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Nov 28, 2023
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.
Nov 22, 2023
Film Business Plan Updated through 2023 | All new Stats, Charts, Projections
All 2019 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 streaming and the box office changed 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 17 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.
Nov 21, 2023
FilmHedge Lending Platform | Film Financing
FilmHedge can help to secure funding for your project. They offer Financing solutions for TV and Film productions with budgets between $5M and $35M looking to cash flow Tax Credits, Pre-Sales, or Distribution Agreements. They do not provide equity financing, but rather, Senior Debt, secured by pre-sales, tax credits, or distribution agreements. Read More at: Film Investors for Independent Filmmakers
Nov 15, 2023
[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.
Nov 14, 2023
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
Nov 09, 2023
Film Financing Lessons |Producer of 'The Kids Are All Right'
Producer Celine Rattray explains how she doubled her investors' money, new financing sources, like Netflix and Amazon, how she's raised funds for over 40 movies, the importance of tax incentives, timing of investor ROI, and how to be "investor-friendly," as there's nothing more satisfying than repeat business from investors.
Nov 07, 2023
LEF New England Moving Image Fund (MIF) | Film Grant
LEF is a private family foundation with offices in two regional areas: New England and California. Through the LEF Moving Image Fund, the New England office supports the creation of new work by documentary filmmakers living in the regions. The Moving Image Fund provides funding across all phases of production, supporting films from the early risk-taking stage, through a film’s completion. Since its inception, LEF’s Moving Image Fund has awarded approximately 450 grants to New England-based independent filmmakers with over $4.7 million in funding. Deadlines | Early Development / Pre-production August | Production / Post-production January
Nov 02, 2023
What is "Chain of Title" and How Does it Affect Your Film?
Having the correct Film Production Contracts in place on your film is crucial when investors, distributors, festivals and production companies are evaluating working with or investing in your project. You must make sure you own EVERYTHING that makes your film your film. In other words, you must have a clean "Chain of Title." Some examples include story & music rights, cast & crew images, graphics, the script, rights to on location shoots and much more. If any of these important legal contracts is missing, you cannot legally sell your film since you won't own all of it! Funders and distributors will expect you have these signed and if not, could hinder your ability to get distribution or signed investors. Most film festivals require all these agreements to ensure you can even enter your film with them.
Oct 31, 2023
Film Investor Agreement | How to Use One for Independent Financing
You finally find interested Film Investors ready to invest in your project. Do they just write you a check? Is there a timeline for using the money? What accounts do you deposit the money into? Can they ask for it back at any time? When will the investors receive their profit and how will they receive it? If you want answers to these questions, and want to look like a professional in front of your film investors, you should have a Film Investor Agreement.
Oct 26, 2023
[Review] Movie Investment Package Great for Starting a Film Company
Excellent 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
Oct 24, 2023
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.
Oct 19, 2023
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.
Oct 18, 2023
NEW! Palladium Pictures Film Incubator | Film Grants Winter Deadlines
The producers that brought you Created Equal: Clarence Thomas in His Own Words have launched a new film incubator for freedom minded producer-directors. The program will provide full funding (up to $30K) for short documentary projects, as well as mentorship and distribution. It’s a great career springboard for up and coming documentarians to have a chance to make a high profile short film. Deadline December. You can always find the complete list of Film Grants here.
Oct 17, 2023
Film Financing for Producers | Creative Ways to Fund Your Movie
Film financing 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
Oct 13, 2023
Film Grants Winter Deadlines | Independent, Student, Documentary, Screenwriting
Time to finish your Film Grant applications to meet those winter deadlines. Some upcoming deadlines include: LEF New England Moving Image Fund (New!), LEF New England Moving Image Fund (MIF) (Jan), Filmmakers Without Borders Filmmaking Grants (Jan 1), UK Jewish Film Grants (Jan), Creative Capital Film Video Grant (March). You can always find the complete list of Film Grants here.
Oct 12, 2023
Film in Singapore Film Grant | Development, Production, Talent, Short, Doc
The Singapore Film Commission (SFC) nurtures, supports promotes Singapore talent in filmmaking and the production of films. Call-for-proposals for Production Assistance (Film) and the New Talent Feature Grant (NTFG) are twice a year, while the Southeast Asia Co-Production Grant (SCPG) and the Short Film Grant (SFG) are once a year. The Overseas Participation Grant is open for application all year-round.
Oct 10, 2023
Filmmakers Without Borders Filmmaking Grants
Filmmakers Without Borders Filmmaking Grants are available for narrative, documentary, experimental, and new media projects in various stages of production. Grants range from $100 to $5,000. There are three grant cycles throughout each year (Spring/Summer/Fall). Each cycle has its own unique application deadline: Spring: January 1, Summer: June 1, Fall: August 1
Oct 05, 2023
Do You Take Film Investors Seriously?
Here are examples of actual emails Filmproposals receives all time - about 10 per week (including the typos). Do any of these people sound like they take investors seriously? Are they making an offer? Do they value the time and money of the person they are contacting? Did they put any amount of time into understanding financing? Who wants to break out their check book after reading these? Would you even hit the reply button to bother with so much as "no thank you," never mind pick up the phone?
- "I have a great idea of movie and want to sell. Basically the idea is about vampires. Are you interested?"
- "i have superb script nd m really intrested to make a movie so plz help me finance"
- "i am a good actor and script writter looking for q producer to produce my movies"
- "i need two million dollars film finance to shoot film in London and Lagos(NIGERIA)"
- "I want to make a film about the drug abuse on our First Nation and hold nothing back I don't need much call me 506 xxx -0205 thank you"
- "How do I get investors like Angel to cone on board"
- "Hey Melissa, Thanks for accepting my invitation [on Linked In]. You betcha I'm looking for funding! How can you help? Stay Groovy, James"
- "I am asking for Two Million Dollars for funding a new movie based on a True Life Story. I expect to get over five hundred million dollars on movie Green Card. The main actress will be Priyanka Chopra Jonas."
This image is what a movie investment looks like. If you don't know this information, and can't recite it in your sleep, you have no business contacting anyone for money. This is what our Film Financing Bundles do - they take you from "I have a great idea..." to the above pitch deck.
Oct 03, 2023
How to Fund a Film
There is no one way to finance a film. There is not even one financing process. Ask any 100 filmmakers how they got financing, and each will tell you a different story. The one thing they all have in common is they worked hard and pursued multiple financing resources. What most of them will tell you, is that private investors came last. They started with any number of the following sources, which provided them with a solid investment to present financiers. They used some combination of:
- tax credits
- pre sales
- distribution deals
- profit participation
- product placement
- soft and hard money
- film grants
- studio financing
- location incentives
- debt financing
- gap financing
- bridge loans
- slate financing
- deferred payment
- private film investors
- and much more
Our toolkit helps you bring all this together and shows you how much of your funding you can raise before you ever need an investor, if you need them at all!
Film Financing is not going to be easy. But Filmproposals Move Investor Presentation Packets will put you leaps and bounds ahead of your competition and make you look like the professional filmmaker you are!
Sep 28, 2023
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
Sep 26, 2023
[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.
Sep 21, 2023
How to Ask Film Investors For More Money | Work with Film Investors
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.
Learn More: How to Ask Film Investors For More Money
Sep 19, 2023
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.
Sep 14, 2023
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!
Sep 13, 2023
[Review] Partially Financed My Film in 3 Days | BEST Money I've Ever Spent
Finished my deck on Friday. Got it into a few potential investor’s hands over the weekend, and by Monday had 3 out of the 10 available memberships spoken for at $160K each. The revenue projections and film comparable services by NASH, along with the business plan and pitch deck templates were instrumental in presenting the project in such a way that financially minded potential investors could understand the movie business, the market and how my project could possibly give them a substantial ROI.
Melissa was amazing throughout the entire process. Always there to answer any questions. Couldn’t have done it without you guys. Can’t thank you enough. Best money I’ve ever spent.
- Michael F, Executive Producer, Inside Sportfishing (March 2021, Gold + Financials Bundle)
Sep 12, 2023
[Review] I haven’t been this excited in years. There is a ton of great information!
I 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, Producer
Sep 07, 2023
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.
Sep 06, 2023
How to Do Film Revenue Projections for Your Business Plan & Investors
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?
It's been 2 years since we launched our NEW...Custom Indie Film Database and DIFY projections service and our filmmakers LOVE them!
Sep 05, 2023
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?
Aug 31, 2023
Logline Examples | Independent Film 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
Aug 29, 2023
[Review] I'm an Attorney and Found Loads of Value in the Platinum Bundle
Such an amazing resource for indie filmmakers. I'm an attorney and still found loads of value from these materials. I had some foundation established but the Platinum Bundle gave me so many more ideas to make my presentations so much better. Thank you Melissa for making these resources available!
- Dori, Attorney & Producer
Aug 24, 2023
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.
Aug 22, 2023
Film Financing Lesson | Devouring Venus Step by Step Successful Funding Template
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!!!!!!
Aug 17, 2023
[Review] I’ve been able to raise over $400,000 dollars so far for the film
Thank you again so much. In no small part because of you, your fine staff, Nash & Associates and your incredible body of templates and instructions I’ve been able to raise over $400,000 dollars so far for the film. I honestly don’t think I would have been able to raise a dime if not for the detailed and professional deck I was able to put together following your guidelines.- Michael
Aug 15, 2023
How These Independent Film Companies 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.
Aug 12, 2023
[Review] Toolkit is Great to Prepare a Professional Investment Package
The information is clear and easy to understand, and Melissa is very prompt in answering emails.
Aug 11, 2023
Sample Film Budget Template | Details & 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.
More Info: Film Budget Template
Aug 10, 2023
How to Write a Film Business Plan | FREE Movie Business Plan Template E-Course
Are you ready to JUMP START your Film Financing and finish by this year? 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.
Aug 09, 2023
Learn 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.
Aug 07, 2023
[Review] Film Investor Package - GREAT STUFF VERY USEFUL
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!
Aug 01, 2023
Learn How the Best Independent Films Were Funded
Learning how other 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.
Jul 27, 2023
[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
Jul 25, 2023
What are ATL and BTL costs in Filmmaking? | Above and Below the Line
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.
Jul 21, 2023
[Review] Film Business Plan Template | Great Jumping Off Point and Confidence Builder
I 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.
Jul 20, 2023
FREE Movie Business Plan Template Course | Learn 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
Jul 19, 2023
10 Keys to Film Financing | Learn from the Pros
Read what film financing pros have to say about film financing! 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.
Jul 18, 2023
Film Production Budget Tips & Best Practices
How to structure your feature or short film budget is a must-learn for any aspiring or experienced filmmaker. We know many of you are great at the creative side of filmmaking, but might have questions on how to best finance movies efficiently. You'll want to focus your budget on your talent, equipment, post production and be able to explain to investors and anyone else with a stake in your project your low, breakeven and high scenarios when it comes to ROI, which is dependent on your budget. Learn More: Film Production Budget Template Best Practices
Jul 17, 2023
[Review] Incredibly Helpful Templates | Best Money I Have Spent
An amazing set of incredibly helpful templates, guide books, advice. The best $99.00 I have spent in a very long time. Congrats FilmProposals!!
Jul 14, 2023
Film Grant Evaluator Tips | Insider Guide to Winning Film Grants
Check 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 Film Grant Tips from a Grant Evaluator.
FilmProposals Best Sellers - 2023 Financing Toolkits & Bundles
NEW!!! Level up your Comparable Films Analysis using 20 Comparable Films. With our PLUS Bundles, you work directly with the expert analysts at Nash Info Services to select your ideal 20 comparable films from their full list of 20,000+ films. You get all the same reports as our standard sales projections PLUS expert advice on choosing your Comparable Films and an exponentially larger selection of films from which to choose.
FilmProposals Tools and Templates
- Film Financing Bundles
- Film Financial Projections Template
- Film Business Plan Template
- Documentary Business Plan Template
- Film Financing and Investor Manual
- Film Budget Template
- Indie Film Pitch Deck
- Film Investor Agreement Outline
- Film Investor Tip Sheet
- Filmmaker Legal Pack
- Indie Film Database
- FREE Business Plan E-Course