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Are you interested in funding/investing in a film project? Read the article below -
How to Invest in Independent Films
- first.

We have projects in various stages of pre-production and development. This eclectic mix includes a sci-fi thriller, WWII drama and a cable TV Series dealing with transgender characters.

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How to Invest in Independent Films
 
  INVESTING IN INDEPENDENT FILMS 101

First, you should be aware that as a whole, investing in Independent Films is RISKY. One rule of thumb as a film investor: If you can't afford to lose the money, don't invest it.

  WHY IS INVESTING IN INDEPENDENT FILMS RISKY?
The less you know about making films, the more you are at a disadvantage. For instance, I was once asked to put a crew together for a project that, on the surface, sounded good. They had a feature-length script, a director and funding.

I started asking the producer questions. What is the budget? $300,000. How many locations are there? I don't know. What has the director done? Well, he started a short but didn't finish it. When do you want to start shooting? In 3 weeks.

This may sound good to the untrained ear... they have the script, the money, and a director. But there are some big, red flags waving too. The director didn't finish the only project he'd worked on. The producer doesn't know how many locations there are (locations mean setup time, travel, drivers, set decoration, permits... which all cost money), which makes me wonder whether the budget was prepared well. And they want to start shooting in 3 weeks, with no additional crew and no actors in place?

As a director, I hate to see this. This project is doomed before it ever begins. And this investor will take this bad experience, and probably never invest in another film. That's not to say that a well-organized project will succeed, but the chances are much greater that it will.

  HOW CAN YOU INVEST SAFELY IN AN INDEPENDENT FILM?
You can't guarantee the success of any film - but there are things you can do to reduce the risk of backing a film that won't succeed. First, pick projects that have a fighting chance to succeed. Look closely at the script. It all starts there. If you don't like the script, you shouldn't stand behind it.

If you like the script, examine the director. What experience does he or she have? Can they use film to tell a story? Have they proven that they can inspire a cast and crew? If you like the director, then look at the producers and production crew. A good director and producer will surround themselves with a talented crew. Make sure that the key positions are filled by personnel that have worked on legitimate projects. Does their experience show up on www.imdb.com? Can you see samples of their work? Lastly, how are they going to market the project? There must be a plan in place before they ever start shooting the film.

  WHAT ARE SOME OF THE REWARDS FOR INVESTING IN AN INDEPENDENT FILM?
Prestige. Money. Standing behind a film with a message. Being around filmmakers and actors. The whole process can be a lot of fun for the investor. Some investors step back and wait for the end product; others want to be more involved and see the production unfold before their eyes. A film production is like a family. You work incredibly closely for weeks to months straight, and the bonds can go very deep.

  TAX DEDUCTIONS?
If you have "passive" income, investing in an independent film is a good option. If the film fails to produce a profit, then you can deduct your entire investment in the film. On the other side, if the film succeeds, then you have made another wise investment and created more capital.


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