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Reading FilmFEST workshop on development, packaging, and financing for films

Jul 26, 2021

Reading FilmFEST is rolling out workshops and classes for those interested in filmmaking at all experience levels. On October 1, they will host Development Executive Kevin Christoffersen for a course on Development, Packaging, and Finance of films.

This 3 hour Workshop / Zoom Webinar course guides filmmakers on what it means to go through Development, Package a feature film and raise Financing through private equity and debt possibilities. The different presentation modules demonstrate why taking a start-up business approach is more effective than optioning the rights to your screenplay.

We will go through the development process of creating all of the packaging elements needed for either an Ultra-Low, Moderate-Low or Low-Budget feature. Case study films along with series and documentaries from a variety of genres, budgets and countries will be presented in order to see what worked – and what didn’t. A deep dive into the US, Canadian and European film financing process will then be covered to articulate where funding comes from through both private and public opportunities.

Students will also have the opportunity to pitch their projects and raise questions to the group for guidance and support.

(Kevin will also arrange one on one consultations with filmmakers who are seeking further guidance on their current projects in Development beyond what this course has to offer).



Film Financing

Package Elements

Investment Sourcing

Investment Units through Limited Liability Corporation

Tax Credit Loans

First-In Money

Talent Retainer Fees (Scale / Schedule F)

Pre-Sales Estimates

Co-Production Agreements

Proof of Concepts (Mood Reel / Short Film)

Marketing Materials (Look Books / Pitch Decks)

Distribution Agreements (Exclusive / Non-Exclusive)

Mentoring Producer

Executive Producer

Divide & Conquer Writer / Director / Producer

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