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Jun 19, 2018

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

FREE Money to Make a Movie

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

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Jun 14, 2018

How to Start in the Film Business | Film Producing 101

How to Start in the Film Business

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

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Jun 12, 2018

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

Film Finance for Independent Filmmakers

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

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Jun 07, 2018

Film Investor Tip Sheet

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

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Jun 05, 2018

[Review] Substantive, Professional, Organized, Immensely Useful

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

- Jon

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May 31, 2018

Film Financial Projections Movie Business Plan Template

Film Financial Projections Business Plan Template

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

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May 24, 2018

How to Ask Film Investors For More Money

How to Ask Film Investors For More Money

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

Learn More: How to Ask Film Investors For More Money

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May 17, 2018

[Review] Great products | Good, Solid Advice

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

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

Thank you.

May 10, 2018

Updated MPAA Theatrical Market Statistics 2017

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

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

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

May 03, 2018

Preparing for Film Investors | Steps to Find and Attract Investors

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

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Apr 26, 2018

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

Film Producer Definition

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

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Apr 19, 2018

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

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

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

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Apr 17, 2018

Other Worlds Austin SciFi Film Festival

Other Worlds Austin SciFi Film FestivalOther World Austin brings the best of all that is SciFi from December 6-9, 2018 in Austin, TX.

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Apr 12, 2018

[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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Apr 10, 2018

What Types of Low-Budget Films Break Out?

With the list in hand, we looked for common themes and found (with a small number of exceptions) that the breakout hits broke down naturally into four types.

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Apr 05, 2018

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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Mar 29, 2018

Film Budget Template | Details and Top Sheet

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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Mar 27, 2018

10 Keys to Film Finance | Avoid Common Indie Film Financing Mistakes

10 Keys to Film Finance Read what film financing pros have to say! These 10 Keys to Film Finance will help you secure film production financing and avoid common indie film Financing mistakes. Whether you are working with film funding companies or private film financiers, these indie film financing strategies are sure to give you an edge over your competition.

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Mar 22, 2018

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

How to Write a Film Business Plan

How to Write a Film Business Plan is the Number One goal of most of our filmmaking site visitors, so we wrote a FREE How to Write a Movie Business Plan E-Course (sign up FREE right here and start immediately). Our goal is that no matter where you in the process of making your film, we help you to succeed with really understanding the entire business side of the film industry. Each week you'll receive your homework assignments, and if you follow along and stick to the plan, it will be 10 short weeks until you have a complete film business plan and are totally ready to approach the film investors we teach you to find.

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Mar 20, 2018

FOUR METHODS OF INDEPENDENT FINANCE

Great Q&A by Brandon Blake of filmtvlaw.com, "I would like to get investors for my television pilot. Should I try crowdfunding? Can I set up a non-profit for donations? What about selling stock in my company? Can a television series get a business loan too?"

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Mar 15, 2018

[Review] Film Investor Package - GREAT STUFF VERY USEFUL

Film Investor Package 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

Thanks you, Tony, for taking the time to leave us feedback!!! Check out more Film Investor Package Reviews and see how others have successfully raised their film financing!

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Mar 13, 2018

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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Mar 08, 2018

Producers Don't Need to Beg for Money - Just Have a Good Plan

Producers Don't Need to Beg for Money - Just Have a Good Plan"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: No Good Producer Should Beg For Money To Shoot Movies

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Mar 06, 2018

5 Biggest Mistakes Filmmakers Make With Their Business Plans - by FilmSpecific

Great video by expert, Stacey Parks, on Film Business Plan mistakes to avoid. Each of these "red flags" is covered on our site and in our Film Proposals Financing Manual, however, if you prefer to watch videos, then definitely check out the: 5 Biggest Mistakes Filmmakers Make With Their Business Plans

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Mar 02, 2018

FilmProposals | Movie Investor Toolkit

Welcome to Filmproposals, the site for Independent Film Makers serious about raising film financing. We offer 100s of tools, templates, articles, contacts and resources for both new and experienced movie producers. FilmProposals is here to teach you what you need to know to get your film financed quickly.

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Mar 01, 2018

How to Structure Your Movie Budget and Finance Movies Efficiently

How to Structure Your Movie Budget

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.

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Feb 27, 2018

Six Things You Absolutely MUST Know Before Approaching Film Investors

Gordon P. Firemark Entertainment Attorney 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.

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Feb 22, 2018

[Review] Film Business Plan Template | Great Jumping Off Point and Confidence Builder

Film Business Plan TemplateI found the business plan template and film financial comparison table a great starting point. Reading through the Film Financing Manual I gained a lot of confidence that reinforced my own ideas.

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!

Thanks you, Andrew, for taking the time to leave us feedback!!! Check out more Film Investor Package Reviews.

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Feb 20, 2018

Alberta Foundation for the Arts Film Grant

The Alberta Foundation for the Arts Film & Video Project Grant bi-annual deadlines are February 1 and September 1. All eligible Alberta artists and arts organizations are encouraged to apply for an AFA grant. Unleash your creative potential with an AFA grant and see where the arts take you.

Alberta Foundation for the Arts Film Grant

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Feb 15, 2018

Top Film Grant Tips for How to Write and Win a Grant

Film Grant TipsCheck 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.

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Feb 13, 2018

FilmProposals Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions

FilmProposals Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Are Your Products Compatible with Apple/MAC?

I want to change/delete a submission on the site

How Do I Edit My Film Pitch or Movie Trailer?

The Film Financial Projections Template is locked and I'd like to change some of the Formulas

Do You Do Business Plans for Films?

Can you help me secure financing, introduce me or help find investors?

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Feb 08, 2018

[Review] Both FilmProposals Site and Business Tools Are Extremely Helpful

Independent Film Financing Projections

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.

Thanks to Frances for taking the time to leave us feedback!!!

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Feb 06, 2018

FREE Downloads - All 10 Oscar Nominated Screenplays

"whether you're an actor, director, screenwriter or other film creative, reading great screenplays will enhance your craft. So crack these suckers open and enjoy the java!"

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Feb 01, 2018

[Review] Incredibly Helpful Templates

Incredibly Helpful TemplatesAn amazing set of incredibly helpful templates, guide books, advice. The best $99.00 I have spent in a very long time. Congrats FilmProposals!!

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Jan 30, 2018

Roy Dean Film Grant Accepting Applications

Roy Dean Film The Roy Dean Film Grant, which has awarded over $2,000,000 in film services, goods, and cash to filmmakers just starting their projects, is now accepting applications.

Get the details: Roy Dean Film Grant Awarded by From the Heart Productions

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Jan 25, 2018

Finding Investors For Your Movie Project | How To Get Film Investors Attention

Finding Investors For Your Movie Project 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, by Jack Heape.

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Jan 23, 2018

Getting Out Movie Trailer | Finance and Distribution Tips

Getting Out Movie TrailerMust read and watch! Inspiring Indie Finance story by Nick Felice, who solely financed 'Getting Out,' which has won numerous awards and secured dozens of distribution channels.

Two friends desperate for money, a crumbling crime figure, a psychotic hit man and a deceitful vixen. Wilkes has fallen on hard times financially. His friend, Derek, suggests he tries getting a job through his boss, Victor, but after meeting Victor, Wilkes decides to rob Victor, rather than work for him. As plans start to unravel and lives become expendable, each person starts to seek their own fortune whether it's money, love or vengeance. Who can they trust?

Check out Nick's financing tips and movie trailer at: Getting Out Movie Trailer | Finance and Distribution Tips

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Jan 18, 2018

Practical Tips for Writing Your Film Business Plan | Keeping It Real

Film Business Plan Tips 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. Avoid these mistakes by reading: Practical Tips for Writing Your Film Business Plan | Keeping It Real

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Jan 16, 2018

[Review] Best Investment We've Done for Our Company

Find Movie InvestorsHello Melissa: We recently purchased your film proposal program and we have found it to be one of the best investment we've done for our company. We want to proceed with the business plan review and gather your feed back!

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Jan 11, 2018

Documentary Funding | Top 10 Tips for Fundraising Grants

Documentary Funding

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.

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Jan 09, 2018

Edinburgh Short Film Festival Call for Entries

Edinburgh Short Film FestivalThe 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.

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Jan 04, 2018

How to Make an Indie Film Pitch Deck

How to Make an Indie Film Pitch Deck

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.

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Jan 02, 2018

Rocks In My Pockets Movie Trailer and Financing Tips

Rocks In My Pockets MovieRocks In My Pockets is an animated feature film telling a 100 year history of a family's madness with the help of Humor, Art and Animation. The producers financed the film with a variety of creative funding sources, including a very successful Kickstarter campaign with 800 backers that raised over $50,000.

Check out their financing tips and movie trailer at: Rocks In My Pockets Movie Trailer

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Dec 28, 2017

[Review] I could not have raised the $1.5 million or made this film without the materials you provided!

Film Business Plan TipsJust 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"

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Dec 26, 2017

Miller Packan Documentary Film Fund

Miller Packan Documentary Film FundThe Miller / Packan Documentary Film Fund provides grants to feature-length non-fiction projects that address social issues and inspire others. The Fund supports filmmaking in advanced development (up to $10,000), production and post-production stages (up to $25,000). May and November deadlines.

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Dec 21, 2017

Importance Of A Business Plan For Film Projects | 7 Key Elements You Need To Get The Money

Importance Of A Business Plan For Film Projects 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.

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Dec 19, 2017

Film Business Plan VOD Projections | How to Calculate

Film Business Plan VOD ProjectionsThe 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.

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Dec 14, 2017

[Review] Great Tools for writing a business plan the first time!

Truly Professional Film Business PlanThe 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.

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Dec 12, 2017

Film Investor Tips | Find and Engage Movie Investors

Film Investor Tips | Find and Engage Movie InvestorsFilm 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

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