Filmmakers and Financing: Business Plans for Independents


by Louise Levison

In this new revised, updated and expanded ultimate filmmaker's guide, Louise Levison gives you easy to use steps for writing an investor-winning business plan for a single feature film or a company/slate of films, including:

  • • Comprehensive explanations for each of section of the plan
  • • Full financial section with text and tables
  • • Sample business plan
  • • Companion website with additional information for various chapters and detailed financial instructions ― advanced math not needed



Unraveling the Mysteries of Film Financing Each chapter concentrates on specific elements of a winning business plan. The step-by-step approach makes it easy for even a novice filmmaker to craft a well-written movie business plan. The book discusses projects outlines, industry overview, marketing, distribution, financial planning, loans, and partnerships.

Filmmakers and Financing will teach you how to:

  • Define your goals and objectives
  • Write a synopsis with all the necessary details (but not too much)
  • Research potential movie audience target markets
  • Explain the distribution systems
  • Develop financial projections
  • Forecast revenues , expenses, net profits, and cash flows

An excerpt from Filmmakers and Financing: Business Plans for Independents by Louise Levison:

Learn how to cash in on the $8 billion independent film market.
My goal in writing this book is to give you, the independent filmmaker, an introduction to the world of business and to provide a format to help you present yourself and your projects in the best possible light. People want to know who you are and what you will do. Dreams are good; the nature of an entrepreneur is to be a dreamer. Your plan will bring the dream and the reality together. In addition to being creative and passionate, a filmmaker must be a businessman. It is no accident that they call it “show business,” not “show art.” People go into independent filmmaking for many reasons. They are driven primarily by the subject matter, theme or style of the pictures they want to make. I have talked to hundreds of people who have told me what types of films they want to make, and no two people have had the same vision or goals. They all share one particular goal, though – to own their project and control it. Once a filmmaker forms a company for that purpose (whether for one film or several), it is up to him or her to understand how the business functions.

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Filmmakers and Financing: Business Plans for Independents (American Film Market Presents) 8th Edition

Filmmakers and Financing: Business Plans for Independents (American Film Market Presents) 8th Edition