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YOUR INDIE FILM PARTNERS

Nicholas Buggs & Christopher Barkley

We help independent filmmakers navigate the business of film.  With fifteen years of experience in the entertainment industry and three award-winning feature films in distribution, we have built a catalog of lessons learned, industry insights, and best practices that we share with the indie filmmaking community in a variety of ways.

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ABOUT BONSAI CREATIVE

As Executive and Advisory Producers, we have invested time, financing, energy, and plenty of sweat equity in independent filmmakers.  We have won film festivals and achieved distribution for each of our films. As coaches and public speakers, we have engaged filmmakers at every phase of their projects, providing industry insights, actionable strategies, and tailored advice.

Our goal is to lift the veil of mystery that hovers over the film industry to give filmmakers a fighting chance to make the best out of their filmmaking careers. We're not here to tell you how to make your art; we're here to help you get the most out of it.

ADVISORY SERVICES

Be Better. Be Creative. Be Engaged.

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ADVISORY PRODUCERS - BRANDING & DISTRIBUTION

We help great independent films get considered for distribution by partnering with filmmakers and distributors to build catalogs of targeted, branded content.  

If you have a festival-nominated or award-winning film, we would love to hear from you.  At the moment, we are seeking documentaries, horror films, and dramatic content that aligns with a niche audience.

Each film will be evaluated based on story, cinematic language, production quality, performance, and brand identity.  

VIRTUAL SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

One of our defining principles is "Be Engaged."  We make it a point to engage filmmakers whenever and wherever we can.  

If you're hosting a community event, managing a film festival, or teaching a class, we would love the opportunity to share our insights with your audience. Our goal with each engagement is to open filmmakers' eyes to the realities of the business of film and prepare them for the journey ahead.

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BRANDING AND MARKETING STRATEGY

Branding and Marketing are the keys to product placement and promotion.

We will provide you with a comprehensive Branding and Marketing Strategy that includes:

  • Audience Archetypes and Key Demographics

  • Target Audiences

  • Release Timing Considerations

  • Advocates, Strategic Partners, and Force-Multipliers

  • Digital, Social, and Print Marketing Strategy

  • Key Marketing Artifacts

FILMMAKER CONSULTING

If you're working on a new film project or just getting your idea off the ground, we'd love to set aside some time to talk to you about it.  We can use a Discovery call to identify what success looks like to you so we can follow up with tools, tips, tricks, and techniques to get you where you need to be.

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THE MAKE IT PODCAST

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LISTEN UP!

You're gonna love this.

We are proud to bring you the MAKE IT podcast which is available on all major podcast apps. 


Each week, we share thoughts, ideas, insights, and perspectives on the indie film industry from our own experiences and from the experiences of our industry friends.

To join the conversation, listen in each week or be a guest on the podcast.  Either way, we'd love to have you!

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INDUSTRY INSIGHTS

We provide our insights on the indie filmmaking industry through as many avenues as possible. Don't miss out on the goodness as we put proverbial pen to paper and share our thoughts on the Bonsai Creative blog.

 

Check out the latest posts below.

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GET IN TOUCH

We want to hear from you but, better yet, we'd love to work with you.  Contact us and let's make it happen!

For Speaking Engagements,

enter "Speaking Engagement" in the Subject Line.

For Screeners,

enter "Screener" in the Subject Line.

To be a guest on the MAKE IT Podcast,

enter "MAKE IT" in the subject line.

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