Creativity Capital - Make sure you follow their criteria if you wish for their help as they instruct (e.g; script, sales agent, budget & finance plan). They have worked on some great things and so make sure you're ready to approach.

DAL Productions Creativity Capital

DAL Productions - Early in their portfolio building but MUCH more of a personal touch and more hands on. If you have a project with a future with decent people attached that does the community a service and helps others, they could be for you. Just don't expect them to do all the work, especially if they're also prepared to attend film markets such as Berlinale & MIPTV to represent your project.

Film Proposal

If you have never written up a Film Proposal before then watch this video (only 52 seconds), DO this before you make any approach to any of the below!

You're NOT ready without this first, ok?

 

THEN

 

Write up your Film Business Plan use this video to assist you (1m 08 secs). Starting to look too tough? Boo-hoo... Fetch a coffee and deal with it or quit! No-one ever taught me either despite the copious amount of student debt & legwork I'd put it in - and no-one was going to.

 

THEN

 

'Convince' NOT 'bullshit' your investors with your Film Projections. This shows how they can make money. This is what they care about & also what you should care about. Unless you fancy never having your own voice and you're quite happy with all those short films etc maybe getting a few festival nominations / wins, mentions & nothing more. Of course, put all that into your documentation. It's "pedigree" that helps you here.

 

Don't like all this stuff? Yep, woudl be better if someone trained you but at least you've got somewhere to start from now, so that's more than what I had. Now get going!

Distributors, Sales Agents & Investors

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Red Rock Entertainment - Learn their language about SEIS (no I'm not going to tell you what Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme means - go read it for yourself! LEARN IT!) They've got a way of doing things as financiers just as you do in production. They also provide the track hsitory of what their productions made for themselves so...  Go check them out and see if what you're selling is in line with their tastes.

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Highland Film Group - They're also involved in production so they know the filmmaker language. They have plenty of titles to backup their right to be choosy + they have a presence at all the high-end film markets each year.

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BCL Finance Group - Started by 3 entrepreneurs so at least you know you'll be dealing with people who know how hard it is to get their business together & offer a more personal touch & 'know' what it takes to struggle to build something. Are they for you? Have a look and see. They offer relationships with post-production facilities & sales agents, so...

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Altitude - They do a bit of everything, including mentoring. I remember attending a BAFTA event where one of their former employees offered all the insight and was very informative. They have particular tastes as you'll see so for God sake do your research. But if your interests align great. If not, just have a good reason why you've chosen them. They're interested in films though, NOT TV.

Market Awareness

Stephen Follows Film Data & Education - You can swot up and get your business information for your meetings from here. This guy identifies patterns in the marketplace for you to base your estimates from - very good.

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Eccho Rights - They are a "global rights management" company so if there's any discrepancies on who's walking away with what money, they're probably a good stop for you to mae.

Breakthrough Entertainment - Albeit talent or an idea, they offer a platform for which you can pitch them your intro or idea right here. If you're feeling confident what are you waiting for? They cover both film & TV and have a decent load of content going for them.

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Sky (& Sky Vision) - They say they want solicited material but 'IF' the idea is strong enough, my advice would be to ignore another barrier in your life. If the project is in tip-top condition then these are the direct emails & procedures that will arm you with a 'try' attempt at least. Good luck.

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Passion Entertainment - On the lookout for 'unscripted' entertainment shows as well as current affairs. If you've got something better to replace our copious amounts of property, cookery or auction programmes -FROM ALL OF us - Please get in touch with these kinds of people and save us all!

Distribute Yourself!

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Seed & Spark - Yes they organise corwdfunding but they also offer help from funding to distribution plus a hosting platform for content & offer viewers to pay what they want for the content they watch. Innovative. Will it take off like the online aggregator platforms that Netflix pioneered? If you fancy this direction. Give them a try. A good team of experts who work there. The founder; Emily Best even uses it for her own webseries, so...

Distribber - If you grow tired, unlucky or broke, dealing with distributors, then its 2019 - Pay a visit to these guys. They seem professional enough to me with a good range of platforms to sell your work to. Their clients include: Netflix, iTunes, Hulu, Amazon Prime, while allowing the filmmaker to keep 100% of the revenue.

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Eclair - Distributors that also offer your DCP for your screenings in cinemas, creating your subtitles, closed captions and meeting your broadcast requirements.

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READ  Sundance's:

"We Spoke to Dozens of Distributors; This is What They Want in a Film"

 

- It lists how you should approach distributors for backing your project & which of them are looking for what, saving you masses of time.

Now READ:

'7 Lies Distributors Like To Tell Filmmakers'

to make sure you're chances of getting swindled are decreased!

** The person you need to read up on & listen to is Jason Brubaker (also former Director Of Operations for Distribber, mentioned above) **

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The Collaborative - A non-profit organisation that was set up by Orluy Ravid who was equally sick of people in suits & ties ripping off filmmakers & offers a very comprehensive navigation through the distribution process. A great place to start.

Independent Cinema Office -  The simple overview of the distribution process - "How Do I Get My Film Into Distribution" - a quick easy method explained for you to consider your approach.

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First Hand Films - Based in both Switzerland & Germany & look for documentaries & strong narratives & even supply funding. Make sure you have a trailer to send with your submission.

- by Magda Olchawska

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Edwina Tyrell (cited from Bang2Write)

TV & FILM - PREP

Danny Stack & Tim Clague

Writing A TV Treatment (a.k.a; series bible)

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Prepping A Film Proposal

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Is It Good Enough? Can It Earn? Give It A Try?

Showcase Your Work For Money!

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