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

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Each year, thousands of potential filmmakers ask, "How can I finance a feature film?" Yet, until this unprecedented new book by John W. Cones, there has been no comprehensive answer to the question. Writing in a clear, informative style, Cones outlines and explains the numerous and diverse forms of financing available to independent film producers. As an objective adviser, he refrains from advocating one form of financing over another, choosing instead to provide specific, concise information regarding the many possible financing strategies.

Cones groups his forty-three methods of film financing into four major areas: industry financing, lender financing, investor financing, and foreign financing. In each of the forty-three chapters, he focuses on one kind of film finance, summarizing its financing vehicle, entity, and technique or transaction and analyzing its advantages and disadvantages. At the end of each chapter is an extensive bibliography of additional information about the particular form of film finance discussed. In covering the scope of film financing, Cones ranges from a discussion of studio-based independent production company methods to an examination of lender financing without distributor contracts to a detailed analysis of active and passive investor vehicles and foreign tax shelters and incentives.

Although the book focuses on financing feature films, its information is relevant to the financing of other kinds of projects, such as short films, documentaries, videos, and multi-media and theatrical endeavors. For those individuals considering making or investing in a feature film—such as producers, executive producers, attorneys, screenwriters, and investors—it is an indispensable resource, one that will serve them well in determining the best methods to finance the production costs of a specific project.

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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“Cones delivers on his objective to provide a comprehensive overview of a very complex topic. Although mansy books exist that profess to help potential independent filmmakers with their craft, few contain such a concise and complete outline of this crucial aspect of filmmaking.”—Entertainment and Sports Lawyer
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: 9780809319688
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/1995
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

John W. Cones is a securities and entertainment attorney based in Los Angeles. He is the author of Film Finance and Distribution—A Dictionary of Terms and Film Industry Contracts.

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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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