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Jan 18, 2022
UK Jewish Film Grants | Short Film Annual Grants for British-Jewish Life
Two grants of up to £13,500 are available for the production of a short film – drama, animation or factual – with a Jewish theme of significance to both Jewish and general audiences. The fund focuses on supporting the production and exhibition of short films that reflect British-Jewish stories, life, history and culture. The annual grant deadline is usually January.
More Info: UK Jewish Film Grants
Jan 13, 2022
[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
Jan 11, 2022
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.
More Info: Film Budget Template
Jan 06, 2022
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.
Jan 04, 2022
It's 2022 and Awards Season Starts Soon! Are You and YOUR Film Business Plan Ready to Take Advantage of the Industry Buzz?
2022 is upon us, which means the start of Film Awards Season (Golden Globes January 9, 2022 and Academy Awards March 27, 2022), and one of the BEST times to raise money for your Indie Film. Are YOUR Pitch Deck, Financial Analyses and 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!
Dec 30, 2021
How to Write a Film Business Plan | FREE Movie Business Plan Template E-Course
Are you ready to JUMP START your Film Financing in 2022? 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.
Dec 23, 2021
[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
Dec 21, 2021
How the Best Independent Films Were Funded | Learn from Others
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.
Dec 16, 2021
[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!
Dec 14, 2021
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
Dec 14, 2021
Whatifi Studios Interactive Filmmaker Fund | Screenwriting, Production
Our filmmakers turn passive viewers into active participants. Whatifi Studios offers creative support and developmental assistance to independent filmmakers across the globe. No matter where you are in the brainstorming process, we'd love to hear from you. With years of experience creating branching stories, we're here to help you every step of the way: brainstorming, scripting-writing, financial support, editing feedback, and the behind-the-scenes magic that lets viewers interact with your film. Submit your interactive film pitch before December 31, 2021 to be considered for our first round of productions. Selected filmmakers receive creative support and up to $5,000 in funding.
Dec 09, 2021
[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
Dec 07, 2021
Women Make Movies Production Grant | Production, Documentary, Narrative
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.
Dec 02, 2021
10 Things You MUST Do To Attract Film Investors | Avoid These Mistakes
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.
Nov 30, 2021
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.
Nov 23, 2021
[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.
Nov 18, 2021
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
Nov 16, 2021
10 Keys to Film Finance | Avoid Common Indie Film Financing Mistakes
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.
Nov 11, 2021
Film Production Budget Best Practices & Tips
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
Nov 09, 2021
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.
Nov 04, 2021
[Review] Incredibly Helpful Templates | Best $99 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!!
Nov 02, 2021
Do You Need a Film Private Placement Memorandum (PPM)?
Our complete Film Private Placement Memorandum was used by successful independent producers several times to raise money for full-length feature films at budgets ranging from $350K -$8M. Our Film PPM Template uses real-world current samples from an LLC production raising money right now in 2021. If you want to follow SEC rules for offering investments in your film publicly, use non-accredited investors and are raising funding over $100K, then you want to look into using a PPM.
Oct 28, 2021
[Review] Best Investment We've Done for Our Company
Hello 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!
Oct 26, 2021
Top Film Grant Tips from a Grant Evaluator | Write and Win a Grant
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 Top Film Grant Tips for Writing and Winning a Grant.
Oct 21, 2021
FREE Money to Make a Movie | Film Grants, Contests, Prizes, Festivals
One great way to find money to make a movie, is to enter contests and win them! There is money to make a movie sponsored by equipment companies, brands, advertising, festivals and many more. Film financing contests with film financing as the prize are a great way to get money to make a movie and there are so many advantages to winning this money, like free publicity, and brand association. Read our top picks for: Money to Make a Movie
Oct 19, 2021
Lightswitch Film Grant: Full STEM Ahead | Chicago, Student, Documentary
Lightswitch Video, a Chicago-based video production company, launched The Full STEM Ahead Filmmaker’s Initiative, a first-year initiative designed to not only encourage STEM education and careers in STEM but to also cultivate the careers of the filmmakers of tomorrow in the process. One grant recipient (ages 15-25) will receive a $5,000 grant to produce a short-form documentary about a STEM program that they are involved in, knowledgeable of, or want to learn more about and they believe deserves more recognition. That program will then receive a matching $5,000 grant, and the final documentary will receive a showing at a local theater alongside a Q&A with the documentarian. Filmmakers must be currently living in or going to school in the City of Chicago, Illinois. The submission deadline is December 13, 2021 at 11:59PM CST.
Oct 14, 2021
Six Things You Absolutely MUST Know Before Approaching Film Investors
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.
Oct 13, 2021
Forbidden Power Movie | Award Winning Producer Shares Tips & Advice
Forbidden Power Movie, winner of multiple awards. Watch online now and learn from an experienced producer how the movie was made.
Oct 12, 2021
How to Make a Movie FREE Mini Course | Film Producing 101, Financing
Check out our FREE Movie Making Mini Course. Part I of the How to Make a Movie Mini Course covers Starting in the film business, First time Producer, Know Your Movie Market, How to Build a Film Team, Setting up your Movie Company and how ot create a Business Plan. Read More: How to Make a Movie Mini Course
Oct 07, 2021
Film Investor Financing Documents | Producers Package, Investor Agreement++
If terms like Business Plan, Private Placement Memorandum, Finance Agreement, Investor Agreement, Producer's Package, Active and Passive Investors have your head spinning, check out our definitive guide to film finance documentation.
Oct 05, 2021
[Review] I could not have raised the $1.5 million or made this film without the materials you provided!
Just 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"
Sep 30, 2021
Pitching a Location Letter to Film Investors | Sample Template
Pitching a location letter to Film Investors can easily impress them when presenting your film proposal. Film locations are an important selling tool, as a strong location can not only add great production value to your film, but also become a key selling point when correctly pitching a location letter to film investors. Having a location donated shows you've put thought towards your negative pick up costs and ensuring you have the correct Location Release agreement in place demonstrates you are on top of your entire "Chain of Title," so your film will saleable.
Sep 28, 2021
Documentary Funding | Top 10 Tips for Fundraising Grants
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.
Sep 23, 2021
[Review] Both FilmProposals Site and Business Tools Are Extremely Helpful
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!!!
Sep 21, 2021
Filmmaker FAQs Answered | Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions
We get asked the same questions quite often as many filmmakers start in the same place. Here's a round up of the top inquiries at FilmProposals Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions.
- What is a Producer's Package?
- What are ATL and BTL costs in Filmmaking?
- Can you help me with a TV Pilot Business Plan Template?
- 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?
- How Do I Edit My Film Pitch or Movie Trailer?
More Info at Filmmakers Top 10 Frequently Asked Questions.
Sep 16, 2021
Business Plan Writing Tips & Examples | Real Pitches That Worked
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.
Sep 14, 2021
Film Financing for Producers | Tax Credits, Distribution, Soft Money
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. Start with one and watch the rest come so much more easily.
Sep 09, 2021
Film Financing Lessons | Spielberg, Scorsese, Smith, Linklater
Read Film Financing Lessons from famous producers, such as Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Lee Daniels, Kevin Smith, Ralph Fiennes, 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.
Sep 07, 2021
Finding Investors For Your Movie Project | Get Film Investors Attention
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.
Sep 02, 2021
How to Attract Film Investors | 10 Things Independent Film Makers Can Do Right Now
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.
Aug 31, 2021
[Review] My Business Plan is 10 Times Better than it was Before
After 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
Aug 26, 2021
Film Production Contracts Templates | Licensing, Script, Talent, Location
FilmProposals is helping you retain full control over your film's Chain of Title, so your film, your producers and your investors are all protected and you will have a finished product you can legally sell. 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.
Aug 24, 2021
Importance Of A Business Plan For Film Projects | 7 Key Elements You Need To Get The Money
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.
Aug 19, 2021
The Most Important Money You'll Ever Raise for Your Film
The most important money that will go into producing your film is the first money in. The very first money that can be used towards your budget (negative pick up) costs. Far too many potential filmmakers think the very first thing they should do reach out to film investors, but that money is, in fact, the last money you should raise.
Once you have a portion of your budget covered, let's say 25-50%, by doing the work - in kind donations, tax incentives, product placement, grants, talent back end agreements, etc etc, it will be far easier to raise the rest of your budget. Your investment is so much more appealing when it isn't all risk and cash. Asking someone else for money before you've even thought about what you can do on your own is a surefire way to turn off investors. Learn about all the work you need to do before ever contacting a film investor - and surprise yourself with how much less money you need to raise from them!
Aug 17, 2021
[Review] Great Tools for writing a business plan the first time!
The Film 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.
Aug 12, 2021
Demystifies the Whole Film Business Proposal
After reading the book "Film Business Plan and Investor Guide", I bought the Silver package from Film Proposals. Going through the package demystifies the whole Business Proposal. Between the Business Plan Template, Film Financial Template, Financing Manual, Film Pitch Deck and Film Investor Agreement Outline, a substantial chunk of the Business Proposal is covered and is a great start for independent producers who have never created a proposal before.
Aug 10, 2021
Film Business Plan VOD Projections | How to Calculate
The 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.
Aug 05, 2021
New York Foundation for the Arts Film Grant | Film, Video, Women, Theatre
New York Foundation for the Arts Fiscal Sponsorship is a critical way for individual artists, artists' collaborative projects, and emerging arts organizations in all disciplines to apply for funding. A sample of some of their fiscal awards include the NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowships for Video/Film and the NYC Women’s Fund for Media, Music and Theatre.
Aug 03, 2021
Film Investor Tips | Find and Engage Movie Investors
Want to actually find film investors in 2021????? 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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