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Section 181 is Back! Again! and Again!

SECTION 181 is back! Everybody's favorite on-again, off-again federal film funding incentive is back.

Report from Film Finance Summit, NYC

A report from the Film Finance Summit in New York, where the Intro & Overview of a TV & Film Transaction covered the basics of film finance: Tax Credits, Presales, Gap Lending, Equity Investors, Essential Elements, Security Interests, and more.

AFM Sees Currency Gains

Good news for AFM! Foreign buyers are coming to the market with increased buying-power thanks to major rebounding from Euro, Yen, Canadian & Australian dollars.

AFM Currency Update

Great news for the first day of the American Film Market: the GBP and the Euro are both trading high against the USD, which is elevating the AUS as well. This should stimulate early film buying.

Film Closings’ Response to Chicago Tribune & Screen

Film Closings was featured this week in a Chicago Tribune article as well as in Screen juxtaposing what others in the state were saying and rallying for when it came to the IL film incentive. This post gives a broader understanding to our view on the credit climate overall. As well as a Pop Quiz.

The Kids Are Alright, But What About The Producers

With 20 producers credited, The Kids Are Alright is poised to be this year's annual Academy Award controversy over who gets the Oscar.

Czech Republic now has 20% Film Incentive

The Czech Republic now has a 20% production incentive for films that spend more than CZK15mm (apx. USD $700,000) in the country.

Indie Producers Don’t Understand Tax Credits

Indie producers are on a relentless quest to find the elusive "final 20%" of their budgets. They've raised the equity, made the presales, maxed the gap, and still they come up 20% short. Even with a whopping 40% cash rebate! So why then are they still stumbling around trying to fill that final 20% of their budgets?! Because producers can't get out of their own way.

URGENT: 2 weeks to Grandfather Your Section-181-Benefit

We are fast approaching the end of the year and that means you have two weeks left to grandfather your Section-181 benefit.

The New ABC of California Corporations

There are two brand new corporations that could be kind of cool for socially-conscious filmmakers: They are the “B Corp.” and the “Flexible Purpose Corp.”

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