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Feb 25, 2021

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

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

1000 Ways to Finance Your Movie

With 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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Feb 23, 2021

Sundance Film Grants | Documentary, Non Fiction, Emerging Filmmaker

Best Independent Film Websites

Sundance Film Grants have a rolling open call. Submissions are accepted year-round, and they indicate three deadlines per year that correspond to the grant cycles. The Sundance Documentary Film Program supports non-fiction filmmakers worldwide in the production of cinematic documentaries on contemporary themes. Established in 2002 with founding support from Open Society Foundations, the Program is a vibrant global resource for independent non-fiction storytelling.

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Feb 18, 2021

Netflix 2021: Selling Your Documentary To Netflix

Selling Your Documentary To Netflix

Desktop Documentaries, one of the very few industry sites we recommend, has just announced the launch of their brand new course: NETFLIX 2021: SELLING YOUR DOCUMENTARY TO NETFLIX! If you join before Feb. 25 @ 1pm EST, you'll get early bird pricing (save $100) and access to the live Netflix Q&A Workshop. Netflix is in constant need of fresh content and their buyers are seeking outstanding independent filmmakers and documentary creatives who can deliver the stories that Netflix wants. Learn the ins and outs of getting your doc or doc series onto Netflix with SELLING YOUR DOCUMENTARY TO NETFLIX.

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Feb 16, 2021

[Review] I LOVE THIS MATERIAL - FilmProposals Investment Package

Movie Investment Package

I have read several other books on financing, but this program gives you an in depth look into PPM, Business Plans and how to approach financial world of film investors. I learn several new ideas for financing a film. Also, I learned how to write a business plan, a ppm, etc. This material will give you the knowledge you need to get to where you want to go in the film industry. I truly recommend this material for any indie film maker. -Charles

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Feb 11, 2021

How to use a Film Investor Agreement for Independent Financing

Film Investor Agreement

You finally find interested Film Investors ready to invest in your project. Do they just write you a check? Is there a timeline for using the money? What accounts do you deposit the money into? Can they ask for it back at any time? When will the investors receive their profit and how will they receive it? If you want answers to these questions, and want to look like a professional in front of your film investors, you should have a Film Investor Agreement.

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Feb 09, 2021

Dead Northern Horror Film Festival Submissions Open

Dead Northern Film Festival

If you love horror movies, but also love social experiences, then Dead Northern's Annual October Festival or one of our Pop up events are not to be missed. We are open for submissions until June 30, 2021 and accept submissions for Feature, Short, Documentary and Music Video. Bespoke awards are presented to the winner of each category.

More Info: Dead Northern Horror Film Festival

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Feb 04, 2021

Gold + Financials Filmmaker Bundle | Best Money I've Ever Spent

Gold + Financials Filmmaker BundleMelissa, I was extremely hesitant in purchasing even your lowest priced package. It all sounded to good to be true. I spent 2 months last year writing a business plan from scratch for a different medium. So I just couldn't imagine getting anything worth while for the prices you were offering. But I have an investor that requested a detailed plan with financial projections within 2 weeks, so I pulled the trigger on your Gold + Financials Filmmaker Bundle.

It was the best money I've ever spent! Can't even begin to tell you what a difference it makes. So concise and on point. Makes putting the plan together so fluid and easy. Not having to worry about what to cover, only how to best state it for my film project. Amazing. Thank you so much. Worth every dollar!
- Michael, January 2021

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Feb 02, 2021

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

How to Work with Film Investors

Working 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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Jan 28, 2021

FilmProposals Film Budget Template Questions (and Answers)

Sample Film Budget Template Worksheet

Hi. 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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Jan 26, 2021

Film Financing Options | Creative Ways to Fund 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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Jan 21, 2021

[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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Jan 19, 2021

Critical First Step to Being a Filmmaker | A GREAT Script Got Us Stars

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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Jan 14, 2021

JDC Archives Documentary Film Grant | Applications Due March 16, 2021

JDC Archives Documentary Film Grant

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is pleased to announce the 2021 JDC Archives Documentary Film Grant. The JDC Archives will select select one documentary film, which will be awarded a grant of $8,000, with an additional $2,000 available for high-resolution reproduction and licensing fees for material from the JDC Archives. Applications are due by March 16, 2021.

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Jan 12, 2021

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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Jan 07, 2021

[Financing Toolkit Review] | A Financing Masterclass For a Fraction of the Price! Five Stars!

Film Financing and Investor ManualI have a broad, basic understanding of film financing. I know most of the steps that need to be taken and I know the material that must be present within a film investor package. However, knowledge/theory of what needs to be done and practically executing it are two very different things. The Film Financing toolkit brings both of those worlds together, you get the theory of how a film investor package works along with the practical execution of the packet. At the price of range, it is by far the most valuable resource I have come across on the internet. IF you are trying to produce an independent film, spend the money now to be prepared later - unpreparedness can be very costly later on. This should be your number one resource for financing your independent film. - Tyler, December 2020

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Jan 05, 2021

Film Business Plan Template Reviews | Crash Course in Film Financing

Film Business Plan Template reviews from producers. I could not have raised the $1.5M without these templates, crash course in film finance.

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Jan 05, 2021

How We Financed Cultural Clash Movie | Tips from Successful Filmmakers

How We Financed Cultural Clash Movie

These 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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Dec 24, 2020

[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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Dec 22, 2020

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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Dec 17, 2020

[Review] BEING PREPARED IS PARAMOUNT

How to Write a Film Business Plan

Where to start – one of the best things about using filmproposals.com was the step by step process to not only put together a professional proposal but with all the material that’s included – it is a crash course on how the mechanics of the business part of ‘show business’ actually works. If you take your time to absorb all that is offered – you will be prepared for entry into this very insular business – especially from the point of view as a writer and producer. It’s not that all the books and books of material about this business aren’t helpful – but filmproposals.com has laid it all out in a digestible form so that it makes sense in a business that sometimes appears to have no rhyme of reason on how things work or ever get produced.

As in any business venture – there are ‘tricks of the trade’ – but when dealing with investors – it is all arranged in great detail what you are offering and what they definitely expect. After completing my proposal – I feel more prepared than ever to take the next steps! Thank you filmproposals.com!

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Dec 15, 2020

Movie Investor Package | Film Pitch Deck, Business Plan Template, Samples

Movie Finance Toolkit Download - Film Business Plan Template, Financial Projections, Film Pitch Deck, Budget Template, Investor Agreement

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Dec 15, 2020

Showcase Your Business or Movie on FilmProposals

Advertise Your Business on FilmProposals

Target filmmakers, producers and movie lovers by promoting your business on FilmProposals.com. This option is great for any Film Production Company, or any services that go into the production of a film. Our filmmakers are always looking for the following: Musician, Producer, Director, Grip, Equipment, Cameras, Visual Effects Artist, Actor, Casting Director, Agent, Animation Services, Distribution, Equipment Sales or Rental or any other service relating to film production.

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Dec 10, 2020

[Review] The templates are user friendly, easy to navigate, and incredibly informative.

FilmProposals Business Plan Templates

Love the site! Everything is working exactly as I had hoped thus far. The templates are user friendly, easy to navigate, and incredibly informative. It's definitely a crash course into the economic side of the industry. People forget the old saying about Show Business, "business is twice as long as show, and it might be twice as important!"
- Josh, December 2020

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Dec 08, 2020

San Francisco Film Society Film Grant | Feature, Documentary, Non Fiction

San Francisco Film Society Film Grant

The San Francisco Film Society is dedicated to supporting emerging and established filmmaker by offering innovative support programs for independent storytellers.. Their fiscal sponsorship program is designed to help you step-by-step through the process of getting your film funded, made and seen. SFFFilm has distributed more than $6 million to over 150 films since 2009.

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Dec 03, 2020

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

How to Find Film Investors

Finding 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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Dec 01, 2020

Best iPhone Camera Lens | Kits, Clip On, Wide Angle, Smartphone

Best iPhone Camera Lens | Kits, Clip On, Wide Angle, Smartphone

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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Nov 26, 2020

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

Movie Investment Package

I have read several other books on financing, but this program gives you an in depth look into PPM, Business Plans and how to approach financial world of film investors. I learn several new ideas for financing a film. Also, I learned how to write a business plan, a ppm, etc. This material will give you the knowledge you need to get to where you want to go in the film industry. I truly recommend this material for any indie film maker. -Charles

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Nov 24, 2020

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. In 2020, COVID provided us with a silver lining and great example of how demand for fresh and new content can immediately be in global demand during even the worst of times. Part of our Pitching to Film Investor series, read more about How to Invest in Indie Films - Steps and Tips.

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Nov 19, 2020

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

Film Business Plan VOD Projections

I'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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Nov 17, 2020

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.

Read More at: Film Finance for Independent Filmmakers

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Nov 12, 2020

[Review] Beyond Expectations | Film Financing Package

Film Financing PackageExactly 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

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Nov 10, 2020

Film Financing Companies 2020

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. To be clear, if you are new to the film industry, then Film Financing Companies are not the right place for you to look for funding. But for those in the right place in their careers, here is our guide to Film Financing Companies.

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Nov 05, 2020

How to Start in the Film Business | Film Producing 101

How to Start in the Film Business

How to Start in the Film Business is Part 1 of our Mini Movie Maker Course. Not sure where to start? Or stuck somewhere in your process? Check out our 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

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Nov 03, 2020

FREE BONUS - Ten Prominent FilmMakers' BEST Advice

Modern MovieMaker Movement Action Guide The 100 page Modern MovieMaker Movement Action Guide, by Jason Brubaker, founder of www.filmmakingstuff.com, was authored by ten of the most prominent filmmaker thought leaders in the world, including Jon Reiss of the famed book, Think Outside The Box Office.

Get your valuable, no-fluff modern filmmaking information, as well as advice to help you navigate a filmmaking world defined by HDSLR technology and non-discriminatory distribution. Topics include: film finance, crowdfunding, production, film festival promotion, marketing and distribution.

The Modern MovieMaker Movement Action Guide is a FREE GIFT with Purchase of select Film Financing Toolkits.

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Oct 29, 2020

Film Investor Tip Sheet | Practical, Proven Fundraising Tips

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.

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Oct 27, 2020

[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

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Oct 22, 2020

Free Film Templates, Worksheets, Downloads and Samples

Free Film Templates Looking for the best list of free film templates? 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, Sample Film Business Plan Template, Cash Flow Report, Movie Budgets, Film Investment Memorandum, Sample Contracts and more today!

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Oct 20, 2020

Horror Film Festivals | List of Scariest Horror Fests

List of Horror Film FestivalsCheck out our list of over 30 Horror Film Festivals, designed to provide more opportunities and exposure for filmmakers, screenwriters and video game developers working within the horror, science fiction and suspense genres. Start planning now for the fall, when most of these festivals take place. More Info: List of Horror Film Festivals

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Oct 15, 2020

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.

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Oct 13, 2020

Why Start a Film Production Company | Steps, Business Plan, Investors

Why to Start a Film Production Company

Filmmakers gain a huge advantage when they start a film production company. This process allows them to pursue equity-based crowdfunding for larger sums across a wider base of investors than just typical donation-based crowdfunding. It also helps to protect your film, management team, opens additional financing opportunities and makes your projects far more appealing to film investors.

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Oct 08, 2020

[Review] Film Proposals was the Best Investment!

Film Proposals was the Best Investment!
When I presented my project to my investor, they were blown away how prepared I was and rarely see filmmakers have half the documents I supplied. It showed I was serious as a filmmaker and as a business person. I purchased the Gold package with the PPM. The PPM took all the heavy lifting off and saved me so much money that would of cost me thousands from an attorney. The package got me prepared from business plan to financials. I did my research on my film and similar films and just plugged in the info. I had everything prepared and professionally done. On top of that, they offered a review after I followed the steps they gave me.
- Angelo, September 2020

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Oct 06, 2020

My Autopsy Movie Financing Tips

My Autopsy Movie Financing Tips

We did a lot of fundraising - including dinners at restaurants, a "paint and wine" night, and also benefit rock shows. A lot of our sets were donated, and it was cheaper to film in West Virginia than anywhere else. Crowdfunding has been an uphill battle as well. It has been a long, hard road to complete My Autopsy, a feature length independent film about the progression of a woman's journey to escape the invisible chains of an abusive relationship.

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Oct 01, 2020

How to Do Film Revenue Projections in Your Business Plan

Comparable Films Revenue Database

How do you estimate how much income your film will bring in over time? The answer, of course, is the only way you can show investors what and when their ROI might be. You can use the-numbers, IMDB and/or Box Office Mojo. It's been the way we've done things for years...but oh-so-many of you have let us know how much you hate the tedious work. You just want to get on with filming, right?

Announcing our NEW...Custom Indie Film Database.

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Sep 29, 2020

How to Ask Film Investors For More Money

Ask Film Investors For More Money

You 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.

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Sep 24, 2020

[Review] Great products | Good, Solid Advice

FilmProposals.com Business Plan Package

After 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.

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Sep 22, 2020

Tribeca Film Institute Grants | Documentary, Narrative, Sports, Women, Latinx

Tribeca Film Institute Grants

The Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) offers over $1M annually in grants to a variety of projects and filmmakers, mostly with a focus on politically, culturally and socially relevant films from diverse storytellers. TFI partners with ESPN, AT&T, Gucci and other corporations to support filmmakers financially across several niches and specialties. They have dozens of different grants across many genres, both narrative and documentary, so check out what film financing you can raise today.

More Info: Tribeca Film Institute Grants

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Sep 17, 2020

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!

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Sep 15, 2020

Invest in Movie Production | Why Invest in Movies, Film Investor Benefits

Gaff Tapes Indie Film Supplier

There are as many returns as risks when evaluating why to invest in movie production. While investing your hard-earned money in a film production is not for the faint of heart, the returns can be sweet, not to mention the adulation that comes along with being a "producer" of a successful film and getting to walk that red carpet. For those who are either new to making investments in film or have already tried being part of a crowdfunding campaign of a feature film, here are some of the reasons why you should take the leap and invest in a movie production.

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Sep 10, 2020

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?

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