43 Ways to Finance Your Feature Film: A Comprehensive Analysis of Film Finance / Edition 3

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John W. Cones has updated his now classic 43 Ways to Finance Your Feature Film: A Comprehensive Analysis of Film Finance with a substantially reorganized and expanded third edition.

An essential reference guide for film professionals on every side of film financing, 43 Ways answers the question that every filmmaker and producer ultimately faces, the issue that can make or break any venture into the film industry:  How do I finance my feature film?  The third edition includes updated information and coverage of new options for financing.

In his clear and concise style and with expertise amassed over his nearly twenty years of experience in the film finance industry, Cones breaks financing options down into six main areas:  gifts and grants, investor financing, domestic government subsidies and tax incentive programs, lender financing, international finance options, and studio or industry financing. Beginning with the forms of financing most likely to be accessible to independent feature film producers, Cones proceeds to other forms that become increasingly available as the producer’s career matures.

As an objective adviser, Cones provides specific, concise information regarding the many possible financing strategies and lists the distinct pros and cons of each strategy.  This guide covers the options for film financing in rich detail so that even first-time producers and filmmakers will be able to make educated and informed decisions about the best approaches to financing their films. An extensive bibliography contains additional information about each form of film finance. Cones also counters much of the bad advice being provided by pseudoprofessional film finance consultants and points out scams that may separate unwary film producers from their money.

Although the book focuses on financing feature films, much of its information is relevant to the financing of other kinds of projects, such as short films, documentaries, videos, and multimedia and theatrical endeavors. Anyone considering making or investing in a feature film will be well served by this practical and helpful guide.

A comprehensive overview of film finance with a discussion of advantages and disadvantages of forty-three different ways to finance feature films and other entertainment projects. The material covers studio/industry, lender and investor financing, as well as a number of foreign finance options

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“Cones’s 43 Ways to Finance Your Feature Film includes something for everyone. The book is well suited for independent filmmakers who wish to learn how film financing occurs throughout the industry and how to converse with their attorneys about legal arrangements when they discover potential investors for their film projects.”—Entertainment and Sports Lawyer

“[Cones provides] valuable pointers and insights to the burgeoning producer.”


Under the four broad categories of industry, lender, investor, and foreign financing, Cones a securities and entertainment attorney, suggests and explains 43 specific routes to that pot of gold that must precede the cinematic rainbow. He summarizes the benefits and drawbacks of each without advocating any one over others. His focus is on feature films but his information is also relevant to short films, documentaries, videos, multimedia projects, and theatrical endeavors. Includes an extensive bibliography for each approach. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809326938
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2008
  • Edition description: 3rd Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 369
  • Sales rank: 993,020
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John W. Cones, a securities and entertainment attorney based in California, is the author of The Feature Film Distribution Deal (available from Southern Illinois University Press).  He has extensive experience in the financing of feature films, television pilots, documentaries, infomercials, live stage plays, and Internet companies. 

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Table of Contents

1 Studio Development and In-House Production Deals 3
2 The Studio Production-Financing/Distribution Deal 9
3 Studio-based Independent Production Company Financing 17
4 Independent-Distributor Financing 22
5 Domestic Studio Facilities Deals 27
6 Film Laboratory Deals 30
7 Talent Agency Financing 32
8 End-User Financing 35
9 Completion Funds 37
10 Lender Financing Without Distributor Contracts 41
11 Negative Pickups 46
12 Artificial Pickups 56
13 Presale Financing 59
14 The Self-funded Sole Proprietorship 75
15 Business Plans 78
16 The Investor-Financing Agreement 82
17 Joint-Venture Financing 85
18 The Initial Incorporation 90
19 The Investment Contract 94
20 Limited Partnerships 97
21 Limited Liability Companies 102
22 Corporate Financing 105
23 The Out-of-State Corporation 110
24 S Corporations 113
25 Small Corporate Offering Registration 118
26 Regulation A Offerings 121
27 Regulation S-B Public Offerings 124
28 S-1 Public Registered Offerings 127
29 Over-the-Counter Companies 131
30 A NASDAQ Company 133
31 Stock Exchange Companies 136
32 Convertible or Participatory Debt Instruments 140
33 Regulation D, Rule 504 Offerings 143
34 Regulation D, Rule 505 Offerings 148
35 Regulation D, Rule 506 Offerings 152
36 Blocked Currency or Blocked Funds Deals 159
37 Foreign Currency Deals 163
38 Foreign Below-the-Line or Facilities Deals 165
39 International Coproductions 167
40 Foreign Tax Shelters and Incentives 171
41 Foreign Government Grants or Subsidies 174
42 Foreign Debt Capitalization Programs 176
43 Foreign-Equity Financing 178
Index 183
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