Seeking Distribution As An Indie Filmmaker with Johnny Wu
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About the Event
Trying to figure out the best way to get distribution for the film project you put your blood, sweat and tears into can often feel overwhelming. You dream of seeing your movie on Netflix but have no clue how to obtain a sales agent or if you really need one. After all, you heard about this filmmaker who got their film on a streaming platform without one. How do you go about finding an aggregator and what the hell is an aggregator for that matter? Johnny K. Wu is a native Clevelander raised in Central America and a veteran award-winning producer with an MBA from Cleveland State University. He has produced more than 40 feature films with successful distribution worldwide since 2005. He will share with us tips and techniques for getting distribution and how to find the right sales agent for the type of films you like to make. Wu is one of the few pioneers in engaging talents/skills in Cleveland’s independent filmmakers’ industry. In October 2003, he founded the monthly Cleveland IndieClub to provide a voice for local visual artists to showcase their work and visions, IndieClub was a national movement with meet ups at numerous cities, Cleveland is now the oldest running group. Owner of Media Design Imaging (mdifilm.com), Johnny has provided video and event producing to corporate and independent filmmaking communities since 1998. He has given workshops on filmmaking, marketing, producing and distribution at several conventions including Wizard World Cleveland for 5 years, Horror Hotel Film Festival and Convention (since its inception), IndieGathering Film Festival and Convention for over 10 years, and at CES and NAB in Las Vegas.Recently due to the Covid-19 restrictions, he has started a weekly live chat interview with filmmakers on his YouTube channel (youtube.com/mdifilm) Johnny is currently in post production on his latest and perhaps, his last feature film Wu Lin The Society, a sci-fi action film and will be distributed in 2021. Wu currently sits as an executive board member of St. Clair Superior Development Corp, member of the International Task Force for Cleveland Museum of Art, WKYC Community Council Member, City of Cleveland Consumer Affairs Community Board, VP of Organizations Relation for OCA Cleveland Chapter, to name a few. He is an inductee to two Martial Arts Hall of Fames, and an inductee of the International Indie Filmmakers Hall of Fame.