Jan 19, 2021
Critical First Step to Being a Filmmaker | A GREAT Script Got Us Stars
What 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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Jan 14, 2021
JDC Archives Documentary Film Grant | Applications Due March 16, 2021
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is pleased to announce the 2021 JDC Archives Documentary Film Grant. The JDC Archives will select select one documentary film, which will be awarded a grant of $8,000, with an additional $2,000 available for high-resolution reproduction and licensing fees for material from the JDC Archives. Applications are due by March 16, 2021.
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Jan 12, 2021
Promote YOUR Story, Business, Film on FilmProposals
Do 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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Jan 07, 2021
[Financing Toolkit Review] | A Financing Masterclass For a Fraction of the Price! Five Stars!
I have a broad, basic understanding of film financing. I know most of the steps that need to be taken and I know the material that must be present within a film investor package. However, knowledge/theory of what needs to be done and practically executing it are two very different things. The Film Financing toolkit brings both of those worlds together, you get the theory of how a film investor package works along with the practical execution of the packet. At the price of range, it is by far the most valuable resource I have come across on the internet. IF you are trying to produce an independent film, spend the money now to be prepared later - unpreparedness can be very costly later on. This should be your number one resource for financing your independent film. - Tyler, December 2020
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Jan 05, 2021
Film Business Plan Template Reviews | Crash Course in Film Financing
Film Business Plan Template reviews from producers. I could not have raised the $1.5M without these templates, crash course in film finance.
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Jan 05, 2021
How We Financed Cultural Clash Movie | Tips from Successful Filmmakers
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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Dec 24, 2020
[Business Plan Review] | Reliable Source of "Up-to-Date" Information and Insight
For 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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Dec 22, 2020
Low Budget Filmmaking on Your iPhone | Using Time Lapse, Slow Motion
Getting 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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Dec 17, 2020
[Review] BEING PREPARED IS PARAMOUNT
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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Dec 15, 2020
Movie Investor Package | Film Pitch Deck, Business Plan Template, Samples
Movie Finance Toolkit Download - Film Business Plan Template, Financial Projections, Film Pitch Deck, Budget Template, Investor Agreement
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Dec 15, 2020
Showcase Your Business or Movie 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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Dec 10, 2020
[Review] The templates are user friendly, easy to navigate, and incredibly informative.
Love the site! Everything is working exactly as I had hoped thus far. The templates are user friendly, easy to navigate, and incredibly informative. It's definitely a crash course into the economic side of the industry. People forget the old saying about Show Business, "business is twice as long as show, and it might be twice as important!"
- Josh, December 2020
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Dec 08, 2020
San Francisco Film Society Film Grant | Feature, Documentary, Non Fiction
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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Dec 03, 2020
Finding Film Investors | How to Raise Money for a Feature Movie
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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Dec 01, 2020
Best iPhone Camera Lens | Kits, Clip On, Wide Angle, Smartphone
Best iPhone Camera Lens | Kits, Clip On, Wide Angle, Smartphone
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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Nov 26, 2020
[Review] Film Investment Package | Great for Helping Investors Understand Risks and Potential Rewards
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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Nov 24, 2020
How to Invest in Indie Films | Great Info For Your Film Business Plan
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. In 2020, COVID provided us with a silver lining and great example of how demand for fresh and new content can immediately be in global demand during even the worst of times. Part of our Pitching to Film Investor series, read more about How to Invest in Indie Films - Steps and Tips.
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Nov 19, 2020
[Financial Template Review] | Financial Film Package Invaluable and Well Worth the Money
I'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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Nov 17, 2020
Film Finance for Independent Filmmakers | It’s Not Art, It’s Business
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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Nov 12, 2020
[Review] Beyond Expectations | Film Financing Package
Exactly 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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Nov 10, 2020
Film Financing Companies 2020
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. To be clear, if you are new to the film industry, then Film Financing Companies are not the right place for you to look for funding. But for those in the right place in their careers, here is our guide to Film Financing Companies.
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Nov 05, 2020
How to Start in the Film Business | Film Producing 101
How to Start in the Film Business is Part 1 of our Mini Movie Maker Course. Not sure where to start? Or stuck somewhere in your process? Check out our 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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Nov 03, 2020
FREE BONUS - Ten Prominent FilmMakers' BEST Advice
The 100 page Modern MovieMaker Movement Action Guide, by Jason Brubaker, founder of www.filmmakingstuff.com, was authored by ten of the most prominent filmmaker thought leaders in the world, including Jon Reiss of the famed book, Think Outside The Box Office.
Get your valuable, no-fluff modern filmmaking information, as well as advice to help you navigate a filmmaking world defined by HDSLR technology and non-discriminatory distribution. Topics include: film finance, crowdfunding, production, film festival promotion, marketing and distribution.
The Modern MovieMaker Movement Action Guide is a FREE GIFT with Purchase of select Film Financing Toolkits.
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Oct 29, 2020
Film Investor Tip Sheet | Practical, Proven Fundraising Tips
Our 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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Oct 27, 2020
[Review] Substantive, Professional, Organized, Immensely Useful
Thank 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!
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Oct 22, 2020
Free Film Templates, Worksheets, Downloads and Samples
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, Sample Film Business Plan Template, Cash Flow Report, Movie Budgets, Film Investment Memorandum, Sample Contracts and more today!
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Oct 20, 2020
Horror Film Festivals | List of Scariest Horror Fests
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
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Oct 15, 2020
Film Financial Projections Movie 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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Oct 13, 2020
Why Start a Film Production Company | Steps, Business Plan, Investors
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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Oct 08, 2020
[Review] Film Proposals was the Best Investment!
When I presented my project to my investor, they were blown away how prepared I was and rarely see filmmakers have half the documents I supplied. It showed I was serious as a filmmaker and as a business person. I purchased the Gold package with the PPM. The PPM took all the heavy lifting off and saved me so much money that would of cost me thousands from an attorney. The package got me prepared from business plan to financials. I did my research on my film and similar films and just plugged in the info. I had everything prepared and professionally done. On top of that, they offered a review after I followed the steps they gave me.
- Angelo, September 2020
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Oct 06, 2020
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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Oct 01, 2020
How to Do Film Revenue Projections in Your Business Plan
How do you estimate how much income your film will bring in over time? The answer, of course, is the only way you can show investors what and when their ROI might be. You can use the-numbers, IMDB and/or Box Office Mojo. It's been the way we've done things for years...but oh-so-many of you have let us know how much you hate the tedious work. You just want to get on with filming, right?
Announcing our NEW...Custom Indie Film Database.
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Sep 29, 2020
How to 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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Sep 24, 2020
[Review] Great products | Good, Solid Advice
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.
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Sep 22, 2020
Tribeca Film Institute Grants | Documentary, Narrative, Sports, Women, Latinx
The Tribeca Film Institute (TFI) offers over $1M annually in grants to a variety of projects and filmmakers, mostly with a focus on politically, culturally and socially relevant films from diverse storytellers. TFI partners with ESPN, AT&T, Gucci and other corporations to support filmmakers financially across several niches and specialties. They have dozens of different grants across many genres, both narrative and documentary, so check out what film financing you can raise today.
More Info: Tribeca Film Institute Grants
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Sep 17, 2020
Preparing for Film Investors | Steps to Find and Attract 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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Sep 15, 2020
Invest in Movie Production | Why Invest in Movies, Film Investor Benefits
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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Sep 10, 2020
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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Sep 08, 2020
[Review] I haven’t been this excited in years. There is a ton of great information!
I haven’t been this excited in years. As someone who is changing careers later in life, I can’t tell you how much the information you provided is going to help me jumpstart my new path. I was devouring the information as soon as I downloaded it. There is a ton of great information and I’m so happy your company exists! - BJ, August 2020
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Sep 03, 2020
Independent Film Logline Examples | Logline Formula, How to Create
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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Sep 01, 2020
Film Investor Template - How to ASK for Money and WIN!
Devouring Venus Step by Step Successful Film Financing
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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Aug 27, 2020
Film Budget Template | Details and Top Sheet, ATL, BTL
Our 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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Aug 25, 2020
How to Write a Film Business Plan | FREE Movie Business Plan Template E-Course
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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Aug 20, 2020
[Review] 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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Aug 18, 2020
Once A Clown Short Film Financing Tips | Crowdfunding Lessons Learned
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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Aug 13, 2020
Independent Film Companies and How They Got Started
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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Aug 11, 2020
Film Distribution Waterfall | Recoupment Schedule and Investor Payback
We often get asked if our Documents Include the Film Recoupment Revenue Distribution Waterfall? The answer is YES! We use a simple revenue recoupment model in our actual Business Plan Template. We also offer three other options for the Distribution Waterfall in our Film Financing Manual, along with a visual chart showing how a $30M film recoups its money down to the net profit producer's pool. We highlight hurdle rates, producer's net profit, deferred talent agreements, profit participation and more. One of the waterfalls is also included in our PPM template, with all the legal-eze you need. You can choose one of four scenarios, or combine them, for how you plan to payback your investors customized to your specific project.
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Aug 06, 2020
[Review] Film Investor Package is Well Organized and Professional Looking
I'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.
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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Aug 04, 2020
How to Invest in Movies | Opportunities, Tax Deductions, Production Deals
If you're looking to invest in movies, and not quite sure how to get started, our film investor primer is here to teach a lot of what you need to know, how to access filmmakers and productions and how to gauge a film's potential success. Our guide covers Tax Deductions, ROI, asset classes, deal tips, how to find the right movies, how to become an accredited investor and an overview of how the film industry generates revenue. Our primer also showcases some of our best filmmakers' projects looking for investments right now.
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