Expect each of the DIY services below to take a cut of your streaming or download revenue, but the math isn't always simple, so we asked each company direct questions about their business and why a documentary filmmaker would want to use their service over all the others.

Note: This list is limited to services with no curation process — it does not include Netflix, Vodo, Indieflix, Indiepix and many others that require approval. If you know of a DIY distribution site that is not listed here, email us at filmmakers[at]pov.org.

Distributor/Site Filmmaker Cut Description (From Official Site)
BitTorrentFilmmaker Cut: 1BitTorrent is a piece of technology that allows for more efficient distribution of files across the internet from content creators straight to audiences. The software system allows users to share files between computers on a peer-to-peer basis, rather than going through a third party, leading to faster downloads and a significantly reduced cost for the file distributor.
CreateSpace (Amazon)Filmmaker Cut: 50%Make your film available as a high-quality download on Amazon Instant Video. Your customers can choose from Download to Own or Download to Rent purchasing options while you earn royalties from each sale.
DistrifyFilmmaker Cut: 0.85Distrify turns film sharing into sales and your fans into a community. Distrify is a toolset that turns the entire internet into a viral distribution platform.
FetchAppFilmmaker Cut: 100% after plan fee ($5-$500/mo)FetchApp allows you to sell and digitally deliver downloadable goods We seamlessly integrate with popular payment systems like Shopify, Wordpress, Bigcommerce, Goodsie, PayPal and many others. We help automate delivery for customers with no need to install or download anything. And of course, we promise to keep your files securely hosted.
FLM.TVFilmmaker Cut: 100%FLM.TV is a Video OnDemand company for Independent Films, dedicated to the delivery, distribution, marketing and social experience of ad supported independent films and trailers OnDemand.
GathrFilmmaker Cut: 100%Gathr democratizes theatrical distribution by allowing the movie-goer to 'pull' movies to local theatres, instead of being stuck with what few options are currently playing. Art Houses/Community Theaters can screen films, often the first viewing, if they can gather enough support online and build an audience. Gathr screenings can only happen if a minimum number of people reserve tickets before a screening request expires. // You have all rights, they pay $20,000 for theatrical rights if you get the needed support for a screening
GumroadFilmmaker Cut: Fees start at $10 a month and they take 3.5% + 30¢ per charge.An all-in-one solution to sell your work and grow your audience. Without the hassle and cost of selling within a marketplace, Gumroad enables you to sell directly to your audience — just like you talk to them. It's quick to integrate Gumroad onto your website, sell on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, SoundCloud, and through your own email newsletter. And it's even faster to buy.
IndieReignFilmmaker Cut: 70% (not including 3% PayPal charge)IndieReign is an independent film marketplace where filmmakers connect directly with their audience, and film fans discover a world of rewarding cinematic experiences.
IntelVideoFilmmaker Cut: 70%-80% after fees ($49-$249/yr)The process of selling videos with InteliVideo is very simple. You just signup for an account, upload the videos you’d like to sell. Set a price tag on them; and start selling.
KinoNationFilmmaker Cut: 80%Kinonation is based in Santa Monica, CA. We're committed to give any content owner easy access to video streaming services worldwide in any format, language and territory.
PivotshareFilmmaker Cut: 70%Create your own Subscription Video on Demand Channel. Make more money and expand your audience with the world's leading SVOD / OTT platform. We help you sell premium video directly to your audience. Our digital distribution tools help you leverage an existing audience or grow a new one. It's easy and it works across a ton of devices.
ReelhouseFilmmaker Cut: Takes 10 percent plus 50 cents/transactionReelhouse is an online video community that provides filmmakers complete control to self-distribute content directly to their viewers. Filmmakers access the latest monetization, social, and showcasing features, which in turn engage viewers in what Reelhouse is setting as the new standard for online viewing experiences. Reelhouse is a toolset for VR creators to publish and monetize their projects to all devices.
Simple MachineFilmmaker Cut: 100%Browsing our films is, and always will be, free. Listing a film is, and always will be, free. This is a site for programmers finding films for a festival, theater, pop-up event, or county fair. See what films are currently playing other festivals, read quotes, watch trailers, and get screeners.
Sky PilotFilmmaker Cut: 100% with plans starting at $15/monthSell streaming access to videos using our integration with Vimeo. Sky Pilot also integrates with Charge Rabbit to allow file and video delivery for subscriptions charged on a regular basis
SlatedFilmmaker Cut: 100%Slated helps you find the people you need to get your film packaged, financed, represented and distributed. The Slated community includes high net worth individuals and institutional investors in film, as well as sales agents and distributors looking for emerging film projects. No fees directly on the site. It just provides a platform to connect industry professionals, investors, and filmmakers—all of the monetary transactions occur offline.
TopspinFilmmaker Cut: 100% after monthly fee ($9.99-$99.99)Topspin Media is a direct-to-fan sales and marketing platform chosen by creative professionals who want to promote and sell music, films, merch, tickets & more.
VHXFilmmaker Cut: Takes 10 percent plus $0.50 per sale after subscription feesVHX powers your video business. We have been making the best technology, tools, and analytics for selling video since 2012. In 2016, we joined the Vimeo family to continue empowering creators to sell their work from their own website, directly to their audience. Our open distribution platform helps anyone, big or small, launch a successful streaming video network.
Vimeo On DemandFilmmaker Cut: 90% minus transaction fees and $17/month subscriptionEasily distribute your standard and 360 videos, series, and films worldwide through Vimeo On Demand.
YouTubeFilmmaker Cut: Varies based on Google adsThe YouTube Partner Program lets creators monetize content on YouTube in many ways, including advertisements, paid subscriptions, and merchandise.

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Last Updated: 4/3/2017