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Great at the creative side of filmmaking but unsure How to Structure Your Movie Budget and finance movies efficiently? Let's say you have a script, you have all the creative energy, and you’re getting the financing you need. Everything seems to be lining up and going great-until you’re faced with how, exactly, your movie’s financing will be spent and how you'll explain it to potential investors.
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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"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.
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.
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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All 2018 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 IFP/HBO New True Stories Funding Initiative supports multi-format non-fiction storytellers in the early stages of development of new work, or who are bringing new work from non-traditional formats, such as print, audio/podcast, and digital, to a visual format.
Recently we've been asked a lot of the same questions that have already been answered on the site. So here is a quick list of the top inquiries and all the answers are at FilmProposals Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions.
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.
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.
An amazing set of incredibly helpful templates, guide books, advice. The best $99.00 I have spent in a very long time. Congrats FilmProposals!!
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!
Essentially a small PowerPoint or Keynote presentation, your indie film pitch deck lets you cover all of the most pressing questions about your project in a way that takes no more than twenty minutes. Entrepreneurs use pitch decks all the time, but many filmmakers have yet to catch on. One of the major mistakes amateur indie filmmakers often make here is getting lost in the details and missing the big picture. Create an Indie Film Pitch Deck correctly and lead your potential investors to the next step.
Often film makers are unaware of practical tips that should be adhered to when writing your film business plan. When a film project comes together nicely, after months, if not years of hard work, it is very easy to let the excitement skew your speculative figures. Here we look at a few of the common pitfalls, some practical advice on how to avoid them and put you in the stakeholder’s shoes with some hypothetical pitches.
Check 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
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.
Welcome to the Documentary Showcase, where you can watch documentaries online or show off your documentary short or trailer. Our Documentary Showcase is created by worldwide Film Makers who want you to watch documentaries online. Want to post your documentary film? Keep reading for instructions.
Read Film Financing Lessons from famous producers, such as Steven Spielberg, Lee Daniels, Kevin Smith, Richard Linklater and how they got their first film financing. Film financing is a never-ending process...no matter how famous and successful and they are, successful filmmakers see film financing as an innate part of film production throughout their careers.
What can independent filmmakers do to attract film investors, enhance their bottom line, and actually MAKE MONEY from their indie films? Read this amazing article from Independent Film Maker and guest writer, Angelo Bell, to find out Ten Things Independent Film Makers Can Do Right Now to get film financing, secure film distribution that makes money and attract film investors, larger than typical crowd funding initiatives deliver.
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A business plan has three basic purposes: communication, management, and planning. Learn how the business plan is used to attract investment capital; help you track, monitor, and evaluate; and identify and avoid roadblocks and obstacles. Most importantly, you need it to attract investors to fund your project. No one is going to invest in your project unless they can see how they are going to get repaid and more importantly, make a profit.
The 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 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.
Want to kick off 2019 actually finding film investors????? 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
The Edinburgh Short Film Festival is once again open for entries, screening the best in contemporary International short cinema alongside Scottish & UK short films in Scotland's ancient capital!
The Festival welcomes submissions from Scottish, UK and International filmmakers. All genres will be considered.
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
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.
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.
2019 is upon us, which means the start of Film Awards Season (Golden Globes Jan 7th and Academy Awards Feb 24th), and one of the BEST times to raise money for your Indie Film. Is YOUR Business Plan done so you are ready to approach investors while nominations and awards on fresh on everyone's mind? Get a head start and use our Business Plan Templates so you are ready to go!
The Intercept, ScreeningRoom and the Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival are excited to announce a new grant for a short investigative documentary film. The selected documentary filmmaker or video journalist will receive $5,000 towards the creation of a short, investigative documentary film, a one year ScreeningRoom Pro account, mentoring, and, for filmmakers based in the US, in-kind use of a Canon C300 Mark I cinema camera for ten days.
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...
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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.
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.
The 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.
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.
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.
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!
'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.'
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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
How 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?
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
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.
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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
How 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.
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.
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