Film Business Plan

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.

7.      Production

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

1.      Publicity

Time frame of announcement of film going into production, first trailer, advertising, etc

2.      Mediums

Names of prospective media outlets with their audience figures and how to applies to your market

Distribution Strategy

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.

Film Budget

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.)

Top Sheet

Your contracted Budget that is a synopsis of expenses and income that is additionally utilized in the Film Proposal.

Detailed Budget

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.