Pitching Investors, Part 2: Name vs Bankable Talent – The Reality

Cary Grant et al

OK, so before you start screaming “chicken before the egg,” this article is not about attaching talent without having financing.  This is an examination of the values behind attaching name talent. NOTE: we’re not considering the break-out indies that win awards at Sundance and SXSW.  While we love those movies just as much as the next […]

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Pitching Investors, Part 1: Know Your Budget, Don’t Guess

It’s a common joke amongst film investors when recounting the numerous pitches retold as follows: “So, this first-time filmmaker pitches me a script and says he just needs the money.  I ask him what the budget is, and he tells me 20 million.” If you understand the punchline in that statement, then this particular article […]

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Safe Film Financing Structure – The 20/30/50 Rule

For the average Joe, solving a complex Calculus equation feels like an impossibly hard challenge. This is especially true after you exit your four years of film school and go out into the world of debt and disappointment. Trying to figure out how to properly finance your film can feel just as hard, but there […]

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Canadian Film Tax Incentives – Still in the Game

As mentioned in The Importance of Film Tax Incentives Today, tax incentives are a key component to independent film budgets. This is a fact for all filmmakers. For those of us in the USA, we have the ability to rely on several state governments to secure portions of our films’ budgets. But we don’t have […]

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The Importance of Film Tax Incentives Today

Tax incentives are a key component to independent film budgets nowadays, and are practically vital to the financial safety of a production given the current market saturation of content—and the therefore markedly lower purchase prices as of late. Film and television tax incentives are a method by which governments attract productions to come to their […]

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