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Oct 17, 2019

[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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Oct 15, 2019

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.

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Oct 10, 2019

How to use a Film Investor Agreement for Independent Financing

Film Investor Agreement

Film 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?

One way is by using a Film Investor Agreement.

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Oct 08, 2019

FilmProposals Film Budget Template Questions & Answers

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

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Oct 03, 2019

Film Funding Options | Creative Ways to Finance Your Movie

Film Funding

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

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

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Oct 01, 2019

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

Film Investor Financing Templates

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

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Sep 26, 2019

[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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Sep 24, 2019

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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Sep 19, 2019

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

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

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Sep 17, 2019

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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Sep 12, 2019

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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Sep 10, 2019

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

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

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Sep 05, 2019

[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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Sep 03, 2019

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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Aug 29, 2019

Advertise Your Business 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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Aug 27, 2019

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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Aug 22, 2019

[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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Aug 20, 2019

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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Aug 15, 2019

Frameline LGBTQ+ Film Grant Completion Fund | Documentatry, Emerging

Frameline LGBTQ+ Film Grant Completion FundThe Frameline LGBTQ+ Film Grant Completion Fund provides grants up to $5,000 to emerging and established filmmakers and is a source of financial contributions to artists who often struggle to secure funding to complete their works. Films submitted should represent and reflect LGBTQ+ life in all its complexity and richness.

The Fund supports documentary, narrative, experimental, animated, and episodic projects about LGBTQ+ people and their communities. The next funding cycle will being in Fall 2019.

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Aug 13, 2019

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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Aug 08, 2019

[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

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Aug 06, 2019

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.

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Aug 01, 2019

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.

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Jul 30, 2019

[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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Jul 25, 2019

Film Financing Companies 2019

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.

Check out the guide to Film Financing Companies.

Jul 23, 2019

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, Film Business Plan Checklist, Cash Flow Report, Movie Budgets, Film Investment Memorandum, Sample Contracts and more today!

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Jul 18, 2019

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

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Jul 16, 2019

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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Jul 11, 2019

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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Jul 09, 2019

Why to 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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Jul 04, 2019

How to Ask Film Investors For 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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Jul 02, 2019

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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Jun 27, 2019

[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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Jun 25, 2019

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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Jun 20, 2019

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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Jun 18, 2019

FilmProposals Business of the Month | Gaff Tapes Indie Film Supplier

Gaff Tapes Indie Film Supplier

Gaff Tapes Expendable Supplier for Arts & Entertainment. Over 20 years in supplying the film industry with specialty tapes. Gaffers Tape, Console Tape, Green Screen Tape, and Spike Tape. Wholesale pricing on all items, sold in bulk, shipped same day. Production Managers and Grip Companies are welcome!

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Jun 13, 2019

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

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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Jun 11, 2019

Independent Film Logline Examples | Logline Formula, How to Create

Independent Film Logline Examples

Our independent film logline examples will help you understand what is a logline, how to create a logline, how to use a logline formula and how to study logline examples. Although it is just a sentence or two that describes the overall idea of your film, a logline is both extremely simple yet wildly complex

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Jun 06, 2019

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

Devouring Venus Movie Trailer

HANDS 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!!!!!!

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Jun 04, 2019

Promote Your Movie on FilmProposals

Promote Your Movie on FilmProposals

Promote Your Movie on FilmProposals and reach both filmmakers and investors. This is one of the fastest ways for you to build an engaged audience for your film (social media, newsletter subs, etc), through a community of supportive filmmakers, which will automatically enhance your film investor pitch. You will have a proven, built in fan base for your movie by promoting your film before pitching investors. Our film investors will be alerted to your page at FilmProposals and possibly follow your film links for further information.

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May 30, 2019

How to Write a Film Business Plan | FREE Movie Business Plan Template E-Course

How to Write a Film Business Plan

I have been enjoying the FREE Movie Business Plan Template E-Course. It has given me a good overview and has been in line with other things I read. I am writing and producing my first project. What I really like about your course is how it helped me explain it to other people. For example, I forwarded the first lesson to my Dad so that he would understand what I am trying to do. I wanted him to understand and hopefully share with his circle of friends who have the ability to be future investors. Sure enough he had a friend who wanted to meet me and learn more. - Crystal

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May 28, 2019

San Francisco Film Commission Film Space Grant

San Francisco Film Commission Film Space Grant

San Francisco Film Commission Film Space Grant FY2019-2021 (SFFCFS) is designed to provide financial assistance to nonprofit organizations that assist independent filmmakers by providing low cost office and film production space in San Francisco in order to facilitate film production activities in San Francisco. Deadline: June 10, 2019

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May 23, 2019

[Review] How to Prepare a Professional Investment Package

How to Prepare a Professional Investment Package This is perfect - I have potential investors but I had no idea how to prepare a professional investment package to present to them. (I'm an artiste', not a business person. :) )

The information is clear and easy to understand, and Melissa is very prompt in answering emails.

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May 21, 2019

Once A Clown Short Film Financing Tips | Crowdfunding Lessons Learned

Once A Clown Short Film Financing Tips

Once A Clown Short Film was funded partially via crowdfunding, and partially through the use of my bank overdraft. Our crowdfuning campaign did not do well, so we then interviewed with a former film producer regarding crowdfunding and learned some VERY valuable crowdfunding lessons.

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May 16, 2019

Independent Film Companies and How They Got Started

Independent Film Companies

For any indie filmmaker, independent film companies are greatly important. More often than not, these are the only movie companies indie filmmakers have the potential to work with. But the origin stories of your favorite indie movie company in the film industry may surprise you and will definitely enlighten you and provide inspiration as you embark on starting your own independent film company.

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May 14, 2019

Film Budget Template | Details and Top Sheet, ATL, BTL

Sample Film Budget TemplateOur Film Budget Template will help indie producers estimate their movie production costs. The movie sample budget template is a great starting point to demonstrate film negative costs required for the financial projections and business plans used to secure movie investors.

The Film Budget Worksheet Template is in Excel, fully editable and contains 100s of line items and formulas that can be completely customized to your film production.

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May 09, 2019

10 Things You MUST Do To Attract Film Investors | Avoid These Mistakes

10 Things You MUST Do To Attract Film Investors

The 10 things you MUST do to attract film investors have been cultivated over 16 years in the film industry and being able to work with 1000's of filmmakers. Our experience allowed us to analyze and learn from those who have achieved success and mase their indie film vs. those we never hear from again. We lay out all the crucial steps to set you up to be the former - the successful indie filmmaker.

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May 07, 2019

[Review] Film Investor Package is Well Organized and Professional Looking

Film Investor Financing TemplatesI've just spent 20 minutes going through the materials I purchased with Package #3 and I already know it is going to be a huge help in getting me to the next stage in my producing career. I can't wait to dive in and start creating my first business plan.

**Update***

I’ve now worked with it for a few weeks and thought I’d let you know what I think.

I liked it a lot. The format is well organized and professional looking and much of the text is worthwhile.

I also chatted with your rep on line before hand and they answered my questions very well which allowed me to move forward with the purchase with confidence.

It is a pity the the MPAA reports are not available until April.

Thanks for putting together what appears to be a very useful package, and the website has a ton of great info too. - Tim

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May 02, 2019

How the Best Independent Films Were Funded

How the Best Independent Films Were Funded

Learning how the best independent films were funded is a part of the process many filmmakers miss when reading stories of other successful films. Finding funding for your independent movie is time-consuming, mentally exhausting, and overall a challenging task to accomplish. However, we take a look at some of the Best Independent Films and discover how they were funded.

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