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Intro


Learn the ins-and-outs of indie film finance to get financed and into production.

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Intro


Learn the ins-and-outs of indie film finance to get financed and into production.

Film Finance Essentials is an four-part online intensive covering the intricacies of today's film finance models.  

Stop WONDERING how to get your film financed and into production and LEARN how to get financed to get into production.  

The sooner you understand how film finance works, the various models, how films make money and what you need to attract investors, the sooner you can start putting together the finance plan and assets that will attract investors.

In each lesson we dive in and dissect the different methods of film finance, how they function, the upsides and downsides of each, what films they’re appropriate for and how to apply them. 

We cover:

  • structured finance vs. pure equity
  • pre-sales and debt finance
  • mitigating investor risk and where to find equity
  • the upsides and downsides of tax incentives and “soft money"
  • the role of co-productions and co-financing
  • strategizing finance for your budget
  • film revenue and recoupment
  • how film revenue flows back to filmmakers and investors

 

Who is Film Finance Essentials for?

  • Newer feature filmmakers who want to get a handle of film finance
  • Filmmakers who are interested in making movies in the SAG Low and Ultra-Low ranges and non-union micro-budgets.
  • Filmmakers who have been struggling to raise financing for their film

*This program is NOT for filmmakers who are planning on funding their projects 100% through crowdfunding donations or documentarians seeking grants or other alternative funding. We’ll be focused on the various models of traditional film finance for narrative feature films.

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How


How Film Finance Essentials Works

How


How Film Finance Essentials Works

Film Finance Essentials takes place over 4 weeks throughout April 2017.  

• Video Training Modules: The core of the program is comprised of four video training modules, each covering a different component of film finance in depth.  We'll release these modules weekly over 4 weeks.   

• Interactive Coaching Forums: The core component of the program is the private interactive forums -  they are available to you in your online classroom 24/7.  There you can get your questions answered, feedback on your strategies, individualized guidance, and learn what your fellow participants and working on.  

• Online Classroom:  Here you'll be able to find all the program materials and interact with your fellow participants.


Film Finance Essentials is a fantastic in-depth introduction to the financial aspect of independent filmmaking. Stacey quickly takes arcane and opaque processes and breaks them down into easily digestible topics that build from lesson to lesson, so that you not only understand the “what” but the “why.” The course also really helped me come to grips with realistic expectations for my projects – not always a pleasant thing to hear, but Stacey lays out the realities of the business and backs it up with practical realworld examples. If it were not for Film Finance Essentials, I would undoubtedly be headed into the upcoming market season poised to make a lot of unnecessary mistakes!
— Cary Brown, Filmmaker
The Film Finance Essentials course is essential for anyone who wants to understand how to go about funding a film. The lessons are well organized with a progression leading through the various steps. It was also helpful to understand where a certain project fits as to who to contact to invest and what potential funding options there are depending on your budget and your package. I have already implemented many of the ideas.
— Ross Schriftman, Filmmaker
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Sessions


Film Finance Essentials Training Modules

Sessions


Film Finance Essentials Training Modules

Lesson One: OVERVIEW OF FILM FINANCE & HOW FILMS MAKE MONEY

Understanding how money flows back from films is as essential as understanding how money flows into films.  In this session we'll cover:

  • the film finance landscape
  • the different finance models that exist
  • why your budget can make or break your project
  • how revenue and recoupment works and how money flows back

 

Lesson Two: PRIVATE EQUITY 


The critical and consistent element of EVERY finance strategy, private equity is an essential piece of the puzzle yet remains elusive to most projects. In this session we'll cover:

  • why every film needs private equity
  • how to make a case for your project with investors
  • investor concerns and how to mitigate risk
  • finding equity at different budget ranges

 

Lesson Three: DEBT, TAX & SOFT MONEY 


Sometimes straightforward and something complex, debt, tax and soft money are the backbone of bringing films in certain budget ranges to life.

  • how to utilize different tax incentives, debt and soft money
  • domestic vs. foreign
  • how to find “soft money” and who qualifies
  • The upsides and downsides to financing with debt

 

Lesson Four: PRE-SALES 


Not all films are right for pre-sales, but for certain films it’s a critical piece of the pie in order to bring them to screen.

  • the elements you’ll need in place before you can explore pre-sales
  • how to target pre-sales and approaching buyers
  • how pre-sales and monetized

 

What else is included in Film Finance Essentials?

  • A Private Film Finance Basics Forum for anytime Q&A
  • MP3 Recordings of all training
  • 3 Months of Complimentary Film Specific Membership (value: $105)
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Register


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Register


Ready to Register?

REGISTER FOR JUST $299

(PLUS get 3 months of Film Specific membership complimentary - a $105 value)

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Instructor


Instructor

Instructor


Instructor

Stacey Parks is the founder of FilmSpecific.com. She has over 16 years experience in independent film as a sales agent, producer, and consultant for independent filmmakers. Stacey is also the author of "The Insider's Guide to Independent Film Distribution" (2012 Focal Press), now in its second edition and considered to be an essential handbook for independent filmmakers seeking production and distribution insight for their films.

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FAQ


FAQ

FAQ


FAQ

Q: Are the sessions live?

A: No.  The core of the program is four video modules.  You'll receive one per week, released on Monday's throughout April (dates and topics are specified above), each covering a different aspect of film finance in depth.  As soon as each module is available it will be posted in your online classroom and we'll email you a link.  This is done so no participants feel they're missing anything if they can't make a live webinar - it's accessible the same way to all participants, regardless of schedules, time zones or geography.  Even though the lectures are modules, this is still very much an "active" program, which is why we're holding it over four weeks.  We encourage all participants to join us in the interactive forums to ask questions and discuss their strategies.  We encourage all participants to you’ve got questions you can always ask them in the dedicated discussion forums for the course.  

Q: What if I have questions about the material?

A: You can ask questions and get feedback at any time in the dedicated program forum.

Q: What can I expect to get out of the Film Finance Essentials?
A: You'll get as much out of the program as you are willing to put into it. You'll get a ton of real-world information including practical market intelligence and individualized guidance.

Q: Am I guaranteed financing for my film if I take this program?
A: Of course not. This program will give you an overview of the various methods of traditional film finance, but in no way guarantees financing for anyone’s film.

Q: Does this program apply to docs?
A: We won’t be addressing docs specifically since several of the methods in this program are not typically utilized by docs.  This program really gives an overview on financing for feature narrative films but is completely appropriate for anyone who wants to expand their knowledge of film finance in general.

Q: I want to make a short film, can I apply the info covered in this program to shorts?
A: This course does not apply to shorts since very few of the methods covered can be utilized for short films.  This program really gives an overview on financing for feature narrative films but is completely appropriate for anyone who wants to expand their knowledge of film finance in general.

Q: I have some additional questions about the program. How can I contact you?
A: Please CONTACT US and we'll be happy to answer any questions you have about the program.