How to finance a film

Posted by Craig Grobler on Google+ On Saturday, December 26, 2009

Own-it intellectual property services and the London Film Academy in partnership with the London Short Film Festival are hosting a seminar on film financing.

Financing is essential for any filmmaker who wants to take a film from an initial idea to the cinema. This session examines where to look for money in a changing market and the importance of co-producers for successful fundraising. It will also provide tips and advice on how not to get ripped off by the financiers.

Topics covered will include:

  1. Where has the money gone – or why the past is of little help to producers;
  2. Where should producers be looking for money – the importance of co-production partners;
  3. Where can you go to get pre-production money;
  4. What is the least painful and time-consuming method of closing finance;
  5. How not to get ripped off by the financiers – not all the producer's fees have to be deferred; and
  6. What to do when the finance starts going wrong.
Speakers will include Alan Moss a solicitor in the Film and Television Group of Harbottle & Lewis LLP. Alan provides advice on all aspects of the financing, development, production and distribution of films. Recent productions Alan has worked on include the Ealing Studios production St. Trinian's II, Independent's Mr Nice starring Rhys Ifans and Chloe Sevigny, Rogue's Gallery starring Zach Galifianakis and Maggie Q and Tormented, a Forward Films and Slingshot Studios co-production and Anna Higgs, a producer with a background in the world of interactive 'edutainment'. Anna has been involved in the production of a wide range of games, including the BAFTA award winning Lifting the Weight as well as managing digital media projects for a diverse range of clients including Sony Playstation, BskyB, Telewest and the BBC.

Curzon Soho Bar
99 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 5DY

1:00pm Thurs 14 Jan, 2010

For more information and to sign up for the seminar visit the website

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