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The old models of film finance are obsolete, distribution models have been upended, and new financing models have taken shape. This course will disseminate today's finance landscape for independent films to help you make sense of financing and put together the right financing plan and assets to attract investors and get into production.
In this three-part course we'll cover how film finance has changed from even just a few years ago, the current models, how films make money, and the different methods of film finance , including the upsides and downsides of each, what films they’re appropriate for and how to apply them.
IN THIS COURSE WE'LL COVER:
HOW IT WORKS
The course will be delivered entirely online and run for three weeks. Each module will be a deep dive into different parts of film financing.
Module 1 | Overview & How Films Make Money (Available October 8)
- Film Finance - what’s changed?
- How Films Make Money
- Strategizing a finance plan for your Film’s budget
- Mitigating investor risk
Module 2 | Private Money / Equity (Available October 15)
- The different levels of equity & where to look
- How to present to private investors
- How private equity deals work
- Finding partners - Co-production and Co-financing deals
Module 3 | Sales Agent Financing, Tax, & Debt (Available October 22)
- Where to base your film to optimize for tax & soft money
- Sales agent financing
- Debt + Gap financing
- Deal structures & waterfalls
The modules will be pre-recorded and will be available in the online course classroom (on the dates specified) so you can go at your own pace and never have to worry about attending any sessions live. However, the course will be fully interactive in your online classroom and you will be able to ask questions as you go and get individualized feedback on how to apply the models we'll cover to your particular projects.
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.
WHAT PREVIOUS 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
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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).