Frequently Asked Questions

No, we do not charge any upfront fees. The only thing we require from our filmmakers is a film that we can legally and technically sell. We are happy to walk you through any hurdles that you may encounter in these areas.

This varies from film to film. Generally, the cost are: sending us your notarized agreement, shipping to us two hard drives and a quality control report from an accredited independent film lab.

Yes. We prefer to work with existing clients that we have an ongoing relationship with. However, our film finance slate is currently full.

This varies from film to film. Generally, the cost are: sending us your notarized agreement, shipping to us two hard drives, and a quality control report from an accredited independent film lab. Upon request, we may refer you to labs that we have an established relationship with that give special rates to A&AE filmmakers.

Below is a basic list of the essential items required:

TECHNICAL
– High definition Quicktime file of the finished film.
– Isolated dialogue, music, effects and combined music and effects (M&E).
– “Textless” scenes and shots in ProRes 422 (HQ) Quicktime format.
– All musical tracks for the complete film as individual files in uncompressed PCM audio format.
– Complete time-coded English language transcript for every spoken word in the film.
– Synced closed caption file in English (.srt and .scc formats).

LEGAL
– Primary chain of title documents for the Picture including the following documents:
  – Cast contracts
  – Crew contracts
  – The copyright registration certificate for the film, the script and/or any other underlying literary property.
  – Director and producer agreements.
  – Screenplay agreements.
  – Music use documentation.
  – Pre-existing contracts for the sale representation or distribution of the film (if applicable).
  – Production company.
  – Location agreements.

– Secondary chain of title documents:
  – Certificate of origin (template for which will be provided to Producer by Adler & Associates Entertainment).
  – Film clip license agreement (if applicable — ignore if not).
  – Extra released (if applicable — ignore if not).
  – Minor released (if applicable — ignore if not).
  – Model releases (if applicable — ignore if not).
  – Trademark clearances (if applicable — ignore if not).
  – A copy of the shooting script in PDF format.
  – A satisfactory quality control (QC) report from an approved post-production facility.
  – A complete list of all cast members, along with their roles, and all crew members, along with their position(s). Also a head credits list, a tail credits list and a billing block credits list.
  – Credit and logo obligations for any co-production companies, equipment, service providers or product placements.
  – Product placement contracts and obligations (if applicable — ignore if not).
  – Any union or SAG/AFTRA documentation (if applicable — ignore if not).

If you fail QC, you will have the choice of fixing the issue or, if such action does not make sense for your film financially, we will schedule a strategy session phone call with you to discuss which platforms and avenues of distribution make sense for your film. This is because QC is partly subjective; what may be a failure of QC for one distribution medium may be acceptable quality for another distribution medium.

A QC report assures buyers that your film meets their standards.

Yes. The possibility, size and viability of a MG or theatrical release can only be determined after screening a film.

We specialize in true indie content from all over the globe.

Yes. We are seeing a trend in the interest of short film content and we are about to launch our own global platform (iOS, Android, and OTT).

No, you will not owe us money. A&AE invests money, time and energy into your film from packing it, preparing it for sale, taking it to global film markets and marketing it to buyers. If your film underperforms, we will do our best to work with you to alter the strategy or stay the course without you owing us any money.

A&AE attends all major world film markets and negotiates sales for all rights in all territories.

The release gives us permission to watch a previously unreleased film. States that you are the owner of the film and is required by our insurer to prevent unnecessary cross lawsuits between our clients by stating that you are protected by U.S. copyright laws.

Our attention to detail is greatly appreciated by our buyers and gives us the ability to deliver our films, in the most competitive film market ever, with a beautiful bow on top.

No, we do not feel that we can not properly provide the best service when doing so.

Yes, we accept films in any language.

Yes, we strive to provide the best experience to everybody, including the hearing impaired.

Yes! You can still apply to film festivals.

Currently, our advertisement is business to business, not business to consumer. We are seeking new ways of advertising B2C through social media.

Yes, in up to 5 territories if you have subtitles but we have direct access to 86 countries, subtitling expertise and the ability to transfer it into 30 languages (if required).

We also have top tier relationships with encoding houses for all major VOD platforms.

Video On Demand (VOD), is compromised of several categories including Transactional Video On Demand (TVOD), Subscription Video On Demand (SVOD) and Advertising Supported Video On Demand (AVOD).

A traditional VOD release strategy is done by windowing/staging the release in the following order:
  – TVOD
  – SVOD
  – AVOD

This is done for a few reasons but the most common reason is if that if you release content “for free” in a SVOD, your audience is highly unlikely to pay for it in a TVOD.

Our advertising and marketing is business to business, not business to consumer. We attend and exhibit at major film markets throughout the world and advertise directly to them, as well as through industry trades and social media.

Yes but we do not provide estimates until after the film has completed delivery. The estimates depends on how deliverable the film is, the difference in time from when we began discussions and when the film is ready for sale.

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