exploring web + film since 1999

Wanting to figure out how how the web would help cash-strapped indie filmmakers, two friends dropped out of their film degree in 2000 to focus on Netribution. Two weeks later the dotcom bubble burst, but they continued, kept afloat making documentaries and writing books. Netribution is still trying to answer that question, working between research, web development, filmmaking and publishing.

Netribution operates in two branches:

Writing & research

Hello Ideas

Research and development, with a focus on the film and creative sector, cooperatives, rights, audiences, and open source.

Web & video production

Creative web design, development & filmmaking for the non-profit and creative sectors.

Key projects

Weekly zine & almanac for indie filmmaking launched in 1999 for 99 issues & relaunched in 2006 as a user-generated space with 1000s of submissions.

Film Finance Handbook

In three editions the book grew to cover over 1000 funds and dozens of countries, selling over 11,000 copies.

Research & development in open, decentralized online video distribution & monetisation, since 2021.