Magazine article Screen International

'Chasing Coral', 'Icarus' Directors on Why They Struck Deals with Netflix

Magazine article Screen International

'Chasing Coral', 'Icarus' Directors on Why They Struck Deals with Netflix

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Bryan Fogel and Jeff Orlowski explain the appeal of Netflix for doc-makers.

Documentary-makers heading to Sheffield Doc/Fest this weekend with Netflix-backed films have said there is "no silver bullet" to quell distribution dilemmas casting a shadow over factual programming.

The distribution landscape for non-fiction docs and series has transformed radically in the past five years due to SVoD entrants flush with cash, leaving many directors with issue-driven projects struggling to identify the best outlets.

Speaking at a Sundance London event last week, directors Bryan Fogel (Icarus) and Jeff Orlowski (Chasing Coral) both said they "laboured over" selling their films to Netflix in lieu of traditional broadcast deals.

"I wanted the film to be truly seen," said Fogel. "Netflix presses a button and it's in 190 countries. You know that literally millions of people will see your film. …

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