Write Your Business Plan, Find Independent Movie Investors, Start Funding
The more you learn about the film business and the more you know about film investors and film financing, the more likely you are to find film funding.
Rule Number One is to make sure you are prepared at all times! You never know who you will meet. DO NOT talk about what YOU want, but rather, be ready to tell an investor what THEY WILL GET!
The best way to do this is with a solid understanding of your film FROM a film investor's perspective. Want to learn more about film financing and how investors think? Read all our Film Investor articles.
Practical Tips for Your Film Business Plan
When a film project comes together nicely, after months, if not years of hard work, it is very easy to let the excitement skew your speculative figures. Often film makers are unaware of practical tips to which they should adhere when writing film business plans. Get Your Tips: Practical Tips for Writing Your Film Business Plan
Impress Film Investors - Learn Their 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 More: Impress Film Investors - Learn Their Lingo
Six Things You Absolutely MUST Know
Keep your game on: Six Things You Absolutely MUST Know Before Approaching Film Investors
Importance Of Sales Projections
Don't make this mistake: Importance Of Sales Projections For Your Independent Film Project
Film Investing Advice
Read the same advice the Wall Street Journal publishes to potential film investors: Film Investing Advice
Importance Of A Business Plan
"...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..."
Ten Things to do to Get Film Financing
"... Everyone is shouting, "There is no money!
...but the truth is, there is money available."
What can independent filmmakers do to attract investors, enhance their bottom line, and actually MAKE MONEY from their indie films?
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
- 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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Who is NOT a Film Investor????
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
Film Investor Interested In Finding Projects in need of finishing funds Hi, say I am capable of becoming fully accredited as an investor. Where would be my best shot at finding a pool of films that are in need of finishing ...
Star Street Capital Film Investors With access to nearly $6 Billion dollars of investment capital StarStreet Capital is poised to make real changes in the world of entertainment and film ...
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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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