This relatively new L.A.-based site offers a clean e-connection between film buyers and sellers. Billed as “the official online b-to-b film and TV solution of the American Film Market,” FilmBazaar.com may never replace the actual presence of sales agents in the global film world, but it does offer several helpful services that could make the lives of tormented sales execs and indie filmmakers a bit easier.
The company prescreens buyers and sellers (in early August, database featured 550 buyers and 106 sellers). On the day we tried the search function, there were still a few glitches, and the film and DVD review sections weren’t exactly overflowing with copy. There were a couple of good stories about Myles Connell’s “The Opportunist” and Jenniphr Goodman’s “The Tao of Steve,” but the whole operation has an under-construction feel that hopefully will disappear by early fall.
Among other upcoming bells and whistles are separate areas dedicated to “indie focus,” “global scene” and “industry insight.” Users could access a couple of stories about China’s new policies toward foreign distributors and horror tales from the film sales front, but, overall, this bazaar needs a bit of tuning up until it can face the masses at the next confab.