What Do Film Financiers & Investors Look for When Deciding What Movie to Finance?

Film Financiers Look For Projects With All Elements In Place

In today’s challenging film finance market investors and financiers have a wide selection of projects to choose from. Invariably they look for ones with all the elements in place that would lead them to choose to invest in a particular film. These elements include an outstanding script, cast, team, finance plan and film budget which must all be first rate.

The Screenplay

Fundamentally, a film must have an amazing screenplay. There is no question that a great film can only be made from a great screenplay. There is no fixing this in post.

The Cast

Secondly, financiers look for an outstanding and marketable cast. The cast must be well known, drivers of international sales, with a known value to the world market for theatrical feature films.

Partial Cast of Films Produced by Jack Binder, FilmBudget.com Founder

Partial Cast of Films Produced by Jack Binder, FilmBudget.com Founder

The Team

Then there is the team. A solid team of experienced individuals, or at least one or two knowledgeable producers onboard who know the ins and outs of production is a critical factor. In order to invest their money to fund a film budget financiers want to know capable people are managing the movie production and can deliver, on budget and on schedule.

The Presentation

All of these elements are presented to the capital source, the financiers, investors, distributors, foreign sales company, agents and others. This presentation is expected to be top notch and reflective of the filmmaker’s understanding of the market, the production and the priority given to responsibility for results.

The Film Finance Business Plan & the Film Budget & Schedule Package

This presentation is the Film Finance Business Plan and the Film Budget & Schedule Package. Extremely important to qualified investors and the above money sources is the detailed and accurate nature of these documents. They are the determinant factor for the team and the project in its value as an investment along with all the other factors. Filmmakers should never skimp on these elements as they only get one shot most often with a source of backing for the movie.

Hire an experienced and knowledgeable line producer and executive producer to create your film budget and your movie finance plan. This work and these documents are a reflection on the filmmakers and the strength of the overall package.

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Jack Binder is an executive producer, producer, line producer and Directors Guild of America Unit Production Manager (DGA UPM) with over 25 years experience as an “on the lot” major studio and independent film producer. Binder formed FILMBUDGET.COM to provide fellow filmmakers the tools to obtain financing with accurate, proven, real film budget and schedule packages. He likewise creates custom, detailed Film Finance Business Plans which are used to finance his and clients productions and convey the true nature of the production, team and potential return to investors.

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Foreign Sales Agents and Film Finance Recommend a Custom Film Budget by an Expert

As Cannes kicks off it is again quite clear the message coming from the foreign sales agents and the film finance people. Consistently the message to producers is for them to obtain a quality, custom and accurate film budget and schedule from a hand crafted screenplay breakdown created by a seasoned line producer.

As foreign sales prices continue to fall and the dvd market shows further weakness, the clear implication is that the film budget must be reevaluated for todays economic reality. Early on the producers representatives are likewise insisting that they become more involved in the film budgeting process to ensure the filmmakers create a film budget and schedule that reflects the commercial aspects that the movie must achieve to gain financing.

FilmBudget.com is the international leader in worlwide film budget and schedule production services since 1997. Producing feature film and television productions since 1986, Producer Jack Binder is an expert in the field of studio and independent feature film and tv film budgets and schedules.

Top Five Reasons For an Expert Film Budget for Film Financing

The top ten reasons for a film budget from an expert for film financing:

 

1.  Quality Matters:  a quality film budget and schedule matters.   An inferior film budget is an obvious affront to anyone with any knowledge to whom it is presented.

2.  Accuracy is Critical:  accuracy is critical due the the fact of exponential calculations.  A small mistake or error in the film budget can expand to millions of dollars over the life of a movie.

3.  Your Film Budget is Your Calling Card:  your film budget represents you to investors, film financiers and distributors.  You are certainly judged on the film budget you present.

4.  You Only Get One Chance:  you may only get one chance at a film finance executive of movie investor.  One ought to put their best foot forward and shine in the highest light.

5.  It Not Your Money:  it’s not.   By demonstrating your ability to delegate to a professional with experience you are telling your investors that you are serious about being responsible

with the financiers money.

 

For a quality, reliable, custom and accurate film budget and schedule contact Filmbudget.com – the worldwide leader in international film budget and schedule production services.

 

a quality film budget matters for film financiers

 

How Do I Get a Film Budget?

For many years it was not readily known how one goes about getting a film budget for their movie production.   Jack Binder, Producer of ‘Reign Over Me’ and ‘The Upside of Anger’ realized a gap in this realization back in 1997 and sought to make available for fellow filmmakers a film budget process whereby they could get a film budget for their project.  Jack Binder created the first online film budget production service.

Jack continued to evolve the concept but the basic working structure was that a film budget would be required in order for a director, actor, writer or producer to embark on obtaining film financing for their film production.  By using his extensive experience in creating motion pictures and likewise film budgets for all of his movies and television shows, Binder realized that he should have a ready answer for the many co-production partners, film finance executives, bank lenders and major studio executives who were approaching him about creating a film budget and schedule for their productions.

Finally it really hit home when reworking a film budget over and over again, that it became very evident that the process and knowledge involved was fundamental to receiving that elusive of all treasures, the Greenlight.  Through an ability to respond to questions and by knowing his film budgets inside and out, and through meticulous film budgeting experience Jack was able to remove the obstacles to getting the film into production.

Contact Filmbudget.com for an accurate and proven film budget for your production – and get that greenlight!