Write Your Business Plan, Find Independent Movie Investors, Start Funding
Make sure you are prepared at all times!!! You never know who you will meet. DO NOT talk about what YOU want, be ready to tell an investor what THEY WILL GET!
The only way to do this, is to understand your film FROM an investor's perspective, which is why we created our Business Plan Tools.
Impress Film Investors - Learn the Lingo
Independent Investors want to see your passion, know that you have "skin in the game" (you've contributed your own money or put serious thought to the finances) and you understand the entire production and distribution process. If you want a business person to part with their money, you MUST be able to successfully demonstrate their investment and ROI. Want to save yourself the mistakes so many others have made? Read all our Film Investor and Investing Tips and Articles.
"Too many filmmakers jump the fundraising gun and post notices on facebook, twitter, or their websites saying “we’re now looking for $1 Million” to produce this film/show.” Guess what… game over!"
Keep your game on: Six Things You Absolutely MUST Know Before Approaching Film Investors
"Most independent filmmakers do not research and utilize realistic sales projections when developing their Business Plan, or worse, they do not use sales projections at all. This is a huge mistake."
Don't make this mistake: Importance Of Sales Projections For
Your Independent Film Project
"As with any business investment, you want to see a well-conceived marketing and distribution plan that makes sense..."
Read the same advice the Wall Street Journal publishes to potential film investors: Film Investing Advice
"...even more importantly, in a film project the business plan also serves another major purpose; you need it to attract investors to fund your project. No one is going to invest in your project unless..."
... Everyone is shouting, "There is no money!"
...but the truth is, there is money available.
Show me the money: Ten Things Independent Film Makers Can Do Right Now to Get Film Financing
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Read up on film investing with these other great film investor articles:
- Working with Film Financing and Investors
- Finding Investors For Your Movie Project
- Film Industry Statistics To Use in Your Movie Business Plan
- Documentary Funding - Top 10 Tips for Grants and Fundraising
- More Film Investing Tips
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How did they Raise Money for their First Films?
Read inspiring stories from famous Independent Film Makers and how they got their first film financing in our Film Proposal and Financing Manual.
There are thousands of film and television grants, collectively adding to millions of dollars in film funding available to you. The huge advantage to film grants is you do not have to reimburse the funds, unlike film investors, who require their money back, plus a return on their investment.
Film Financing Contests
Contests and prize money are a great way to secure money to make a movie. Winning prize money means you don't pay it back, you can bypass finding film investors and quite often, huge amounts of free press come with your investment money.
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How to Attract Investors | Ten Things Independent Film Makers Can Do Right Now
What can independent filmmakers do to attract investors, enhance their bottom line, and actually MAKE MONEY from their indie films? Read this amazing article from Independent Film Maker and guest writer, Angelo Bell, to find out Ten Things Independent Film Makers Can Do Right Now to get film financing, secure film distribution that makes money and attract investments, larger than typical crowd funding initiatives deliver.
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Recently I exchanged a few emails with the CEO of JCF Capital (www.jcfcapitaladvisors.com) who charges $.10 per record, for an alleged database of global film investors.
The conversation went like this:
JCF: Check out our Film Finance Investor Database
JCF: Will pay commissions on referred sales
FP: Test log in? I don’t promote anything I haven’t seen for myself
JCF: See a sample here (URL)
FP: Got 0 results on my query. I would need a lot more info before I could promote you
JCF: Forget it.. you are fishing
And the conversation deteriorated from there...with him calling me unprofessional because I will not recommend anything I haven't seen/read/tested myself.
It is very unlikely there is a database of Independent Film Investors floating around in cyberspace. Even if it existed yesterday, by the time 5 film makers started contacting them, the investors would pull their names. Did you know there are roughly over 10,000 films looking for funding for every 1 potential investor? Can you imagine being a high net worth individual or company and having your contact information circulated?
That said, you may want to check out the Hollywood Creative Directory. It is not a list of high net worth individuals (Independent Film Investors), but it is a "Who's Who in Hollywood" reputable source, updated annually, containing over 11,000 producers and executives.
Speaking of...has anyone used this "Film Investor Directory"?
The database is 'Guaranteed 100%", but there is no contact information, about us or any identifying information on the website. Yet, they ask for your Name, Address and Email right up front - oh yeah, and $227. I'm skeptical, what's your experience?
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Film Investors and Tips
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How Do You Vet Film Investors on FilmProposals? Melissa - I think FilmProposals.com is an interesting idea. However, occasionally when I've followed up on some of the featured investor leads, they have ...
Film Investor Looking to Invest in 7 Independent Films If you have a legitimate high quality film project ready to go with a small amount of pledged funding in place, please be in touch. We now have financing ...
Private Equity Film Investor Seeking Films I am working with a Private Equity Investor who has a $500 million investment pool for movie projects and thus I am able to get quick financing (2-4 weeks)...
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Film Financial Projections Template
Show investors why they should fund your movie with our Financial Template. Analyze your film, movie production costs and add financials directly into your Business Plan for Independent Film.
Indepdent Film Business Plan Template
Our Business Plan Template is fully formatted with eight chapters and twenty three pages of sample text. Easily use this business plan example and customize it to your project.
Independent Film Proposal and Financing Manual
Learn how to write a business plan, the definition of a business plan and creative ways to finance your film. Pair this Manual with our Financial Template and Business Plan Template for the ultimate Movie Making package.
The business plan info really opened my eyes to how a lot of this business is so dependent on a sound business plan... and that creativity does not have to be compromised.
Free Film Downloads and Samples
Many free film tools and samples exist across the internet and here is a great starter list for the Independent Filmmaker.
Indie Film Distributors
Indie film distributors look for one thing only when they evaluate Indie Films - "Will this film be profitable for us?"
How to Make a Movie
Our 15 minute program provides you the basics on How to Make a Movie. We've condensed the nuts and bolts for you and provided some of the best material on how to make your first film.
Online Film School
Online Film School is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to learn the basics of film making. As a film maker, you have numerous education options. Make sure to get the Online Film School facts.
The huge advantage to film grants is you do not have to reimburse the funds, unlike investors, who require their money back, plus a return on their investment.
Showcase Your Indie Film
Join our Independent Film Showcase and develop an online presence for your film in a few minutes - for FREE!!! Show the world your Independent Film and impress potential investors with more than just your logline.
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