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I Know Your Financial IQ

by Jeff Steele

Film Closings came to this planet to demystify the process of financing films.  By disseminating this obscure trove of information we hope to democratize the knowledge, to elevate the discourse of filmmakers, and to provide the tools and insights necessary to raise the financial I.Q. of producers everywhere.

The most common email we receive at Film Closings is, “Can you find financing for my movie?”  The most common response to that question is,

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“I need to see your foreign sales estimates and finance plan.”  The most common response in turn being, “I don’t have one” or some variation of “What’s a finance plan?”

At the risk of repeating myself:

A finance plan is the best indicator of a producer’s financial I.Q.

It’s the map that helps you see the forest through the trees.  If you’re financing your project with something other than friends’ and family’s money, or for less than a million bucks, then you can probably go without one.  For anything beyond that, you’re going to need a finance plan, and if it doesn’t look like this...

then you don’t have a finance plan. Go to the Finance Page.

YOUR INVESTORS ARE WAITING

3 Responses leave one →
  1. Vikram permalink
    January 29, 2011

    Does a movie called “Hindenburg: The Musical” starring Norma Desmond even need a finance plan? Seems like it should get all the money it needs.

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  2. December 27, 2012

    Hello. They are films. They are no different than the other films like blockbusters. They all follow the same rules: tell a story, have some kind of conflict, contain some aesthetic, cinematography, score, directing… Big difference is the budget. Before the fall of big studios, they don’t divide movies like blockbuster movies, indie movies, or whatever. They were simply called films before the fall of studios and the rise of independent studios, which they create a new way of directing and the cinema. I just don’t get it.

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