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Creating A Budget For Your Independent Film

By Ben Lyons Independent And Art Filmmaking: Creating A Budget For Your Independent Film How do I determine a budget for my independent film? Independent films can cost one dollar to fifty million dollars. The reason why it’s an independent film is because that’s where the money is coming from. But Is it coming from Read MoreRead More

The Internet Saves The Indie Filmmaker – Or Does It?

Marc Aramian looks at some the funding options that the internet is making available to the indie guerrilla filmmaker. …he Hollywood business model may seem like it’s a dinosaur, now that the barriers to distribution have vanished. But Hollywood doesn’t just create and distribute content, it also funds it through a variety of investment sources. Read MoreRead More

Why everyone lies about their movie’s budget

Patrick Goldstein of the Los Angeles Times delivers the shock of all shocks, people in Hollywood lie. …The studio chief who made the movie gives you a low-ball number. The head of a rival studio, eager to make a competitor look bad, gives you a wildly inflated number. Most journalists have reported that Baz Luhrmann’s Read MoreRead More

Cash Crunch: Seeking Film Financing in Lean Times

Anthony Kaufman looks at financing during tough times. … “Call me when the economy is better.” That’s what one New York-based indie producer heard from a potential investor recently. With Wall Street crashing, hedge funds shaking out, and a possible global depression on the horizon, it’s not exactly the best time to be looking for Read MoreRead More

AICP Commercial Contracts and Forms

The Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP) has put together a group of “boilerplate” contracts and forms for their television commercial production company members. You can find more information here. Contracts: New Media Contracts and Riders Standard Commercial Production Agreement Sequential Liability Addendum (Members-Only Service) Forms: Permit Checklist Location Code of Professional Responsibilty Filmmakers Read MoreRead More

Tips on coordinating a successful fundraising party

The Independent interviews Morrie Warshawski, whose book The Fundraising Houseparty: How to Party With a Purpose and Raise Money for Your Cause may provide some useful advice on using a “houseparty” to fund your next project. …Filmmakers increasingly need to seek funds from as many sources as possible. A fundraising party may seem like a Read MoreRead More

An Investor’s Perspective

DIY DAYS Boston – Todd Dagres has a unique perspective on the funding of film and digital media. As a founder and General Partner of Spark Capital, he’s led Spark’s investments in Veoh Networks, Menara Networks, Verivue, EQAL, Covestor, Tjet, and Intune Networks. Mr. Dagres’ Entertainment and Media endeavors include establishing two film and television Read MoreRead More

How to Avoid Pitfalls in State-Sponsored Film Incentives

How to Avoid Pitfalls in State-Sponsored Film Incentives by Laura Pratt, offers some tips on maximizing State Tax incentives and avoiding mistakes along the way. …Tax incentives for film are a fantastic boon for the film industry and can be a powerful lure to entice films to specific locations. These are frequently offered by way Read MoreRead More

3 Sample Film Budgets

Ben Long and Sonja Schenk at have put together 3 sample film budgets PDF’s and break each one down in these informative articles: DV feature film budget ($25,000 – $100,000) Broadcast documentary budget ($15,000-$80,000) Commercial budget ($2000 – $50,000) …Creating a budget can be a powerful way to visualize your project and may be Read MoreRead More

Where The Money Is

Looking for the money to finance your indie pic? Nicol Wistreich the co-writer of The Film Finance Handbook: How to Fund Your Film: New Global Edition writes about where to find those pots of cash. The article focuses on UK indies, but it also contains great information for all filmmakers. …Unless you’re heir to a Read MoreRead More

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