As you’ve probably gathered by now, the type of story you’re telling matters for a lot of reasons. Well, you can add distribution to that list. Even if you feel that your project’s genre and subject matter should appeal to every person on the planet, distributors tend to think in more concrete terms. Genres like science fiction and horror have built-in audiences, in the same way that activist documentaries, faith based features and sexploitation all appeal to certain interests. Distributors will have an idea of exactly where your project fits, and whether it fits into their specific distribution model. So if you’re making a low-budget science fiction film, which companies tend to release these types of films and how do they do it? Limited theatrical run? Film festivals to build buzz? Straight to streaming and on-demand? Even if your work fits into a broader category like comedy, ask yourself what kind of comedy it really is: family oriented, romantic, quirky, gross out, etc. Each sub-category might mean a different kind of distributor, which means a different level of financing. And if you’re doing a serious drama…well, try to keep that budget really, really low.