The Spotlight Workshops: Film Business Plan Breakthrough

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Date(s) - 08/19/2017
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

CBS Studio Center


A concise, thorough and compelling business plan is the essential document necessary to raise the funding to make your film.

You must think like an investor to attract the investor. This workshop will be a step-by-step guide of all necessary sections for a winning business plan. A clear understanding of the three absolutes of every Business Plan: 1) Money In, 2) Money Out, and 3) Why you? Why this Project?

The first step to building your financial projections and distribution plan and getting a concise understanding of your marketing hooks for your film is researching and tracking comparable films over the last seven years. We’ll share an invaluable Excel tracking form with formulas, research sites and resources with all attendees.

We will also address what the standard terms and conditions to offer investors; what,
when and how to approach and make presentations to investors; risk mitigating factors to offer investors; perks to offer investors; what are all the other appendices and presentation materials you will need; how to speak their language.

Who should attend: Writers, Producers, Directors, Filmmakers

Requirements: Something to take notes

By the end of this class, you’ll know how to:

  • Think like an investor & communicate with investors
  • Feel confident in pitching your project to the right investors
  • Understand standard terms & conditions to offer investors

Instructor: Anne Marie Gillen is an independent producer, consultant, lecturer, and corporate/executive coach who is extensively experienced in film development, financing, and worldwide distribution. Her first feature film was the critically acclaimed independent film Fried Green Tomatoes, starring Kathy Bates. She went on to serve as the Chief Operating Officer for Morgan Freeman’s production company, Revelations Entertainment, where she produced Under Suspicion. She is the author of The Business of Show Business for Creatives, and the co-author of The Producer’s Business Handbook. Anne Marie produces and offers consulting services for a wide range of film and television projects through her company, The Gillen Group.

Register HERE.



Are there ID requirements to enter the event?

The good folks at the CBS Security Gate will need to see a government-issued photo ID to match with your name on the list we give them, so make sure you register here and bring your driver’s license or passport with you.

What are my parking options getting to the event?

The security personnel will instruct you on where to park when you arrive. This will be based on what other things are happening on the lot that day, so make sure you arrive early enough to walk from where they have you park to MPR-6, the room we will be in that morning. You can ask the security personnel for a map of the lot when you arrive so you can find the building easily.

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