Funding Plans

588 Free Film Contracts and Forms

Looking to make a film but need a little help with the paperwork? We’ve painstakingly searched the internets and collected 588 free forms and contracts to help get you started. Now before we start, everyone repeat after me: “THIS ARTICLE IS NOT A REPLACEMENT FOR PROPER LEGAL ADVICE” You probably won’t need all of these 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

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

Sample Film Sales Estimates

These sales estimates are intended as only as illustrations. These figures come from an actual independent feature film but they should not be used in connection with any other film. Reliable sales estimates can only come from experienced sales agents or similar distribution professionals. The sales estimate for any project will be unique, taking into Read MoreRead More

Alternative Funding Methods

Slamdance presented Fireside Chat: Alternative Funding Methods for Indies. The panel started out reviewing some examples of methods that recent films have used to raise money, including house parties, sponsorships and advance DVD sales. Later, the discussion became more technical, addressing more advanced questions that arise from new, experimental funding models.Read More

Business Plan Mistakes

Having read thousands of business plans over the years, I can say the number one mistake people make is over hyping their project. Scott Macaulay outlines some of these basic mistakes in his article for Filmmaking Magazine. …Handing a business plan to potential film investors may not convince them that you are Warren Buffett-style visionary, Read MoreRead More

Financing the Production Company

Making A Federal Case Out of Film Financing By Jon M. Garon Gallagher, Callahan & Gartrell, PC This is part of a series of book excerpts from Independent Filmmaking, The Law & Business Guide for Financing, Shooting & Distributing Independent & Digital Films designed as an introduction to the many legal issues involved in the Read MoreRead More