Filmmaker seeking to distribute their product that will maximize
returns for any film that we represent,while avoiding the costly mistake
of finding a distribution company that may not be the best fit for your film
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To advise and
consult with filmmakers
to prepare their films for
maximum profitability in
sale and distribution.
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WHO WE ARE & WHAT WE DO

Leif Holt

Finance, Deliverables, Digital Platforms; Head of Short Form Division

As a veteran producer, director and filmmaker, Leif Holt has nearly a dozen features under his belt, along with years of experience in distribution by selling his and others’ projects. Read more about Leif

Mark Shady

Film Consultant, Producer’s Rep, Sales Rep; Head of Feature Films Division

An award-winning producer with over 10 years of independent filmmaking under his belt.  Mark brings his invaluable domestic and international film market experience. Read more about Mark

First Focus International (FFI) was developed and created by filmmakers much like yourself. We, Mark Shady and Leif Holt, began and continue our careers by making and selling films. Because of our first hand knowledge and experience, we’re able to relate to and understand what a filmmaker experiences when attempting to find distribution. Through these experiences and the ultimate forming of FFI, we have developed a proven model for any filmmaker seeking to distribute their product that will maximize returns for any film that we represent, while avoiding the costly mistake of finding a distribution company that may not be the best fit for your film.

FFI MISSION STATEMENT: To advise and consult with filmmakers to prepare their films for maximum profitability in sale and distribution.

OUR PROVIDED SERVICES

First Focus International can come in at any phase of production with an eye towards maintaining a quality product and original vision while laying in the prep work for sale and distribution to the broadest possible marketplace.

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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT US

When Mark and Leif Jumped on board our film, “Black Widows”, things finally started moving. They guided us into exactly the distribution we’d hoped for, but couldn’t get our foot in the door ourselves to get. They not only know the ins and outs everyone else does, but they have some tricks up their sleeves and are constantly exploring new avenues of revenue–Brilliant advisres about what’s needed for your filom to market it to its best advantage.

Venita Ozols-Graham

Producer/Director/Writer, Wunderlust Films

[First Focus’] dedication led to sales I couldn’t have dreamed of.  [They are] now my first choice for shepherding films through the marketplace

Arnon Z. Shorr

Writer/Director, OxRock Productions

Instantly, we saw things finally start happening. FFI began getting the film on different platforms, which generated some revenue. It’s not just their extensive knowledge in the market, but also their insistent professionalism that really supported us through this treacherous road of distribution.’

Ismet Kurtulus

Writer/Producer, "The Last Schnitzel"

‘First Focus International… truly believe(s) in and supports quality independent films — They were willing to go above and beyond to include my film, Good Guys With Guns, in a sales agreement with DirecTV .’

Jordan Ancel

Writer/Director, "Good Guys with Guns"

‘Mark and Leif have real attention to detail, knowledge of the business, and a passion for film, that has benefited us greatly [to] finally get our film in front of the right distributors.’

David Paladino

Producer, "Deceived"

Our film, “Deceived”, is currently on the shelves at Walmart, is available to stream through Amazon and is expanding to other distribution channels.  [First Focus International’s] honesty, preparation and drive to get your film out there can be hard to find in this business.  We highly recommend First Focus International!

Sevier Crespo

Producer, Thru the Scope Productions