“Instead of spending months chasing-down agents and trying to get distribution, Stacey found us a great agent within a few days, allowing us to accelerate our plans and get started on our next projects right away.”
- Nick Royer
Stacey Parks was instrumental in Miledia Films’ success in securing a sales agent for "Jack in the Box". Her guidance and introductions opened doors we wouldn’t otherwise have access to and as a result, we have already sold the film into several countries. Every indie filmmaker needs Stacey in their corner.
Producer/Director, Jack In The Box
I want to say I've really been pleased with your advice and help so far which I feel has made a real difference in moving our projects forward. Thank you.
- Barbara Worth, Producers, U H Films Limited
Before getting to heavily involved in filmmaking, I knew the ins and outs of film festivals, but was not as quite as versed when it came to film markets. I didn't know what went on there, I had no idea of who attends the markets or anything. Therefore, Stacey Parks's guidance and counseling became instrumental in my success at this year's American Film Market (AFM '08). I could not have made the contacts that I made or had a "post-market feeling of tremendous success" if it had not been for Stacey's coaching. She put me in touch with the right people, gave me wonderful directives, and laid out a concise blueprint, tailor-made for me and my film, that put me in the appropriate position to be successful. THANK YOU STACEY!
Producer/Director, Hey Diddle, Diddle
"My partner and I had been beating the pavement looking for a distribution deal for the last year and a half. After marathon negotiations between attorneys, our first deal had fallen through. Now we had spent several thousand dollars in legal fees and had nothing to show for it. We continued to network and establish contacts in the entertainment arena to no avail. Then in February 2008 I met Stacey on a panel at the Hollywood Black Film Festival's Film Financing/Distribution conference. I joined FilmSpecific and was impressed with the resources available and even more so with Stacey's wealth of knowledge.
I signed on for the Lab. In a matter of days, Stacey had referred me to several sales agents/distributors and to make a long story short, we signed a deal with a reputable company and now our products will be represented at MIPCOM! I can't tell you how invaluable Stacey has been to us. If you are serious about taking your content to the next level you would be foolish not to let Stacey assist you. We can't say enough about her. We are forever in her debt. Every penny we invested in the Lab has been well spent."
- Sandra Young
Tony Victory Fitness, LLC
"We believe that we could not have been more successful in our very first time at the AFM. All this has been ours thanks to Stacey.
- Ron Mealing, Producer
"With five features under my belt, I’m an experienced producer. As an indie, I’ve struggled for years with the sales and distribution part of the business. Selling an independent feature for profit is almost impossible. Most buyers deal only with sellers they know – and well known sellers bundle films, cross-collateralizing sales while putting an enormous cap on expenses, charged to each film individually. When I started a recent production, Player, I decided to join the FilmSpecific Film Market Lab. They became my partner-saviors in this vital part of the filmmaking food chain. They watched an in-process work print, analyzed probable markets, and provided me with a list (and referrals) to people and organizations in sync with our goals. And, they provided feedback on the various “typical” responses we encountered – until we found ourselves happily considering several offers and choosing a boutique organization that seemed right for our film’s needs. On Stacey’s advice, we began this search before completing the picture – so that, even as we were finishing post, Player was already being introduced into the marketplace. After all, our artistic egos aside, this is a business."
- Alina Szpak, Producer
Film Market Consulting - Cannes 2017
UPCOMING MARKETS: MIP TV & Cannes 2017
Want one-on-one help preparing for the next Film Market? Let me personally help you get a sales agent for your completed film or connect directly with distributors (and bypass the middle man).
WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE FILM MARKET CONSULTING PROGRAM?
• Individually screen your film and conduct direct outreach to sales agents who are appropriate for your film, my personal contacts, so you have an automatic "in" and foot in the door to getting your film screened for consideration.
• Guidance through the submissions process
• Advise on the best options for your film, including evaluating offers, so you can get the best deal possible.
• Consult with you on the deliverables process and all the preparation necessary for going to market (after your film is safely represented)
• Advise on alternative market-based distribution solutions for your film (in the event your film is unable to secure sales agent representation)
INCLUDED SUPPORT FOR ALL PRIVATE CLIENTS
• Two 30 min one-on-one pre-scheduled private phone consultations
• Unlimited email consultations for the duration of the program
• Access to private rolodex and personal introductions to distributors, sales agents, and other industry professionals
And finally, the fee...
The fee for the Film Market Consulting Program is $2999
Acceptance into the Program is via application only. I only work with private clients whom I feel can truly benefit from my services. If you feel your project is a good fit for this program please e-mail me at Stacey@FilmSpecific.com with details on your film (including a link to your trailer, if you have one).
This program is a consultancy and does not guarantee any "done deals". I will do my level best to guide you through the entire process and help you secure the representation and opportunities you are seeking. However, in order to do this your project must be viable in the international marketplace and able to stand on its own feet.
ABOUT STACEY PARKS
Stacey Parks has over 16 years experience in independent film as a sales agent, producer, and consultant for independent filmmakers. She is the author of "The Insider's Guide to Independent Film Distribution" (2012 Focal Press), now in its second edition and considered to be an essential handbook for independent filmmakers seeking production and distribution insight for their films. Her most recent film, "Fits & Starts", which she executive produced, is premiering opening night at SXSW 2017.
Stacey is also the founder of FilmSpecific.com, a training and consultancy organization for independent filmmakers focused on exploring financing and distribution models to maximize opportunities for their films in the international marketplace. Since it's launch in 2007, FilmSpecific.com has become a trusted resource amongst independent filmmakers with an active community of over 10,000, from all corners of the globe. FilmSpecific.com has been named by Moviemaker Magazine as "one of the 50 best websites for moviemakers", and, more recently, "one of the top 25 websites that filmmakers need to know about". Additionally, she founded StartupFilmmaker.com where she writes extensively on how to make movies that sell.
As a consultant, Stacey advises on all aspects of finance, distribution, and marketing for her clients' films including providing strategic guidance on finance and distribution plans, packaging for pre-sales, audience-engagement campaigns, and facilitating distribution for finished films. Her clients include Sundance, Cannes, Berlin, and Toronto award-winning filmmakers and producers who have successfully secured studio and mini-major distribution for their films.
Prior to founding Film Specific, Stacey was a foreign sales agent securing distribution for hundreds of independent features and programs worldwide. Before becoming a sales agent, she served as associate producer of the feature film "Shadow Magic" (1999), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was released theatrically by Sony Pictures Classics. She was a pioneer in online video content in its earliest days, producing a London-based internet TV series called SEED TV about socially conscious entrepreneurs in 2001, which was executive produced by renowned British PR 'guru' Lynne Franks. Stacey began her career in 1995 at the William Morris Agency, working in the soundtrack and independent film packaging departments.
More recently in 2010 Stacey went back to her producing roots and launched Media Sparks Entertainment which specializes in producing film and television projects with international appeal for all media platforms. Stacey also works on putting together international co-production and co-financing ventures for film and TV projects with international partners.
Stacey has conducted extensive lectures and workshops on film distribution, finance and marketing for the British Film Institute, the South Australia Film Corporation, the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP), FilmArc for FilmPool Nord, UCLA, Women In Film, Berlin Film Festival and the Raindance Film Festival. Stacey has also spoken on panels at the Cannes Film Festival, the American Film Market, and Slamdance, and for organizations including the Producers Guild of America, NALIP, Women in Film, and the Alliance of Women Directors, among others.
Stacey has been profiled or interviewed in MovieMaker Magazine, Student Filmmakers Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor and the Los Angeles Business Journal. She is a regular contributor to MovieMaker Magazine and has served as an instructor in UCLA Extension's Entertainment Studies Department.