Become a Distributor
Who is it for?
This opportunity is an excellent way for families to work together, young people to gain valuable business experience and for seasoned professionals to use their talents and gifts to earn an income and strengthen our culture and communities. As an operator of your own business, working in community with other representatives from around the world, you will learn how to make a profit, manage an inventory, marketing, sales, contracts, cash flow, taxes, and hundreds of other lessons that will help you run this business and any other venture in the future.
What do I do?
Independent representatives apply for a distributor license for an exclusive territory and then purchase an inventory of DVDs from Freedom Film Distributors at a sub-wholesale price. They sell that inventory at retail prices to the public or at wholesale prices to retailers and organizations. Distributors conduct free movie nights to bring their local community together and showcase their DVD inventory. In addition to movie nights at libraries, retirement homes, community centers and churches, there are dozens of other venues and functions at which a film table could be set up and DVDs sold. Distributors also enter into agreements with local retailers to place point-of-purchase displays in their stores, enabling promotion and sales without the distributor's presence.
Where do I sell my inventory?
The Freedom Film Catalog continues to grow and will include titles from Franklin Springs Family Media, Answers In Genesis, Citizens United, Vision Forum, and dozens of other independent producers of high-quality, God-honoring films that would appeal to a broad spectrum of audiences. With historical documentaries, family life films, homeschooling, church discipleship, agrarian living, and instructional DVDs, there will be dozens of events and activities in which you can participate.
Look for regional education fairs, farmer's markets, parades, workshops, entertainment events and other places where you will be allowed to either set up a table and sell your DVDs retail, or where you can sell your DVDs through other vendors. You will also be able to use the catalog as fundraisers for non-profit groups in your area.
An outstanding way to move inventory is to partner with local retailers, gas stations, and specialty shops to sell your films alongside their other merchandise. Stores that sell cooking supplies might want to sell our bread making and canning DVDs to encourage home cooking. Hardware stores may want Measure Once, Cut Twice to promote woodworking among young people. The list is endless – there are many locations to place a point-of-purchase display at a checkout counter. Find a chain of stores to carry films from your catalog and you may be able to move hundreds of titles per month.
Many of the titles in the Freedom Film Catalog will be a great encouragement to congregations of any denomination. The upcoming release of Gather the Family will be an incredible tool for churches to invigorate their attendees by providing a dramatic example of the power of scripture being read in the home through family devotions
Churches can also become retailers by purchasing a 100-DVD case of a title and then distributing those DVDs to their members, or selling them as a fundraiser.
Local screenings of our films at a church are an excellent way to strengthen a congregation. Certain licensing requirements are necessary for public screenings, so be sure you follow the procedures in your distributor packet.
What help will I receive?
Our distributors are like a big family, and we treat them as such. In addition to providing you with marketing and promotional materials to enable you to establish an immediate presence in your community, we will provide both general and specific training to assist you in getting your operation started and in developing your skills as an entrepreneur. Our distributors help each other by collaborating together to share best practices and to encourage each other. Rest assured, you will not be alone – you will be joining a family of likeminded people that want you to succeed and grow.
What is the potential?
Running a Freedom Film Distributorship is a simple business that requires perseverance, organization, integrity, and hard work. We cannot guarantee your success, but we will provide you with the tools and the community necessary to succeed.
One of our desires is to build long-term successful entrepreneurs by teaching the fundamentals of accounting, finance, sales and marketing to our representatives. You will learn how travel costs, marketing, taxes, and other expenses affect your net profit and your bottom line.
Starter Kits include: DVDs, business cards, point of purchase displays, a banner, table runner, contracts, and flyers. Specific quantities depend on your initial investment level.
Potential distributors must submit a request for an application to become a representative in their geographic area. Upon receipt of your request, a Freedom Film Distributor representative will arrange a telephone interview with you to discuss the details of the business and the application for a territory.
The annual cost of your Distributor License is $250.