‘Indie’ Film at Work: Producing and Distributing <i>The Spanish Prisoner</i>

Yannis Tzioumakis

in The Spanish Prisoner

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780748633685
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671236 | DOI:
‘Indie’ Film at Work: Producing and Distributing The Spanish Prisoner

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This chapter discusses The Spanish Prisoner’s industrial and economic background, particularly by exploring its relationship to Sony Pictures Classics. Specifically, it examines its production history as an independent production financed by funds from European investors, before the film’s rights for distribution in the North American market were bought by Sony Pictures Classics. The chapter then provides a detailed examination of the company, which has been enjoying remarkable success in the indie film market, before moving to examine the manner in which Sony Pictures Classics marketed the film, the method of the film’s release, its participation in festivals and other relevant issues. The discussion demonstrates how classics divisions and independent companies resort to a different set of distribution strategies than the major studios to promote films.

Keywords: Sony Pictures Classics; Film festivals; Indie film market; Independent production; Classics divisions; The Spanish Prisoner

Chapter.  6023 words. 

Subjects: Film

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