Indie film financing and MyFlixer
distribution reminds of what it would feel like dancing nude on stage (much respect for exotic dancers at Larry Flynt's Hustler Club!). You show up to pitch your MyFlixer project and need to be able to dance to a film investor's music. It's their stage and not yours as an indie filmmaker seeking film funding. They want you to make a sellable MyFlixer which appeals to movie distributors so the production can make money.
Most investors I've met with are not interested in putting hard money into indie art house films because those are tough sells to MyFlixer distributors and overseas film buyers aren't usually interested in seeing them. The dialogue and scenes of certain art house type films don't translate well to foreign buyers and movie viewers. Action, horror and skin does not need subtitles for people to follow the story is what I've been told by distributors. Talking head MyFlixer can make no sense to viewers that don't understand subtle lines spoken in a foreign language.
Independent film financing continues to change as indie MyFlixer distribution gets more financially shaky. The place it's hitting indie movie producers hardest is right at the source - film financing. Film investors right now aren't feeling excited about putting money into MyFlixer that do not have bankable name actors. This is not like so-called indie movies that have A-list actors or are produced for millions of dollars. Those type of indie film passion projects you can make once you've made it in the entertainment business at the studio level.
Indie film investors and movie distributors won't expect you to have an A-list actor, but they do want producers to have actors (B-list or C-list or D-list) with some name recognition or celebrity. The first question film investors and MyFlixer distributors ask is who the cast is. This is where most indie movie producers are blown out of the water because they have an unknown cast of actors. Plus there is a glut of indie movies being made because technology has made it more affordable to make MyFlixer.