Here's what some of our clients are saying about us!
TFC is the most professional and comprehensive agency I have ever worked with. On my film OFF THE RAILS, Jeffrey Winter helped me navigate the shrouded festival landscape, steering me away from first-timer mistakes and showing me how to secure screening fees. Then Orly Ravid stepped in to sell my film and hit a home run, negotiating one of the most lucrative doc deals of the year. [TFC] also became my theatrical and awards guru, protecting me from my ego while pushing me to take advantage of opportunities. David Averbach put the finishing touches on the project with thoughtful DVD and poster art that elevated the film’s brand and commercial appeal. I cannot recommend TFC highly enough.”
—Adam Irving, director, Off the Rails
You can find out more about Off the Rails visit the film’s website.
TFC’s Bryan Glick is many things: a savvy distributor, a knowledgeable consultant, a reliable sounding board; an all-round film industry guru who understands the ins and outs and can thoughtfully breakdown his insight and opinions to the filmmaker (and clearly discern the two). Most importantly, he just simply looks out for you. He listens. He shares. He cares. He has your best interest in mind. I have never had an ally so generous in time, so dependable in trust, and so steadfast in tenacity as Bryan. I can't imagine walking the lonely independent film streets without him.”
—Jared P. Scott, writer/director/producer, Requiem for the American Dream
You can find out more about Requiem for the American Dream visit the film’s website.
Our partnership with the Film Collaborative has been instrumental to not only the success of our film, Namuli, but the long term work we are doing to support flourishing futures in Africa—starting with the film’s inspiration, Mount Namuli. We’ve been continually impressed with TFC’s Lynnette Gryseels and her team for their professionalism, timelines, and support.”
—Majka Burhardt, director/producer, Namuli and Legado Initiative
You can find out more about Namuli visit the film’s website.
Because of the tireless efforts of The Film Collaborative, I've been able to connect with audiences around the world and sustain a career in documentary. If you are lucky enough to work with them, they will be your champion and help you navigate the ever changing landscape of independent film. They get the job done and allow the filmmaker to focus on the creative aspects of their work. TFC is honest, transparent, and they genuinely love movies. I have nothing but the highest regard for these folks. ”
—Jeffrey Schwarz, director, I am Divine
You can find out more about I am Divine visit the film’s website.
The TFC’s Fiscal Sponsorship team has been invaluable in our fundraising efforts. Not only do they take a smaller fee of the donations than other fiscal sponsorship programs which is critical for an indie film, but their small nimble staff has allowed us to create a relationship that is responsive and caring about our immediate needs to achieve the film’s success. ”
—Robyn Symon, director, Do No Harm
You can find out more about Do No Harm visit the film’s website.
My producing partner and I have been very pleased with our experience with TFC. As the nonprofit fiscal sponsor for our current documentary, they are excellent partners. They provide regular updates on the status of contributions and make sure the money is transferred promptly. TFC’s Lynnette Gryseels has been especially helpful with suggestions and support for our upcoming crowd funding campaign and with her extensive knowledge of grant opportunities.”
—Marcia Ross, producer, Terrence McNally: Every Act Of Life
You can find out more about Terrence McNally: Every Act Of Life visit the film’s website.
I appreciate everything TFC has done for us, and for being an amazing resource. Made me feel like we had someone on our side, looking out for us, through this really difficult journey.”
—John Chi, director, Tentacle 8
You can find out more about Tentacle 8 visit the film’s website.
I just wanted to thank you again for your help with Calendar Girl (now Miss December). I’m very happy to have a home for the movie and couldn't have done it without you.”
—Tommy Avallone, producer, Miss December
You can find out more about Miss December visit the film’s website.
Do these people ever sleep?? Orly and Jeffrey seem to spend all 24 of their waking hours busting their butts for their filmmakers—advising, advocating, repping, booking fests…they are awesome, brilliant, and their integrity is impeccable.”
—David Weissman, director, We Were Here
You can find out more about We Were Here visit the film’s website.
[You have] rekindled my excitement about [my] film and this whole process, which, as of late, had been fading…so, thank you…not only for your practical help thus far, but for your confidence that, with some work, this film can find its proper place. Working without TFC versus working with TFC—night and day.”
—Ryan Levin, Some Guy Who Kills People
You can find out more about Some Guy Who Kills People visit the film’s website.
I greatly enjoy reading The Film Collabrative blog. It is one of the best, most informative sets of writing on independent film there is. Really breaks down the business and helps us create realistic perceptions/goals. Wonderful stuff.”
—Ben Gonyo, The New Blood
You can find out more about The New Blood visit the film’s website.
I appreciate your indispensable guidance from the very first day you came on this project.”
—Rick Lancaster, The Abduction of Zach Butterfield
You can find out more about The Abduction of Zach Butterfield visit the film’s website.
The Film Collaborative fills a void. In indie distribution you can go out and hire a pricey consultant (we won‘t name names) who you get the feeling is withholding information and contacts and luring you along with the proverbial distribution pot of gold. Alternatively, you can attempt to wade through all the landfill that exists on the internet yourself (it‘s all there, but good luck!).
This is where the Film Collaborative comes in.
They have sifted through it all and present it in a transparent way, so filmmakers can determine for themselves where their film sits and take action where it best makes sense.”
—Mark Hug, Lovers in a Dangerous Time
You can find out more about Lovers in a Dangerous Time visit the film’s website.
Before hooking up with Orly at TFC, we had been using a sales rep. He negotiated a very unappealing deal for us with IFC, which we rejected. Unhappy with his results and commitment level, we decided to terminate that relationship when his contract ran out. We realized that we were the best people to sell our film.
We continued to get accolades through the film festival circuit, and after about 8 months, we circled back to a conversation with IFC. This time, negotiating on our own behalf, we were able to get a deal we were much more comfortable considering.
At this point, we had a lawyer we could barely afford helping us with contracts. A good friend of mine, and fellow explorer in the new world of indie distribution, David Larkin, suggested that I talk to Orly.
I’m so happy that I did. She was really talking our language and was able to give us incredibly sound advice. At that point, we were trying to decide whether to take the IFC deal or to self-distribute. Orly advised us and agreed to help us negotiate the terms our IFC deal. Working with TFC, rather than a traditional sales rep and lawyer, gave us a genuine ally in the negotiations and saved us thousands of dollars. That’s incredibly significant for micro-budget productions.
My only regret is that we didn’t partner up with her straight out of the gate. I tell every indie filmmaker I meet who's trying to navigate the new terrain of indie distribution about Orly and the Film Collaborative.”
—Judi Krant, Made in China
You can find out more about Made in China visit the film’s website.
Adventures of Power had done a small theatrical release and was seeking a DVD partner. There were various offers on the table, but the offers were not attractive, nor did I, as an independent filmmaker, completely understand the ramifications of the contracts. The Film Collaborative not only sought out a better company to release the DVD, but helped negotiate much better terms with that company, so that the DVD company feels like a partner, instead of like thieves, which is how a lot of filmmakers describe their DVD companies.
There is absolutely no question that my distribution contracts and relationships are far, far better thanks to TFC than they would have been without them. I couldn’t have found this deal on my own. TFC changed me from feeling lost and alone, to excited and knowledgeable.”
—Ari Gold, Adventures of Power
You can find out more about Adventures of Power visit the film’s website.
The Film Collaborative has helped us get our film to a wide audience across the globe. Their extensive contacts in festivals, marketing, and distribution—plus an affordable and filmmaker-friendly service menu—make them a one-stop destination for independent filmmakers in today’s rapidly changing marketplace. To date, we have played in more than 41 festivals and sold to 6 international markets…and counting.”
—Charles Herman-Wurmfeld, producer, & Jason Bushman, writer/director, Hollywood Je T'Aime
You can find out more about Hollywood Je T'Aime visit the film’s website.