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How do I find financing for my film? Do you represent executive producers?

How to raise financing is the most common question independent filmmakers bring to an entertainment lawyer. Everyone knows that access to capital is a key step to making a film - there are very few successes like "Paranormal Activites" or "Blair Witch" out there to be made for $15,000, or even $250,000. (PS - never include either of those films in your business plan.)

By far the preferred method of financing is finding high net worth individuals with a love for film, and convincing them to invest in your project. It's the cleanest, and most romantic, way to finance your film But with the recent changes in the economy, especially the real estate collapse, the number of domestic angel investors out there has been cut to 5-10% of what once was available. Now, financing for indie film is cobbled together from tax incentives, presales, bank loans, equity, post-production deferrals, talent deferrals, and completion bonds - always with the assistance of an entertainment lawyer.

There are still film-oriented investment funds, experienced independent executive producers, and production companies with studio contracts. Entertainment lawyers often represent executive producers, and have relationships with film funds. It is possible that quality film projects could earn their attention. However, an experienced entertainment lawyer will never present a project that has not been adequately packaged - this includes tying down the story rights, appropriate producer agreements, preliminary budgets & locations, and at least one talent element attached. Often, you get one chance to convince an investor to come aboard - they will always say no if you're not prepared. Please feel free to contact my office if you need assistance with this preparation.

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