Art + Culture
INDIE PRODUCING 101: STRATEGIES FOR FINANCING AND DEVELOPMENT
How do you keep your financing models current? Where do you begin? How do you stay afloat? This deep dive into US and international film financing aims to demystify the process.
In this class, we will talk raising funds, packaging, streaming, and using and recouping investments in content. From what it means to package a film and specifically identify the various methods used by today’s filmmakers in structuring and raising financing to actionable tips and tricks for developing, planning and producing an independent feature film with budgets under $5MM.
What You Will Learn
- The different kinds of film financing: public, private, debt, among others!
- Identify the right materials to develop in order to attract investors.
- How to package your project and stand out to these investors.
- Workshop best practices when setting up your company and securing your financing.
- Production tips on your feature film and eventually sell and distribute your feature film.
Prerequisites & Preparation
For filmmakers working on their first feature, or producers with a project or three under their belts, we’ll give clear-eyed perspective on the way financial models operate in today’s global marketplace.
About the instructor
Atit Shah, CEO
Shah is an independent film producer and the CEO of Create Entertainment, headquartered in New York City and is represented by United Talent Agency (UTA).
His recent films include the 20th Century Fox Home and Netflix released Money, starring Kellan Lutz, Jesse Williams, Jamie Bamber and Jess Weixler which has won 21 awards worldwide; The Crash starring Oscar Nominee Minnie Driver, Ed Westwick, Frank Grillo, Dianna Agron, Anna Sophia Robb, Maggie Q and John Leguizamo. The Crash was sold by CAA and released theatrically January 2017.
He produced and subsequently sold his first television show, Brown Nation to Netflix in 2016 and is currently doing a festival tour on a romantic drama film Monsoon which was selected to be Closing Night Film at Big Apple Film Festival Nov 4th, 2017 as well as a sci-fi thriller Norman and a WW2 documentary Forgive Don’t Forget.