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A film is distributed in theater near you

  The Happy End of a film production: a film will be distributed.
  © Kati Rapia 2002

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The distribution of films has been centralized under the biggest film companies. They are trying to control the distribution as far as possible in order to maximize their profits. In this kind of case, the distribution may be the bottleneck of the production process, if an independent producer does not manage to make a distribution deal with a bigger film company.

For example, in the US, the bigger film companies only take about 20 % of independently made films into distribution. That is why video distribution and DVD have become a notable alternative to independent film companies, despite of the fact that missing movie theater distribution clearly diminishes profits.

The centralization of distribution continues further in the US and elsewhere in the world. For example, in the US in 1986, big film companies took care of the distribution of 76 % of the films and in 1997 their proportion was already about 86 %.

In Finland, the television is a major distribution channel for domestic films.


Finnish Broadcasting Company. [www.yle.fi/fbc]



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