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Explaining Here About The Film Distribution Process in India


Explaining Here About The Film Distribution Process in India

Learn more about the Film Distribution in India. Distribution is the integral part of the Movie Business, it is the way a financier or a film producer gets back their returns. This article gives you the complete explanation about the Indian Film Distribution. Meanwhile, if you have any doubts (or) Opinions related to this section, please ask in the comment section below.


Producer: A Person who Invest for making the Films is called Producer. They invest in films under a “Production House” brand name: For an instance, the film producer “Karan Johar” owned Dharma Productions he producing films under that Brand name. A film Producer is responsible to manage all the expenses in film such as payment for the artists, technicians and managing the daily expenses.

Cost Of The Film: pre-production+ Film Production+Post Production+ Advertisement  Expenses (Condition: 2% to 4% of poster publicity expenses will be debited from Exhibitors)

Distributor: A person who distributes the film through the theatres is called film distributor. The distributor buys the “distribution rights” from the producer, mostly in the very beginning itself (or) sometimes after previewing the final cut. However, the pre-acquiring of film distribution right is based on the casting, crew, director, story and the producer’s past success. Also, Now days it is a usual tendency in film distribution in India that the producers itself, distributing the films without a third party (or) an independent film producer. They were implementing this method is because of avoiding the distributor expenses.  On the basis of entertainment tax and state-to-state connectivity, Film Distribution Association of India divided the state provinces into 11 circuits for distributing the films. Sometimes the distributors directly distribute films to all these Circuits, while other times the main distributor rent (or) sell films to a local film distributor.

Exhibitors: According To Film Glossary, a person who owned theatre is called an Exhibitor. There are two ways an exhibitor, getting right to display a film in their theatre. The first method is, on the basis of a pre-agreement with a distributor hire theatre to showcase their films. The Second method is, the releasing centres (A Class Theatres) give advance money payment (theatre advance) to distributors for getting the right to display that particular film in their theatre . Above, the Secondly explained method of Film Releasing is dependable on the basis of cast and crew; sometimes it is based on the tie-up between Film Distributor and Exhibitor. Distributors get the return from the theatre and it is known as “Distribution Right”. The ‘Distribution right’ is calculated on the basis of an agreement with the theatre owner/Exhibitor Association and film distributor, as the way below mentioned tabular column shows.

Indian Film Distribution system

Hold Over: If, a Film not earns 70% of revenue from all of its three theatrical shows (A Day Count), then it is called as ‘Hold Over’. In such a case there will be a 10% less in Profit Percentage Sharing of distributors in the first week and 5% less in next two weeks.

After Five-seven weeks, the producer also has right in the ‘Distribution Share’. But, the condition is- if the distributor buy the film wholly from a producer, then the producer is not entitled to get any theatrical distribution share and satellite right (sometimes) from  the distributor.


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  1. Vincent Jaiwant

    April 19, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    If a person produced a hindi film very first time with all the new cast, crew etc. How he can release his film ? Please guide me

  2. spjethlia

    April 26, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    If the Project is good enough, he can approach to all the big distributors, can show them, than they arrange a presenter of the movie, who will get profit sharing but depends of project strength. In India, there are so many movies has been produced in such a way, and got hit.

    • FMF Resources

      April 27, 2016 at 4:17 am

      Well Said…

      • Kamal Chandra

        July 16, 2018 at 5:48 am

        hello sir.. m from Andaman Islands, in my village there is no film theatre bcz lack of population,theatre business is a bad investment.. but i love to watch movie so decided to open a 3D Movies room where i would play 3D movies (old hollywood movies or bollywood movies which are not in theatre) for 10 to 15 person in a day..( just for minimum profit).. i also took permission of NOC from our gram panchayat..and made a comfortable room for this. but when i came to Kolkata, knowing about copyright. till now i have been contacting the distributors and try to know the terms and conditions for my very small scale dreamy business. today i found your article about film distribution. and now m thinking only your team can help me with proper guidance. plz plz help me to solve my problems, like how to contact with distributors and how to convince them or what would be the process to run my small 3D movies room??

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    May 7, 2016 at 3:53 pm

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  4. Kamal

    May 22, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    How does international distribution work? For eg Anurag Kashyaps film Ugly didn’t play in the Middle East even though there is a decent market for it. Can anyone seek to get rights to distribute a film for a region. What about old movies that have released last year and if I want to show them at a small festival? Who should you contact for those rights?

    • FMF Resources

      May 27, 2016 at 10:16 am

      If you want to showcase your films in the Middle east zones, you have to approach a distributor over there. an Example website

      Also, it is not a right decision to showcase movies in short film festivals, if you want to earn money from it

      Best of Luck
      FMF team

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    May 26, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    I made a Telugu feature film
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  6. Sandip

    June 3, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    Any Short Film require a Central Board Certification?
    if yes or No.

    What is the process after certification…?

    • FMF Resources

      June 4, 2016 at 3:16 pm

      No and Yes

      If you want to show your film in international film festivals like International Film Festival of india, pune film festival etc, there you requires certificate.
      In case you don’t decide to show your film in small film festival OR on you Tube, then Censor board certification not needed

  7. Rupesh Halarnakar

    June 15, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    I am new at film production and shall be producing a Marathi movie. How to approach distributors or production houses. Also the of in film branding, dth/DVD rights, satellite rights, music rights and theatrical rights belong to me or production house or distributor.

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  9. Swapnil Marulkar

    June 22, 2016 at 9:24 am

    After completion of film what is the exact role of the producers? what is the calculation between producer and distributors after getting satellite rights?

    • FMF Resources

      June 23, 2016 at 1:09 am

      That’s a Good question. We liked it.
      At first, you have to understand about the roles of Producer and the Distributor.

      The Role of producer is Producing Films. In some cases, he will produce and distribute Films

      The role of Film Distributor is-distribute films.

      Now come to the question- what is the calculation between producer and distributors after getting satellite rights?

      In some cases, the satellite rights will be sold after Theatrical rights, occasionally before. If the producer sells the movie wholly to the distributor, then thereafter he haven’t had any financial rights on that movie excluding the Music. If not, he solemnly has rights to share it to TV network.

      And one more thing- most of the producers of now days never sell satellite rights to distributors, because that’s the one assured way the film producers/financiers can get back their returns.

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      June 24, 2016 at 6:30 am

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  11. Lavy

    June 24, 2016 at 11:46 am

    Hi, I have 2 questions,
    1. I have made a documentary which has won 5 awards including a Los Angeles Cinefest award. The documentary also has Salman in it. How do I sell it?
    2. I have got a nice concept of a film and wish to make a movie on it as the budget is higher than what I can afford. How do I go about getting finance for it. I have a good knowledge on film making and also made a presentation of my concept.

    My email id is

    • FMF Resources

      June 25, 2016 at 3:02 pm

      lavy, Thanks for visiting Filmmakers Fans
      Now, let’s come to your question
      1. The documentary films acceptable only in film festivals and TVs. If you want to see your Mini screen, the best thing you do is approach the program manager of TV channels via email address. All such details can find in the corporate/ contact section of the website.
      2. Getting finance for a Big budget film is not so easy. So if you are a beginner in the film industry, make low budget films first. Phanom Films is one of the best film production company that producing and releasing short budgeted films. Check here the list of Best film production companies in India


    June 24, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    i have just completed a Hindi film titled KASHMIR DAILY STORY OF A JOURNALIST first time with all the new cast, crew . film has been passed by CBFC with U category. now I want to know How to release his film ? Please guide me

    • FMF Resources

      June 25, 2016 at 2:45 pm

      Great!Now, what you do is find a film distributor and release your film through them
      Address: Film Distributor association of India
      33-38, 1st Floor Vijay Chamber, Tribhuvan Road, Tribhuvan Road, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400004
      Phone:022 2388 4422
      Very soon we will add the list of film distributors in India on filmmakersfans

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      August 22, 2016 at 8:46 am

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      I am Chintan Parmar, If you wanna get released your movie, pls contact me I can guide for the same.
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  13. ram bairwa

    June 25, 2016 at 4:17 am

    sir i am a mba student, i have made a complete 120 minute movie with 5 songs. with the cost of rs. 30 lakh, how can i get my movie release. what is cost of releasing movie atleast in my state rajasthan.
    its my humble request that please provide me required information that in how many way i can release my this hindi movie and cover my cost.

    • FMF Resources

      June 25, 2016 at 2:41 pm

      Great! 120 minutes movie with 5 songs. with the cost of rs. 30 lakh. That’s amazing.
      Before discuss about further, we want to know three things from your side
      1. Who is the producer of the movie?
      2. What is the language of the movie?
      3. How many songs are there in your movie? Who are the singers and music director? Any links you have to show for us?
      4. Where you want to release your movie? Only in Rajasthan or any parts of india?

  14. ram bairwa

    June 25, 2016 at 4:33 am

    my whole is shot on canon eos 7d.
    and please is it any specific camera requirement to publish movie in india theaters

    • FMF Resources

      June 25, 2016 at 2:36 pm

      Nothing like that really.
      Nowdays, you know films are releasing digitally. So, the only one criteria is, the movie should be in HD. There are many films of now days shoot in Digital cameras ranging from canon 5d.
      May we know which lenses are used to shoot your movie.

  15. amit

    June 29, 2016 at 4:13 am

    i want to become a movie distributor . Please let me know the whole process like investment ,licence, other process .

    • jasmir

      July 23, 2016 at 8:12 pm

      Amith. We are into distribution and do you wanna join hands?

      • pradeep

        August 2, 2016 at 7:53 pm

        jasmir, Are you dustributing in USA….? or INDIA..

      • Mandar

        August 11, 2016 at 8:10 am

        Hi Jasmir, I want to get into movie distribution as well, can you guide me.

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        December 17, 2016 at 9:03 am

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  16. Raj Mittal

    July 8, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    We r starting with a Hindi feature film.
    Need to know what are the types of rights from smallest to biggest. (Posters, dialogue n all)

    • FMF Resources

      July 10, 2016 at 9:32 am

      This is a good question Raj. We will soon publish an article on this topic

  17. vikas

    July 9, 2016 at 7:01 am

    same question who asked amit..

  18. Satish

    July 9, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    Hello Sir, I want to start small films movie distributor, Please let me know to whom should i contact and its procedure.

    • FMF Resources

      July 10, 2016 at 8:45 am

      the three ways to distribute your short film in India are
      1. Pocket Films Short films
      2. Short Film Festivals in India and abroad
      3. YouTube
      4. Send your short film to the official email address of TV channels

    • udhaya

      September 20, 2017 at 10:26 am

      Dear Satish,

      Here i have a tamil movie which one already first copy made if you are interested. kindly let me know.

      Thank you,
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  19. Irfan Khan

    July 11, 2016 at 8:44 am

    Hi I just wanted to know how does an international film gets into the Indian cinemas? I mean what is the procedure and profit sharing for any international film in India.

  20. Sumit

    July 15, 2016 at 6:12 am

    I intend to become a film producer. Would like to know, how the process of direct distribution works. Do i need to go to individual exhibitors or they have an association which can be approached. Do i need to share any profit percentage to the distributor of the region where my film will be released? Does the same process applies to regional cinemas as well?

    • Dr. sushil sheelu

      October 20, 2016 at 12:32 pm

      would you like to produce a very low budget film but its content is international…
      like parched.

  21. Ajit

    July 18, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    Hi I m ajit

    I want to be a exhibitor, so can u provide assistance regarding the process of opening a theater , clearances required, how to get film from distributors and finance related to it, and what is the minimum investment required to open a single screen and two screen theater if i owned a land.

    • FMF Resources

      July 20, 2016 at 2:47 am

      Two Things you need for opening a Theatre in India.
      1. Permission from the local authority
      2. Investment required: 5 crs INR (aPPROX)
      3. Connections with top Film Distributors in the country
      4. Skills to analyze the quality and market range of each film before release
      Address of Film Exibitors Association in India
      Indian Film Exhibitors Association

  22. mohd.kaleem

    July 23, 2016 at 6:59 am

    I wanna make a film but I don’t have any directions course so censor board will give the permission….


    July 25, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Can I get the format of agreement between the producer (or) distributor and exhibitors of films.

    • FMF Resources

      July 28, 2016 at 5:31 pm

      We will sure publish the same on our website

  24. vikram singh

    July 26, 2016 at 11:47 am

    hi there i want to know that how to buy a satellite space for distributing a film in India and how many exhibitors in India prefer satellite projection ?

    • FMF Resources

      July 28, 2016 at 5:37 pm

      Satellite space means? Are you talking about the Digital Film Projection in India?

  25. jagadish bhosale

    July 28, 2016 at 5:05 pm

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    • FMF Resources

      July 28, 2016 at 5:41 pm

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  26. Rajneeer

    July 30, 2016 at 5:57 am

    Hi FMF, I have reading all of your comments here. I am new in filmaking. I have made an film entirely with the MOBILE full hd 110mnts. I am realizing on you tube 5th sep 2016. I done all things, music, writing, directions etc etc it was quite an learning exp. I would like to know that I am going to make an new PUnjabi movie with DSLR. Is that possible that I could sell my film to any one ? and how it will work ? or am I able to conact someone for showing in theater ? I am totally lost…can you please guide me..thanks

    • FMF Resources

      August 9, 2016 at 10:01 am

      1. DSLR is the cheapest equipment to make movie
      2. you can show it to theaters, if you find a distributor
      3. There’s zero cost for film distribution. If the distributors interested in your movie, they will pay you

  27. Mohd kaleem

    July 30, 2016 at 8:43 am

    I wanna make a movie with new actor,new crew and singer so can I make a move

  28. mohd kaleem

    July 30, 2016 at 8:59 am

    Sir I wanna a make a movie with a new actor,singer and crew so can I make a movie…censor board give the permission and please guid me to make movie

  29. Kailas

    August 4, 2016 at 8:32 am

    How is the income of director n writer in movie. Example if movie collects 50cr then how is the share for this two??? Plz guide

    • FMF Resources

      August 9, 2016 at 8:58 am

      Salary of a Film Director (especially in India) is not fixed basis. Before starting movie, there should be an agreement (Minimum 1 CR). The director also gets some percentage if the movie works well in Box Office


    August 5, 2016 at 10:46 am

    Dear Sir / Madam, I would like to know the complete details, practices, procedures, guide lines, agreements to be followed between film producers / distributors and film Exhibitors. We are planning to enter into Exhibition field very soon.
    D RAM MOHAN 9848930436

  31. mouish

    August 7, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    Maine ek film complete Ki hai jiska
    Banner-mouish entertainment
    Cast-Manzoor Ahmed, Shikha Raghav, Anjli Raghav, Sunil pal, Predeep Kabra & Raza Murad.
    Singer-Sadhna Sargam, Rekha Rao, Manzoor Ahmed.
    Mujhe ek distributer ki talaash hai Jo mujhse INR ki demand na kare.
    Budget of movie-25 lac only..
    Plzzzzz help me

  32. mohd kaleem

    August 11, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Sir I wanna a make a movie with a new actor,singer and crew so can I make a movie…censor board give the permission and please guid me to make movie…….sie please tell me its too need

    • FMF Resources

      August 13, 2016 at 8:42 pm

      Yes, You can make movies with Fresh Artists and Technicians. You will get censor board certification without any issues. Before winding up, we want to ask you- Did you read carefully the rules and regulations of Indian censor board for new movie certification?

    • FMF Resources

      August 13, 2016 at 8:45 pm

      Also Read: tYPES OF Film Censoring System of CFBC

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      January 9, 2017 at 6:23 pm

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  33. Amarit

    August 14, 2016 at 6:49 pm


    We have made a movie in cost of 60 lakh and its going to release soon. I am the co-producer of the movie.

    My query is, Which way will i know how many tickets are sold of my movie and Collection? What is the reliable source? Please let me know As I m new entered in this field.

    It will be highly appreciated.


  34. Amrit

    August 15, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    You have not answered me my question’s answer.
    My question was how will i know how many tickets are sold? What is the reliable source?

    Please let me know my id is

    • FMF Resources

      August 15, 2016 at 7:39 pm

      Be clear in your Concept first.
      Are you a Film Producer or a Film Distributor?

      The Sound seems that you are a Film Producer. So, what you do is approach a Film distributor to distribute your movie to the theatres. Initially, they will give you an amount (70% of the production cost. Then after, the rest of the money will come to you on the basis of a written agreement between you and the Film Distributor

      All the Best for your Movie
      Team Filmmakers Fans

  35. mouish

    August 16, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    Plzzzzz give me a contact no. of film distributor.

  36. prakash

    August 18, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    How to distribute Marathi film in Maharashtra? Give me the contact no.of Marathi film distributors? I am making a film of 1cr. In Marathi language….so how it distributed…star cast are good…contact me 9822295861

    • FMF Resources

      August 19, 2016 at 11:52 am

      We will very soon publish the details of Film Production Distributors in Marathi Cinema on Our site

  37. humor africa

    August 19, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    publish my post please

  38. humor africa

    August 19, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Am a movies/film distributor from africa. Based in Nigeria (Nollywood) but have ties with alot of movie producers across africa
    I want to put my movies in the cinemas in India but am looking to do that in partnership with an indian based distributor.
    If you are willing to join me Kindly advise on what and who to speak to.

    Waiting for your responses

    Thank you

    John Oaikhena

  39. Bapi

    August 20, 2016 at 5:16 am

    Firstly thanks for this article.
    I have a question,
    What are the advantages & disadvantages of large screen count & small screen count respectively ? Also how it effects the business of the movie ?

    Could you please answer this or may be if you could write an article about the topic as i haven’t found enough content for the topic to understand it.

    • FMF Resources

      August 24, 2016 at 4:34 pm

      Very simply say- if you are only a producer, you might possible to release your movie only on large screen count / small screen count, because it is the job of distributor and they decide the theateres.

      Now comes to the real question “What are the advantages & disadvantages of large screen count & small screen count respectively ? Also how it effects the business of the movie ?”

      It is impossible to say exatly. Some people preferes to watch movie in small theatres while others watch movies in multi-plexes. Say an example, if a same movie is running on nearby two theatres (large screen count & small screen count) at two big diffrence in rates, which one you go with? Probabaly, small screen count. Right?

      That’s the answer.

      Film distribution is the critical part of Filmmaking

  40. Mariappan

    August 22, 2016 at 3:34 am

    Hi, Glad to learn something from this site.

    I have a story concept & partial screen play ready for a movie.Is there any way to discuss with any film makers or producer in tamil nadu.

    • FMF Resources

      August 24, 2016 at 4:14 pm

      What you do now is, get the contact details of all the finest tamil film Producers and Filmmmakers. Send your script to them Directly or Indirectly.
      You can see the contact details of them on our site. Use the search bar option for quick access

      • Mariappan

        August 25, 2016 at 2:12 am

        Thank you!! its really helping me..

  41. Sourabh

    August 24, 2016 at 5:31 am

    Hi FMF Team,
    First of all many thanks for the informative article. I want to know how can one get distribution rights g low budget critically acclaimes films like Dhanak or Chauthi Koot. Also, what should be the correct approach to distribute and exhibit these films as the strength of these films is content but they don’t get much shows/screens. I know it it would be a bit difficult to get large number of shows for these films but I strongly feel there is a dearth of good content and if encouraged these films can bring money. The unfortunate part is these films are not given the fair chance in the market.

    • FMF Resources

      August 24, 2016 at 4:25 pm

      Dhanak or Chauthi Koot are critically acclaimed films. It got such a big response in all the Film festivals. Always remember ‘Content is the king’ So work in such a way

  42. kamlesh patil

    August 30, 2016 at 2:18 am

    We r releasing our first No.1 GANPATI SONG in Marathi “Ye ye na ye na ye na GANRAYA” from 3rd Sep.16, an international MOVIE-Jagan Ajun Bakee…!! story making for Stop FARMERS SUICIDES in India…This is our 1st film ,so pls give us suggestion that how we can get money from only this song.
    .movie shooting will start in Nov.16..Shree Yogiraj Films Prod.Nasik,Mumbai
    Producer-Vinayak Shinde
    Kamlesh Patil Shinde
    Also we have wrote so many marathi songs&script like sairat songs,love songs,dance songs,all types of Bhakto greet..Hindi or Marathi ,,btt we can’t find way for sale this,….9075801378

  43. Anu

    August 31, 2016 at 5:53 am

    I just would like to get some dubbing rights of Indian movies for African market ( For DVD/VCD). Where should I get the right contacts of international right holders ?

  44. Aniruddha Shirgupperuddha

    September 1, 2016 at 1:32 pm

    I am willing release one Hindi movie in South Africa ( mean i want to screen that movie in movie theater).Please help , what should i need to do ?

    • FMF Resources

      October 29, 2016 at 11:57 pm


  45. Naiyar Jafri

    September 1, 2016 at 1:46 pm

    Do u hv a list of distributors for films in Punjabi language?

  46. scube0211

    September 2, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    I am an undergraduate engineering student. I have no idea whom to approach for getting distribution rights for Bollywood movies. Is there someone or someway I can reach the person in-charge of giving the distribution rights?

  47. Rakesh

    September 2, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    Sir I have a doubt.. I am from andhrapradesh.. What is share guarantee and minimum guarantee.. What are fixed hires.. When are all these added to collections

    • FMF Resources

      October 29, 2016 at 11:59 pm

      A minimum guarantee is a commitment that a film distributor makes in order to pay the owner of a film for the rights to distribute in a certain territory. This is usually done as a presale where, before the movie is made, a distributor will agree to pay the filmmaker a specific dollar amount for the distribution rights for that film. That price is referred to as a minimum guarantee.

  48. Naiyar Jafri

    September 2, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    Do you have a list of Punjabi Film Distributors somewhere in your Blog? Can you provide me with one?

    • FMF Resources

      October 29, 2016 at 11:52 pm

      will publish it very soon

  49. mobiringtone

    September 3, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    i am a cinema owner.I am searching this information in google and found this page.Very useful information.Thanks for sharing this information.

  50. Jeet S.B.

    September 6, 2016 at 5:01 am

    First of all thanks to whole FMF team..
    I have very new great story with script, screenplay, dialogues and directions also for hindi(bollywood). Is there any producer/sponsor who will finance for the movie ??

    • FMF Resources

      October 29, 2016 at 11:49 pm

      Hope you will get someone from here

    • sahil

      December 29, 2016 at 9:12 pm

      contact here on if ur content is good, we will be able to help u out.


    September 6, 2016 at 9:09 am


  52. Jatinder Thakral

    September 22, 2016 at 9:04 am

    Hi Thanks for this Good Article.

    I have a query regarding the distribution of Punjabi Film. I have already worked in one of the Punjabi Film as an Assistant Director with Top of the Artist of Punjabi Cinema. Now i want make a Punjabi Film as a writer/ Director, for that I have already done with my movie concept which is very unique and fresh and also my presentation is ready which i am showing to some of the Producers. Only Grey area for me as of now is how to distribute the film, As i know about distribution there are 2 ways, One is which you already has written in your article and another one is directly pay to Distributors to run your movie on screens in India and also in overseas. I don’t know how much cost is for this, for running Punjabi movie in Punjab & some of the screens in Delhi and Overseas. Please let me know the cost if you have the information. It would be great for me if you can help me out.


    • FMF Resources

      October 26, 2016 at 4:22 pm

      We will email you the details soon


    September 26, 2016 at 3:22 am


  54. Swagatam Gupta

    September 26, 2016 at 9:34 am

    I am Independent film maker (Swagatam Gupta). I have made a Hindi movie i which want to distribute in PAN India so can you please suggest me about distribution process?

    • FMF Resources

      October 29, 2016 at 10:56 pm

      Swagatam, Find an Indian Film Distributor and distribute your film through his ajency

  55. Akhi

    September 26, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    If I WRITE and DIRECT a big budget Hindi feature film, what will be my fees?
    What deal should I expect with producer ?

    • FMF Resources

      October 29, 2016 at 10:46 pm

      is your role as a ‘Filmmaker’ in that movie?

  56. Satyam

    September 27, 2016 at 11:46 pm

    Hello i am going to work on my very first film how can i get more response please help me .

  57. Vierendrra Lalit

    September 29, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    Vierendrra Lalit.
    This is in reference to my Feature Film, TO B OR NOT TO B, shot simultaneously in two languages, Hindi and English. I am looking for Film Distribution.
    All Rights of the film are open and we would love to have our film considered for any of the distribution line up.
    Vierendrra Lalit [Director ]
    MUMBAI /

    • FMF Resources

      October 26, 2016 at 3:54 pm

      Best of Luck to Mr. Vierendrra Lalit

  58. Laurent

    October 11, 2016 at 12:40 am

    I am looking at producing either a Malayalam or Telugu Movie. I am a Singaporean and looking at a low to small budget production with new faces. Looking at a movie along the lines of family drama and the prevalent scenario of emotions and sentiments that family uses to blackmail their children. Basically a family drama where 1 child is the underdog shunned by his own family due to money and how he rises above all challenges & rises to become a success on his own with no help from his family & friends. A guy who has gone through dramatic emotional troubles and with the support of his wife goes on to show each & everyone that hardwork & persistence eventually pays off. I know that this is not a new story line but am looking at a scripter who can capture the essence in this and a director who can put it perfectly well on the silver screen.

    I am a newbie in this area and what had me interested in doing such a project is my own bitter experiences in life. Looking at someone who can take this from A-Z which includes the entire production side as well as distributorship ,marketing & advertsing etc.

    Kindly contact me

    • pardhu

      November 20, 2016 at 8:55 am

      Hello laurent ,

      We Are One media , we doproduction design , production , advertising and releasing the movie in Telugu ‘if u need to know full details pls mail us on , thank you

    • bargavi

      January 14, 2017 at 5:42 am

      im film director k.bargaviraj im avery low budget film director,now im finising anew movie dhudikkudu pujam pls click you tubedudikkidu pujam offical teacer call me 09171581143,0822450717

    • Udhayakumar

      April 3, 2017 at 6:25 am

      Dear Laurent,

      I am Udhayakumar From Southindian Film Industry worked as Assistant Director and distribution office in Jaeshan Studios to sell the films same state and as well as other state with dubbing rights and sell the satellite rights to TV .

      Now i am going to direct a Film trilingual Language. with the production cast of one film. you can communicate with me

      Thank You

  59. dr abdul khader

    October 14, 2016 at 10:05 am

    Hi FMF good job keep it up I am Dr khader any guidance or consultants who can guide me on shooting a low budget film abroad and subsidies given,location permissions etc or help me with project report.
    Thanks in advance

    • dr abdul khader

      October 14, 2016 at 10:10 am

      and how to locate genuine distributors and what is the professional way of approaching them

      • FMF Resources

        October 18, 2016 at 7:35 pm

        vERY SOON, WE PUBLISH THE LIST OF ALL Film Distribution companies in India

    • FMF Resources

      October 18, 2016 at 7:38 pm

      Thank you, Mr. Abdul for stopping by

      Team Filmmakers Fans Media

  60. Yash

    November 3, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    Hie I have composed a song which have a quite good responded on YouTube and is loved by all how do I sell my song it is a 5 min song
    My Contact no: 7208203427
    Mail id:

    • Yash

      November 4, 2016 at 11:25 am


    • FMF Resources

      November 28, 2016 at 10:31 am

      yash, share the link of your youtube video. We will teach you how to distribute a film via youtube.

  61. Himadri Goswami

    November 11, 2016 at 8:07 am

    hello FMF

    as a film producer of bengali & oriya movie projects, me want an information regarding da film rights acquisition companies & agencies who r purchasing or dealing with film rights like,
    1. home video rights,
    2.mso cable rights,
    3. audio & musical otp rights,
    4. satellite rights,
    5. dubbing rights for theatricals & television,
    6. digital internet rights
    7. overseas distribution rights,
    8. domestic distribution rights &
    9. infilm branding & promotional powered branding agencies for regional movies.

    Pls help…

    • FMF Resources

      November 28, 2016 at 10:17 am

      Himadri Goswami,
      we can help you. But, what’s your role?

    • AP

      February 2, 2017 at 6:58 am

      Hi Himadri, you can write to us at
      We specialise in syndication of all rights and provide end to end services.

  62. Divya venkat

    November 21, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    Sir I love Tamil cinema industry I want to became a film producer but I don’t have huge money. I have friends they are telling me open a office and we will give money and collect money from some others and then we will choose one good director then produce a Tamil film .is it possible?

    • FMF Resources

      November 28, 2016 at 8:34 am

      Divya venkat,

      Crowdfunding is a great source to make films, but you requires time and patience

    • bargavi

      January 14, 2017 at 5:35 am

      im a film director bargaviraj im now finising a new movie all new face artistes very low budget in this movie u click an you tube:” thudukkidu pujam” offical teacer inst call me 9171581143

    • Udhayakumar

      April 3, 2017 at 6:41 am

      HI Divya Venkat,

      I Am Udhayakumar from southindian film industry. Having Film Making and distribution experience if you have any doubt communicate via

      Thank you

  63. Varun

    November 22, 2016 at 9:00 am

    i want to distribute Indian movies in Thailand, i am very new in the business, i have some connections in with Exhibitors in thailand, please guide me some steps to get indian movies to thailand, thank you

    • FMF Resources

      November 28, 2016 at 8:21 am

      If you having connections with the Movie Exhibitors in Thailand,
      then go ahead and took the distributors contacts of them.
      Then approach producer and ask permission to distribute his film in Thailand.

    • Udhayakumar

      April 3, 2017 at 6:46 am

      Dear Varun,

      Just communicate with production office which film you want to take over the rights. and made the fms rights with the producer.

      Before the documents made just confirm that the Rights have been sold to the producer form director.
      otherwise you need to communicate to the director to purchase.

      once you purchase you can get the copy of film communicate to the Thailand Exhibitors.
      if any doubt via document and rights communicate to


  64. arun

    November 26, 2016 at 5:15 am

    Dear friend. Good day to you all. I am from Malaysia. May I know how study about filem distribution.? Any college at thr to study about this.please give me the details thanks

    • FMF Resources

      November 28, 2016 at 7:40 am

      There are no colleges offering film distribution courses, but there are institutes that offering Film Production courses in India. You can learn everything from it.

  65. amit bajaj

    December 1, 2016 at 4:42 am

    Hello, FMF. How are you?
    Can you explain the below, collections in details :
    lets say, if, hindi film earns, 12 crores(2 week run), on budget of, 8 crores, in india, then,

    how much the producer earn, how much distributor earn, how much exhibitor earn, and how much tax will be deducted?

    1. how much(%) the tax(is it state wise or whole nation wise) will be deducted & who will give the tax
    2. 1st week percentage b/w producer & distributor & exhibitor
    3. 2nd week percentage b/w producer & distributor & exhibitor


    • FMF Resources

      December 11, 2016 at 1:07 am

      Hi amit bajaj,
      We are doing fine.

      Lets come to your question.

      If a Film earns 12 crores(2 week run), on budget of, 8 crores, in india, then,
      how much the producer earn, how much distributor earn, how much exhibitor earn, and how much tax will be deducted

      The very first thing you need to understand that 2 weeks is a small duration for a film and therefore it is impossible to say about the revenue distribution. However in the usual cases, Distributors will get 80% profit for the first two weeks after the movie release.

  66. Ambreen

    December 3, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    Hi FMF,
    I hav read all the details of how flim distributor works but i have few questions like to ask.
    I planning to become flim distributors ths is new for me i find this business exciting but i hav capital in lakhs only not in CR so can i be partner with other big flim distributors who is already working with A list producers and making flims with A star actors. Will i get enough profit by doing this.
    And if yes then how should i go about it.
    Kindly guide pls.


    • FMF Resources

      December 10, 2016 at 3:15 pm

      You can do that task. But, make sure that the film distributor that you are going to partnering is a reputed one. Check his/her past records before partnering.

    • Udhayakumar

      April 3, 2017 at 6:52 am

      Dear Ambreen,

      As FMF Resources said correct when you are partnering just check his all record. because my personnel experience some of people will let you kick in the Quicksand so beware of them otherwise you cant keep your laks money also. All the best.

      if you purchase the film with content will be good and make it market full just do that.


  67. Sumit

    December 12, 2016 at 12:58 am

    Hi Gurus,

    I have a question on the cost of screening a bollywood movie (animated movies also).
    What would be the cost to get the screening rights of a bollywood movie and what is the procedure to do so?? please advise.


    • FMF Resources

      December 13, 2016 at 2:07 am

      You can’t directly distribute the movie. For distributing a movie in India, you have to contact film distributors association. They buy / distribute your film. The coast of screening depends of the demand of the movie

  68. Jimmy Tewani

    December 24, 2016 at 8:05 am

    gr8 ! amazing site , really helpful. i am making a theatre in africa for apprx 500+ seater, i want to exibit bollywood movies and looking for overseas distributor , here locally i dont find any reliable source, if you can guide me whom i should contact in India that will be really helpful for us.or interestest person can reach me on my india nos 9987413474 , i m also looking for digital projector for the screen 25mtr

  69. Jimmy Tewani

    December 24, 2016 at 8:10 am

    i would also like to register the movie name, would you please guide me the process of doing we need any kind of certificate or registered company to do so… or i can do the registration under my name.. pls guide me.

  70. Jimmy Tewani

    December 24, 2016 at 8:12 am

    i do hv few film title which i would like to sell or share with producer and diretor , but before doing that i would like to register to them to get the ownership of title.. is this the right way.. pls guide me more on this…

  71. Arnav rocky

    January 2, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    if i want to release my punjabi movie in abroad soo could i have to passed in censor again in abroad

  72. Sarwar

    January 3, 2017 at 3:44 am

    We are producing a bhojpuri film. We want to consult with distributors first. Please contract bhojpuri film distributors.

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  74. Ravi Shankar

    January 9, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    Hi name is Ravi Shankar and m from Malaysia.. I would like to be producer in tamil film possible? Bt i don’t have any of contact frm film industrial side..can i get details and guide??

  75. bargavi

    January 14, 2017 at 5:22 am

    we are finicing anew tamil movie thudikkudidu pujam all area open see our movie click you tube thudikkidu pujam offical teacer call me 08220450717,9171581143

  76. Nishmitha

    January 16, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Hello FMF, i do not know if this question has been asked already. We are making a low budget indie movie and are trying to find out ways to sell the same. Breaking certain stereotypes this movie talks of drugs, violence and sex hence restricting our buyers.
    Do guide us for the same

    Thank you

  77. Ayyub Khan

    January 18, 2017 at 4:58 am

    Dear Sir / Madam,

    This is Ayyub Khan, here I am sending the complete details of my movie
    “PUNE tc” it is a romantic comedy movie,Pune tc movie released in 2012.
    EROS International (Virgo entertainment pvt ltd.)acquired the overseas
    theatrical & digital rights only. Now We want to sale our movie world wide
    satellite rights, DVD rights, music rights and all other Indian rights to
    your company, please here I am attached movie cast & crew details and movie
    budget. If you need any other information please kindly inform me.

    Synopsis :

    He had spent his childhood and grew up at a small village near Tirupati.
    One day he decides to move to Mumbai. His friend instead convinces him to
    go to Pune. Against the family wishes finally Venkateshwarlu lands up at
    Pune. There he shares a bungalow apartment with a common friend “Asim”. As
    he tries to make himself comfortable and settle down, slowly and gradually
    he finds himself engulfed with Sonika, Sudha, Ananya, Disha & Dhriti who
    stayed in the same bungalow. Sonika works at a call center and is a fun
    loving girl. Ananya an investment banker is quite sure about what she wants
    in her life. Sudha a software engineer is desperately looking for a
    suitable match for her elder sister. Disha and Dhriti are daughters of the
    landlord and are ready to invite some love in their life. The film takes an
    interesting turn as venky becomes the center of attraction and starts
    making a comfortable seat in everyone’s heart! Love and Chaos takes over.

    we have world wide satellitye rights, DVD, Music rights and all india

    Promo Links


    Warm Regards

    Ayyub Khan


  78. AmberGupta

    January 18, 2017 at 8:12 am

    hey i am planning to open a threater how can i approach film producers or distributor .

    • FMF Resources

      January 29, 2017 at 4:48 pm

      The First Thing You do is Contact Film Exhibitors association of India , Here’s their Contact Info “Cinema Owners & Exhibitors Association of India”
      42/43, 1st Floor, Vijay Chambers,
      Opp. Dreamland Cinema,
      Tribhuvan Road, Grant Road,
      Mumbai – 400 034.
      (T) 022-2389 4026
      (M) 98200 19902

      Email :

      +(91)-22-23894026, 23894027 +(91)-22-23894027 42/43, 1st Floor, Vijay Chambers, Tribhuvan Road, Grant Road, Mumbai – 400007, Opposite Dreamland Cinema (Map) Film Exhibitors

  79. A.P.Chouthmal

    January 18, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    I m producing Marathi movie. Story is totally commercial, My director is new but i will cast known actors. I belive in smart pre production work..m trying to give best music for project and cinematically I will not going to compromise. Budget is not an essue from my side. Want to start my film pre prodction from next month and want to make good cinema. But i dont want to take risk. So before going to my film shoot I want to cell my 1St project. So I can produce my next projects peacefully.
    Would be apriciate if you can suggest any believable distributor.
    Jai Hind, Jai Maharashtra.

  80. Prashant

    January 21, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Hey FMF team,

    Great article & resource. Also commendable are your timely revert to all the queries.

    Wanted to share a few thoughts on film distribution and revenue generation, specially for independent filmmakers.

    Cutting straight to the chase, the Distribution cost of a film is a mammoth cost & process and is led by another big cost which is P&A. For an A grade film looking to be placed on about 1400 screens across India the kind of understood expense ration between film production cost and Distribution cost (inclusive of P&A) is 50:50. If the film is marketed well, only then will the distributer put in efforts to sell it.

    The better route for small independent films is digital monetisation.

    – The cost of distribution remains small as mostly only delivery & transcoding cost is involved.
    – The market is big since digital platforms transcend borders and can engage audiences world-wide.
    – The parameters remain the same as that of theatrical release, if the film performs well, good revenues can be generated …… thought the time period of recovery is longer than the theatrical format.
    – Non-exclusive deals are executed hence they are not binding for exploitation on any other format.

    We have been making efforts to further the interests of independent producers for monetising their content.

    We are vendors to over 50 platforms in India & across the globe that monetise Indian content.

    If you would like us to represent your title, kindly get in touch with us on

    Thank you and keep the discussion movie, loads of information for everyone.

  81. A. Singh

    January 21, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    hello I am starting a new punjabi movie… but looking for some one who can distribute and can release our film. and can unite with us before going on floor.

  82. Deepak

    January 29, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    Where will I get the detail of every detail about film production to distribution. How the profits can be shared by partners, on what factors. What if the best produced film is getting low price from distributors, what are the profit claiming factors?

  83. Deepak

    January 31, 2017 at 8:22 am

    Where can i get the exact budget of the Bollywood Films and their satellite rights,music etc box-office and profit..Please help me FMF.

  84. Rohan chouhan

    January 31, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    what is the govrment permisson for opening a mini cinemahall

    • FMF Resources

      February 2, 2017 at 3:20 am

      You have to Get in Touch with a Film Distributor. Which Indian State You Belongs to?

      • Ayyub Khan

        March 22, 2017 at 10:36 am

        Dear Sir,

        This is Ayyub Khan, I am the producer of hindi movie pune tc,here I am sending the complete details of my movie
        “PUNE tc”​ it is a romantic comedy movie,Pune tc movie released in 2012.
        EROS International acquired the overseas theatrical & overseas digital rights only. Now We want to sale our movie world wide satellite rights, DVD rights, music rights and all other rights to your company . If you need any other information please kindly inform me.
        Warm Regards
        Ayyub Khan

      • Ayyub Khan

        March 22, 2017 at 10:41 am

        Dear Sir,

        This is Ayyub Khan, I am the producer of hindi movie pune tc,here I am sending the complete details of my movie
        “PUNE tc”​ it is a romantic comedy movie,Pune tc movie released in 2012.
        EROS International acquired the overseas theatrical & overseas digital rights only. Now We want to sale our movie world wide satellite rights, DVD rights, music rights and all other rights. If you need any other information please kindly inform me.if you know anyone or any company please kindly suggests me.
        Warm Regards
        Ayyub Khan

  85. Dadabhai

    February 1, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    I am exploring Bollywood and regional movies in Ireland northwest region. As there is no Indian movies coming here. Whom should I contact to understand the process and requirements. Can anybody please guide me ?

  86. Ganesh Anant Naik

    February 2, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Very Good Afternoon FMF, i really appriciate the efforts you are putting to revert all the queries.
    I have produced a short film and want to sell it so I can start my new short film production.
    Could you please help me to guide where I can get the buyers.

  87. Arnav rocky

    February 4, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    i want to produce a movie could anybody tell me the procedure of that
    my no is +64220657029

  88. Ram Sharma

    February 25, 2017 at 5:21 am

    can you please explain me full procedure of distribution of movie to theater..

  89. Ram Sharma

    February 25, 2017 at 5:28 am

    i am going to create film distribution software for my last year project… can you provide me full information about the flow film distribution to the theater. ?

  90. Siddhant Rane

    February 25, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    Hey, my name’s Siddhant Rane… I’ve started a production studio with some of my friends who were learning with me at MAAC. We have a concept for making an animated film which will be similar to ‘Arjun The Warrior Prince’.
    We already have done some live action as well as animated short films, but this is the first time we’re doing a 1 hour 29 mins film..
    We are going to start working on the project later this year. And when we’re done making it, we’d like to have it on big screens…
    Having never done distribution, etc, we need some guidance…
    Our email is:


  91. Imran

    March 6, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    How much a exhibitor will pay for getting right of a film from distributor. If it depends up on movie . Then tell me minimum and maximum exbition cost to a teater owner with and with out involving of distributor

  92. Rahul Nair

    March 30, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Thanks for such a great article.
    Planning to invest / co-produce Hindi / Malayalam films. How to collaborate with production companies as Co-Producer?

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  95. Mohiz khan

    August 30, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Hi sir i want to become an exhibitor so i need to the percentage of the exhibitor and the distributor in india


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