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Apr 25, 2017

[Review] How to Prepare a Professional Investment Package

How to Prepare a Professional Investment Package This is perfect - I have potential investors but I had no idea how to prepare a professional investment package to present to them. (I'm an artiste', not a business person. :) )

The information is clear and easy to understand, and Melissa is very prompt in answering emails.

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Mar 28, 2017

Film Budget Template | Details and Top Sheet

Sample Film Budget TemplateOur Film Budget Template will help indie producers estimate their movie production costs. The movie sample budget template is a great starting point to demonstrate film negative costs required for the financial projections and business plans used to secure movie investors.

The Film Budget Worksheet Template is in Excel, fully editable and contains 100s of line items and formulas that can be completely customized to your film production.

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Mar 24, 2017

Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition

Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition

The Emerging Screenwriters Screenplay Competition is OPEN FOR ENTRIES! The prizes include all the TOOLS you need to change your career forever! Submit your FEATURE screenplay or T.V. Pilot and WIN the best Prizes in the industry AND an Opportunity to CHANGE YOUR CAREER FOREVER! Fly to Hollywood and meet with some of the industry's top Producers. Find out all the details on this Screenplay Competition worth over $10,000 in value.

2017 Deadlines:

Early - April 18, 2017
Regular - May 23, 2017
Final - June 28, 2017

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Mar 22, 2017

San Francisco Film Commission Film Space Grant

San Francisco Film Commission Film Space Grant

San Francisco Film Commission Film Space Grant provides financial assistance to nonprofit organizations that assist independent filmmakers by providing low cost office and film production space to facilitate film production activities in San Francisco.

Applications Due: June 9, 2017
Grant Award Announced: June 26, 2017

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Mar 14, 2017

10 Keys to Film Finance | Avoid Common Indie Film Financing Mistakes

10 Keys to Film Finance Read what film financing pros have to say! These 10 Keys to Film Finance will help you secure film production financing and avoid common indie film Financing mistakes. Whether you are working with film funding companies or private film financiers, these indie film financing strategies are sure to give you an edge over your competition.

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Mar 07, 2017

[Review] Film Investor Package - GREAT STUFF VERY USEFUL

Film Investor Package This package is very useful. Very educational and saves tons of time researching and building plans and projections from scratch. I would highly recommend this to anyone trying to raise money for an independent film. - Tony

Thanks you, Tony, for taking the time to leave us feedback!!! Check out more Film Investor Package Reviews and see how others have successfully raised their film financing!

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Mar 03, 2017

Six Things You Absolutely MUST Know Before Approaching Film Investors

Gordon P. Firemark Entertainment Attorney Gordon P. Firemark, Entertainment Attorney, states, "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!

Before going out to film investors, it’s important to have your ducks in a row. Six Things You Absolutely MUST Know before you start raising money will dramatically streamline the process, and get you closer to funding, faster.

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Feb 28, 2017

Panavision Film Grant Program - FREE Cameras

Panavision’s New Filmmaker Program is an ongoing grant program, started over 25 years ago. Panavision believes in giving new filmmakers the opportunity to pursue their vision by donating a camera package. Panavision loans film or digital camera packages (based on availability) to filmmakers for student thesis films, “low-budget” independent features, showcase reels, Public Service Announcements, or any other type of short not-for-profit project. More Info: Panavision’s New Filmmaker Program.

Panavision’s New Filmmaker Program

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Feb 21, 2017

Steps to Take for Getting Your Film Funded or TV series licensed

Many of you already know, accredited Production Companies will no longer develop your project or least of all; option your script. Unless you have the experience of communicating with industry executives, resources and the ability to contact investors, networks and industry executives, the road ahead is extremely challenging… but not impossible to overcome. Great tips, advice and pointers from industry experts at: Steps to Take for Getting Your Film Funded or TV series licensed

Feb 14, 2017

Top Film Grant Tips for How to Write and Win a Grant

Film Grant TipsCheck out our top Film Grant Tips for How to Write and Win a Grant, written by a film grant application evaluator. There is a great deal of film grant competition, as thousands of applicants apply for the same grant. Although it is a competitive process, use our advice to help you stay ahead of the game and your competition at Top Film Grant Tips for Writing and Winning a Grant.

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Feb 08, 2017

[Review] Film Business Plan Template | Great Jumping Off Point and Confidence Builder

Film Business Plan TemplateI found the business plan template and film financial comparison table a great starting point. Reading through the Film Financing Manual I gained a lot of confidence that reinforced my own ideas.

I ended up taking the bits I wanted and customizing other sections to create a condensed and concise 11 page business plan, backed up by a whole lot of figures and data. In the US economic slump I found investors were looking for alternate investments with high yield - my Film Investor Brief was perfect!

Thanks you, Andrew, for taking the time to leave us feedback!!! Check out more Film Investor Package Reviews.

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Jan 26, 2017

Finding Investors For Your Movie Project | How To Get Film Investors Attention

Finding Investors For Your Movie Project Probably the most common question concerning financing is; how do you go about finding investors? Answer: You find the people who have the money and you do this by the networking of contacts. First off, who has the money?

Find out the ONE thing you absolutely need to get in touch with potential movie investors. Learn the ONLY way to get highly paid professionals to pay attention and respond.

Answers to these questions and more at Finding Investors For Your Movie Project, by Jack Heape.

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Jan 24, 2017

FilmProposals Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions

FilmProposals Frequently Asked Questions

Recently we've been asked a lot of the same questions that have already been answered on the site. So here is a quick list of the top inquiries and all the answers are at FilmProposals Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions.

Are Your Products Compatible with Apple/MAC?

I want to change/delete a submission on the site

How Do I Edit My Film Pitch or Movie Trailer?

The Film Financial Projections Template is locked and I'd like to change some of the Formulas

Do You Do Business Plans for Films?

Can you help me secure financing, introduce me or help find investors?

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Jan 19, 2017

[Review] Both FilmProposals Site and Business Tools Are Extremely Helpful

Independent Film Financing Projections I am still in the midst of writing our business plan, and keep referring back to FilmProposals after purchasing the Film Financial Projects template and Film Business Plan template. Not only do both continue to be the right tools (after researching A LOT and seeing others out there), but the website resources are extremely helpful as well.

I like having the template to follow, but also know that film business plans are different than regular business plans. That makes the task seem very daunting, especially gathering the financial data needed to plead your case to investors. By far that is the toughest part, so having the financial template makes it a lot less scary to tackle.

Thanks to Frances for taking the time to leave us feedback!!!

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Jan 17, 2017

Documentary Funding | Top 10 Tips for Fundraising Grants

Documentary Funding

No doubt, Documentary Funding is tough work. But here's the good news...You CAN raise documentary funds and it may not be as hard as you think.

Many first time filmmakers have the fantasy their documentary money will come in one big check, from one big donor or foundation. The reality is, funding often comes from many different sources.

Get the best Fundraising Tips at Documentary Funding and check out the industry's best fundraising tools.

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Jan 12, 2017

Practical Tips for Writing Your Film Business Plan | Keeping It Real

Film Business Plan Tips Often film makers are unaware of practical tips that should be adhered to when writing 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. Here we look at a few of the common pitfalls, some practical advice on how to avoid them and put you in the stakeholder’s shoes with some hypothetical pitches. Avoid these mistakes by reading: Practical Tips for Writing Your Film Business Plan | Keeping It Real

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Jan 10, 2017

[Review] Best Investment We've Done for Our Company

Find Movie InvestorsHello Melissa: We recently purchased your film proposal program and we have found it to be one of the best investment we've done for our company. We want to proceed with the business plan review and gather your feed back!

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Dec 22, 2016

Importance Of A Business Plan For Film Projects | 7 Key Elements You Need To Get The Money

Importance Of A Business Plan For Film Projects A business plan has three basic purposes: communication, management, and planning. Learn how the business plan is used to attract investment capital; help you track, monitor, and evaluate; and identify and avoid roadblocks and obstacles. Most importantly, you need it to attract investors to fund your project. No one is going to invest in your project unless they can see how they are going to get repaid and more importantly, make a profit.

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Dec 15, 2016

[Review] I could not have raised the $1.5 million or made this film without the materials you provided!

Just want to thank you for your materials and help over the past year. Just finished post on our $1.5 million picture "Coming Through the Rye" with Alex Wolff and Chris Cooper. I could not have raised this money or made this film without the materials you provided -- and for $99? The bargain of my career! - James Sadwith, Producer, Writer, Director "Coming Through the Rye"

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Dec 13, 2016

Film Business Plan VOD Projections

Film Business Plan VOD ProjectionsThe new world of VOD and being able to target your market directly is fantastic news for producers, especially those who could or did not follow the traditional distributor model. However, unlike the traditional theater/distributor model, these opportunities are much more difficult for projections and business plans. Here we outline all the different VOD business models, costs and calculations associated with each, as well as which statistics and case studies you want to use in your business plans.

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Dec 08, 2016

[Review] Truly Professional Film Business Plan

Truly Professional Film Business PlanThe Business Plan Tools give you a great starting point for writing your truly professinal business plan before you go out to seek funding for your film. A no brainer for newbies and low level of experience producers who wanna take the next step.

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Dec 06, 2016

Film Investor Tips | Find and Engage Movie Investors

Film Investor Tips | Find and Engage Movie InvestorsFilm investors are generally very savvy business people. After all, how do you think they got the kind of money to become a potential movie investor? Many filmmakers think selling an investor on their creative concept, rather than the financials is the way to secure funding. Except for a few specific circumstances, this is definitely not the way to go! When it comes to film investing and the film financing business, it's ALL about what you are offering potential investors for your independent movie. Learn More: Film Investor Tips

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Nov 29, 2016

How to Attract Film Investors

How to Attract Film Investors What can independent filmmakers do to attract film 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 film investors, larger than typical crowd funding initiatives deliver.

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Nov 23, 2016

[Review] Incredibly Helpful Templates

Incredibly Helpful TemplatesAn amazing set of incredibly helpful templates, guide books, advice. The best $99.00 I have spent in a very long time. Congrats FilmProposals!!

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Nov 22, 2016

JDC Archives Documentary Film Grant

JDC Archives Documentary Film GrantThe American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is pleased to announce the JDC Archives Documentary Film Grant. The $10,000 grant is for post-production and/or distribution costs of a documentary film which draws on the JDC archival collections (http://archives.jdc.org). Applications are due by February 15, 2017.

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Nov 17, 2016

[Review] My business plan is 10 times better than it was before

After several days of researching where to get the materials for our upcoming Feature film Independent Low Budget project I finally decided to try FilmProposals.com and their information in downloadable format.

I was shocked and impressed after purchasing Package #3 as to the thoroughness and amount of information provided! I will soon be starting pre-production on my first feature film as director, producer, screenwriter, and have already begun development, fundraising, and my business plan is 10 times better than it was before receiving their materials and information. Wow! - Thanks. Randy

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Nov 15, 2016

Film Investor Contract Template

Film Investor Contract TemplateDo Your Filmmaking tools include this information? This is a great question, thank you! FilmProposals always recommends you seek professional legal counsel, however, we offer a variety of templates, tools and articles to educate you on the film investment process, all designed to help you minimize attorney costs. Here are some areas for you to consider: Film Investor Contract Template.

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Nov 11, 2016

[Review] Extremely Beneficial | More than Worth the Money

Find Movie Investors"The Film Proposals package is more than worth the money! The business plan is very complete, and easy to modify to your specific needs. FilmProposals.com has thought of everything. It's time to make a movie!"

Thanks to Dan for taking the time to leave us feedback!!! Check out more ways to Find Movie Investors.

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Nov 10, 2016

Film Financing Lessons

Film Financing Lessons

Read Film Financing Lessons from famous producers, such as Steven Spielberg, Lee Daniels, Kevin Smith, Richard Linklater and how they got their first film financing. Film financing is a never-ending process...no matter how famous and successful and they are, successful filmmakers see film financing as an innate part of film production throughout their careers.

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Nov 03, 2016

SIFF + True Productions $100,000 Documentary Grant

For the second consecutive year, SIFF and True Productions have partnered to underwrite two $50,000 documentary grants for filmmakers. The sole purpose

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Oct 25, 2016

Why You Can't Find Film Investors

Film Investors on FilmProposals Jeff asks a great question about how we approve the Film Investors on the site and I give a VERY HARSH, but truthful, answer. Warning - this post is not for the faint of heart.

If you're convinced you can take the lazy approach to finding film investors by searching the internet and emailing people with something like, "I have a great project, email or call me," then skip this article. If you've tried this and found it hasn't worked for you...then this article about really understanding the dynamics of the business of film investing may just be for you. Comments welcome (on Facebook)- please tell us what YOU think!

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Oct 20, 2016

Importance Of Sales Projections For Your Independent Film Project

Independent Film Movie Sales ProjectionsMany new independent filmmakers do not realize the importance of Sales Projections For Your Independent Film Project. They neglect to 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. Find out how to create realistic sales projections and make your independent film.

When you are developing a set of projections, the following should be considered...

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Oct 18, 2016

Film Business Plan Tips

Film Business Plan TipsThese film business plan tips will lead you straight to finding and securing the right investors for your movie. Whether you use a business plan, private placement memorandum, or other fundraising vehicle, we want you to stand out from the crowd and pitch your project in a way that compels investors to write you a check now.

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Oct 13, 2016

[Review] Film Investment Package | The Pot of Gold

Movie Investor Package'When I came across the Business Plan Tools and the Finance Guide, I felt like I could stop searching for the pot of gold ... I’d found it. In one place, with clear, easy to follow materials and spreadsheets, my questions were answered. It still depends on me and what I do but the blueprint is all there. Thanks.'

Thanks to Barry, Producer, River Dreaming Entertainment, for taking the time to leave us feedback!!! Check out more Movie Investor Package Reviews.

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Sep 13, 2016

How to Invest in Indie Films | Tips for Pitching Film Investors

How to Invest in Indie FilmsHow to Invest in Indie Films contains tons of important information for the Indie filmmaker. While the article speaks to film investors, the information can make great selling points for you while pitching your business plan to investors. Can you speak fluently about asset classes and private equity?

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Sep 08, 2016

How to Pitch to Film Investors

Your pitch to film investors can be intimidating and you may only get one opportunity. According to Eminem's Lose Yourself, "Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity to seize everything you ever wanted. One moment... Would you capture it or just let it slip? Yo"

If you are pro the 'capture' option, then before you even contact a film investor, you must be fully prepared. Our How to Pitch to Film Investors article will help you do just that!

How to Pitch to Film Investors

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Sep 01, 2016

How to Find Film Investors | Raise Money for a Feature Movie

How to Find Film InvestorsHow to find film investors seems to be a huge hurdle for filmmakers, but it is actually quite simple. Any filmmaker who is prepared for film investors will find them. The filmmakers who find it difficult to secure investors are those who completely skip over the process of preparing, attracting, pitching and working with investors.

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Aug 29, 2016

The Dan O'Bannon Film Grant

The Dan O'Bannon Film GrantDo you have a passion for Science Fiction? Beginning this year, Other Worlds Austin (in co-sponsorship of The O'Bannon Company) will award a $1,500 grant for the production or post-production of a short film, to an emerging Texas filmmaker who exhibits an equal passion for Science Fiction. Deadline for all applications is September 30, 2016

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Aug 16, 2016

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Film Festival Grants

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Film Festival GrantsThe Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Film Festival Grant program has awarded just under $4 million to film festivals since 1999. The Academy currently provides funding in three areas: FilmWatch, FilmCraft, Academy Film Scholars.

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Aug 11, 2016

[Review] Sample Film Business Plan | Charts are Fantastic and a Real Timesaver

Sample Film Business Plan"Really like the automatic spreadsheet, the main reason I purchased your package. I also like the proposal layout and will use it for private investors. I'm actually prepping a film for AFM and am using a little bit of a different proposal for that, but the charts are fantastic and a real timesaver. Thanks again!"

Thanks you, Jess, for taking the time to leave us feedback!!! We can't to hear how tyou did at AFM!

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Aug 09, 2016

Pitching a Location Letter to Film Investors - Sample Letter

Location Letter to Film InvestorsPitching a location letter to Film Investors can easily impress them when presenting your film proposal. A strong location can not only add great production value to your film. but also become a key selling point when correctly used in your pitch to film investors.

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Aug 04, 2016

Film Private Placement Memorandum | How do you create a PPM?

Film Private Placement MemorandumIf you are looking to raise money for your independent film, you have likely heard the term Film Private Placement Memorandum (PPM) and are wondering if you need one.

Unless you are getting private equity from family and friends, you should have a Film Private Placement Memorandum (PPM) drawn up for your fund raising.

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Jul 28, 2016

Film Investing Advice from the Wall Street Journal | For Investors

Classic article from WSJ with current information, even in today's Indie Film market. Film investing pay offs can be as high as 50% to 100% in the first three years, IF a film is successful, which is a big "if." Find out how to minimize your risk, be aware of many of the things that could possibly go wrong during filming and how to identify a well-conceived marketing and distribution plan that makes sense and isn't built on hope. More: Film Investing Advice from the Wall Street Journal

Film Investing Advice from the Wall Street Journal

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Jul 26, 2016

How to Use an Independent Film Financing Plan to Secure Investors

Independent Film Financing PlanAn independent film financing plan can help you form a strategy that will make the tricky process of film financing much easier. When you network to get investors involved in your project - and are trying to earn their trust in that you will deliver what you promise them, then you will most likely find yourself in situations where the potential investor asks questions like: What does the financing plan look like?

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Jul 21, 2016

What is an Accredited Investor?

What is an Accredited InvestorRecent legislative changes make it more important than ever for film makers to know for sure, what is an accredited investor? So, who is an accredited investor and how how do take the 'reasonable' steps outlined by the SEC to satisfy their requirements?

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Jul 12, 2016

First Film Budget | How to Manage Movie Investor Money

First Film BudgetLearn exactly what goes in to your First Film Budget, the two types of low-budget films and how to handle your film money. Part III of our "How to Make a Movie Mini Course" discusses film budgets, costs of talent and crew, film bank accounts and how to handle your film money.

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Jul 05, 2016

Chicken & Egg Pictures Which Came First Fund

Chicken & Egg Pictures Which Came First FundSince 2005, Chicken & Egg Pictures has awarded $4.5 million in grants and more than 5,300 hours of mentorship to over 210 films. Chicken & Egg Pictures is dedicated to supporting women filmmakers who are as passionate about the craft of storytelling as they are about social justice, environmental and human rights issues.

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Jun 29, 2016

[Review] Film Investment Package | Great for Helping Investors Understand Risks and Potential Rewards

Film Financial Projections Business Plan Template'I found your software to be exceptionally useful for me in helping to define the financial aspects of making and potentially profiting from a film. Having worn many different hats in the entertainment business over the years, I finally decided to seek out a great project and then get it financed.

As a first time Executive Producer, I found your software first to be great for helping me understand film financing ad second helping the various investors who we have been pitching to better understand their risks and potential rewards. I would certainly recommend this software to anyone thinking about seeking financing for films.'

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Jun 28, 2016

How to Make a No Budget Science Fiction Movie

How to Make a No Budget Science Fiction MovieARA managed to get the interest of some incredible actors and crew that loved the script, which really helped me to make the call to keep going. One of the tricky things of doing a sci fi without funding and no post production experience is to make sure everything is shot correctly for the post production team, which luckily we did.

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