A film distributor is someone who is responsible for distribution of films to the market. Distribution is done in the last stages of film production and deals with the finances and production of the film. Film Distributors have the right to set film release dates and even how the film is officially released such as DVD, online / virtual download system or through the television broadcast industry.
A distributor if having the resources can do the necessary film distribution process through his own film production and distribution houses. They might also work hand in hand with other sub-distributors. A small time distributors or a specific film distributor will specialize in online or DVD formats film releases. They provide certain formats depending on where and when the film is released. The main film distributor will be given credit for his works in the spec sheet and onscreen credits as well.