is...

Duration:01:18:12

FT 005: Filmtrepreneur Origins - How to Make $90,000+ Selling a Short Film

7/10/2019
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Making a Short film can be tough but selling a short film can be impossible. Here's my story on how I did both. I directed a small action short film a few years back called BROKEN I shot the short film on MiniDV Tape (yes I'm old) on the Panasonic DVX 100a, the indie film workhorse of its day. My team and I filmed it in West Palm Beach Florida (not exactly the Mecca of the film industry) and it starred only local, unknown actors. Now once the filming was over I marketed the living hell out...

Duration:00:20:33

FT 004: Creating Revenue Streams from Your YouTube Short Films with Luke Neumann

7/10/2019
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Today's guest is Filmtrepreneur Luke Neumann. Luke has taken a very interesting filmmaking path. He runs a very popular YouTube channel with over 140,000 subscribers. On his channel, you'll see DIY film tutorials, filmmaking tips and tricks, aerial drone videos, short films and vlogs presented in 4K/UHD, 4K/60fps and 8K. What makes him a Filmtrepreneur is that he leveraged his audience and created multiple revenue streams. First is his production services. Neumann Films is a production...

Duration:01:01:32

FT 003: Making $3 Million in Sales on Amazon & iTunes with Nick Palmisciano

7/10/2019
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We all hear that self-distribution is the future for indie filmmakers. Build an audience and make a film for that audience but finding real-world examples of a "true" indie film breaking $1,000,000+ using that model is tough. Well, I'm happy to introduce you to Range 15, the indie film that not only made $1 million selling on iTunes and Amazon but generated $3 million+ to date, and growing. Today's guest is Filmtrepreneur Nick Palmisciano, one of the writers, producers, and actors in Range...

Duration:01:16:50

FT 002: Wakaliwood - Building a Film Industry on $200 Budget Films with Isaac Nabwana

7/10/2019
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Imagine you were back in the early 1900s when the film industry was a newborn. People were learning and experimenting with the new technology of moving pictures. Craftsmen were excited about discovering new ways of creating art with this powerful and amazing new technology. You would think that could never be recreated in today's high tech world but you would be mistaken. May I introduce you to Wakaliwood. A remarkable filmmaker by the name of Isaac Nabwana from Ramon Film Productions has...

Duration:00:59:15

FT 001: From Indie Filmmaker to $1 Billion Sale to Disney with Michael Gallagher

7/10/2019
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I wanted to have an amazing guest for our first episode of the Filmtrepreneur Podcast and I think I did just that. Today's guest is filmmaker and Filmtrepreneur Michael Gallagher. Michael is one of the co-founders of Makers Studio. Makers Studios was the largest independent YouTube network in history. YouTube channels under Maker Studios have also collectively earned over 90 million subscribers and accumulated over 1.1 billion views monthly. On March 24, 2014, Maker Studios, Inc. agreed to...

Duration:01:32:11

FT 000: Filmtrepreneur® Podcast - Introduction | Show Formalities | What to Expect

7/10/2019
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After months of preparation, it's finally here, The Filmtrepreneur Podcast! After the success of the Indie Film Hustle Podcast and the Bulletproof Screenwriting Podcast, I felt there was another area of the filmmaking process that I could help filmmakers with, how to actually make money with their films. Filmtrepreneur was born. The Filmtrepreneur Podcast will be focused on looking at your independent film not just like art but as a business. Filmmakers need to approach filmmaking in a more...

Duration:00:25:23