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Aug 14, 2018

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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Aug 09, 2018

The Critical First Step to Being a Successful Filmmaker

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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Aug 07, 2018

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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Aug 02, 2018

[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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Jul 30, 2018

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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Jul 26, 2018

[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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Jul 24, 2018

How We Financed Cultural Clash Movie

How We Financed Cultural Clash MovieThese 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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Jul 19, 2018

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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Jul 17, 2018

Film Financing Funding Company | Media Funding Solutions

Film Financing Funding Company

If you are raising funds for production or P&A funding, Advantis International can provide you with the initial capital requirements to attract additional investors. Use your initial commitment levels to leverage the P&A budgets and attract the additional investment needed to fund your project.

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Jul 17, 2018

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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Jul 12, 2018

Finding Film Investors | How to Raise Money for a Feature Movie

How to Find Film InvestorsFinding 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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Jul 10, 2018

[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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Jul 05, 2018

Working With Film Investors | Tools, Agreements, Tips, Plans

How to Work with Film InvestorsWorking 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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Jul 03, 2018

[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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Jun 28, 2018

Film Financing Companies 2018

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.

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Jun 26, 2018

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.

Jun 21, 2018

Free Film Tools, Worksheets, Downloads and Samples

Free Film Tools and Resources 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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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

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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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