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How to Write a Film Business Plan

How to Write a Film Business Plan

10 Weeks to a Complete 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).

Writing a business plan can be overwhelming to some, and while our FilmProposals package will save you hundreds of hours with prewritten text and templates and speed up your learning curve by showing you how to complete complicated financial projections, there is still a lot of information to process. We designed this course to be sent once per week to break the process of writing your business plan into manageable pieces, and to keep you accountable and focused.

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.

Some areas the course covers are as follows:

The Company Section - Week 1

How to Write a Film Business Plan - Company Section

A business plan is only as good as the company or organization behind it, so you will have to remove your creative filmmaker thinking cap and be willing to think like and wear the hat of an investor...or be willing to hire people to do this for you. We show you exactly how to do this, where to find the right people for your film and how to best showcase all your team's talent in your Business Plan.

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The Project Section - Week 2

How to Write a Film Business Plan - Project Section

Do you know what makes your independent film special and sets it apart from the others? Do you know the answer to this question in such a way that it makes it clear your film is a good investment? While your film may have a great social message or even its potential cast and production are merits you wish to highlight, know the investor reads every word in your plan with the mind and eye of a business person. We want to ensure the content of your plan continually reinforces there is a promising opportunity for return on investment and we show you how to make it look like your project does just that.

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The Industry Section - Week 3

How to Write a Film Business Plan - Industry Section

You should write your industry section as if you are describing the ins and outs of the industry to someone who does not know the film business at all. Statistics, history, industry successes, how and why the industry is growing, both domestically and internationally, and home video streaming trends are some of the areas you will cover in this part of the feature film business plan.

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The Market Section - Week 4

How to Write a Film Business Plan - Market Section

One of the MOST important questions you are going to ask yourself while writing your your film business plan is, "Who is going to pay money to see your independent film?" Who is your target market? Where are they? How many of them are there? What are their movie-going habits? How and where do they spend their money? What are their other habits that might piggy-back well with film? We show you dozens of resources to help you answer these questions and make a compelling case to your investors that your film does, indeed, have solid market potential.

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The Film Investment Section - Week 5

How to Write a Film Business Plan - Film Investment Section

In order to effectively convince your film financing investors and build a solid feature film business plan, you will need to understand the ins and outs of film investment. Learn about multiple financing sources, such as cash, soft and hard money and multiple other ways of coming up with your negative pick up costs and how to show investors you've put real financial value into your project - even if you have NO cash to add!

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Film Distribution Strategy - Week 6

How to Write a Film Business Plan - Film Distribution Strategy

How are you going to maximize the distribution of your film? Here is what the Wall Street Journal tells film investors when advising them on the BEST films in which to invest, "...as with any business investment, you want to see a well-conceived marketing and distribution plan that makes sense and isn't built on hope." We want YOU to have your own distribution plan that makes sense, whether traditional distribution S/VOD, TVOD and all the various combinations of distribution channels and release types.

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How to Write a Film Business Plan - Financial Projections - Week 7

How to Write a Film Business Plan

If you think the hard part of writing a film business plan is the Financial Projections, don't worry for a minute. We break this down for you in an easy to follow and understand format. We tell you what potential investors will expect to see, how to choose the correct films for comparison, all disclosures and risk statements required and much more.

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Extra Tips and Next Steps - Week 8

How to Write a Film Business Plan Bonus Tips

What else do you need to know about writing a Film Business Plan? After this course, you will know so much more about YOUR film and about the movie business and film industry. We'll go through some additional investors, keys to film financing and leave you with all the right tools, tips and templates to complete your business plan.

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