Now I don't like music. But...
Here is an idea from the music world, one that Jont has been running. He does gigs. But he does them in people's houses. He provides the gig. They provide the location. They advertise it online. People show up. That's it.
Kind of cool in a rock n roll freewheelin way. But could you do the same thing for film. I think so. Enough people now have big enough screens to have a kind of cinema experience. A film maker turns up, dvd in hand, a pair of red curtains and a bit of showbiz pazzazz and shows some great shorts - comedy style I would suggest. Perhaps skype in some of the other directors and then have a damn good knees up afterwards.
While touring around perhaps make a road movie film too. Or a film featuring everyone at the show as an extra. Loads of ideas.
I might put this forward for funding. So what do people think of that as an alternative distribution idea. Get on the road! Kind of counter intuitive to the benefits of film - but exciting at the same time.