Film Proposals Blog

Independent Film Financing News

The Movie Cents Newsletter brings you the latest on Film Festivals, Investors looking for you, Contests, Grants, Specials and Discounts. Subscribe to Movie Cents and receive a Business Plan Checklist as our free gift.

The Movie Cents Newsletter brings you the latest on Film Festivals, Investors looking for you, Contests, Grants, Specials and Discounts. Subscribe below to Movie Cents and receive a Business Plan Checklist as our free gift.

Get the Latest Film News on Your Favorite Site

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

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

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?

Continue reading "How to Use an Independent Film Financing Plan to Secure Investors"

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?

Continue reading "What is an Accredited Investor? | Finding Film Investors"

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!!!!!!!!

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

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.

Continue reading "First Film Budget | How to Manage Movie Investor Money"

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!

Check out more Film Investor Package Reviews.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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?

Continue reading "What is a Producer's Package | Film Investors"

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

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

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

Continue reading "Filmmaker Smartphone Audio Recording Device | External Microphone, External Microphone App"

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.

Continue reading "Business Plan Review Services - FilmProposals Has Openings in September!"

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.

Continue reading "Filmmaking Tips Use a Gimbal | iPhone, GoPro"

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Continue reading "Best Independent Film Websites | Free Film Financing Tools, Templates"

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?

Continue reading "How to use a Film Investor Agreement for Independent Financing"

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.

Continue reading "Business Plan Services for Independent Film Makers"

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?

Continue reading "FilmProposals Film Budget Template Questions (and Answers)"

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

Continue reading "Film Funding Options | Creative Ways to Finance Your Movie"

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...

Continue reading "The Critical First Step to Being a Successful Filmmaker"

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.

Continue reading "Best iPhone Camera Lens | Kits, PAIAP, Amir, GUODUN"

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Continue reading "How We Financed Cultural Clash Movie"

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!

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

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.

Continue reading "Film Financing Funding Company | Media Funding Solutions"

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!

Continue reading "Promote YOUR Story, Business, Film on FilmProposals"

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Continue reading "Working With Film Investors | Tools, Agreements, Tips, Plans"

Jul 03, 2018

[Review] Beyond Expectations | Film Financing Package

Movie Cents Film NewsletterExactly what I was looking for. As a 30 yo money and finance guy looking for specific tools for the film industry...this more than fit the bill. Thank you! - Charles

Continue reading "[Review] Beyond Expectations | Film Financing Package"

Jun 28, 2018

Film Financing Companies 2018

Film Financing Companies Sometimes, private investors are not the right track to raise money for your independent film. Maybe you don't have the right contacts, are geographically removed, or just want the professionals to handle the numbers for you. This is where Film Financing Companies may offer you an edge.

Continue reading "Film Financing Companies 2018"

Jun 26, 2018

How to Invest in Indie Films | Great Info For Your Film Business Plan

How to Invest in Indie Films

Investing in independent film is not only a good way to help improve the arts and shift spare cash into something worthwhile but you'll also get a buzz out of being a part of something really exciting.If you invest in all the spin-offs such as theatrical renditions, DVDs, video-on-demand, cable, foreign markets, etc., there can be lucrative earnings. To a great extent, the film industry has a small buffer against economic woes. Part of our Pitching to Film Investor series, read more about How to Invest in Indie Films - Steps and Tips.

Jun 21, 2018

Free Film Tools, Worksheets, Downloads and Samples

Free Film Tools and Resources Do you know how many free film tools and samples exist across the internet? Tons, and here is a great starter list of free budgets, guides, books and more for the Independent Filmmaker. Grab your Film Making Action Guide, Film Festival Report, Film Business Plan Checklist, Cash Flow Report, Movie Budgets, Film Investment Memorandum, Sample Contracts and more today!

Continue reading "Free Film Tools, Worksheets, Downloads and Samples"

Jun 19, 2018

FREE Money to Make a Movie | Contests, Prizes and Festivals

FREE Money to Make a Movie

Film financing contests with money as the prize are a great way to get money to make a movie. What could be better than FREE money, free publicity, no payback and a sure sign your movie has potential at the box office and a built-in audience?? Check our guide to FREE Money to Make a Movie.

Continue reading "FREE Money to Make a Movie | Contests, Prizes and Festivals"

Jun 14, 2018

How to Start in the Film Business | Film Producing 101

How to Start in the Film Business

How to Start in the Film Business. Essential tips for first time producers. Find Investors & Raise Money, First Time Film Producer, Know the Market for First Film, How to Build a Film Team,Set Up an LLC or Corporation for a Film Production

Continue reading "How to Start in the Film Business | Film Producing 101"

Jun 12, 2018

Film Finance for Independent Filmmakers | It’s Not Art, It’s Business

Film Finance for Independent Filmmakers

Finding funding for an independent film is one of the most difficult tasks the indie filmmaker will face. The money is available, so the main reason for the challenge is often the indie filmmakers will approach the business-side of filmmaking with trepidation, or not all. Unless an indie filmmaker plans on financing their movie themselves, eventually they will need the help of film business pros to help them find investors for their film.

Continue reading "Film Finance for Independent Filmmakers | It’s Not Art, It’s Business"

Jun 07, 2018

Film Investor Tip Sheet

Film Investor Tip SheetOur Film Investor Tip Sheet includes practical tips, real world examples and proven fundraising language. Do you know one, specific thing you can do for almost no money that immediately creates the Executive Producer vision in the investor's mind..and makes them want it? Only those very serious about making their films have access to our film investor tips and tricks. Find out more about how to download our Film Investor Tip Sheet, compiled from leading industry film financiers.

Continue reading "Film Investor Tip Sheet"

Jun 05, 2018

[Review] Substantive, Professional, Organized, Immensely Useful

FilmProposals.com Business Plan PackageThank you for the Film Financing Package #3 (with the 7 bonus items). The content is substantive, professional, organized and immensely useful and practical. I've been promised this sort of material in the past from other resources and it's NEVER been this comprehensive. Kudos to you!

- Jon

Continue reading "[Review] Substantive, Professional, Organized, Immensely Useful"

May 31, 2018

Film Financial Projections Movie Business Plan Template

Film Financial Projections Business Plan Template

Getting the overall picture of your film financial projections has never been easier. Our template walks you through analyzing your film, comparing it to other films, plugging in movie production costs and easily allows you to add financials directly into your Independent Film Business Plan. You have complete flexibility over the distribution and VOD revenue model(s) you choose and you complete your calculations any way that works for you.

Continue reading "Film Financial Projections Movie Business Plan Template"

May 24, 2018

How to Ask Film Investors For More Money

How to Ask Film Investors For More Money

Ask Film Investors For More MoneyYou pitched your investors, promising them your film project would cost $XXX. After you accept their film financing and begin begin production, you realize you need additional production funds. How do you go back to your film investors and ask them for more money? It's easier than it sounds.

Learn More: How to Ask Film Investors For More Money

Continue reading "How to Ask Film Investors For More Money"

May 17, 2018

[Review] Great products | Good, Solid Advice

FilmProposals.com Business Plan PackageAfter much research on the subject, we chose the FilmProposals.com Package #3's business plan and financial templates, which we are already putting to good use for our new film production LLC, "Take Us There Films." Also included in this package were several documents filled with helpful hints and good, solid advice that's sure to bring in the investments that will make our company successful.

I highly recommend subscribing to your newsletter and checking out the blog. Your website itself is filled with invaluable information.

Thank you.

May 10, 2018

Updated MPAA Theatrical Market Statistics 2017

MPAA Theatrical Market Statistics ReportThis report provides the latest global box office and movie attendance trends. Not only are these great statistics for your film business plans and to discuss with film investors, but they will help you target your audience and distribution plan.

Of course, the key 2017 MPAA statistics, along with 2018 Oscar winners and Q1 2018 box office numbers, are already integrated into our Movie Business Plan Package.

The MPAA Theatrical Market Statistics 2017 Report is a FREE GIFT with Purchase of Film Financing Package #3.

May 03, 2018

Preparing for Film Investors | Steps to Find and Attract Investors

Preparing for Film Investors Preparing for film investors is the single most important step in finding them. Avoid THE # MISTAKE indie filmmakers make when trying to find movie investors and and stand out from your competition by changing the script from asking to offering!

Continue reading "Preparing for Film Investors | Steps to Find and Attract Investors"

Apr 26, 2018

Film Producer Definition | What is a Producer's Role in Movie Production?

Film Producer Definition

Finding a consistent film producer definition is a challenging task, as the role is wide and varied. The movie producer tends to be one of the most misunderstood jobs in the filmmaking industry. What exactly do they do? And why are their jobs so misunderstood in the first place? Finally, and possibly most importantly—what can a movie or film producer do for your own movie?

Continue reading "Film Producer Definition | What is a Producer's Role in Movie Production?"

Apr 19, 2018

Film Investor Template - How to ASK for Money and WIN!

Devouring Venus Movie TrailerHANDS DOWN, The Best Movie Trailer and Film Finance Tips EVER on FilmProposals!!! Want to be a successful Film Writer, Director and Producer? Then read these SOLID GOLD tips from Marty Hardin, who was kind enough to walk us STEP by STEP through how he successfully raised his film financing for Devouring Venus!

Marty - we cannot thank you enough for your generosity in sharing your exact email that helped you raise $25K in film financing. You are bright and witty, extremely talented, humorous and we all wish you the MOST AMAZING SUCCESS with Devouring Venus!!!!!!

Continue reading "Film Investor Template - How to ASK for Money and WIN!"

Back to Top of Film Proposals Blog

Movie Investor Toolkit

Speed through the learning curve and fast-track your way to film financing. Download our tools immediately to help you ace your business plan, easily crunch your numbers, find and pitch film investors and fund your film.

Read More

Film Investor Guide

Are you really ready for film investors? You must demonstrate you take film investors seriously before investors will be serious about you. Learn the key steps you need to prepare for, attract, find and secure investors.

Read More

Feedback & Testimonials

"Just finished post on our $1.5 million picture, Coming Through the Rye. I could not have raised this money or made this film without the materials you provided -- and for $99? The bargain of my career!"

Read More

Subscribe to Movie Cents

Get your FREE 8 Week Film Financing, Film Investors and Business Plan E-Course. Stay up to date on the latest Film Investors seeking projects, Film Making Tips, Film Grant and Festival deadlines and more.

Read More