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  ÉCU SPOTLIGHT: CHARLIE KAUFMAN AND “CROWDFUNDING” ÉCU is a strong supporter of the unbridled creativity which is afforded to indie filmmakers, but acknowledges the difficulties in financing costs. This week the spotlight is on the acclaimed American screenwriter, director and producer Charlie Kaufman, who defies conventions and creates inspiringly innovative work. In September he raised twice the $200,000 budget required to produce his upcoming animat...

The International Film Finance Forum

On the 18th of May Cannes will host its third annual "Film Finance Forum."  But what exactly is "The Film Finance Forum" exactly? The Film Finance Forum was born when the financial market collapsed for the first time. The forum was then created, bringing together the world’s highest level of entertainment and financial authorities to discuss the impact of the film industry on the global economy. The emphasis of the forum is mainly on the...

Film Finance & Camera Ready Film Budget & Schedule by Major Studio - Indie Producer

Film finance today requires a meticulous film budget custom crafted by a professional with extensive experience.  Financiers and investors are savvy today more than ever.  Sample film budget templates are a dead give away that you have not invested in yourself enough to have a professional cost out the movie for your investor's money.   Contact for an instant quote on a proven film budget for your movie.    ...

Making Short Films and Promoting / Distributing Them at Festivals and Online: Some Strategies and Tactics, Costs and Benefits

Thanks to VFF alum Jeffrey Williams for sharing his experiences making, promoting, and distributing short films: ...

Crowd-funding - a Case Study "Postcards from Paris"

Andrew Shermin shares his experience of making a film and using crowdfunding. This summer I shot a documentary about Paris that I produced myself, and am now trying to use crowd-funding to finish it. The concept was simple: a vision of Paris that was taken straight from reality, just a camera and a tripod on the street, offering a vision of the city that both confirms and subverts the fantasy of Paris that different media create. The images are like “moving postcards.” I was able to...

ECU calling submit now

March 2012     Call for Entries Film Submission Deadlines Early Bird Deadline: November 20, 2011 Regular Deadline: December 18, 2011 Late Deadline: January 8, 2012 WAB Extended Deadline: January 15, 2012 Complete the Entry Form Contact Info The European Independent Film Festival 108 rue Damremont 75017, Paris Franc...

Film Budget |

The film festival season is among us and distributors are looking for projects to distribute.  Foreign Sales agents likewise are out in force looking for the next hot film to take to the world.  Film markets at the film festivals likewise are an excellent opportunity for filmmakers to get their movie funding in place.  The critical element after the screenplay is to know the film budget cost of production.   In order to obtain film financing one must present film budgets to investors, banker...

Hollywood Heavyhitters Announced for Film Finance & Distribution Summit at Hollywood Black Film Festival Summit

Hollywood Black Film Festival's 3rd Annual Summit Features Leading Film Finance & Distribution Executives Roy Salter of The Salter Group, Maya Entertainment's COO/CFO Jeff Gonzalez, and Peter Graham, Managing Partner, 120dB Films Tax Finance will be among the panellists at the Hollywood Black Film Festival's 3rd Annual Film Finance & Distribution Summit. The event takes place at the Writers Boot Camp in Santa Monica on Saturday, Oct. 10 and wi...


Check out to WATCH THE WINNING SELECTIONS of 2009! We held the Awards Ceremony immediately after the screening on October 3rd at the Civic Theatre in Farmington, Michigan. There were CASH PRIZES and trophies for Best Film, Audience Choice and the 1st Place for each Category! We will be accepting entries again starting MAY 1, 2010. See the FAQ page of for details! ...

American Casino a documentary by Leslie Cockburn

"American Casino" a documentary by Leslie CockburnDirected by level headed Leslie Cockburn, this documentary discusses the subprime mortgage crisis, where 300 mortgage companies have gone out of business since 2006, and the American dream turned nightmare, with up close interviews from people on both sides of the spectrum, Michael Greenberger, Director of Trading, Jeff Greene, a real estate mogul who shorted subprime, an anonymous ex-employee from Bear Sterns who discusses CDO's, or Collateraliz...

the first European AFCI Location and Finance Lounge

AFCI LOCATION AND FINANCE LOUNGE - BERLIN 2008 Don't miss out on the first European AFCI Location and Finance Lounge: meet film commissioners from all over the world to get the latest up-to-date on locations, incentives, services and resources for your next production!Join the first European AFCI Location and Finance Lounge and learn all about:Locations, studios und corporate partnerships Available equipment, crews and servicesRegional financial incentives for film productions and co-productions...

Global Film Finance 10 Workshops series in Cannes: 19-22 May 2007

New ways of financing and effective distribution for the film industry: 19-22 May 2007International filmmakers can benefit from a growing range of tax incentives and public funds as well as from newly established private equity funds. By integrating brands into their film they can create valuable cross promotion effects, relieving their budget, while Video on Demand platforms enable them to distribute their films worldwide to targeted audiences.International experts will help you to stay on top ...


One of the most effective rags to riches stories to hit the screens in a long, long while, "The Pursuit of Happyness" tells the story of Chris Gardner, a man of promose and intelligence who struggles through financial turmoil with his wife and small son in tow. When his wife leaves, he and his son must survive through theft, endless rejections and occasional homeless squalor. A permanent position as a stockbroker with Dean Witter, where Chris begins as an intern, is the only hope he has to pro...

Film Forum in New York to screen Documentaries from Soros/Sundance Doc Fund

The Open Society Institute and Sundance Institute today announced a series of 19 international documentaries that will be screened at Film Forum in New York City, October 26-29, 2006. The Soros/Sundance Documentary Fund: A 10th Anniversary Film Series, showcases provocative social justice and human rights documentaries made with support from the fund. These works attest to the rich artistic and political expression of the filmmakers and demonstrate the power of cinematic storytelling to bring a...


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