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About is focused exclusively on educating filmmakers about the complex and often misunderstood world of independent film distribution and provides the tools and resources you need to compete effectively in a tough marketplace.

You'll probably want to stick around if:

  • You're a serious filmmaker looking to build a career out of filmmaking.
  • You need help figuring out finance and distribution plans, packaging for pre-sales, audience-engagement campaigns, and/or facilitating distribution. And by help, we mean step-by-step guidance.
  • Want to interact and build relationships directly with distributors through our exclusive audio seminar series with actual independent film distributors and international sales agents.
  • Would benefit from access to our exclusive collection of the latest tools and resources including but not limited to buyer's lists, sales agency databases, distributor databases, case studies (how things are really done), and one of the most widely recognized collections of expert interviews, designed to give you an invaluable insider's perspective on how you can take your film and get it distributed.

At we pride ourselves on our helpful, approachable community-based teaching style that, while gentle, still packs a no-nonsense fistful of candid, straightforward step-by-step information and advice that you simply can't ignore if you really plan on getting your film made, seen and distributed.


No fluff. No filler. No funny business.

Distribution is an incredibly complex and often misunderstood element of filmmaking. Film Specifc was created to offer filmmakers guidance through the maze, to educate them about the potential pitfalls with which they may be faced (and how to avoid them) and teach them about the different facets of independent film distribution so filmmakers are empowered to make informed choices when it comes time to distribute their own films, and to take full control of their careers and do the job themselves if that is the best option for them.



Our Founder

Stacey Parks has over 16 years experience in independent film as a sales agent, producer, and consultant for independent filmmakers. She is the author of "The Insider's Guide to Independent Film Distribution" (2012 Focal Press), now in its second edition and considered to be an essential handbook for independent filmmakers seeking production and distribution insight for their films.

Stacey is also the founder of, a training and consultancy organization for independent filmmakers focused on exploring financing and distribution models to maximize opportunities for their films in the international marketplace. Additionally, she founded where she writes extensively on how to make movies that sell. Since it's launch in 2007, has become a trusted resource amongst independent filmmakers with an active community of over 10,000, from all corners of the globe. has been named by Moviemaker Magazine as "one of the 50 best websites for moviemakers", and, more recently, "one of the top 25 websites that filmmakers need to know about".

As a consultant, Stacey advises on all aspects of finance, distribution, and marketing for her clients' films including providing strategic guidance on finance and distribution plans, packaging for pre-sales, audience-engagement campaigns, and facilitating distribution for finished films. Her clients include Sundance, Cannes, Berlin, and Toronto award-winning filmmakers and producers who have successfully secured studio and mini-major distribution for their films.

Prior to founding Film Specific, Stacey was a foreign sales agent securing distribution for hundreds of independent features and programs worldwide. Before becoming a sales agent, she served as associate producer of the feature film "Shadow Magic" (1999), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was released theatrically by Sony Pictures Classics. She was a pioneer in online video content in its earliest days, producing a London-based internet TV series called SEED TV about socially conscious entrepreneurs in 2001, which was executive produced by renowned British PR 'guru' Lynne Franks. Stacey began her career in 1995 at the William Morris Agency, working in the soundtrack and independent film packaging departments.

More recently in 2010 Stacey went back to her Producing roots and launched Media Sparks Entertainment which specializes in producing film and television projects with international appeal for all media platforms. Stacey also works on putting together international co-production and co-financing ventures for film and TV projects with international partners.

Stacey has conducted extensive lectures and workshops on film distribution, finance and marketing for the British Film Institute, the South Australia Film Corporation, the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP), FilmArc for FilmPool Nord, UCLA, Women In Film, Berlin Film Festival and the Raindance Film Festival. Stacey has also spoken on panels at the Cannes Film Festival, the American Film Market, and Slamdance, and for organizations including the Producers Guild of America, NALIP, Women in Film, and the Alliance of Women DIrectors, among others.

Stacey has been profiled or interviewed in MovieMaker Magazine, Student Filmmakers Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor and the Los Angeles Business Journal. She is a regular contributor to MovieMaker Magazine and has served as an instructor in UCLA Extension's Entertainment Studies Department.

Stacey is a graduate of the University of Florida and holds an International MBA from Pepperdine University. She travels extensively and, at last count, has visited over 40 countries. When not traveling, Stacey currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. She has previously lived in London, Paris, Florence, and the Netherlands.