Portugal: The Straw That Breaks The Back of Independent Film Financing?

Portugal: The Straw That Breaks The Back of Independent Film Financing?

Let me assure you – it’s got everything to do with the state of filmmaking worldwide and no one is talking about it.

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Star Power Is Anything But.

Star Power Is Anything But.

I can’t speak for studios, but in the indie marketplace, this fundamental shift of star power declining could be good news for producers. A solid script and a proven producer might be a bigger value to buyers than a star’s name.

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No Dude You Can’t: Your Film’s Budget

No Dude You Can’t: Your Film’s Budget

Raise the money you need to execute your movie. If you can make it for less, great. But it’s irresponsible to your investors to raise (and spend) more money than can be recouped. Not pricing your film’s budget can give the impression that you and your team just stumbled out of a smoke filled van.

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To Defer or Not to Defer

To Defer or Not to Defer

Knowing where to put your money is one of the most difficult challenges for independent film producers. When everyone simply can’t be paid upfront due to insufficient funds you’ll have to try and get as many people as you can to work for free or deferred fees. But, who will and who won’t?

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Nicolas Chartier and the Hidden Hands Who Financed “The Hurt Locker”

Nicolas Chartier and the Hidden Hands Who Financed “The Hurt Locker”

You’ve all heard of the indiscretion that cost Nicholas Chartier of “The Hurt Locker” his Oscar tickets. This first hand account takes an inside financing look at Nic, “The Hurt Locker”, and the risky business of indie film finance.

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The Scary Fate of Pre-Sale Deposits

The Scary Fate of Pre-Sale Deposits

When it comes to the fate of foreign presale deposits in packaging a film’s financing, foreign sales as an institution are not in jeopardy, but the terms and conditions for the standard 20% deposit from the foreign buyers is.

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Top Independent Filmmakers, Take Finance Plans Seriously

Top Independent Filmmakers, Take Finance Plans Seriously

The following is what you’ll need to calculate: (a) What your films budget is and (b) What type of capital you’ll be using. 1. Budget information 2. Foreign pre-sales and estimates 3. Tax credits 4. Sources of equity
5. Gap calculation 6. Financing costs 7. Credit discounting (presales and unsold territories) 8. Bridge details
9. Worldwide costs of sales (sales agents, etc.)

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