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Dec 06, 2018

Film Business Plan Tips | Use Your Ideas to Attract Investors

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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Dec 06, 2018

JDC Archives Documentary Film Grant

JDC Archives Documentary Film GrantThe American The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is pleased to announce the 2019 JDC Archives Documentary Film Grant. The JDC Archives will select one film, which will be awarded a grant of $10,000. Eligible films will focus on twentieth century Jewish history, humanitarian assistance, and related topics. Topics can include issues, events and personalities related to overseas Jewish communities during the last century.

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Dec 04, 2018

£10,000 in Film Grants - UK Jewish Film Festival

UK Jewish Film Festival Film Grants Two film grants of up to £10,000 are available by The Pears Foundation Short Film Fund at the UK Jewish Film Festival for the production of a short film or video – drama, animation or factual – with a Jewish theme of significance to both Jewish and general audiences and a maximum length of 10 minutes. The scheme is open to all filmmakers resident in the UK. The deadline for applications is in January.

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Nov 29, 2018

Filmmakers Without Borders Filmmaking Grants | Feature, Documentary

Filmmakers Without Borders Filmmaking Grants

Filmmakers Without Borders Filmmaking Grants are available for narrative, documentary, experimental, and new media projects in various stages of production. Application deadlines are in January. Filmmakers Without Borders (FWB) is dedicated to empowering the next generation of digital storytellers and providing funding and support for independent filmmakers to share their stories.

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Nov 27, 2018

How to Pitch to Film Investors | Practical and Proven Tips for Fundraising

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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Nov 22, 2018

[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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Nov 20, 2018

Five Gadgets to Start With Travel Vlogging | How to Vlog

Five Gadgets to Start With Travel Vlogging

Using any of our five gadgets to start with travel vlogging, you'll learn how to start a vlog while keeping your hard earned money in your bank. Many people think that to enter the world of YouTube or start with your cinematic career, one needs to have high-end camera models. They not only cost tons of money to start with but, the investment could also turn out to be risky. Why, you ask? Well, what if after purchasing these high-end gadgets, you actually realize that this field is really not your cup of tea? Get started on the cheap and grow: Five Gadgets to Start With Travel Vlogging

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Nov 15, 2018

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

How to Invest in Indie FilmsHow to Invest ioriginal wikiHow article on How to Invest in Indie Filmsn 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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Nov 13, 2018

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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Nov 08, 2018

Film Business Plan Template | Marketing Plan, Revenue Projections

Independent Film Business Plan Template Our easy-to-use 23 page Independent Film Business Plan Template can be used alone, or alongside our Film Proposals and Financing Manual and Film Projections Templates. Using Microsoft Word, with a film theme background, the template requires your customization, but is formatted, includes tons of re-usable text and saves you hours and hours of typing and market research time.

From a FilmProposals customer, "... I'm now sending out my completed business plan/film proposal document to potential investors and the one comment I'm getting back almost immediately is that it's so well laid out and professional. Believe me, first impressions really do count."

What are you waiting for? Check out the Film Industry's best Independent Film Business Plan Template today.

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Nov 06, 2018

Script Writing Tips to Avoid the Slush Pile from a Script Reader

Script Writing Tips to Avoid the Slush Pile

If I’m not hooked on page one or possibly page two, I’m not reading 10 pages, I’m putting it down. Unfair, you cry. You’ve got to get to page 52 where there is a brilliant twist. Too late, and here’s why. Have you ever flicked through TV channels, watching 10 or 20 seconds of a show before deciding if it’s worth sticking around? That’s your script on the screen. The way to get your script read can be summed up in four words - Get To The Story. Learn from the script reading pros: Script Writing Tips to Avoid the Slush Pile

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Nov 01, 2018

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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Oct 30, 2018

Pitching a Location Letter to Film Investors - Sample Template

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.

More info: Pitching a Locatiofilm-proposal-financing-manual.htmln Letter to Film Investors

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Oct 25, 2018

Ultimate Film Proposal Financing Manual | Business Plan and Investor Guide

Film Proposal Template Sample

The Independent Filmmakers Guide to Writing a Film Proposal and Raising Funds with our Film Proposal Template Example. The Film Proposal Financing Manual covers all the business aspects of turning your film ideas into your reality. Independent Filmmaking and Investors, Film Proposals and Business Plans, Film Proposal Sections and Outline, Film Investors, Funding Sources and Investment Types, Pitching and Attracting Film Investors, Film Financing Glossary and more.

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Oct 23, 2018

Smartphone Video Rig | iPhone Video Rig, Filmmaking Kit

Smartphone Video Rig

Use a smartphone video rig to get the most out of all your smartphone video filming accessories. You have your smartphone lenses, your external audio recording devices, and your external lights, but where are you going to put it all? If you are thinking “that seems like a lot of stuff to attach to a device that fits in the palm of your hand”, you are correct.

Fear not, though, because another thoughtful invention exists, and that is the smartphone video rig.

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Oct 18, 2018

[Review] Professional Tools to get the Investors to Give Money

FilmProposals.com Business Plan PackageWow!! I just purchased the Finance Film Package #3. It is really good. I am an experienced Film Producer and I have been trying to get financing for 3 years for my film Smoke E.Z. I need $8,000,000. After 3 years I gotta take the plunge and get some professional tools to get the investors to give money for my film. I don't $10,000 for all of this to be done, so I have the challenge to do it myself.

This is a really good package to buy if you are looking to finance a film over $5,000,000.

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Oct 16, 2018

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. Find out more about: Film Private Placement Memorandum

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Oct 11, 2018

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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Oct 09, 2018

What is an Accredited Investor? | Finding Film Investors

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?

Learn More: What is an Accredited Investor?

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Oct 05, 2018

87 Days Left in 2018! Who's going to get it DONE?

How to Write a Film Business Plan

87 Days Left in 2018! Who's going to have their Business Plan DONE so they can raise their financing during the Award Season in early 2019 - always the BEST time of the year to approach investors, while everyone is buzzing!!!!!!!!

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Oct 04, 2018

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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Oct 02, 2018

[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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Sep 27, 2018

Pitching Film Investors | How to Close the Deal and Get Financed

Pitching Film InvestorsOur tips and techniques on pitching to film investors will teach you practical tips, proven fundraising language, how to instill confidence in your investors, even if you've never made a film before, and exactly which industry sources to use to make them want to write you a check on the spot. Don't waste your hard work by not being prepared for your meetings and calls.

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Sep 25, 2018

Film Financing Lessons from Producer of 'The Kids Are All Right'

Producer Celine Rattray (The Kids Are All Right)

Producer Celine Rattray explains how she doubled her investors' money, new financing sources, like Netflix and Amazon, how she's raised funds for over 40 movies, the importance of tax incentives, timing of investor ROI, and how to be "investor-friendly," as there's nothing more satisfying than repeat business from investors.

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Sep 20, 2018

Can you help me Secure Financing, Introduce Me or Help Find Investors?

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," you are not even close to ready to secure film financing. 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.

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Sep 18, 2018

What is a Producer's Package | Film Investors

What is a Producer's Package"What is a Producer's Package?" is a great question we get asked all the time, with a long and varied answer. A movie producer's package changes depending on your target audience for the pitch. For example, are you pitching a producer investor, actor, studio, composer, product placement or another entity? Each pitch meeting requires a different presentation. Some will be more financial in nature and some will focus more on the creative aspects of your project. Read More: What is a Producer's Package?

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Sep 13, 2018

The Real Value Here is the Market Data | A Real Time Saver

Film Industry StatisticsIf there exists a one stop shop for a business plan and crash course in film finance this is probably it. The real value here is the market data - I'd pay 100$ for that alone. A real time saver. 

You probably want to contact a lawyer as many of the details laid out in the plan are for a very specific type of structure and there are many ways to structure the deal. Based on the content I saw there's no reason not to use the recommended lawyer in the package. Seems like this is well thought out. - Grant

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Sep 11, 2018

Filmmaker Smartphone Audio Recording Device | External Microphone, External Microphone App

FilmProposals Business Plan Services

It is important to get a great filmmaker smartphone audio recording device as an accessory for your iPhone when using it in the place of a traditional camera. These devices will help you eliminate background noise and focus your audio on the dialogue of your characters.

Check out all our favorite smartphone audio recorders: Filmmaker Smartphone Audio Recording Devices

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Sep 06, 2018

Business Plan Review Services - FilmProposals Has Openings in September!

Business Plan Services for Independent Film Makers

If you already have a Proposal or Business Plan developed, we provide a thorough review of your plan and financials against best practice film proposals. You get 2 reviews with feedback given both written and verbal via phone. We will review your plan from an investor’s perspective, challenge and question your assumptions as well as provide thorough feedback on your Proposal's strengths and weaknesses.

Download the Free Self Review to see how we will evaluate your plan. For those who pre-purchase the Business Plan Review with a Film Financing Package, you have up to one year from date of purchase to schedule your sessions. Read more about our Business Plan Review.

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Sep 04, 2018

Filmmaking Tips Use a Gimbal | iPhone, GoPro

Filmmaking Tips Use a Gimbal

Our Filmmaking Tips Use a Gimbal will level up your film production by showcasing truly professional shots and we are going to show you just how to use a Gimbal to stabilize your footage, whether you are filming with a GoPro or iPhone. Gimbals are stabilizing devices that enable you to get a smooth shot, even while the camera is moving.

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Aug 30, 2018

[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.'

Thanks to Robert for taking the time to leave us feedback!!! Check out more Movie Investor Package Reviews.

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Aug 28, 2018

1000 Ways to Finance Your Movie | Investors, Grants, Prizes, Documentaries

1000 Ways to Finance Your MovieWith over 1000 ways to finance your movie, filmmakers have more financing options and resources available than ever before. You can combine any number of film and documentary grants, prizes, investors, contests, festivals, film financing companies and much more to get your film made.

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Aug 23, 2018

Best Independent Film Websites | Free Film Financing Tools, Templates

Best Independent Film WebsitesCheck out FilmProposals top picks for the best film websites to help you find Film Attorneys, Movie Investors, Film Financing Companies, Independent Film Funding, production information and more.

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Aug 21, 2018

How to use a Film Investor Agreement for Independent Financing

Film Investor AgreementFilm investors know the chances of receiving a profit are slim to none, yet they still want assurance their money is being handled the best way possible...but this is your film and you want to make sure you have control of your project. So, how do you ensure nothing is standing between you and an interested film investor?

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Aug 16, 2018

Business Plan Services for Independent Film Makers

If you already have a Proposal or Business Plan developed, we provide a thorough review of your plan and financials against best practice film proposals. You get 2 reviews with feedback given both written and verbal via phone. We will review your plan from an investor’s perspective, challenge and question your assumptions as well as provide thorough feedback on your Proposal's strengths and weaknesses.

Download the Free Self Review to see how we will evaluate your plan. For those who pre-purchase the Business Plan Review with a Film Financing Package, you have up to one year from date of purchase to schedule your sessions. Read more about our Business Plan Review.

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Aug 16, 2018

FilmProposals Film Budget Template Questions (and Answers)

Sample Film Budget Template WorksheetHi. Just wanted to check a few things pre-purchase, specifically about your FilmProposals Budget Template. At what level is this sample budget? SAG Low? Ultra Low? Does this budget, template, etc cater to sub $500K indies shooting out of state, for example? Are the sales projections updated annually based on real-world data from sales/distro channels? ie. When was the last update for bid/ask on say a thriller genre movie in the $1M production budget range?

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Aug 14, 2018

Film Funding Options | Creative Ways to Finance Your Movie

Film Funding Film funding options go much further than just Film Investors. Most movies are financed via multiple sources, and not all are cash transactions or investing (hard money). Alternative investments include soft money, deferred payment, profit participation, product placement, cross-promotion and multiple other ways to decrease a film's negative costs.

Check out this great article and find out more about Film Funding Options for Indie Filmmakers

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Aug 09, 2018

The Critical First Step to Being a Successful Filmmaker

Critical First Step to Being a FilmmakerWhat do you think is The Critical First Step to Being a Filmmaker? Is it having a distribution deal in place? Is it having the funding secured? Is it having acquired name talent, or a great director, or a sought-after composer? None of these are most important first step to become a filmmaker. The most critical, oft-overlooked first step to being a successful indie filmmaker is...

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Aug 07, 2018

Best iPhone Camera Lens | Kits, PAIAP, Amir, GUODUN

Film Investor Financing Templates

Using the best iPhone camera lens turns your smartphone into your secret weapon when making a low or no budget film. We know your smartphone already will keep you plugged in with your cast and crew, provides you with the internet in your pocket, and can store documents such as scripts, call sheets, budgets, and production books. Check out all our favorite iPhone camera lenses.

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Aug 02, 2018

[Review] Movie Investment Package Great for Starting a Film Company

Movie Investment PackageExcellent information for starting a film company. The information and software given really helps with all the in and outs for starting a company in the film or production industry. It is worth the $99.00 to get started. This was an excellent investment for our company to get started in this industry. - Chris

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Jul 30, 2018

Find Free Actors for Independent Film | Cazt, SAG-AFTRA, Online

Find Free Actors for Independent FilmWhen you set out to make a low budget movie, one of the things you want to accomplish is to find free actors for independent film. Choose from Cazt, SAG-AFTRA, online auditions, use different websites and other creative ideas.

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Jul 26, 2018

[Financial Template Review] | Financial Film Package Invaluable and Well Worth the Money

Film Business Plan VOD ProjectionsI've made short films before, but this is my first feature, and the first film I've tried raising money for. This template, actually the whole package, has been invaluable and well worth the money I spent on it. So much information is packed into what I got that I'm almost dizzy from it all.

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Jul 24, 2018

How We Financed Cultural Clash Movie

How We Financed Cultural Clash MovieThese rock star tips from successful filmmakers will definitely bring you steps closer to making your movie. Learn how We Financed Cultural Clash Movie: saving by working in film, making contacts, low season flights, equipment deals, free locations.

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Jul 19, 2018

Low Budget Filmmaking on Your iPhone | Using Time Lapse, Slow Motion

Low Budget Filmmaking on Your iPhoneGetting into low budget filmmaking on your iPhone is an exciting concept, but also a bit of a daunting one if it is something you do not have much experience with it. It requires you and your team to take an idea, write it into a script, capture it on video, and edit it into a final product. And of course… it has to be good!

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Jul 17, 2018

Film Financing Funding Company | Media Funding Solutions

Film Financing Funding Company

If you are raising funds for production or P&A funding, Advantis International can provide you with the initial capital requirements to attract additional investors. Use your initial commitment levels to leverage the P&A budgets and attract the additional investment needed to fund your project.

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Jul 17, 2018

Promote YOUR Story, Business, Film on FilmProposals

Indie Filmmaker TipsDo you have some great indie filmmaker tips to share with other aspiring or current filmmakers? Do you want to promote your latest film or service to a huge global network of filmmakers, producers, directors, potential investors and distributors? Here is a great opportunity to first pay it forward, and then promote your projects, products and services.

Prior Submissions: If you have already pitched your film, your production services, movie trailer or posted anywhere else on filmproposals.com, please be advised we are cleaning up the site. You may go back and add some value to your posting, or it may be removed from the site. Please take a moment to refresh your page and show off what you know. Thank you!

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Jul 12, 2018

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

How to Find Film InvestorsFinding film investors is probably one of the most common challenges faced by every filmmaker. Part II of our "How to Make a Movie Mini Course" discusses how to find and approach film investors, key information you need to disclose to them and how to convey their payback and return on investment in a way that sets you up for the ultimate film funding success.

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Jul 10, 2018

[Business Plan Review] | Reliable Source of "Up-to-Date" Information and Insight

Film Financing and Investor ManualFor years, Melissa at Filmproposal.com has provided high-quality products and services that have helped launch innovative creative content companies, and products. Developing creative entrepreneurs will gain perspective on preparing, and structuring a cinema content business. Seasoned professionals will find Filmproposals.com a reliable source of "Up-to-Date" information and insight reflected in the tools, tips, and perspectives Melissa's company offers. In all, FilmProposals.com delivers a consistent level of quality, and value well managed.

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Jul 05, 2018

Working With Film Investors | Tools, Agreements, Tips, Plans

How to Work with Film InvestorsWorking with film investors is a crucial step in moving your film project forward and vital to finishing a quality indie film. Many filmmakers think the hurdle is finding investors, but learning with whom and how to work, to protect both the investor and producer(s) is equally important and might make all the difference between a film that gets completed vs. one that ends up on the shelf.

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