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Friday, September 17, 2021

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

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

Star Power Is Anything But.

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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.

No Dude You Can’t: Your Film’s Budget

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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.

Why Films Under $2m Can’t Catch a Break

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Something that bigger-budget producers unknowingly take for granted is the availability of different types of financing. But any ultra low budget producer (under $2m) can tell you with frustrating familiarity that they can fit their financing structure on a postage stamp.

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

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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.

The Scary Fate of Pre-Sale Deposits

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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.

A Film Market Game Changer?

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The MUST-HAVE app for entertainment execs: JotNot

How To Choose (a sister wife) or a Foreign Sales Agent…

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If the relationship between a producer and a financier is like a marriage, than the sales agent fills the role of your sister wife #2.

Steele’s 70% Gospel for Foreign Sale Estimates

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The domestic market is saturated with film product right now (I'm sure you've heard of the $20m direct-to-videos) -- the less reliance on the United States the better.