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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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Apr 30, 2019

What are ATL and BTL costs in Filmmaking? | Above and Below the Line

ATL and BTL Costs in Filmmaking

What are ATL and BTL costs in filmmaking is a very common question to which all filmmakers need to know the answer, especially if they are involved at all with their film's financing. Learn more about about Above the Line (ATL) and Below the Line (BTL) costs and which line items fall into each category.

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Apr 25, 2019

Updated MPAA Theatrical Market Statistics for 2019

MPAA Theatrical Market Statistics Report

This 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 2018 MPAA statistics, along with 2019 Oscar winners are already integrated into our Movie Business Plan Package.

The MPAA Theatrical Market Statistics 2018 Report is a FREE GIFT with Purchase of Film Financing Package #3.

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Apr 23, 2019

Women Make Movies Production Grant | Production, Documentary, Narrative

Women Make Movies Production Grant

Women Make Movies (WMM) offers a production assistance program for female filmmakers actively fundraising or about to begin fundraising. Filmmakers can only apply if they are not currently fiscally sponsored by another organization. One of the most important criteria for the Women Make Movies Production Grant is that you must be able to clearly communicate your fundraising or distribution strategies for the film.

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Apr 18, 2019

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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Apr 16, 2019

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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Apr 11, 2019

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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Apr 09, 2019

[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

Thank 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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Apr 04, 2019

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.

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Apr 02, 2019

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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Mar 28, 2019

[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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Mar 25, 2019

Film Business Plan Updated through 2022 | All new Stats, Charts, Projections

Film Business Plan

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!

  • Do you know how much the box office went up last year? 
  • Do you know what digital entertainment growth was and the key drivers? 
  • Want to know the most respected industry projections through 2022? 
  • How many of the last 15 Oscar Picture winners were Indie Films and what were their budgets?

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!

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Mar 21, 2019

IFP HBO New True Stories Funding | Emerging, Non Fiction, Development

IFP HBO New True Stories Funding

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.

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Mar 19, 2019

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.

  • 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?
  • What is a Producer's Package?
  • What are ATL and BTL costs in Filmmaking?
  • Are Your Products Compatible with Apple/MAC?
  • How Do I Edit My Film Pitch or Movie Trailer?
  • Is this a TV Pilot Business Plan Template

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Mar 14, 2019

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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Mar 12, 2019

Film Financing for Producers | Tax Credits, Distribution, Soft Money

Film Financing for ProducersLearn 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.

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Mar 07, 2019

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.

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Mar 05, 2019

[Review] Incredibly Helpful Templates | Best $99 I Have Spent

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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Feb 28, 2019

Section 181 Federal Income Tax Break Renewed Again

How to Attract Film InvestorsGreat 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!

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Feb 26, 2019

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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Feb 21, 2019

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.

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Feb 19, 2019

Horror Film Festivals | List of Scariest Horror Fests

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

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Feb 14, 2019

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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Feb 12, 2019

Watch Documentaries Online | Pitch or Watch FREE Films

Watch Free Documentaries Online

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.

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Feb 07, 2019

Film Financing Lessons | Famous Producer Investor Stories

Film Financing Lessons

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.

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Feb 05, 2019

How to Attract Film Investors | 10 Things Independent Film Makers Can Do Right Now

How to Attract Film Investors 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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Jan 31, 2019

[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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Jan 29, 2019

[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 investments 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 29, 2019

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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Jan 24, 2019

[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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Jan 22, 2019

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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Jan 17, 2019

Film Investor Tips | Find and Engage Movie Investors

Film Investor Tips | Find and Engage Movie Investors

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

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Jan 15, 2019

Edinburgh Short Film Festival Call for Entries 2019

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 10, 2019

[Review] My business plan is 10 times better than it was before

How to Attract Film InvestorsAfter 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

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Jan 08, 2019

Screencraft Film Grant | Production, Screenplays, Finishing Funds

Screencraft Film GrantScreencraft 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.

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Jan 03, 2019

[Reader Question] Film Investor Contract Template | Film Investment Package

Film Investor Contract TemplateDo 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.

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Jan 01, 2019

It's 2019 and Awards Season Starts Soon! Are You and YOUR Film Business Plan Ready to Take Advantage of the Industry Buzz?

How to Write a Film Business Plan

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!

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