International Film Festival Rotterdam |IFFR.2014 | Film Budget Inc.

International Film Festival Rotterdam| IFFR.2014


When you think of film festivals in the winter, what comes to mind? Berlin? Sundance? What about Rotterdam? Every year thousands of people gather in Rotterdam, Netherlands to discover, and support, some of the newest faces and talent in the industry. Films range from studio big film budget movies to art house low film budget cinema.  It’s a great place to see quality films from all over the globe, as well as make deals. In fact, Rotterdam is an ideal event for talented individuals to find the finances they need to reach a larger market. So make a detour on your way to Berlin, and check out the largest admission-charging event in the Netherlands.


When: January 22nd to February 2nd (the 43rd edition)


Registration: Entering a film is going to cost you this year, but it’s only $34 for a short film (under 60 minutes) or $60 to enter a feature film (over 60 minutes). Check out the official entry page for more details,


Where: Rotterdam, Netherlands. The festival will take place at fifteen different locations throughout the city. Luckily, Google maps and IFFR have teamed up to make this helpful map, which can be found here,






Tiger friends: Can’t get enough of the IFFR? Become a tiger friend for only fifty euros a year and reap the benefits; including a ten percent discount on any merchandise (online or at the festival).


CineMart: This is a unique opportunity for filmmakers to find finance for their projects. According to the website, 35 projects are launched a year. This will take place the 26th to the 27th.  CineMart also includes an awards ceremony.


What Else? In addition to all the screenings, festivalgoers will have plenty to do. For example, plenty of parties, talk shows, and music acts will fill their time.




Additional information: Like the IFFR Facebook page, or subscribe to their youtube channel.

American Film Market 2013 (AFM) Film Budget Inc. |




Relying on collaboration, the independent film market continues to grow; and no other point in time does this collaborative spirit reach a higher pinnacle than in November. Every year more than 8,000 industry leaders converge in beautiful Santa Monica, California to share ideas, network, and a love for movies. What results is a conference fecund with both creative and financial progress. Since the conference began in 1981, billions of dollars worth of deals have been sealed for high, medium and low film budget productions in the week long celebration, and, according to the official website, this year is expected to be no different with over $800 million in deals waiting to be made.

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When: November 6th through the 13th 2013


Where: Santa Monica, California (Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel & all 21 screens on Santa Monica Promenade)


Registry: There are six different passes available ranging from “Show Floor Day Pass” to the “Platinum All-Access Pass.” According the website, the Executive pass is the best value, offering seven day access to the Show Floor and five day access to the conference series.


Price: Prices are cheaper if you get them before October 18th. Ranging from $250 to $1,395.


Agenda: Daily conference series offer insightful knowledge and information for every aspect of the industry. For example, the second session on Sunday will be discussing the benefits and secrets of successful Crowd Funding. Further, there will be film screenings, seminars, and receptions.  Foreign sales agents, distributors and film producers collaborate with buyers and sellers to supply the world market with film product.




Though this is called the American Film Market, it will be hosting people from all over the world. Thankfully AFM has created this insightful 3D map of the Santa Monica film market campus.  We highly encourage you to check it out:


So why go? The AFM is a unique networking opportunity for anyone in the film industry. It’s more than a film festival; it’s a marketplace where deals are made.

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Stay Connected! Join the online community by registering for MyAFM, or like AFM’s facebook page.    Contact for further information, film budget services worldwide and film production consulting and producer services in advance of AFM.



2013 Television Pilot Production Report – Worldwide Statistics

FilmL.A. Research released its annual report on television pilot production.  The report details tv production activity in Los Angeles, New York, other production centers and international locations.

 FilmL.A. Pilot Production Report 2013


Key facts include:

  • 186 Total TV Pilots Produced in 2012/2013 development cycle
  • 96 Total Pilots Produced within the Los Angeles Region
  • 75 Total One Hour drama pilots produced outside L.A. this season
  • 78% of Total L.A. based projects  were comedies
  • 83% of Total Comedy projects filmed in Los Angeles
  • $278m Estimated Total Pilot Production Spending in L.A. Region

The report explains the types of productions that are shooting and where they are set. Graphs and charts demonstrate trends from 2006 to today and the impact of film tax credits and production incentives on the television production sector.  Clearly evident is the strength of comedy to the L.A. market as runaway production succumbs to distant locations for drama.


Television Pilot Producton 2006-2013


Feature film and television Producer Jack Binder (‘Reign Over Me’, ‘The Upside of Anger’, ‘The Mind of the Married Man’) is the founder of and Greentrees Films is the international leader in worldwide film & TV budget and schedule production services.


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FBwhite_180x180A Misleading Lure

A misleading and seductive lure in the online ease of use filmmaking that is extremely disturbing is the promises and offerings of cheap templates, sample budgets and other such websites offering users a film budget for “$99 Dollars!”.

In 25 years of filmmaking, I have never had a financier say to me “Just get me a cheap template for your movie budget.  I don’t need real numbers”.  It doesn’t happen.

The stupid money left the business in 2008.  Today’s film finance executives and financial analysts realize that the integrity of your numbers are critical.  Movie investment is returning, that is undeniable.  However, the new funding is smarter, wiser and undertaking much more scrutiny of the film budget presented to them.

The financiers are savvy.  They can tell real film budget numbers from made up ones; those using cheap online sample film budget website, or template number generator.

Film-setA line producer with extensive experience and a long track record of major film production credits is what they are looking for when it comes to investment.  They want to know their money is well placed in an accurate film production budget plan.

Twenty-five year veteran film producer Jack Binder created for this very reason, to provide fellow filmmakers with a finance and camera ready film budget and schedule package for investors.   As the Producer of ‘Reign Over Me’ for Columbia Pictures starring Adam Sandler, Don Cheadle and Liv Tyler and ‘The Upside of Anger’ starring Kevin Costner for New Line Cinema, he knows the ropes of indie and studio filmmaking and what a budget truly entails.

Your film budget is a reflection of you and your team.  Get a veteran producer on yours.

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CAA Agent Reveals Netflix Film Budget for Television Series, Scripted Shows Budgets

In a UCLA Symposium on entertainment law a CAA literary agent revealed the programming costs for Netfilx, the movie and television streaming service, on original series.  He stated that the film budget for the their shows had the lowest cost at $3.8 million and that ‘House of Cards’ started at $4.5 million per episode before EP David Fincher escalated it above the figure.

The agent advised that the reason they pay such large amounts is that they acquire tv worldwide rights for four years.  He went on to cite the television budget levels for other networks and advised XBox was getting into the game as well as Amazon.

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SXSW March 8-17 2013 Event Details for Film, Music and Interactive

The South by Southwest (SXSW®) Conferences & Festivals kicks off from March 8-17 2013

SXSW is unique in its ambitions and its scope in providing a forum, conferences, venues and showcases for emerging and established talent in a wide variety of disciplines.



As a film festival SXSW is an eclectic addition to the season fitting nicely between Sundance in Park City, Utah in January and the Cannes Film Festival in France in May.



The music conference and festival element of SXSW has become the preeminent showcase and gathering point for bands, artists and the industry supporting and exploiting their work (for better or worse.)  Having a gig at SXSW is a critical part of an up and coming bands schedule and for the established acts a crowd pleaser adding to the excitement surrounding the events.

Interactive has grown over the years to become a major focus of SXSW as the tech world has exploded and found new ways to encourage participation in a seemingly closed world.  SXSW provides the space for the interactive, internet, start-up, venture capital world to coincide with the content creators of the film and music sectors.

Together the three disparate worlds of film, music and interactive create a blend of excitement and enthusiasm not replicated anywhere toward the advancement of independent thinking in each of their genres and together, creating a nuturing, creative and passionate atmosphere of exploration, sharing and advancement.

Here are the key facts:  (Check back often for updates)

SXSW ® Conference & Festivals

When:   March 8th to 17th 2013

Film:  March 8-16

Interactive: March 8-12

Music: March 12-17

Where:  Austin, Texas


Map:   SXSW Google Maps

Twitter:   SXSW Twitter Feed


Interactive Section Highlights

29 SXSW Panels You Can’t Miss


Film Section Highlights

The Film Section is made up of the SXSW Film Conference,  SXSW Film Screenings,  the Digital Domain and the SXSW Trade Show

The SXSW Film Conference contains:


Talent, Producers, Directors, Writers and Executives discussing their individual crafts from writing, realizing the right film budget for a project, producing and directing war stories.


Industry leaders talk about their experience and provide instruction on the business of filmmaking.


Provide hands on experience with the rapidly changing technology of film production, social marketing and distribution.

Mentor Sessions

Attendees gain access to industry leaders in their respective fields and proximity to mover and shakers working in the film business today.


…to be continued: (Music)  stay tuned to for further details.

Film Financiers & Investors Agree: Get Us a Real Film Budget Custom Made by a Professional



You’re looking for film finance and investors for your film.   We help you provide these valuable sources with a custom, detailed, proven and accurate film budget created for your production.

Who created your film budget says a great deal about you and your team. is founded by studio & indie feature film and television producer Jack Binder.  Working with Columbia Pictures, The Walt Disney Studios, 20th Century Fox,  Lionsgate Films, HBO and many other major and independent film and tv companies creates a film budget your financiers and lenders can bank on.

Movie stars that Producer Jack Binder has had the pleasure of working with include:


Reign Over Me    The Upside of Anger


Adam Sandler  ben-affleck The Upside of Anger Kevin Costner Joan Allen


and many, many more high quality, A List actors including:

Don Cheadle

Donal Sutherland

John Cleese

Bill Paxton

Keri Russell

Evan Rachel Wood

To name a few of the talented actors we have worked with.   Click the image below for  Producer Credits

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We help you get your film made and into production with the highest quality movie budget and television budget for the entertainment industry.   We help you stand apart in the field.

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What Was the Film Budget for the Golden Globes Best Picture Nominees?

In order to analyze the film budget level of this years’s awards contenders takes a look at this years Golden Globes nominees for Best Motion Picture.  Utilizing data from we look at the cost of the film productions leading to the respected awards.

Presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Golden Globes are often seen as a precursor to the Academy Awards Oscar winners.  With ‘Argo’ winning this year while overlooked by the Academy this clearly distorts that perennial qualification for the nominees.


The film budget for the 2013 Golden Globe Awards film productions in the Best Motion Picture category:


‘Argo’  $44.5 million


‘Lincoln’  $65 million


‘Zero Dark Thirty’   $20 million


‘Life of Pi’   $120 million


‘Django Unchained’   $100 million

Section 181 USA Federal Film Tax Relief Renewed for 2012, 2013

In the last throws of the dwindling days of 2012 a largely untapped source of film finance has encouragingly been renewed.  First reports have come to light about the renewal which was included in the Fiscal Cliff aversion talks.


Films from 2012 applying correct documentation and for all of 2013 will have the film tax benefit available to their investors.  Based upon their tax structures the investment in film subject to tax relief is a hard won achievement for the creative film and television industry.



Filmmakers are required to announced their Section 181 plans in their first tax returns.  Investors can take 100% of their investment as tax relief as opposed to amortizing over several years as generally allowed.   The relief is capped at $15 Million for feature films, which is increased to $20 Million for “distressed” locations.  Television programs qualify for the first 44 episodes.




When presenting such film finance plans to investors it is critical to have an accurate representation of the true cost of the production.  This is critically important to the planning of the investor to precisely know how much his financial input is required.


Contact for details on utilizing Section 181 and an accurate,  major studio proven film budget package to know for yourself and demonstrate to investors the true cost of the production expenditure on your movie.


Film Producer Jack Binder (‘Reign Over Me’, ‘The Upside of Anger’) has been producing movie and television production for over twenty years and continues under his international film production company Greentrees Films.  As the founder of Jack continues to provide the film and television industry with quality film budgets and shooting schedule breakdown services.




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FBwhite_180x180As the year draws to a close Founder/Producer Jack Binder takes a look back at what lessons can be learned from 2013 for 2014 in the feature film and television production industry. Further, we’ll discuss how they effect a movie budget at any level of production.

1. Accuracy Matters in a Film Budget

As the markets have demanded and proven, there is increased scrutiny on the film budget level and additionally individual expenditures within movie budgets. Small errors in the budget stage could yield exponentially larger impacts on a film’s overall finance scenario.

2. Quality Film Budget Expert

A quality film budget expert is critical to obtain an accurate, proven and reliable movie budget. The line producer and the unit production manager are the crew members tasked with and dedicated to the creation and execution of the production movie budget since the inception of the film industry.


alexa23.   The Quality of Your Film Budget Impacts Your Film Finance Success

A major decision all filmmakers must make is with whom to work with in creating the film’s budget. Whether the project is a major studio or indie film production, an accurate budget is key.  Film financiers will certainly judge you based upon the movie budget you submit to them. Unproven inaccurate film budgets will certainly make an impact, and not in a positive way.

 4.  Your Line Producer Creating Your Film Must Have Extensive Knowledge of Film Tax Credits

As a movie budget expert the line producer is constantly updating skills and must have a working knowledge on a worldwide scale.  Extensive knowledge of film tax credits, production incentives both North American and internationally is critical to bring to the film budget process.


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5.  Co-productions Are A Critical Element of Finance

Your line producer creating your custom, proven and accurate film budget (like Founder Producer Jack Binder) should likewise have a strong understanding of international co-productions, grants, country and regional film funds and worldwide motion picture financing.

The bottom line is that film finance, though improving, will remain frugal and risk adverse.  Obtaining a professional film budget by a line producer is a fundamental task consistently undertaken by film industry professionals.