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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
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How to structure your feature or short film budget is a must-learn for any aspiring or experienced filmmaker. We know many of you are great at the creative side of filmmaking, but might have questions on how to best finance movies efficiently. You'll want to focus your budget on your talent, equipment, post production and be able to explain to investors and anyone else with a stake in your project your low, breakeven and high scenarios when it comes to ROI, which is dependent on your budget. Learn More: Film Production Budget Template Best Practices
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!
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"I don’t believe that there is lack of money for producers to make movies. I just think that if you can show from the business plan that you can bring the money back, banks are willing to give you the money." - Kene Mkparu, Managing Director/CEO of Film House Cinemas. Read this great article full of inspiration to show you can be a successful filmmaker anywhere.
Shockfest Film Festival is seeking Short and Feature Genre Films & Screenplays! Now in its 12th edition, Shockfest specializes in showcasing the most
An amazing set of incredibly helpful templates, guide books, advice. The best money I have spent in a very long time. Congrats FilmProposals!!
Our NEW complete Film Private Placement Memorandum was used by successful independent producers several times to raise money for full-length feature films at budgets ranging from $350K -$8M. Our Film PPM Template uses real-world current samples from a production raising money right now in 2020 for Capture The Flag, with actor attachments Dick Van Dyke, Louis Gossett Jr and Barry Corbin.
If you want to follow SEC rules for offering investments in your film publicly, use non-accredited investors and are raising funding over $100K, then you want to look into using a PPM.
Check 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.
The Singapore Film Commission (SFC) nurtures, supports promotes Singapore talent in filmmaking and the production of films. Call-for-proposals for Production Assistance (Film) and the New Talent Feature Grant (NTFG) are twice a year, while the Southeast Asia Co-Production Grant (SCPG) and the Short Film Grant (SFG) are once a year. The Overseas Participation Grant is open for application all year-round.
Hello Melissa: We recently purchased your film proposal program and we have found it to be one of the best investments we've done for our company. We want to proceed with the business plan review and gather your feed back!
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.
Check out our FREE Movie Making Mini Course. Part I of the How to Make a Movie Mini Course covers Starting in the film business, First time Producer, Know Your Movie Market, How to Build a Film Team, Setting up your Movie Company and how ot create a Business Plan. Read More: How to Make a Movie Mini Course
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"
If terms like Business Plan, Private Placement Memorandum, Finance Agreement, Investor Agreement, Producer's Package, Active and Passive Investors have your head spinning, check out our definitive guide to film finance documentation.
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.
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We get asked the same questions quite often as many filmmakers start in the same place. Here's a round up of the top inquiries at FilmProposals Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions.
More Info at Filmmakers Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions.
Learn how securing just one type of film financing can start a snowball effect, where many of the other types of film financing then become available. Film Financing for independent filmmakers comes in dozens of forms and is spread across the entire production cycle of a film. Film financing methods include tax credits, pre sales, distribution deals, profit participation, product placement, soft and hard money, film grants, private film investors, studio financing, location incentives, debt financing, gap financing, bridge loans, donations, crowdfunding, slate financing and multiple other film financing sources.
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.
Great news for Indie Filmmakers and your Investors!!!! The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2018 (TCJA), reinstated a policy with similar tax effects to Section 181 Film Tax Deduction. The new law is retroactive to 2017 and extended through 2020. Telling an investor their investment is 100% tax deductible in the same year...PRICELESS!
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 pitches.
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.
Read Film Financing Lessons from famous producers, such as Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Lee Daniels, Kevin Smith, Ralph Fiennes, 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.
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.
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
ScreeningRoom, the Points North Institute and Jigsaw Productions are excited to announce the 2020 Follow Focus Grant, a new grant opportunity for a short documentary film entering into post-production. $10,000 finishing fund for a cinematic documentary short going into post-production. Applications will open on March 1, 2020 and be accepted through June 1, 2020.
The 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.
Screencraft Film Grant, in partnership with BondIt Media Capital, a film & media fund based in Beverly Hills, offers two production grants per year to talented filmmakers for narrative features, short films and TV pilot series scripts and documentaries that display originality, vision & exceptional potential. Grant amounts vary from $10,000 to $30,000, depending on the scale and merit of each project.
The Film Business Plan Tools give you a great starting point for writing your truly professional 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.
The most important money that will go into producing your film is the first money in. The very first money that can be used towards your budget (negative pick up) costs. Far too many potential filmmakers think the very first thing they should do reach out to film investors, but that money is, in fact, the last money you should raise.
Once you have a portion of your budget covered, let's say 25-50%, by doing the work - in kind donations, tax incentives, product placement, grants, talent back end agreements, etc etc, it will be far easier to raise the rest of your budget. Your investment is so much more appealing when it isn't all risk and cash. Asking someone else for money before you've even thought about what you can do on your own is a surefire way to turn off investors. Learn about all the work you need to do before ever contacting a film investor - and surprise yourself with how much less money you need to raise from them!
After reading the book "Film Business Plan and Investor Guide", I bought the Silver package from Film Proposals. Going through the package demystifies the whole Business Proposal. Between the Business Plan Template, Film Financial Template, Financing Manual, Film Pitch Deck and Film Investor Agreement Outline, a substantial chunk of the Business Proposal is covered and is a great start for independent producers who have never created a proposal before.
All 2019 stats and projections through 2022 from over 11 different sources updated!!!!!!! All our Templates - Business Plan and Film Investor Manual - are updated with the latest and greatest in the industry!
All this and MUCH MORE in our Business Plan Template saving you hours and helping you speak the exact language your investors will expect.
Enjoy and Good Luck!
"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.
Want to actually find film investors in 2020????? Film 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
Do 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.
This industry report provides the latest global box office, movie attendance and digital content 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. There's a ton of GOLD in this report.
Of course, the key 2019 MPAA statistics, along with 2020 Oscar winners and the latest trends are already integrated into our Movie Business Plan Package.
The MPAA Theatrical Market Statistics Report is a FREE GIFT with Purchase of Film Financing Packages Silver and Gold.
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!
Film and TV grants, which collectively add to millions of dollars in Film Money available to you, have a HUGE advantage...You do not have to reimburse the funds, unlike film investors, who require their money back, plus a return on their investment. Most film grants require a specific type of proposal and you will really have to understand your film, niche, market and message to even be considered for a grant. If you are truly passionate about your project, and it delivers a message, more than likely, you can receive a film grant.
Many 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...
I've been happy with my purchase. It has been enlightening to read about the more in-depth aspects of film financing, and going through the silver package has stimulated a whole new creative process aimed at building an appealing business plan. This was all a foreign concept to me not long ago, so I really appreciate being exposed to the film business world in such a thorough and understandable manner.
How 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. As we always say, your pitch should be for the investor, not for you. Can you speak fluently about asset classes and private equity?
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
These 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.
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
'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.
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!
Pitching 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 Location Letter to Film Investors
Classic article from WSJ with current information, even in the 2020 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
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.
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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