IndieVest Pioneers Successful Independent Film Financing and Production

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Guaranteed Distribution Emerges as the Number One Way to Succeed in the Competitive Film Industry

IndieVest is redefining the landscape of independent film production with a paradigm shift in how they are financed and distributed. The spotlight in the independent film industry unfailingly falls upon those films that win prizes at Sundance, other festivals and film industry events. Films that become front page news in the industry ride the wave of notoriety to nationwide theatrical distribution and financial success.

But what of the quality indie movies that, for whatever reason, fail to garner buzz at film industry events? Sadly, these ripe pieces of cinematic art are doomed to rot on the vine. "It's a very difficult bet to make," IndieVest's Mark Burton says of the Sundance gamble, "The independent world now has trends just as the more mainstream pictures do. People are chasing genre films and edgy youth comedies that are going to do very, very well. The problem is that a lot of very interesting films get shut out."

2005's best picture Oscar winner, Crash, very nearly suffered this fate. After the film was completed, it took nearly two years to secure theatrical distribution. If a film of Crash's caliber and broad appeal almost didn't reach an audience, it is no wonder that for so many other movies, gaining distribution proves to be an insurmountable challenge.

Enter IndieVest, an independent film production company that oversees the process of bringing a film to life from the first stages of production to securing theatrical distribution. IndieVest's approach guarantees a film's distribution in up to 1,500 theaters. Their team of film industry professionals includes executives with experience running distribution for major studios including Loews, AMC, Regal, Landmark, and Cinemark. IndieVest also has the established distribution channels to capitalize on foreign releases, as well as DVD sales and pay-per-view television.

The company's rigorous vetting process ensures that every film it produces comes from leading industry sources or established independent filmmakers, and features recognizable on- and off-screen talent. To avoid the common financial pitfalls that many independent films encounter, IndieVest also assures that every project features complete start-to-finish financing - not only for production itself, but to cover foreseeable overages and essential post-production marketing as well.

In a typical year, Academy Award winning executive producer Mark Burton and his production team at IndieVest Picures review over 1,000 packaged film projects from well-known filmmakers. IndieVest's members gain first-look access to the most compelling of these projects, which are presented in the IndieVest Premiere Portfolio--the company's online showcase for films slated for production.

IndieVest's founder and CEO, Wade Bradley, started the company to bring structure to the fragmented independent film market, and increase the comfort level of outsiders who seek involvement in film production. "By solving the most significant and persistent market challenges, we make becoming an IndieVest Executive Producer of highly successful, top-tier independent films a very real and exciting possibility for all our members, and they have a ton of fun doing it too."

About IndieVest:

IndieVest's mission is to connect capital with top-tier independent films, and secure all the elements independent movies need to succeed: professional development and production, complete start-to-finish financing, recognizable on-screen talent, and guaranteed theatrical distribution. Members experience the independent film industry from the inside, attending events, making news, and being involved with films that are in the top 5% of the market.

To learn more about IndieVest, visit


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