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Is Film Finance an Enigma?

We have a relationship with a fund that will finance films 30/70 - the film fund like to read the synopsis, the cast, the budget and see the five years forecast. They need to see evidence that you have the 30% and this cannot be in tax credits, generally a letter promising funding may be enough.

The decision to fund takes between 3 and 6 months.

The fund is based on equity, and lends between £1m and up to £100m, but films don't have such large budgets do they?

So where do you get start up funds from?

  • Hi Lawrence,

    Gosh, start up funds, big and complex area where no two films share the same structure!

    There are distinct phases though - development actually fits inside an SEIS-sized package pretty conveniently, with rights packages, costs of breakdowns, budgeting, package building with cast and creatives, etc. This allows a production company with a diverse slate and a few high net worth backers to take effectively fixed-odds punts on individual scripts which pay out if the project gets marketplace traction (or can roll over into equity - even at preferential rates).

    High net worth individuals taking an equity stake is always a slow process to complete finance, however having the development phase separately financed means a long game can be played without problem. Traditionally, US (private) dentists used to fund a lot of Hollywood films - they had plenty of cash, but no glamour, so it was a way to create dinner party conversation! Possibly the modern equivalent are people who got lucky with IT at the right time, or city boys? The ideal investor has money but a dull job ;-)

    5 months ago
  • Hi. Sounds interesting. Our high profile www.MargeryBooth.com has already attracted Stephen Fry into the cast plus 70% soft money from Germany and espionage DVDs are highly collectible as a proven genre especially with a female lead but we still need aid... All ideas welcome! franz@imperialfilmproductions.com

    5 months ago
  • We'd like to invest Franz - I've sent you an email!

    5 months ago
  • Hi Lawrence. ...i have a number of producers with some monies attached. My email is 007zab@gmail.com
    Regards Parvez Zabier
    Production Accountant

    5 months ago
  • Definitely interested and have emailed you

    5 months ago
  • I am responsive and open to conversation - I believe that life is about relationships and collaboration.

    5 months ago
  • Hi Lawrence I sent you a PM - a somewhat credible production company (with many distributed, high credibility features) is looking for cashflow/equity investment for some native and co-pros. If you're looking for introductions I'm happy to do that.

    5 months ago
  • Thanks Paddy and I've replied

    5 months ago
  • Hi, I am always on the opposite position, I can get the first 30% but need the rest. I have several films /docs on the slate and also not sure whether to try to get the slate financed as a whole or individual films. My first ready to go film is a horror with a good cast and about the dangers of internet dating. I will PM you perhaps we can exchange info on funding? I have been 'collecting' ideas names of investors for funding for a while now. Or email me please info@luminofilms.co.uk.

    5 months ago
  • Hi Lawrence, I'm working on my second feature 'The Odd Wheel', a contemporary (and very 'now') cross-generational drama with a great cast including Ian Reddington, Paul Bradley, Fiona Allen, Michael McKell, Freddie Davies and more, they loved the script enough to do a test shoot and we are now pitching for investment. This is the 'pitch' taster trailer. As you say it's interesting t open dialogue up (the free part we can all join in!) I'll PM you too with some other information on where we are. vimeo.com/220611032

    5 months ago
  • Hi Lawrence, I have a thriller feature film called THE FREEZE with strong female protagonists that's being developed with Franky Films in Montreal as a CAN/UK co-pro. I'll PM you more information. Thanks, Paul

    5 months ago