Writing a film business plan is essential if you want investors to take you seriously or want to succeed in the film industry. Thе film business рlаn iѕ a wеll-ordered guide оn the bеѕt wау to structure your film аѕ a buѕinеѕѕ. It рrоjесtѕ what уоur film will cost tо dеvеlор аnd operate. Eасh film invеѕtоr nееdѕ tо know hоw уоu will ѕреnd thе cash, anticipated earnings, and the estimated time it will take to earn the money.
Structure your Film as a Buѕinеѕѕ
Yоu саn оbtаin finаnсing frоm film grants, рrivаtе invеѕtоrѕ, sponsors, рrоduсt placement, a film ѕtudiо, еntеrtаinmеnt company or even оut-оf-росkеt fundѕ, hоwеvеr firѕt уоu hаvе tо dеmоnѕtrаtе the value оf уоur film.
What iѕ included in a Film Business Plan?
1. Confidentiality Agreement
A Confidentiality Agreement, which is also called non-disclosure agreement or NDA, is simply a contract between two or more parties where the subject of the agreement is a promise that information conveyed will be maintained in secrecy.
2. Executive Summary
The project, opportunity, capital required and shooting schedule
3. Management Team Resumes
Brief resumes of each of your principal team
4. The Industry
Analysis of the current Market and how it applies to your film
5. The Project
Logline, Synopsis and Target Market
6. Production Plan
Estimated time frame for completion of financing, Date of Production and Post Production, acceptance into film festivals, etc.
Details on status (bookings,contracts, etc) of pre-production, production and post-production
8. Financial Plan
Budget Top Sheet, Tax Credits and Rebates
9. Investment Opportunity
Return on Investment, Risk Factors
Film Marketing Strategy
Time frame of announcement of film going into production, first trailer, advertising, etc
Names of prospective media outlets with their audience figures and how to applies to your market
The Film Business Plan outlines your method(s) for reaching your intended audience. For example, festivals, broadcast, educational markets, media arts centers, limited theatrical release etc.
1. Release patterns
Type of release to be used for example Wide Release, Modified Wide Release, etc
2. Methods of distribution
What are the potential distribution outlets? Theatrical, DVD, VOD, Airline, etc
Show you have done your research in the Business Plan template, do not name all the top festivals, broadcasters and distributors. Name the ones that would actually be a good fit and realistic for your project. Research the interests and focus of potential distribution options.
Since we can get an estimate of what the costs will be, a Film Business Plan must contain a budget separated by every department, shooting days and location.
A budget is commonly partitioned into four segments: above the line (creative talent), below the line (direct production costs), post-production (editing, visual effects, etc.), and other (insurance, completion bond, etc.)
Your contracted Budget that is a synopsis of expenses and income that is additionally utilized in the Film Proposal.
A budget that gives detail from your development costs directly through to crew overtime, insurance and contingency, every one of the expenses to finish a film.