The sooner you understand how film finance works, including the various finance 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.
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.
HOW IT WORKS
MODULE 1: 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
MODULE 2: 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
MODULE 3: DEBT, TAX & SOFT MONEY
Sometimes straightforward and sometimes 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
MODULE 4: 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?
- Film Finance Essentials Forum for anytime Q&A and individual coaching
- MP3 recordings of all trainings
- 3 Months of Complimentary Film Specific Membership (value: $105)
WHAT PARTICIPANTS SAY
“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
“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
ABOUT THE 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. Stacey is the Executive Producer of the films Fits & Starts (released in December 2017) and the upcoming Lost In France (starring David Wain, Michaela Watkins and Matt Walsh), both distributed by The Orchard. She is the producer of the upcoming Miss Virginia (starring Uzo Aduba).