One aspect of the film industry to understand is the domestic theatrical release. It drives the success or failure of revenue generation in all other markets, from home video to pay TV to digital downloads.
While alternative strategies for distribution are constantly emerging via new media, a successful theatrical release will, hands down, trump all other formats in public interest generated.
Below you will find statistics on 2009 specialty films. Among the data included are the foreign sales representative, debut film festival, release pattern, number of stars, and estimates of the budget and financing sources for each project.